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Developer(s) CodeGear
Initial release 1997
Stable release 2008 R2 / April 23, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-04-23)
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Integrated development environment
License Proprietary
Website www.embarcadero.com/products/jbuilder

JBuilder is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the programming language Java from Embarcadero Technologies. Originally developed by Borland JBuilder was spun off with CodeGear which was eventually purchased by Embarcadero Technologies in 2008.

JBuilder's main competitors are the products from Eclipse Foundation (Eclipse), Genuitec (MyEclipse), JetBrains (IntelliJ IDEA), and Oracle (JDeveloper and NetBeans). Oracle used to base the first versions of JDeveloper on code from JBuilder licensed from Borland, but it has since been rewritten from scratch.[1]


Name Year Editions
JBuilder 1 1997 Client/Server, Professional, Standard
JBuilder 2 1998 Client/Server, Professional, Standard
JBuilder 3 1999
JBuilder 3.5 1999 Introducing 100%-Java PrimeTime core IDE available on Linux, Solaris and Windows
JBuilder 4 2000
JBuilder 5 2001 Adding host support for Mac OS X[2]
JBuilder 6 2001
JBuilder 7 2002 Enterprise, Standard (SE), Personal; updated (code patches) to at least Update 3
JBuilder 8 2002 Enterprise, Standard (SE), Personal; updated to at least the first one: JBuilder 8 Update
JBuilder 9 2003 Enterprise, Standard (SE), Personal; updated to at least Update 2
JBuilder X 2003 Enterprise, Developer, Foundation; updated to at least Update 3
JBuilder 2005 2004 Enterprise, Developer, Foundation; updated to at least Update 4
JBuilder 2006 2005 Enterprise, Developer, Foundation
JBuilder 2007 2006 Enterprise, Professional, Developer;

User interface and features changed much from prior versions, first version redone to work on Eclipse[3]

JBuilder 2007 R2 2007 Enterprise, Standard (SE), Turbo[4]
JBuilder 2008 2008 Enterprise, Professional, Turbo
JBuilder 2008 R2 2009 Enterprise, Professional, Turbo

JBuilder 1 through 3 were based on the Delphi IDE. JBuilder 3.5 through 2006 were based on Primetime, their all-Java IDE framework. JBuilder 2007 "Peloton" was the first JBuilder release to be based on the Eclipse IDE framework.[5]

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