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Borland C++
Stable release
5.5 / February 16, 2000; 24 years ago (2000-02-16)
Operating systemMS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows
LicenseProprietary software

Borland C++ was a C and C++ IDE (integrated development environment) released by Borland for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. It was the successor to Turbo C++ and included a better debugger, the Turbo Debugger, which was written in protected mode DOS.


Object Windows Library (OWL): A set of C++ classes to make it easier to develop professional graphical Windows applications.

Turbo Vision: A set of C++ classes to create professional applications in DOS. Those classes mimics some of the aspects of a Windows application like: dialog boxes, messages pumps, menus, accelerators, etc.

Borland Graphics Interface: A library of functions for doing simple, presentation-style 2D graphics. Drivers were included for generic CGA, EGA and VGA capability, with support for a limited number of video-modes, but more advanced, third-party drivers were also available.


Borland Power Pack for DOS: Used to create 16- and 32-bit protected mode DOS applications, which can access a limited scope of the Windows API and call functions in any Windows DLL.

Borland Code Guard: Once installed and integrated within the IDE, Code Guard can insert instrumentation code in the final executable that can be used to monitor: pointer usage, API calls, how many times some function is called, and other features. If some error is found, a pop-up window appears, the debugger can stop, or a log is written to disk. Delivered for 16- and 32-bit applications.

Version history[edit]

Borland C++ for MS-DOS, Windows[edit]

  • 2.0 (1991; MS-DOS)
  • 3.0 (1991): New compiler support to build Microsoft Windows applications.
  • 3.1 (1992): Introduction of Windows-based IDE and application frameworks (OWL 1.0, Turbovision 1.0)
  • 4.0 (1993; Windows 3.x): MS-DOS IDE supported no longer, included OWL 2.0.
  • 4.01
  • 4.02 (1994)
  • 4.5
  • 4.51
  • 4.52 (1995): Official support for Windows 95, OWL 2.5. Last version
  • 4.53
  • 5.0 (1996-03-26(base, Development Suite),[1] 1996-06-25(Design Tools);[2] Windows 3.x/95/NT 3.51[3]): Basic version includes Borland C++ 4.52, ObjectWindows Library (OWL) 5.0, Sun's Java Development Kit, Borland Debugger for Java, native 32-bit ObjectScripting IDE, Visual Database Tools (VDBT).[4] Development suite also includes CodeGuard 32/16, PVCS Version Manager, InstallShield Express, and AppAccelerator Just-in-Time for Java compiler.[5] Development Suite with Design Tools version adds Scenario View Editor, Scenario View Editor, Object Model Editor to Development Suite edition. Supports compilation of Windows 3.1/95/NT 3.51 and DOS native executables, with Windows 3.1 integrated development environment supported via BC++ 4.52. It does not (officially) work on Windows NT 4.0 (which was still in development at that time). 3rd party tests exhibited some problems on NT 4.0. C++ compiler can support ObjectWindows Library (OWL) 5.0, Microsoft Foundation Classes 3.2/4.0 libraries. Note that even in this version, the "huge" memory model DOS target of the compiler does not generate the required code to manipulate huge pointers - you instead need to declare every pointer as "char huge *" etc - unlike both Microsoft and Watcom compilers.
  • 5.01 (1996-09-03(base, Development Suite, Design Tools)[6]): Base version now includes ViewSoft's Power Charger for MFC demo, Borland Delphi 2.0 Trial Edition, DeltaPoint's QuickSite automatic web page creation and site management tool; with ObjectWindows Library (OWL) updated to 5.01. Design Tools edition includes Together/C++ object-oriented analysis and design tools (OOAD) over Development Suite edition.
  • 5.02 (1997-04-04[7]): Final independent release of the Borland C++ IDE (subsequently replaced up by the C++Builder series), final release to support compilation to (real-mode) MS-DOS target. New features include Windows NT 4.0 operating system support, MFC 4.1 library support, code signing. All versions include full OWL and MFC source codes. Corresponding to Borland C++Builder 3, the CD version of Borland C++ is free by mailing the in-box coupon from C++Builder 3 Professional package. Registered Borland C++ 5 owners can receive update for discount.

Borland C++ Compiler[edit]

  • 5.5 (2000-02-16;[8] Windows 95/98/NT/2000): Based on Borland C++Builder 5, it is a freeware compiler without the IDE from the parent product. Includes Borland C++ Compiler v5.5, Borland Turbo Incremental Linker, Borland Resource Compiler / Binder, C++ Win32 Preprocessor, ANSI/OEM character set file conversion utility, Import Definitions utility to provide information about DLLs, Import Library utility to create import libraries from DLLs, Borland Turbo Dump, Librarian, Borland C/C++ Runtime Library, ANSI/ISO Standard Template Library (STL).

