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 Dr.Bob's C#Builder Visions contains information related to C#Builder using C#, ASP.NET, and more. See also the generic C# section.

2009/08/01 - C#Builder De-Supported

  C#Builder *** Book Top 3 ***
  1.NET for Delphi Programmers 
  2C#Builder Kick Start (SAMS) 
  3Professional C# (WROX) 
C#Builder is now officially de-supported, and is no longer eligible for Technical Support.

2007/08/29 - Delphi 2006 Development Essentials at Lulu
I have just published my third work on Lulu: Delphi 2006 Development Essentials, my first courseware manual covering Borland Delphi 2006 for Win32 and .NET 1.1. Topics include an introduction to .NET 1.1, the Delphi 2006 IDE, Refactoring, Delphi 2006 Language Enhancements, Windows Forms Applications, VCL and VCL for .NET, migrating Win32 applications to .NET, Unit Testing with DUnit and NUnit, interoperability between Win32 and .NET, and Modelling with Together.

2007/06/21 - Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap
CodeGear has published document that describes the roadmap and their intended plans for Delphi and C++Builder. Note that a roadmap is never cast in stone, and always subject to change (like the support for Generics in Highlander, which went from "consumption only" to "consumption and creation of parameterized types in Delphi for .NET" (after a lot of feedback).
You can also listen to the replays of the Delphi and C++Builder Roadmap Briefings.

2007/04/24 - BDS2006 Hotfix 12
BDS2006 Hotfix 12 is available for download for BDS 2006 customers. This hotfix contains fixes for a memory leak in the compiler when building projects and a codegen bug when comparing signed and unsigned integers. Use these in place of earlier versions of bcc32.exe and comp32x.dll.

2007/02/12 - BDS2006 Hotfix Roll-up
CodeGear has just now signed-off a new version of the HotFix Rollup of the previous BDS2006 hotfixes 1-9, except 2 and have now added hotfixes 10a-f! This hotfix rollup will work for all BDS2006 Update 2 editions and all the Turbo releases, all languages.

2007/01/13 - JCL Team releases JCL 1.98
The JCL Team is proud to announce that the stable release of JCL 1.98 is available for download at sourceforge. This release contains several changes, additions and bugfixes. The JCL supports C++Builder 5 and 6, Kylix 3, Delphi 5, 6 and 7, C#Builder 1 (experts only), Delphi 8 (experts only), Delphi 2005 (Win32 and .net), BDS 2006 (Delphi, C++Builder, and and Turbo Delphi (Explorer and professional).

2006/12/11 - Free InterBase 2007 Developer Edition
InterBase 2007 Developer Edition (for Windows, Linux and Solaris) and InterBase 2007 Server Edition (trial) as well as InterBase 7.5 Server trial are now available for download from the CodeGear website.

2006/12/04 - Chat with Ben Smith, CodeGear CEO
On Monday, December 4th at 19:00 GMT/UTC, join Ben Smith, CodeGear CEO, and David I in an open community chat on the BDNradio internet site. A replay of the audio broadcast and the chat log will be posted on the Developer Network after the event.

2006/11/11 - Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0
The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package, now available for download, installs the common language runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework 3.0. If you already have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, this .NET Framework 3.0 redistributable package installs only the new Windows Vista components. This ensures that any .NET Framework 2.0-based applications still work when the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed, with no application migration or updates of any kind required.
The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is the new managed code programming model for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework version 2.0 with new technologies: Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace. The .NET Framework 3.0 is included as part of the Windows Vista operating system, and the redistributable package is for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

2006/10/30 - Delphi Survey
Nick Hodges has just announced a Delphi Survey for 2006. In 12 sections of in total about 60 questions (it feels like 100), we are asked all kinds of useful information on the version/edition of Delphi we use, as well as the technologies used (and wanted, like .NET 2.0, UNICODE for VCL, CF, Vista), application types we develop, and much more.
Please do yourself and other Delphi developers a favour and take the time to fill out this survey!

2006/10/02 - Borland Developer Studio Free Software Bundle
Registered users of Borland Developer Studio can download additional professional products for free, including:

If you are a registered user of Borland Developer Studio 2006, you can download these tools now.

