Thoughts About Borland



I expressed that I liked products of Borland already few times before. I loved working with Turbo Pascal and I also used to like JBuilder in it's older versions when it still was a real good IDE. I actually used it much longer than NetBeans. Today I read the blog of David I Intersimone. Well, it's quite interesting how much happy he is that the part of company where he works is being sold.

If I were on David's place, I would be rather worried. You never know who will buy you and you know, it can also mean the end of the products as they used to be. Of course, it doesn't have to be the case, but we've all seen few such cases in the history of IT.

For me the most interesting question is what will happen with JBuilder? If a new company buys all these developer tools, will they want to maintain a tool which has a hard time to be sold, given that there are free alternatives? (NetBeans, Eclipse, JDeveloper, ...) Unlike IDEA which keeps it's own market, JBuilder seems to be loosing it's market share in favor of other IDEs.

I understand there are people who stick to JBuilder, like I did before, but from some of the comments I can sense that they are not sure what will happen. So to all these people - and you expected it - NetBeans community is open and you might like to try NetBeans 5.0. Just subscribe to nbusers@netbeans.org mailing list to get a feeling of how is it to be a part of our open-source community. There is a JBuilder importer available to simplify your migration to NetBeans. Welcome!
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Ι have been using Jbuilder for quite a lot of time (actually from version 5 till version X). It was IMHO the best Java IDE a couple of year ago. Borland had- has a very good reputation for buidling developer oriented IDEs.Though these last year the wave of open-source and community oriented -driven projects proved to be stronger than a Good and Big company..you cant beat the community ..and that is all about at the moment in the IDE java world. IBM first and then Sun predicted that such things would happen especially after the Linux Boom and they made the right decision the let the tools to the community and at the same time never stoped to support them. Borland as a company who is selling IDE for livinb (part of it) found very difficult to adopt to such a change!Maybe with this change (if it succeds) can be more flexible.Its a pitty though...

Posted by Apostolopoulos Paris on únor 09, 2006 at 12:41 dop. CET #

I think the future of their IDEs depends strongly on who buys them. Building next JBuilder on top of Eclipse doesn't seem a good business idea for me, simply because they have to compete with something very similar that is for free - and that's very hard. Finding a functional business model for java tools will be a big challenge for anyone who buys them IMO.

Posted by Roumen on únor 09, 2006 at 02:08 dop. CET #

You know, they might not even sell JBuilder. They might open it up to be yet another open platform where they'd base a Java IDE on, and then sell other products and solutions based on the platform. This kind of schtick has been working for Sun and IBM, so why not whatever company buying JBuilder?

Also, selling the line doesn't neccessarily ending a good line. Take a look at IBM's laptops line being sold to Lenovo... It seems like they kept the quality of the laptops..

Posted by Aviad Ben Dov on únor 09, 2006 at 09:45 dop. CET #

Time will tell.

Posted by Roumen on únor 09, 2006 at 09:50 dop. CET #

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