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Borland delivers on web services promises with Delphi 6

Johannesburg, 12 Jul 2001
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Borland Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Borland Software Corporation, a leading provider in e-business implementation platforms, today announced the immediate availability of Borland Delphi 6, the new version of its rapid application development (RAD) environment for the Windows operating system.

As the first RAD environment to help developers easily use and create emerging industry standard Web Services, Delphi 6 enables the rapid development and deployment of applications using XML- and SOAP-based Web Services technologies. Delphi 6 Web Services technologies speed e-business by enabling companies to automate the secure sharing and exchange of business information over the Internet.

Delphi 6 is the only RAD environment that supports emerging industry standards: XML, SOAP, WSDL and XSL. Delphi 6 also supports emerging Web Services-based vendor platforms .Net and BizTalk from Microsoft, and ONE from Sun Microsystems, while providing the scalability and reliability that enterprise and Web developers require.

"Borland Delphi 6 delivers to developers the best-of-breed RAD environment that makes it truly easy to use and create emerging industry standard Web Services," said Evan Quinn, chief analyst for Hurwitz Group, Inc. "By adding Web Services into the context of the proven Delphi development metaphor and environments, Borland once again illustrates that it understands the unique needs of individual and corporate developers."

Borland designed the new Delphi framework, including BizSnap, WebSnap and DataSnap, to enable faster time-to-market by simplifying business-to-business integration. Delphi 6 helps users build server-side and client-side applications that support Web Services specifications through a fully integrated set of Web Service enabled visual tools, advanced compiler technology and re-usable software components.

"With its high level of performance and scalability, Delphi is my development environment of choice for building rapid applications for Windows," said Mouse Silverstein, senior systems developer at a major entertainment/theme park. "I depend on Delphi to build mission-critical applications quickly and easily."

Borland Delphi 6 delivers performance rich graphical user interface (GUI) clients for customers` CORBA or Enterprise JavaBean (EJB) server applications. Using Borland Delphi 6, development teams can build rich GUI clients for Borland VisiBroker for CORBA and Borland AppServer applications for EJB technology. Delphi 6 extends customers` EJB applications as Web Services enabling them to provide business-to-business integration to their customers, suppliers and partners.

"Web Services are the next step in application development on the Internet because they allow two companies that have different IT infrastructures to effectively conduct e-business together," said Manoli Rodokanakis, Country Manager of Borland Southern Africa. "We are already seeing an incredible demand for technologies that support Web services, which should fuel the growth of Delphi 6."

Borland Delphi 6 new product features include:

* BizSnap Web Services RAD development platform simplifies business-to-business integration by easily creating XML/SOAP Web Services and connections.

* * WebSnap is a component-based Web application development framework that supports leading Web Application Servers, including Apache, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

* * DataSnap enables customers to build high-performance, Web Service-enabled middleware that allows any client application or service to easily connect with any Enterprise-class RDBMS, such as Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Informix, IBM DB2, Sybase and Borland InterBase, through emerging Web Services including XML, DCOM, or CORBA.

In addition, when paired with Borland Kylix(tm), the first native RAD environment for the Linux Operating System (OS), Delphi 6 users can build single-source applications for both Windows and Linux, which opens new opportunities and increases the potential return on development investments.

Borland Delphi 6

Borland Delphi 6 is the first RAD environment for the Windows operating system that supports new and emerging Web Services. With Delphi 6, corporate or individual developers can create next generation e-business applications quickly and easily. Major features include BizSnap, WebSnap and DataSnap that enable developers to create applications that simplify business-to-business integration with full support for XML, SOAP, and WSDL. Delphi 6 support for industry standard Web Services enables immediate and ongoing integration with emerging Web Services based vendor platforms .Net and BizTalk from Microsoft, ONE from Sun Microsystems.

Borland Kylix

Borland Kylix, the first native-code RAD environment for the Linux platform, is a component-based development environment for two-way visual development of GUI, Internet, database, and Web server applications. Kylix integrates a leading edge development environment, interactive debugger, intuitive visual designer and a comprehensive component palette to give developers the tools they need to deliver Linux applications fast. Kylix`s state of the art optimising compiler is seamlessly integrated to produce high-performance applications at high-speed.

For further information, please contact Borland Southern Africa on tel (011) 622 1635, or fax (011) 622 1534, or visit the local or international Web-sites www.borland.co.za or www.borland.com

Borland Software Corporation

Borland is a leading provider of high performance e-business implementation platforms designed to increase developer productivity and reduce time to market for enterprise software projects. E-business implementation platforms consist of software products that allow businesses to develop, deploy and manage e-business applications. Borland is the vendor of choice for professional e-business solution providers who demand a vendor-independent implementation platform that supports rapid time to market, high productivity, performance and availability. Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with operations worldwide.

Editorial contacts
Global Research Partners Paul Booth 082 568 1179 pabooth@cis.co.za
Borland Southern Africa Manoli Rodokanakis (011) 622 1635 manoli@borland.co.za
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