2006/09/19 - (Turbo) Delphi Hotfix Roll-up
Borland Developer Tools Group / DevCo has just now signed-off a rollup of the previous BDS2006 hotfixes 1-6, except 2 and have now added three previously unreleased hotfixes 7-9! This hotfix rollup will work for all BDS2006 Update 2 editions and all the Turbo releases, all languages.

2006/09/04 - Turbo C# FAQ
The Turbo Editions FAQ with Frequently asked questions (and answers) for Turbo Delphi, Turbo Delphi for .NET, Turbo C++, and Turbo C# is now available.

2006/08/08 - Turbo C# for .NET
DevCo is bringing back the Turbo Editions: Turbo Delphi for Win32, Turbo Delphi for .NET, Turbo C++ (Win32) and Turbo C# for .NET will be released on September 5th, 2006, both in a Free (Explorer) and affordable (less than US$ 500) Pro version. IMHO, this is a very good move, and will hopefully bring large numbers of new Delphi, C++ and C# developers to the DevCo community (and the TurboExplorer website).
Note that Turbo C# even allows you to build ECO applications (as well as ASP.NET of course).

2006 July - GetPublished Article Contest
There's a new contest on the Borland Developer Network for the month July 2006: write an original technical article to be published on the Borland Developer Network (BDN) on any C++, C# or Java topic using a Borland development tool. The article should be a minimum of 2,000 words. Articles must be of a technical nature and may not reflect marketing information.

2006/06/30 - BDS Technical Publications Survey
Borland Developer Studio technical publications team is asking for your feedback on the documentation for Borland Developer Studio 2006 in this survey. Please let them know your preferences regarding the documentation, and contribute to the quality of the Borland Developer Studio documentation by filling out this survey.

2006/06/13 - BDS 2006 Hotfixes released
Borland has released hotfixes to address specific issues (in BDS 2006 Update #2), namely:

  1. This hotfix contains a fix for poppack.h. An invalid '#pragma option' was added to poppack.h which was causing alignment errors when building Windows applications.
  2. This hotfix updates the CaliberRM integration in BDS 2006 to work with CaliberRM Release 2 SP1. Do not apply this fix unless your CaliberRM server has been updated to that release.
  3. This hotfix contains a fix for customers who were unable to run the BDS2006 IDE after installing Update 2. For those customers, the IDE would start to load, and as soon as the splash screen was shown, it would disappear and the IDE would not run.
  4. This hotfix contains a fix for HTML Editor for international characters. In DBCS environment, such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, international character in the HTML editor may become corrupted or lost.
  5. This hotfix addresses the delay when switching to the form designer view when the product is configured with a large number of component packages.
  6. This hotfix contains a fixes an issue where accented characters or far east characters in source code cause errors in C++ rename refactoring.
These hotfixes are also available from the Delphi Registered User Updates page.

2006/05/26 - Delphi SpeedUp 1.8
DelphiSpeedUp Delphi/BCB/BDS IDE plugin Version 1.8 is a plugin for Delphi/C++Builder 5/6/7/2005 and BDS 2006. It speeds up the time to load the IDE and it also improves the whole speed of the IDE. This is achieved by replacing some often used RTL functions by FastCode function that are optimized for the used CPU. It also adds some caches for function that work on filenames like ExpandFileName().

2006/04/18 - C#Builder 2006 Update #2
BDS 2006 (which includes C#Builder 2006) Update #2 is now available for download. For more information about the update, read the article on BDN, which also contains a nice section on deploying BDS 2006 applications.

2006/02/19 - C#Builder 2006 Trial Edition
The 30-day trial edition of Borland Developer Studio 2006 (including Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006 and C#Builder 2006) is now available for download.

2006/02/08 - Borland seeks buyer for IDE division
Borland announced plans to seek a buyer for the portion of its business associated with the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), including the award-winning Borland Developer Studio (Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder) and JBuilder product lines.
On Borland Developer Network, there's is a community letter by David I, as well as a letter from the CEO Tod Nielsen.

2006/01/25 - C#Builder on eBay
Claudia Currie, former employee of Borland, is offering a number of original and still sealed boxes with Borland products for sale on eBay. This is your chance to get C#Builder Enterprise, but also Delphi 7 Studio Enterprise, Kylix 3 Enterprise, Delphi 2005 Architect, Delphi 8 Architect, or C++Builder 6 Enterprise at a bargain. Check it out!

