Perhaps one extrapolation step too far, when (Sun VP Database Products) Zack Urlocker comments about the implications of Microsoft's Express tools later in the article, but still a timely snapshot
In recent years, the software tools business has been a tough one. While Borland was a high flyer in the 80s and early 90s, the tools business was commoditized by and large by Eclipse over the past few years. The company is a shadow of its former self and recently sold off its development tools business to Embarcadero.
But Borland isn't the only casualty in the tools space. There's been ongoing consolidation in tools for years. And we've seen other tools companies suffer, too.