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Borland Delphi

No, Borland was not a mathematician or a professor. Borland was a software company that developed Turbo Pascal in 1984. This was a compiler for the IBM PC.

Software developer Anders Hejlsberg was the founder of Turbo Pascal. In his hands Turbo Pascal became one of the most successful Pascal compilers. The compiler cost only 49 dollars and was therefore a cheap option compared to other compilers. Many hobbyists were looking for a programming language to replace BASIC and ended up with Turbo Pascal. It was the most dominant Pascal compiler for PCs.

In 1995 the first version of Delphi appeared for Windows, replacing Turbo Pascal. Delphi is software that uses the Object Pascal programming language and an integrated development environment (IDE) to develop applications faster. On the packaging of the Delphi CD-ROM and on the CD itself is very large ‘Borland’, which is why Delphi is often called ‘Borland Delphi’.

An old version of Borland Delphi.

In 1998 Borland changed its name to Inprise Corporation, but a few years later it became Borland again. The company cooperated more and more with Microsoft and brought .NET support in their compilers.

In 2006 Borland set up a new department for the development of software tools. This department was given the name CodeGear and was responsible for 25% of Borland’s total turnover. After two years, CodeGear was sold to Embarcadero for 23 million dollars. The latest Delphi version is being developed by Embarcadero.

Ultimately, the company Borland was acquired by Micro Focus in 2009. Micro Focus paid 75 million dollars, which amounts to 1.50 dollars per share. The 750 employees of Borland then joined Micro Focus on the payroll.

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Written by Marco Geuze


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