2006/01/02 - Together features in C#Builder 2006
Read this article for an overview of some of the Together features for Delphi and C# in Borland Developer Studio 2006.

2005/11/29 - Launch of Delphi 2006 in The Netherlands
Anyone in The Netherlands is welcome to join us at the Delphi 2006 launch. Jason Vokes, David Intersimone, Bob Swart and Jeroen Pluimers will be hosting the event on Tuesday, 29th of November in Hoofddorp.

2005/10/10 - Borland Developer Studio 2006
Borland has just announced new versions of Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder, previously codenamed DeXter.
Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006, and C#Builder 2006 are offered together as part of Borland Developer Studio; Borland's multi-language developer environment for Microsoft Windows and .NET applications. It is the only IDE that includes support for Delphi (both Win32 and .NET), C, C++ and C# applications within a single environment.
Delphi 2006, C++Builder 2006 and C#Builder 2006, all part of Borland Developer Studio, will be available for pre-order between Oct. 17 and Dec. 1, with customer shipments scheduled for early December.

2005/09/27 - Delphi / C++Builder Roadmap
At EKon 9, David I did the opening keynote and presented - among others - a Delphi / C++Builder Roadmap, which was very interesting (to say the least).
Read my weblog or Danny Thorpe's for even more details on Delphi DeXter and Highlander!

2005/09/18 - Anders Hejlsberg on LINQ (in C# 3.0)
LINQ stands for Language INtegrated Query and adds (SQL-like) query and set operations to .NET languages like C#. Channel 9 has a video of Anders Hejlsberg in his office showing more on LINQ.
Danny Thorpe posted his thoughts on LINQ and what it means for Delphi (we already have sets).

2005/07/12 - Bob Swart and Brian Long Team-Up
Bob Swart of Bob Swart Training & Consultancy and Brian Long of Brian Long Consultancy & Training Services are pleased to announce they are combining their knowledge and experience and now offer a complete range of training and consultancy services world-wide.
"Our combined forces will be used to cover a wider area, both in location and knowledge", said Bob Swart. "Working in combination will help satisfy our customers' diverse requirements more successfully", added Brian Long.
Bob will be available across The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and Brian will be available throughout the world upon request.
Training covers regular Win32 application development and various advanced topics focusing on specific Delphi and Win32 programming areas. Also .NET foundations, .NET application and component development, ASP.NET development, .NET Interoperability, migration and so on. Training will be based on the latest software, unless customers are bound to earlier product versions, and will use courseware manuals written and tested by ourselves.
Consultancy topics range from Win32 and Linux to .NET, using Borland Delphi, C++Builder and Kylix as well as C# and RemObjects' Chrome. Bob will continue to focus on web and database technologies, while Brian's specialities include general troubleshooting and debugging problems that elude home-grown solutions.

2005/06/20 - Delphi 2005 ECO 2 Weblog - Part II
In this second part, I'll build multiple ASP.NET web pages on top of the objects in the EcoSpace, showing the list of categories, weblog posts in categories, and allowing visitors to read the posts (leaving comments will be covered next time).
Next time, I'll add some management capabilities to the application, adding authentication and authorization, making sure that the weblog author can add and edit Categories and Posts, and delete Comments (if needed), while weblog visitors can only read Categories, Posts and Comments by others, or add their own Comments.

2005/06/01 - Bitwise Magazine
Bitwise Magazine is a free on-line computing magazine with features on Delphi, C#, and more. For the first issue (launched on June 1st), I've written an article about Blogging with Delphi 2005 and ECO II.
"Borland Delphi 2005 Architect contains a featureset called Enterprise Core Objects 2, which allows us developers to create applications based on a model (with objects, inheritance and associations), which can be made persistent in a DBMS, and used to create GUI as well as web applications. In this two-part article, Ill use Delphi 2005 and Enterprise Core Objects to define and implement an application handling web logs - also called blogs."

2005/05/17 - New Delphi Survey
Borland is offering us the chance to vote for what we think is important in the next version(s) of Delphi in a new Delphi Survey. This is your chance to have your say, so go for it!

