Awareness wrote:I worry that if Embarcadero abandons C++ Builder or it's popularity decreases more.
Borland (the original author) killed C++Builder once before, after version 6. CodeGear (Borland's child company, later bought by Embarcadero) resurrected it in BDS 2006. I doubt it will ever be killed off again, at least not anytime in the near future.
As for its popularity - back in the early days, Borland C++ compilers were very popular. Towards the end of C++Builder's first life, there was some slippage in popularity. After it was killed, there was several years before its resurrection, allowing competition (VC++, gcc, etc) to have time to mature and surpass it. Today, Embarcadero is still playing catch up. That really hurt C++Builder's popularity. So did Delphi's continued maturity while C++Builder was dead. Many C++Builder users either jumped ship, or switched to Delphi, and never looked back. Many third-party vendors dropped support for C++Builder, and have hesitated to trust it again. Some have come back over the years, and some have not.
Personally, I stuck it out and stayed with C++Builder over the years (and my company did for awhile, before eventually jumping ship to C#).
Awareness wrote:Embarcadero made it available for mobile platforms too and I hope it's popularity will increase.
Hopefully, but that is more a factor of framework rather compiler, I think. FireMonkey is far from mature, it still has a lot of problems and still has a lot of growing up to do to prove itself.