August ASPnews Top 50
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Last week's Chapter 11 filing by Interliant opened up a vacancy in our Top 30 Enablers list that was quickly filled by one of a number of worthy contenders.
This time, unfortunately, we think it's unlikely we'll be seeing the Interliant name in these lists again. That's a disappointment, since Interliant is truly a pioneer of the ASP model, having started out hosting a Notes community as early as 1993, and with more than five years' experience of providing pay-as-you-go Notes services.
Macromedia is the new entrant to the Enablers list. The company is best known for its client-side Flash technology, which has long been a favorite among Web site designers for adding "rich media" features to Web sites, but its inclusion on our Enablers list is in recognition of its MX family of products, launched in April this year, which puts powerful Web services capabilities in the hands of developers.
Coupled with MX versions of its Dreamweaver Web site development tool and associated products, Macromedia's new family of products empowers developers to migrate their skills to take advantage of the new generation of XML Web services architectures. Cold Fusion has already served as the basis for a significant number of online applications, particularly for smaller developers, and its popularity looks set to increase with the addition of the MX features. Macromedia's inclusion in the Top 30 Enablers is richly deserved for the innovative support it has given online developers with the launch of the MX range.