2005/03/23 - Delphi 2005 and the .NET Compact Framework?
Several Borland Blog entries have been made by Danny, Allen and Danny again about Delphi and support for the .NET Compact Framework. What do we need? Only compiler support for the Compact Framework, or also a Visual Designer? And in case of a Visual Designer, do we want one based on WinForms or VCL for .NET?
Dr.Bob says... For me, the choice is clear: VCL is the way to go for GUI applications: VCL for Win, VCL for .NET and I'd be very pleased with a VCL for .NET/CF. With a little work you can produce almost single-source applications (with some IFDEFs) for Win32, Linux, .NET and in the future hopefully also Compact Framework (that would mean a new section for this website - replacing this C#Builder Visions with Compact Visions)...

2005/03/01 - C#Builder and the Compact Framework
Marc Rohloff has written an article for the Borland Developer Network about how to get started with C# and the Compact Framework. This article will show you the steps to edit, compile and test applications for the .NET Compact Framework using Borland Delphi 2005 and C# and explain what you can and cannot do.

2005/01/31 - Dr.Bob Examines... SetFocus in ASP.NET
In my latest Dr.Bob Examines paper, I will demonstrate how to generate and include the right JavaScript code in order to set the focus to a specific control in an ASP.NET web page.

2004/11/16 - What's New in Delphi 2005? (aka C#Builder 2.0)
I've written a technical white paper describing What's New in Delphi 2005 which is now published on the Borland Developer Network.
My top 10 reasons for upgrading to Delphi 2005 are as follows:

For more information you can attend my Delphi 2005 training days in The Netherlands or the Best of Delphi 2005 seminar in London, followed by my Delphi 2005 Database Development masterclass in London, UK

2004/10/31 - RemObjects SDK 3.0 for .NET
RemObjects SDK, the award winning remoting framework for Delphi and Kylix, is now available for Microsoft .NET. RemObjects SDK 3.0 for .NET allows you to build fully managed multi-tier servers and clients for .NET and Mono, while preserving full wire compatibility with RemObjects SDK for Delphi so that you can easily combine servers and clients from different platforms.
With full C# code, RemObjects SDK 3.0 for .NET integrates into the Visual Studio and Borland Developer Studio IDEs, is built on RemObjects Internet Pack for .NET, and offers support for C#, Chrome, and Delphi for .NET among others.

2004/10/12 - Borland Delphi 2005 Announced
Borland has announced Delphi 2005, the latest version of Borland Delphi with support for Delphi Win32, Delphi for .NET and C# personalities. Borland Delphi 2005 will be available in several editions: Architect, Enterprise and Professional.
A white paper with an Overview of Delphi 2005 is available now, and will be followed by a detailed white paper covering What's New in Delphi 2005 shortly.

2004/09/30 - Using Janeva to Connect CORBA and .NET
In this Dr.Bob Examines paper, I will demonstrate how Microsoft .NET Framework developers can use Borland Janeva to connect C#(Builder) clients to CORBA servers that run on different platforms (like Win32, Linux and others).

2004/09/23 - BDP Development docs - First Draft
Ramesh Theivendran (Borland) has published the first draft of the BDP Development documentation, available from CodeCentral. Ramesh welcomes feedback and suggestions by e-mail. The final paper will be published on BDN.

2004/09/21 - Diamondback = C#Builder 2.0 ?!?
After the Diamondback Preview session at BorCon was over, and we all went outside to the Meet The Delphi Team session (with team members available to talk to individually), everyone received a CD with a special BorCon-version of the Diamondback Preview.
From the looks of it, Diamondback truly integrates Delphi for Win32, Delphi for .NET, and C# in one IDE, which effectively makes it C#Builder 2.0 (I personally doubt if there will be a separate C#Builder SKU from now on).

2004/09/11-15: Borland Conference 2004 Report
Like previous years, I have written a "live" Conference Report on this website including details of all major events, Borland and 3rd-party announcements and session details.

2004/08/13 - Diamondback Rumours
In his weblog, Michael Swindell mentions and comments on some of the Diamondback Rumours that he has read in newsgroups and blogs.
There's an interesting comment there as well, when Michael responds to the question "what about the rumor that Diamondback will join Delphi, C++Builder and C# in a single IDE?" with the following answer: "Two thirds of that is true for Diamondback. There is a chance that all of it could eventually happen, so it's a rumor with potential."

