Borland is using the launch of version 4.0 of its Entera middleware to try and reposition the company as an enterprise development tools supplier rather than a desktop one.
To reinforce the message, it also plans to launch Enterprise versions of each of its development tools over the course of the next six months.
These will all support Entera, which will appear as an icon on their palette bars, and the Visibroker object request broker (Orb) that Borland is in the process of purchasing with Visigenic Software.
C++ Builder Enterprise is due to ship next month, while Jbuilder for Java Enterprise is scheduled to follow in the summer. The Enterprise version of Delphi for Object Pascal was released in December.
Brian Ledbetter, Borland?s enterprise product manager for Western Europe, said: ?The Open Enterprise Corp and Visigenic acquisition and the decision to spin off Interbase and our channel business were all indicators that Borland is trying to sell its products at the corporate level rather than at the individual developer level. The next bit of the puzzle we?ll be looking to licence or buy will be publish and subscribe message queuing technology such as Tibco?s.?
He added that, while Borland would continue to sell both Entera and Visibroker as separate offerings in the short-term, by the summer, it expected to have made a decision as to whether to integrate the two products and how to take development forward.
Entera 4 includes such new features as a new user interface for all its code generation tools that is written in Java to make the front end more consistent and to enable developers group different file types according to preference.
The Object Interface Tester has also been rewritten in Java to enable cross-platform testing and security has been enhanced to include DCE delegation and generic security service (GSS) application support.
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