Sentimental Thoughts on Borland And Importing JBuilder Projects

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Before I've switched to NetBeans my favourite IDE was JBuilder. It's a pity that they are not doing so well lately, I mean it honestly, because I've been happily using Borland's products for a long time. I remember the old Borland Turbo Pascal, which was probably the first IDE I've ever used (not sure if I've used Microsoft Q-basic before but that's rather a parody on an IDE anyway). I cannot help myself and I'll post one sentimental screenshot:

Sigh, those were times...

Even when Java came around I continued using Borland's products, they were really good and I kind of got used to the workflow. Well, I'm not writing all this because I'm getting old and sentimental, but because I wanted to share with you my experience of migrating a project from JBuilder to NetBeans. I wanted to take a look at one of my older projects I wrote before I came to Sun. So I decided to try the new JBuilder import functionality of NetBeans. It's on update center for NetBeans 4.1, so I've installed it and used it to import the project.

To my suprise, it went smoothly, after importing the project it was compilable and I was able to run it as well. The project is not huge, but it has some dependencies like MySQL JDBC driver and log4j. After running it I only got some security exceptions from RMI (are you also always fighting with these?), for the rest everything worked. I don't know if it will work so easily also for more complex projects, I leave trying that on somebody else... Btw I've found this tutorial after everything was imported. I'm the kind of person who reads manuals when there is no other possibility and I guess I'm not the only one like this, but maybe somebody will read it :-)

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Geoff Arnold Sunday, July 10, 2005

    Turbo Pascal? Fuggedaboutit! Who remembers their tour e force (or something), Turbo Prolog. Now <u>there</u> was a language....

  • Daniel MD Sunday, July 10, 2005
    Now that was a great compiler/IDE, it was my first experience with programming (a very nice one), and made me respect and look for Borland products for many years, I was a JBuilder user. But what they have done with their product line is just obscene, launch products and then kill them after 2 years, stuff like that makes me crazy, and even now if you look at their website I can't find my way to the products directly (I have ranted about this in javalobby)...
  • Alan Burlison Sunday, July 10, 2005
    Or 'Turbo PasLog' as it was more correctly known ;-)
    I wrote a fault diagnosis application for System X telephone exchanges using it some time in the mid-80s - I was having a clearout a few months ago and found the floppy, and just for laughs ran it up - it still worked, much to my surprise ;-)
  • Roman Strobl Sunday, July 10, 2005
    Geoff, well I'm only 25 years old... :-) But I remember Commodore 64 and Czech machines like PMD-85, IQ-151 and microcomputer called Ondra, whose image I cannot find (I got it when I was 6). Really cool machines with extra resistive keyboards :-)

    Daniel, yes, it's a pity Borland went the wrong way. Their IDEs used to be the best of breed.

    Alan, I'm also amazed all these programs still work. Well after applying the patch to slow down the CPU so that I do not get a division by zero error :-)
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