2004/05/13 - Borland Developer Studio
At the Dutch Software Developer Conference (SDC) Danny Thorpe had an evening session about "A Brief History of Delphi 8 for .NET", where he also briefly mentioned the future of Delphi. Danny mentioned that the next release of Delphi would contain both .NET and Win32 in the same box and even in the same IDE (the Borland Developer Studio IDE), and that it would also contain C#.
Dr.Bob says... Since C#Builder is actually "BDS 1.0" (the C# personality) and Delphi 8 is "BDS 2.0" (the Delphi personality), it would appear that a future edition of BDS would contain multiple personalities like Delphi (Win32 as well as .NET) and perhaps even C#.
Note that there has been no official word from Borland on this, so at this time it's only hearsay (but very promising hearsay at that ;-)

2004/05/07 - A tale of two CodeDOMs
Read the story of building a web service that uses the C#Builder and Delphi for .NET CodeDOMs to instantly convert C# code samples to Delphi code.
You can download the complete WinForms project from CodeCentral.

2004/03/19 - TeeChart Pro VCL / CLX version 7
Steema Software has released version 7 of TeeChart Pro VCL / CLX (including free and evaluation versions). New features include Delphi 8 VCL.NET support, 360 degree rotation, new Series styles, improved GIS-Mapping features, more Tee Functions and Chart Tools, Themes and color palettes, OpenGL gradients and export to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics).

2004/03/01 - .NET Remoting with BDP
Ramesh Theivendran, an Architect responsible for dbExpress, Borland Data Providers (BDP), and more at Borland has written an useful and easy to follow article about distributing Data with .NET.

2004/02/13 - ASP.NET Input Validators
ASP.NET contains six built-in input validator controls: RequiredFieldValidator, CompareValidator, RangeValidator, RegularExpressionValidator, CustomValidator, and ValidationSummary, all found in the regular "Web Controls" category of the Tool Palette.
A new article from me has just been published on the IBM DB2-Borland web portal, this time about the Data Entry Input Validation controls (and the DB Web controls). See also the complete list of articles.

2004/01/28 - Borland Data Providers for .NET
The Borland Developer Network has just published a White Paper written by Ramesh Theivendran about the Borland Data Providers for .NET.

2004/01/26 - Janeva: Connecting CORBA to .NET
In this article for DevX, I'll explain how to build a CORBA server (in C++Builder 6) and connect it to C#Builder clients using Borland's Janeva as "glue".
I plan to write a similar article using a Delphi 7 CORBA server and Delphi 8 for .NET soon.

2004/01/18 - Sharp Builder Tools for C#Builder
Sharp Builder Tools, available from SourceForge, is a set of experts (Helpers) for Borland C# Builder and Delphi for .Net. It contains a lot of tools integrated directly in the IDE (Ant / NAnt, AStyle, NUnit, Expresso, NDoc, WinMerge) and many coding utilities.

2004/01/08 - Comparing and contrasting C#Builder and Delphi forms
In this article on the Borland Developer Network, the difference between Delphi forms and C#Builder forms are discussed, along with comparisons of some of their corresponding properties, methods, and events.

2003/11/23 - C#Builder Update and Technical Resources
Troy Kitch has published a letter to C#Builder customers to inform them of the new ECO update as well as inform them of some recently published technical resources.

2003/11/14 - C#Builder Architect Update #1
You can now download Update #1 for C#Builder Architect from the Registered C#Builder Users page, containing mainly bug fixes and some new features for the Enterprise Core Objects.

2003/11/07 - ASP.NET Web Services and Sessions
In this Dr.Bob Examines article, I show how to add state management and session support to ASP.NET web services (using C# and notepad), explaining what to do and what not to do, so you can decide for yourself if, where and when you want to use this ability.

