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Macromedia Joins Java Heavyweights

Macromedia on Monday unveiled ColdFusion MX, its own scripting language for IBM's WebSphere and Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.

The San Francisco, Calif.-based Macromedia said the latest member of the MX family of products -- ColdFusion MX -- was optimized to IBM and Sun Microsystems would target J2EE vendors and developers already using ColdFusion.

Word is Macromedia also plans for a version of ColdFusion MX BEA's application server by year-end.

"(Using ColdFusion MX), developers can easily encapsulate and reuse code to create well-structured applications. These applications can be automatically accessed as Web services or as remote services for Macromedia Flash clients using Macromedia Flash Remoting, which connects applications running in the Macromedia Flash Player to server-side business logic and data," Macromedia said.

By holding hands with Big Blue and Sun, Macromedia also gets a foot in the door of enterprise Java companies who aren't already using ColdFusion. With IBM, the partnership calls for the two firms to jointly develop and market ColdFusion MX.

It means IBM and Sun enterprise clients can bypass JRun install a ColdFusion application on either platform. Big Blue becomes the first J2EE platform provider company to resell ColdFusion MX for WebSphere. Macromedia said it would be priced at $3399 per processor and would be available via IBM's Passport Advantage by the end of September.

"Web application developers without Java programming skills can easily leverage ColdFusion MX to productively build and deploy applications on the IBM WebSphere platform," the company said of its deal with Big Blue. Additionally, it said ColdFusion developers can now use J2EE Web services technologies and the WebSphere portal, business integration and modernizing enterprise environments.

With SunONE, Macromedia also gets to co-develop and co-market ColdFusion MX. The product lets ColdFusion and J2EE developers use ColdFusion MX for Sun ONE to share Java objects.

ColdFusion MX for Sun ONE is also priced at $3399 per processor.