[fpc-pascal] Re: Embarcadero/CodeGear officialy interested in Firebird and on native versions of Delphi for other operating systems ...

Prince Riley wmarketing3 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 09:05:13 CET 2008

Jurgen and Bee made a few rich contrasting points about Borland's past
mistakes. However, we must acknowledge that Borland's biggest problem was
Borland persisten failure to deliver 'price competitive' and 'high value'
programming tools.

No one denies Borland's well earned reputation for innovation in Windows
programming, Turbo C, Turbo C++ and Delphi blew the doors off MC Visual C
and MFC programming for they Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT platforms.
They lead with products that were not only feature rich,
they turned out solid code and made the job of wrangling the Windows
Frameworks like COM, COM+, AFC, ODBC, ASP, and MFC much easier.

However, they grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory when they overextebded
their development group (Inprise), rushed incomplete and inadequate products
(Kylix, Delph 7/8) to market while they
buried themselves in 'Enterprise' COBRA/IIOP, and database engines.

When they slipped, like the hare, this gave MS the catch up and pass them
which allowed them to solidify their base with the OS systems.

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 1:01 AM, Jürgen Hestermann <
juergen.hestermann at gmx.de> wrote:

> So, supporting open source should be the safest choice for them. If M$
>> grows bigger, they can grow bigger with M$. If M$ goes down, they can still
>> grow bigger with other platforms (linux, mac, etc).
> Many years ago (when Borland was still a real competitor of M$) Borland had
> problems to create good compilers because they didn't have all the
> information about the M$ OS (while compilers from M$ had of course). I
> remember that some articles stated that Borland made a deal with M$ so that
> they will get information but on the other hand may not support other OSes
> (and open source). I am not sure whether that's true but it would explain
> the behaviour of all Delphi owners.
> Jürgen Hestermann.
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