2003/11/1-5: Borland Conference 2003
The 14th annual Borland Conference (and Borland's 20th Anniversary) was held from Saturday (Nov 1st) until Wednesday (Nov 5th), in San Jose, CA (USA). I've done a pre-conference tutorial (on XML & SOAP), a session about dbExpress, and a Birds-of-a-Feather session on RemObjects SDK.
The latest C#Builder news and updates were reported "live" from BorCon in San Jose and can be read in my special BorCon Report at

2003/10/24 - C#Builder ASP.NET Web Forms
This technical article - about Working with Data in DB2 UDB Tables Using C#Builder and ASP.NET builds on an earlier article that showed how to build an application using IBM DB2 UDB tables, C#Builder, and BDP for .NET, and then deploy it as an ASP.NET Web form (with a powerful asp:DataGrid control).
In the new article, I take the example a bit further, to allow users not only to view the data and browse through the tables, but also to update the data or delete records from the asp:DataGrid.

2003/10/23 - C#Builder Open Tools API Programming Contest
Develop and submit a "must have" Open Tool for C#Builder and be eligible to win prizes (like a Tablet PC or an Architect version of Delphi or C#Builder) in this Programming Contest. Use the C#Builder Open Tools API to create an innovative add-in for C#Builder. You can find examples and information on building C#Builder open tools from the article C#Builder Open Tools API references and the BDN street
The competition ends January 31st, 2004, and the winners will be announced March 8th, 2004.

2003/10/15 - C#Builder Update Pack #2
Registered users of C#Builder can now download C#Builder Update Pack #2, which includes cumulative maintenance from Update Pack #1 and includes updates to the Debugger, Code Editor, and Form Designer.
This update is only for C#Builder Enterprise and Professional - it does not apply to Personal (which doesn't contain the areas that were fixed) nor Architect (which was released together with Update #2).

2003/10/14 - C#Builder Kick Start
Joe Mayo's book C#Builder Kick Start is available now from and soon also from

2003/10/13 - C#Builder vs. VS.NET
Joe Mayo. author of C#Builder Kick Start and C# Unleashed, compared Borland C#Builder with Visual Studio .NET for C#Pro.

2003/10/10 - C#Builder Architect Trial
You can now download the C#Builder Architect Trial Edition, and take a look at the Borland C#Builder Partner CD.

2003/10/10 - BDNtv: C#Builder Architect ECO demo
Take a look at the 20 minute long BDNtv: Using Borland's ECO to develop model-powered applications for .NET movie.

2003/09/10 - Borland C#Builder and IBM DB2
Borland announced a global agreement with IBM to ship trial versions of Borland C#Builder with IBM DB2 Universal Database software worldwide, helping enterprises to accelerate the development of database applications for the Microsoft .NET Framework. Borland will also ship IBM DB2 Universal Developer's Edition with Borland C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework.

2003/09/01 - Borland Conference Europe
The 2003 European Borland Conference, has been rescheduled to November 10-12 in Amsterdam. I'm part of the Advisory Board, and we've selected good sessions from well-known and respected Speakers, for Borland Developers from all over Europe, enabling access to the latest information on .NET and Borland.

2003/09/01 - ASP.NET Web Services and Sessions
My latest article in Hardcore Web Services is about ASP.NET Web Services and Sessions. By default, Web Services are stateless. However, that doesn't mean that they can't maintain state. Although you'll often be told that a stateful Web Service is a Bad Thing, it doesn't hurt to know that the possibility exists. In this article, I show how to add state management and session support to your Web Services, explaining what to do and what not to do, so you can decide for yourself whether, where, and when you want to use this ability.

2003/08/31 - C#Builder Visions mailinglist
Dr.Bob's C#Builder Visions mailing list (unmoderated Yahoo!Groups) can be used to ask questions and post announcements related to Borland C#Builder.

2003/08/22 - C#Builder wallpaper
This wallpaper image shows the C#Builder icon, the Borland logo and images in the background representing the steps of the application lifecycle. Available in 1600x1200, 1280x1024, and 1024x768 format.

2003/08/08 - C#Builder Update Pack #1
At 435 KBytes, the first Update Pack for C#Builder is available on the special downloads page (for registered users).

2003/08/01 - C#Builder Enterprise Trial Edition
The trial edition of C#Builder Enterprise is now available! To get started programming in C#, be sure to check out the included tutorial(s) as well as the C#Builder Partner CD submissions. Check out the C# titles by Sams for a C# kickstart.

2003/07/29 - C#Builder Personal Edition
In case you don't have a copy of C#Builder, yet, you can now download C#Builder Personal, for non-commercial application development (269 MBytes).
The huge size of this download is caused by the fact that everything is included (.NET Framework 1.1, .NET SDK 1.1, IE6 SP1, SQL Server 2000 SP3), but you can now also download only the C#Builder Personal edition (at 29.8 MBytes).