C++Builder with C++ bundle[edit]

  • Borland C++ Builder 4.0 + Borland C++ 5.02 (1999): Bundle combination to facilitate the migration to C++Builder.

Borland C++ for OS/2[edit]

  • Borland C++ 1.0 (1992)
  • Borland C++ 1.5 (1992)
  • Borland C++ 2.0 (1995-01-09 (base),[9] 1995-06-01 (SMART toolset)[10]): Supports OS/2 2.1 and Warp 3, OWL for Presentation Manager 2.0 library. SMART toolset edition includes Source Migration Analysis Reporting Toolset (SMART) developed by One Up Corporation for automatic migration of 16/32-bit Windows and 16-bit OS/2 codes to 32-bit OS/2.

Borland C++ (Builder) Mobile Edition[edit]

Designed to be integrated with Borland C++Builder 6, initial release was to be released in late November 2002, and bundled with Borland C++Builder 6 Enterprise and Professional editions.[11]

On April 29, 2003, Borland Software Corporation announced the release of Borland C++ Mobile Edition for Series 60, Nokia Edition.[12] It includes a version of Borland C++Builder 6, Series 60 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Symbian OS, Nokia Edition (includes Nokia Series 60 emulator), C++ Mobile Edition plug-in.

C++ Mobile Edition is also available as a separate plug-in for C++Builder 6, supporting all except Trial Editions.[13]

Evolution of Borland C++[edit]

Borland C++ evolved in a number of steps:

Turbo C++Borland C++ → Borland C++Builder → CodeGear C++Builder → Embarcadero C++Builder

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BORLAND ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF BORLAND C++ DEVELOPMENT SUITE 5.0 AND BORLAND C++ 5.0 Also Announces BC++ 5.0 Object Scripting Contest -- Win a Free Lap-Top Computer!". Archived from the original on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2001-06-18.
  2. ^ "BORLAND ANNOUNCES BORLAND C++ DEVELOPMENT SUITE WITH DESIGN TOOLS 5.0 - New Version of Acclaimed Development System Now Includes Together/C++ Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Tools". Archived from the original on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2001-06-18.
  3. ^ Borland C++ Development Suite 5.0
  4. ^ "BORLAND ANNOUNCES BORLAND C++ 5.0 FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95/NT AND JAVA DEVELOPMENT - The Most Productive C++ Compiler for Windows 95 and NT now Includes Free Integrated Internet Development Tools for Java". Archived from the original on 2001-02-07. Retrieved 2001-02-07.
  5. ^ "BORLAND ANNOUNCES BORLAND C++ DEVELOPMENT SUITE 5.0 FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95/NT AND JAVA DEVELOPMENT - The only comprehensive, integrated C++ Development Suite, including AppAccelerator Just-in-Time Compiler for Java". Archived from the original on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2001-06-18.
  6. ^ "BORLAND ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF UPDATES TO ITS AWARD-WINNING Borland C++ PRODUCTS - Products Now Include Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) and a Trial Version of Delphi 2.0". Archived from the original on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2001-06-18.
  7. ^ "BORLAND SHIPS UPDATE TO BORLAND C++ 5.0 - New Service Release Provides 16- & 32-Bit Windows Development, Immediate Compatibility with Borland C++Builder - Borland C++ Design Tools Wins "Jolt Cola Award" for Best Software Design and Management Tools". Archived from the original on 2001-03-06. Retrieved 2001-03-06.
  8. ^ "Inprise/Borland Launches Free Borland C++ Compiler". Archived from the original on 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2004-12-12.
  9. ^ "BORLAND SHIPS BORLAND C++ 2.0 FOR OS/2 - New Version Includes OWL Support and OS/2 Warp Compatibility". Archived from the original on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2001-06-18.
  10. ^ "BORLAND SHIPS BORLAND C++ 2.0 FOR OS/2 WITH THE SMART TOOLSET - Bundle Combines Industry Standard OS/2 Compiler with Windows Migration Kit". Archived from the original on 2001-06-10. Retrieved 2001-06-10.
  11. ^ "Borland Introduces New C++ Technology to Accelerate Mobile Application Development". Archived from the original on 2005-03-07. Retrieved 2005-03-07.
  12. ^ "Nokia and Borland Announce Availability of Borland C++ Mobile Edition for Series 60, Nokia Edition". Archived from the original on 2005-03-07. Retrieved 2005-03-07.
  13. ^ "C++Builder Downloads". Archived from the original on 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2003-08-01.

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