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.

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