Borland's Object Windows Library for the modern age
An extensive update of Borland's Object Windows Library (OWL) for writing GUI applications in standard C++ on Microsoft Windows.
- A migration path for legacy OWL applications written in Borland C++.
- Additional extension libraries (OCF, OWLExt, OWLFx and CoolPrj).
- Win32 targets for Windows 95/98/ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and 7.
- Support for Wine/Darwine and GCC on Linux, Mac OS X, etc.
- Support for modern compilers as well as legacy compilers.
- A helpful community providing support and maintenance.
I'm maintaining a really large application (several 100,000 lines) that I started developing about 15 years ago. Back then Borland C++ was the best compiler around and so I chose the OWL framework. When Borland was swept away by M$ I was stuck with Borland C++ 5.01 and struggled bravely with it from NT to Vista. A couple of months ago my app just grew too complex for this old compiler and the Borland debugger ran amuck. As starting from scratch with .NET or MFC was not an option at all I was at a complete loss until I discovered OWLNext. It took me only four weeks to port all of my code and get it up and running with OWLNext and Visual Studio. It's truly incredible what you guys have done here and what a kind and helpful bunch you are. So if you have legacy OWL programs to maintain - look no further, OWLNext will keep them safe and warm.
If you maintain a legacy OWL application do yourself a favour: Upgrade to a modern C++ compiler and OWLNext. We have used OWLNext for over 10 years now. Thanks to the excellent work by the contributors to this project we have been able to keep our OWL applications up to date in face of the enormous evolution in Windows, C++ and modern programming techniques and conventions. So we cannot recommend OWLNext highly enough. Go download now.
OWL Next is a robust and mature framework. Supports UNICODE and ANSI, OCX, ActiveX, OLE. Uses standard C++, provides better way to develop in Linux than VCL or MFC. Easy to learn and use due to the Object Oriented design. Allows to deploy single .EXE or shared .DLL. Includes tools for easier development. User/Company supports is quick.
Easy to install and use.
owlnext is fast and stable
I am glad to see the OWL alive and supported.