Borland: Port the Kylix IDE from Windows to Linux
Situation. The Borland Kylix development environment provides both ANSI/ISO C++ and Delphi language programming—two powerful object-oriented languages in one development solution. Borland hired CodeWeavers and Macadamian to port their Kylix development environment to the Linux platform.
Solution. To take advantage of new market opportunities, Borland needed to port Kylix to Linux as soon as possible. The time and cost involved in rewriting Kylix in native Linux was prohibitive, so Borland decided to use the Wine porting layer, which allows Windows executables to run on Linux. CodeWeavers required extra resources to meet the aggressive timeline. They turned to Macadamian, the only other software development company who matches their own level of experience with Wine.
Benefits. The partnership of two leading companies with in-depth knowledge of the Win32 API and the Wine porting layer meant the project was completed in record time. Kylix became the first development environment to support Linux and has won a dozen trade show and magazine awards, including Software Development Magazine’s Productivity Award two years in a row.
Company Profile. Founded in 1983, Borland (NASDAQ: BORL) is the leading vendor of Open Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions – open to customers’ processes, tools and platforms – providing the flexibility to manage, measure and improve the software delivery process.