2003/07/18 - C#Builder ASP.NET Web Forms with BDP
My latest article on the IBM DB2-Borland web portal is about ASP.NET Web Forms with DB2 UDB Tables using C#Builder and BDP for .NET. This article shows you how to build an application using IBM DB2 UDB tables, C#Builder, and BDP for .NET, and then deploy it as an ASP.NET Web form (with a powerful asp:DataGrid control), so users can work with the DB2 UDB tables using a Web browser.

2003/07/17 - Using ADO.NET with C#Builder Personal
In this article on BDN, I'll show you how to use C#Builder Personal in combination with "plain" ADO.NET to connect to a MSDE database, create a table, insert records, select the records from this table again and show them in a datagrid.

2003/07/14 - Dr.Bob Examines C#Builder
In my latest Dr.Bob Examines article, I'll cover Borland C#Builder, the C# development environment from Borland to build native .NET Framework 1.1 applications. I'll tell you where to find more information (like some articles I wrote earlier), and refer you to helpful resources like user groups, journals, training, and more.

C#Builder Kick Start 2003/07/06 - First C#Builder Book
This item has not yet been released (and won't be until October), but C#Builder Kick Start, written by Joe Mayo (published by SAMS) is the first C#Builder book I've seen on Amazon.

2003/07/01 - C#Builder Newsgroups
About 42 C#Builder newsgroups have been opened at to ask your questions about Borland C#Builder.

2003/06/30 - RemObjects Client SDK for .NET
RemObjects has just announced the availability of the RemObjects Client SDK for .NET, that can be used to build native .NET clients for your RemObjects SDK Servers. The Client SDK support .NET Framework 1.1 and the Compact Framework, so you can target both Windows based desktops as well as Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition.
An exclusive and free "C#Builder Edition" of the Client SDK ships with C#Builder on the companion CD. This is a full, non-limited version of the SDK that you can use with C#Builder to start building .NET RemObjects Clients, now!

2003/06/25 - C#Builder demos on CodeCentral
The C#Builder demos have been made public on CodeCentral, and you can now download seven of my C#Builder projects (a number of which also ship with C#Builder itself).

Click here to get more information about all my CodeCentral contributions.

2003/06/20 - Working with DB2 using C#Builder with ADO.NET and BDP for .NET
I've just published another article on the IBM DB2-Borland portal using C#Builder. This article shows how DB2 UDB can be accessed using the Borland Data Providers for .NET, enhancing the ADO.NET experience with design-time and run-time support, including automatic (optimized) SQL command generation. In this environment, DB2 UDB proves to be a powerful DBMS on the .NET Framework.

2003/06/17 - Borland releases InterBase 7.1
Borland has just introduced Borland InterBase 7.1, a high-performance, cross-platform embeddable database with support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. New in this release is an InterBase edition of the Borland Data Provider for ADO.NET, which can be used with C#Builder, Visual Studio .NET, as well as Delphi for .NET. You can also download the trial version of InterBase 7.1.

2003/06/03 - C#Builder and SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
Borland and Microsoft announced an agreement to ship Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition with Borland C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will create a Borland page (to go live in July) that is accessible via the SQL Server website where developers can obtain information about Borland C#Builder. Also this summer, the two companies are planning to jointly host a series of seminars designed to show customers the benefits of the two products.

2003/06/02 - Borland C#Builder at MS TechEd, Dallas
Borland has a booth at TechEd, and we will present their .NET suite of tools. The exhibit hall is open June 2-5. The show itself is open June 1-6. John Kaster will be presenting two C#Builder in two sessions: Building Database Applications with Borland C# Builder and Microsoft SQL Server, and Modeling with Borland C# Builder and Microsoft SQL Server.

2003/06/01 - ComponentOne Studio Enterprise with C#Builder
Borland will be bundling C#Builder with a special edition of ComponentOne's Studio Enterprise, which includes both development and deployment licenses for .NET WinForms and ASP.NET WebForms user-interface components.
Studio Enterprise is a US$ 899 subscription-based offering that is updated quarterly; the Q1 2003 version will be included with C#Builder. C#Builder customers will also get Q2 2003 for free, and will be given a copy of ComponentOne's Doc-to-Help 6.5 help authoring system.
After that, Borland customers will be offered the opportunity to subscribe to receive future versions of the Studio Enterprise component suite.

