Borland has received a welcome boost from Oracle, which last week announced plans to incorporate Borland's Java technology into its own family of development tools.
Oracle has licensed the Borland technology as part of a plan to extend its range of tools for building Internet and intranet applications. The company will integrate its Developer/2000, Designer/2000 and Sedona tools with Borland's new C++ Builder and forthcoming Java development tool, JBuilder.
C++ Builder, which received a favourable review in PC Week last week, is being heralded by Borland as a Microsoft Visual C++ killer. Under the agreement, Borland and Oracle's development teams will work together to integrate their technologies.
Borland's chairman and chief executive officer Del Yocam, said: "This agreement is a key step in Borland's strategy to extend its reach further into corporate IT departments."
Nigel Brown, Borland's UK sales and marketing director, said: "Oracle is the second largest (PC) software firm.and it is backing us. We are very excited. This is a clear message to the market that Oracle believes in Borland's products."
Brown said the deal will enable Borland to move into the domain of Oracle high-end tools. "Our strategy is changing. We are working towards becoming a supplier of tools from the low to the high end," he added.
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