Inprise last week took the wraps off Delphi 5, the latest version of its rapid application development tool for Windows.
Inprise said Delphi 5, available next month, has new features to enable integration of Windows applications with Web servers, middleware and back-end databases.
An Inprise spokeswoman told PC Week that the product can "take pre-written Windows applications (written in any programming language) and roll them out onto the Web."
Delphi 5 is available in three versions:
- Enterprise now includes support for HTML 4 and XML, allowing developers to create Web applications using dynamic HTML content based on data fed from back-end servers using XML. It also supports Microsoft's ActiveX Data Object and OLEDB technology with ADOExpress, a data integration component and includes InterBase Express, a small-footprint relational database.
- Midas 3 is a suite of component broker technologies, supporting HTTP, CORBA, Microsoft's COM and Microsoft Transaction Server. It handles integration between existing systems and new Web applications.
- TeamSource is a new tool to increase productivity of enterprise development teams. It enables development teams to manage changes to source code; builds on existing source code management and versioning engines (such as PVCS); adds a workflow model that simplifies the managment of source code for large distributed teams; and includes Borland Translation Suite, which helps internationalise or localise applications.
Delphi 5 also includes a DataModule Designer with tree and data diagram view; project-wide browsing to better understand code and to navigate the visual component library; to-do lists for scheduling; and new control panel and console application wizards.
New debugging tools include remote debugging for distributed development and multi-process and cross-process debugging.
Inprise was unable to supply pricing details for the software.
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