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I missed blogging this last week as I was in a mad scramble to travel to California, but my old employer, Borland, has revitalized the Turbo brand with a killer deal — a free compiler dubbed TurboExplorer.

From their press release:

The Turbo product set includes Turbo Delphi® for Win32, Turbo Delphi for .NET®, Turbo C++® and Turbo C#®. Each version will be available in two editions: Turbo Explorer, a free downloadable version, and Turbo Professional, a version priced less than $500 which is designed to accept thousands of available third-party tools, components and plug-ins. All Turbo editions enable developers to rapidly build high performance GUI, Database, Web, and Web Services applications for Microsoft Windows. Turbo Delphi for .NET and Turbo C# support the Microsoft .NET and ASP.NET platforms. More information is available at

I was in Borland back in the 80’s when the company was still fairly small and it was a great place — great culture, great products and many brilliant people. Over the years, the company lost its way at various times and then recently established itself as a testing tools company (through the acquisition of Segue). The languages were to be sold off, but apparently that won’t be the case.

So if you’re interested in learning programming, get this free product.

Warms my heart, this does. 

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Alex Eckelberry