CodeGear Branches Out with New PHP, Vista, AJAX Tools

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2007-02-20 Print this article Print

CodeGear, the developer tools group spun out of Borland, delivers its first set of major tools that take the company into new directions with dynamic language support, among other new features.

CodeGear, the developer tools unit of Borland Software, has announced new tools to enable the rapid development of PHP applications, as well as a new rapid application development environment for Windows Vista and AJAX.

CodeGear on Feb. 20 announced Delphi for PHP, a component-based RAD IDE (integrated development environment) and VCL (visual component library) for PHP.

"When we spun out the division, we said we were expanding into dynamic languages and we hinted at PHP and Ruby," said Michael Swindell, vice president of products and strategy at CodeGear, based in Scotts Valley, Calif. "The PHP market has a handful of tools out there, but none that provide a modern application development platform for PHP."

Moreover, Swindell said there has been a lack of a component standard for componentizing PHP code into easily reusable plug-ins. So Delphi for PHP brings the RAD approach of Borland's popular Delphi IDE to the PHP platform.

"The most important thing this product brings to the market is a standardized component model to PHP so that you can visually build PHP applications from the components," Swindell said. "We supply about 50 components, and developers can build their own" or they can "wrapper" existing PHP code and make components, he said.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: CodeGear Branches Out with New PHP, Vista, AJAX Tools.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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