Inprise is developing a rapid application development environment, codenamed Kylix, for the Linux open source operating system, which is due to ship by the middle of next year.
The offering is a rewritten version of the supplier's Delphi and C++ Builder for Windows tools and will enable programmers to write native Linux client and server side packages that include database and Internet support. All of the major databases such as Oracle will be supported as well as Inprise's own Interbase and the Linux offering, mySQL.
Michael Swindell, Inprise's senior product manager, said: "Kylix is a component based visual development environment to enable Linux developers to build native applications." He continued: "Application development is relatively new in the Linux world, with most developers focusing on systems level development and kernel work in the past, so this has a pretty broad target. It will open up the world of Linux to business developers, but will also be targeted at both the open source community and people building proprietary applications."
Pricing and packaging has not yet been decided, but the tool is likely to be called Delphi for Linux.
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