Borland, Microsoft Move Closer on Databases

Building on its January promise
to release a new Microsoft .NET development product this
year, software tool developer Borland Software unveiled C#Builder for the .NET
Framework Monday.

Borland also announced that it has expanded its relationship with Microsoft
to allow it to ship Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000
Developer Edition with the product. That rounds out its offering, which
also includes full developer editions and developer licenses for Borland
InterBase, Oracle and IBM DB2.

Widely regarded as the last major independent software development tools
vendor left after IBM moved to acquire
Rational last December, Scotts Valley, Calif.’s Borland has long pitted its
developer tools against similar offerings from Microsoft, while also
catering to developers on other platforms like J2EE.

But the move to include the SQL Server developer product with C#Builder is
just one of several signs that the two companies are now ready to work
closely together. As part of the agreement, Microsoft has agreed to create
a Borland page where developers can get information about C#Builder, and
which can be reached from the SQL Server Web site. The two companies also
said they are planning to jointly host a series of seminars designed to
show customers the benefits of the two products.

“Our ongoing relationship with Microsoft is further proof of our commitment
to provide solutions that drive development of enterprise database
applications for the Microsoft .NET Framework,” said Simon Thornhill, vice
president and general manager of .NET solutions for Borland. “With this
agreement to include SQL Server with C#Builder, we are helping enterprise
development teams to improve productivity and deliver better software,

C#Builder itself takes C#, the object-oriented language Microsoft designed
specifically for the .NET Framework, and uses it as the core of an
environment that supports direct interoperability between .NET, J2EE and
CORBA infrastructures. C#Builder Architect includes a full
developer license for creating C# applications for .NET that can
communicate over IIOP with existing CORBA and J2EE
infrastructures without the need for extra bridges, hubs or translating,
the company said.

Borland also noted that C#Builder is the cornerstone of a standards-based
application lifecycle management (ALM) solution, with support for and
integration with other vendor ALM solutions. However, the company is
positioning the product as perfect for working with its own Enterprise Core
Objects (ECO) for .NET because of its Unified Modeling Language, or UML
, visual design features.

The company said that C#Builder
enables smoother integration of the UML modeling environment development
and runtime phases with ECO, creating a model-driven application design
system which maintains the integrity of the design throughout the
development lifecycle through to deployment. Borland said the two products
will allow applications to seamlessly import and export UML models between
the C#Builder application and a variety of external modeling tools, while
from within the ECO platform customers can create and edit the UML model
simultaneously with the visual model designer, powered by Borland’s
Together technology.

Borland said it plans to begin shipping C#Builder with Microsoft SQL Server
2000 Developer Edition worldwide this summer. Microsoft plans to make its
Borland page on the SQL Server Web site available in July.

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