2003/05/23 - C#Builder and Borland Data Providers for .NET
A first public article on C#Builer is available on the IBM-Borland web portal about Connecting Borland C#Builder to DB2 UDB with Borland Data Providers for the Microsoft .NET Framework.
This article shows how to use Borland C#Builder Enterprise and the Borland Data Providers (BDP) for .NET to connect to the DB2 SAMPLE database. It shows how three of the four BDP for .NET components are used at design-time in a Rapid Application Development (RAD) way.

2003/05/09 - Dr.Bob Examines C# Web Services
In this article, I'll show how web services can be written and consumed in C# and using nothing but the .NET Framework SDK (i.e. without using a C# IDE at this time) to demonstrate the syntax and techniques using the C# language. You can count on the fact that I'll be using C#Builder as soon as it's available to examine the additional support of a C# development environment.

2003/05/08 - Borland C#Builder box screenshots
Anders Ohlsson has provided a first look at the screenshots that are on the product boxes of C#Builder.

2003/05/06 - Borland C#Builder announced
Borland has just announced C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework, to be available June 6th, 2003 in four editions: Personal, Professional, Enterprise, and Architect.
A special upgrade price is available for current Delphi, C++Builder, JBuilder or Kylix users: $499 for C#Builder Professional (upgrade) and $999 for C#Builder Enterprise (upgrade).

2003/05/05 - C#Builder announced this week!
According to eWeek, ZDNet and Infoworld, Borland will announce C#Builder later this week.
"Officials said the product offers design-driven development through integration with Together and C#Builder Enterprise Core Objects. It features interoperability with databases such as Borland's InterBase, Oracle, IBM's DB2 and Microsoft Corp.'s SQL Server. To be available this summer, Borland C#Builder will come in Architect, Enterprise, Professional and Personal versions and will cost $2,499, $1,799, $999 and $69, respectively."

2003/05/02 - C#Builder newsgroup
Borland has now opened a special newsgroup for discussing C#Builder at borland.public.csharpbuilder.non-technical.

2003/04/28 - C#Builder info website
Jarrod Hollingworth (another co-author of the C++Builder 6 Developer's Guide) has set up a C#Builder web site at with a detailed analysis of the sneak preview demo.

2003/04/24 - C#Builder Sneak Preview Comments
Paul Gustavson (co-author of the C++Builder 6 Developer's Guide) has made some detailed comments and observations about the first C#Builder Sneak Preview from Borland.

2003/04/22 - official name of SideWinder is C#Builder
C#Builder will be the official name of SideWinder, according to C!Net that writes: "The first fruit of Borland's .Net efforts is C#Builder, a programming tool that use Microsoft's C# language. C#Builder, code-named Sidewinder, will be available this summer in a few different editions, according to Borland executives."
"The company will follow the completion of C#Builder with a bundled suite of .Net tools that Borland gained during a series of acquisitions last year. The .Net-specific tools will address the process of defining application requirements, the design phase, programming, testing, deployment and management."

2003/02/14 - Jason Vokes (Borland) on Borland and .NET
Jason Vokes, Borland European Product Manager for RAD Solutions, has not only sent me the first two screenshots of SideWinder, but also kindly participated in a little on-line/e-mail interview with me.
In this interview, Jason talks about the .NET developments at Borland, including SideWinder and Delphi for .NET.

2003/02/07 - First SideWinder Screenshots
Jason Vokes (Borland) has sent me the first two screenshots of SideWinder, which can be seen below:


There are several things to note here:


Jason added that this is an early view, so all usual disclaimer apply ;-)

2003/02/04 - Borland SideWinder: a C# IDE for .NET
According to InfoWorld and CNet, Borland is getting ready to go up against Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET with an IDE (integrated development environment) for the Microsoft .NET Framework.
The IDE with codename Sidewinder does not yet have a formal product name and will not ship until this summer. Sidewinder is a C#-based development environment for building applications on the .NET Framework, including on ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and WinForms, according to Borland.

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