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C++ Builder

C++ Builder is a rapid application development (RAD) environment produced by the CodeGear subsidiary of Borland for writing programs in the C++ programming language. C++ Builder combines the Visual Component Library and IDE written in Delphi with a C++ compiler. The release cycle is such that Delphi gets major enhancements first, with C++ Builder following. Most components developed in Delphi can be used in C++ Builder with no modification, although the reverse is not true.

C++ Builder includes tools that allow true drag-and-drop visual development, making programming easier by incorporating a WYSIWYG GUI builder into its IDE.


C++ Builder originally targeted only the Microsoft Windows platform. Later versions incorporated Borland CLX, a cross-platform development visual component library based on Qt, that supports Windows and Linux.

In 2003 Borland released C++ BuilderX (CBX), which was written using the same framework as JBuilder and bore little resemblance to either C++ Builder or Delphi. This product was aimed at developing large programs for enterprises; however, it did not have commercial success. At the end of 2004 Borland announced that it would continue to develop the classic C++ Builder and bundle it with the Delphi development suite, abandoning C++ BuilderX.

About a year after the announcement Borland released Borland Development Suite 2006 which includes Borland C++ Builder 2006 that provides improved configuration management and bug fixes. Borland Development Suite 2006 is a single robust package containing Delphi, C++Builder, and C#Builder.

In 2007 Borland released C++ Builder 2007, providing full API support for Microsoft Vista, increased ANSI C++ conformance, up to 500% faster in-IDE build performance, support for MSBuild, DBX4 database architecture, and "VCL for the Web" which supports AJAX. The API support for Microsoft Vista includes themed applications and seamless VCL support for Aero and Vista Desktop. CodeGear RAD Studio 2007 incorporates C++ Builder 2007 and Delphi. Also in 2007 Borland revived the "Turbo" brand and released two "Turbo" editions of C++ Builder: Turbo C++ Professional, and Turbo C++ Explorer (free), based on Borland C++ Builder 2006.

A future version of CodeGear C++Builder (codenamed "Commodore") will support x86-64 and create x86-64 Native code.


The following is a rough outline of product release information.

Year Version
1997 1
1998 3
1999 4 (released as Inprise)
2000 5
2002 6
2003 X
2005 2006
2007 2007
SEP2008 2009

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