Scotts Valley, California-based Borland International Inc, which likes to think of itself these days as more the developer’s friend rather than a desktop applications company, put its Windows95 and other products up for show at its sixth annual developers’ conference in San Diego, California last month. Heading the list was the 32-bit version of the Delphi object-oriented devlopment environment. Delphi and Delphi Client for Windows95 and NT are said to be completely backwards-compatible, but as there has only been one version so far, that is to be expected. Developers can compile their 16-bit applications under the new version and make use of the new features in Windows95. The product will also enable developers to build 16-bit applications for Windows 3.1, the company added. Paradox for Windows95/NT supports data and applications developed using the previous version of Paradox, 5.0, but back no further. Applications written using the new version can sit alongside and share the data of applications running under Windows 3.1 on the same database server, according to the company. Paradox for Windows95/NT will also be part of Novell Inc’s PerfectOffice for Windows95 Professional, the company said. Borland also had some non-Windows95 products to talk about at the conference. CodeGuard for Borland C++ 4.5 is a debugging tool to detect and diagnose memory problems in 16-bit applications. The company said the debugger works in the Borland integrated development environment featured in C++ 4.5, thus enabling developers to stay with the same interface throughout the coding and debugging process. When a bug is detected, a message appears in a window on the interface. A double-click on the message takes the developer to the line reponsible in the code, or to where the memory was allocated. CodeGuard also keeps tabs on application programming interface parameters and returns values on function most likely to cause memory corruption. Borland has started shipping Delphi/Link for Lotus Development Corp’s Notes, from Brainstorm Technologies Inc of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Delphi/Link is a set of links into Notes that, among other things, enables developers to create customised front-ends for Notes databases within Delphi, to integrate Notes data and applications with other relational and SQL databases and to create, delete, read and update Notes documents, the firm said. The same features are available in C++ 4.5 and Visual dBase. Delphi/Link costs around $400. CodeGuard, also out now costs $150. The Windows95 products will be available within three months of the operating system’s launch, but prices have not been finalised, said Borland.
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