Borland plans to unveil its Multi-tier Distributed Application Services (Midas) middleware this week, which it will integrate into its Windows-based development tools in an attempt to make them more scalable.
Midas will initially appear in version 3.0 of Delphi, due later this quarter, but will also be integrated into future versions of other Borland tools, JBuilder for Java development, and C++ Builder.
Borland has been trying to position itself at the higher end of the tools market for some time, but has so far been remarkably unsuccessful, as reflected in its recent financial performance.
Paul Beach, Borland?s international client/server product marketing manager, said: ?Developers don?t need to acquire a different skillset to use Midas, but they will need to think about development in a different way - they can?t just crank out their traditional Windows code for two-tier client/server. They can put logic where they want, which means they have to think in a multi-tier way and about different ways of supporting their application.?
Midas is based on Borland?s Open Environment (OEC) acquisition?s Entera middleware - based on the Distributed Computing Environment standard - but has been rewritten to support the Common Object Model. It runs only in a Microsoft Windows environment.
It comprises a so-called Business Object Broker - a module that deals with load balancing and failover; a Constraint Broker that can import database content into a data dictionary and check it for integrity; and a Data Broker, which manipulates data packets as they move around a network to improve performance.
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