Borland Leaves IDE Business


Wow, this is big news:

Borland, based here, is acquiring Lexington, Mass.-based Segue in a deal worth about $100 million and is dropping its IDE tools business, which analysts estimate to be worth about $60 million to $100 million.

And:

Leaving the IDE business means that Borland will no longer sell its Delphi, C++ Builder, C# Builder, JBuilder, Kylix or InterBase product lines.

eWeek – Borland to Divest Tools with Segue Buyout

In addition, see this letter from Borland CEO, Todd Nielsen.

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Comments (3)

  1. Scott says:

    They aren’t dropping the tools, they’re spinning off a separate company to manage the IDE tools.  Sounds like what they tried years ago with Inprise.

  2. Xepol says:

    I kinda hope that MS will have the good sense to snap up the language tools, farm JBuilder off to Eclipse for the goodwill and start the Delphi team moving forward again with real resources.

    I have argued for Borland to sell the tools for a while now (as have others with higher public profiles).

    Seperating the ALM business from the IDE business *IS* the culmination of the "inprise" mentality of the past.  Thankfully, it means that the language, libraries, tools and indeed the development team itself is available to a new home that could hopefully foster them better than the current management team could.

    Indeed, the priorities for borland’s management team are so off target for and IDE tools team that it is something a suprise that they have managed as much as the have (which isn’t to say that they haven’t been sliding, because clearly they have).

    I personally would like to MS buy delphi, keep the VCL and integrate it all with the VS IDE (the Delphi IDE has definitely seen its day and the newest incarnation is just an underpowered clone of VS anyways)

    And YES, before you ask, I do work in Delphi and I DO want MS to buy it.

  3. zzz says:

    I just want accurate Delphi/VB.NET -> C# translator built in. If there’s few methods/classes that are impossible to translate then it is alright just inform about this and not translate them.

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