Inprise is considering porting its Delphi development environment and C++ Builder rapid application development (RAD) tool over to Linux following a survey of its developer base.
The study, which was posted on the supplier's Web site and received responses from 2,4192 programmers, indicated that 44.5 per cent were primarily interested in using Delphi to build Linux applications, followed by 22.8 per cent who would prefer to use C++ Builder.
Only 11.9 per cent were considering Java, however.
But while an overwhelming 59.8 per cent currently built applications for Windows, only 25 per cent were existing Linux developers, although a surprising 32.6 per cent said they planned to switch most of their development work exclusively to the open source operating system in the future.
Some 59.5 per cent expected to develop to both platforms for the forseeable future, however.
An Inprise spokesperson said at the Linux World show in San Jose this week: "We're in the process of defining what we're going to commit to in terms of Delphi and C++ Builder and we're trying to use the survey to provide us with guidelines. That developers are now interested in developing applications for Linux is a new development because traditionally the interest was mainly in infrastructure and kernel work."
He continued: "But they've had their interest piqued by Linux and now want things like database connectivity, graphical user interfaces, Internet development and things associated with business applications. They're showing the same level of interest as in other mainstream applications platforms, which is new."
Some 76.1 per cent of respondents said they intended to build applications and utilities for the open source operating system, while 58.6 per cent intended to create client/server database packages. A further 43.3 per cent said they were also interested in Web server side development.
Inprise, which was formerly known as Borland, said it had already started shipping its Visibroker object request broker for Linux and planned to make its Jbuilder for Linux Java development tool available by the first quarter of 2000.
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