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  1. BlueDragon A New Platform for Fusebox 4 Charlie Arehart, CTOcharlie@newatlanta.com

  2. About Your Speaker • 6 yrs CF, 20 yrs enterprise IT experience • Past accomplishments of note • Team Macromedia Member • Allaire/Macromedia Certified Instructor • Allaire/Macromedia Certified Adv CF Developer (4, 5, MX) • Macromedia Customer Advisory Board Member • Contributor to Macromedia Devnet • Tech editor, ColdFusion Dev Journal magazine • Co-authored recent ColdFusion MX Bible • With Hal Helms and Adam Churvis • Frequent writer for CFDJ (3rd most behind Hal and Ben Forta) • Frequent speaker to user groups, conferences worldwide • Named CTO of New Atlanta in April 2003 • Goal, as always in my contributions: • spread the word about valuable features in tools we can use every day New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  3. Any Challenges For You? • Are you an ISV selling your Fusebox app to multiple clients? • Problem: perhaps high cost of CF 5/MX compared to your product • What if you could serve your CFML app for less than your app’s cost? • Or even on a royalty basis? • Are you a contractor/system integrator building a FB app for a client? • Problem: clients are reluctant to pay for CFMX (“asp/jsp/php are free”) • What if you could offer them a way to run the app for free • Are you a hosting provider supporting multiple clients/apps on each CF server? • Problem: clients can conflict with each other (poor coding, varying needs) • What if you could make apps independent of each other on the one server? • Each with own admin, settings; segregated from each other’s impact • What if the CFML runtime overhead for that was just 2MB per server? • Do any of these apply to you even if not an ISV, SI, or hosting? New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  4. How Can It Be? • Am I “peddling crack” (a favorite analogy of Hal’s)? • Is there a black market for CF licenses? • Have I cornered a market on EBay? • Many of you know I’m talking about BlueDragon • The alternative CFML runtime environment from New Atlanta Communications • What is it? Why should you care? • Will get to that, and more benefits New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  5. So Why Am I Here? • So why am I here? • Besides introducing you to BlueDragon • I know that people don’t like sales pitches • But is this really any different from my typical articles or talks? • Sharing something with you that you may not have seen • That you can use in your everyday CFML coding practices • Will show you what BlueDragon is about momentarily • Want to first talk to those already familiar with it New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  6. BlueDragon and Fusebox • First, want to say that Fuseboxers are already using BlueDragon • You can run fusebox apps on BlueDragon • Indeed, we have a Fortune 50 customer about to release a FB app • We have vendors partnering to deploy commercial FB apps • Second, want to announce something very relevant to FuseBox • Indeed, specific to our support of Fusebox 4 • You’re hearing it here first • Not even announced on our discussion list New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  7. The Key to Fusebox 4 • Question: What’s been BlueDragon’s biggest knock? • Answer: Full compatibility with CF • Lack of CFMX features, like XML, web services, CFCs • What is the key CFMX feature used in Fusebox 4? • Answer: XML tags and functions • And our announcement… New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  8. BlueDragon 3.1 to Support XML • Our next release, 3.1, will support XML • Due out in October • Will support CFXML, XmlParse, XMLSearch, etc. • Let’s see it in action… • 3.1 will have still other MX features • Note: we already have some now in 3 • java integration, j2ee sessions, UrlSessionFormat, forward, and more • See my blog: http://bluedragon.blog-city.com/read/136203.htm • Will add more MX features in 3.1 • Then the rest in 4 (goal: full MX 6.1 compatibility) • Will include CFCs, including 6.1 enhancements • Perhaps some other enhancements, some requested by FB community New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  9. 3.1 Preview Available Now • We have released a “preview” of 3.1 • Supports many improvements over 3 • Has been made available to current customers • Adds debugging output, whitespace suppression options, and more • Not yet supporting XML (will come out with beta in October) • But you saw it is working in our internal builds • Also, be aware of our CFDEBUGGER tag • Traces lines of code executing CFML tags • Let’s see it… • Documented in my blog • http://bluedragon.blog-city.com/read/188000.htm New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  10. So What Is BlueDragon? • By now should be clear what BlueDragon really is • At simplest: just an alternative way to run your CFML apps • Built atop Java server platform, just as is CFMX • Can integrate with Java (CFOBJECT, CFX Java custom tags, JSPs) • Substantially compatible with CF 4, 5 • Lacks only a handful of tags and functions (documented at our site) • Many of these, and remaining MX tags, being addressed • Can even do Flash integration • Did talk 2 weeks ago at FlashKit conference on the many ways to integrate Flash with any web app server • OpenAMF project even brings remoting to Java servers New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  11. Available in Three Editions • Mentioned free edition: BlueDragon Server • Really is free, for deployment, not just testing • ALL editions are available free for testing and development • Free Server edition is not at all crippled like CF Express 4.5 was • See my blog entry for more: • http://bluedragon.blog-city.com/read/124577.htm • Hosting or redistribution require separate OEM license • Again, for such partnerships, we will work to grow your business • See August 8 message “Growing a Business with BlueDragon” on our BlueDragon Interest mailing list (archive at “self-help” section of our site) • Next step up: BlueDragon Server JX ($549) • Like Server, a standalone server • Adds features not in free Server edition • Including CFEXECUTE, CFSCHEDULE, and the few others held back • Java CFX’s, JSP/servlets integration, and more • Let’s discuss JSP integration more… New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  12. Sidebar: JSP Integration • Any CFML developer may be interested in integration with JSPs and Servlets • BlueDragon Server JX supports this • Allows you to run JSP pages alongside your CFML • Can share session, application, and request vars between CFML and JSP/servlets • Can transfer control from one to the other, include one from other • In CFMX 6/6.1, is only possible with Enterprise • BlueDragon Server JX offers it at $549 • Can also do this, and lots more, in J2EE edition… New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  13. BlueDragon/J2EE Edition • Have not yet mentioned perhaps most important edition: BlueDragon/J2EE • Other editions are standalone servers • Running atop our ServletExec java server, like MX runs atop Jrun • What if you already have another J2EE server • Such as WebLogic, Websphere, Sun One, Jrun, TomCat, JBoss, etc. • May not want to install a CF (or BlueDragon) Server • May not want its other embedded Java server • Question: is anyone coding on a J2EE server? • What is the standard means to deploy your code? • Answer: a J2EE Web Application (or WAR or EAR file) • Our J2EE Edition IS a Web App • Can add in your CFML code and deploy it on any J2EE server • Let’s see it… New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  14. Benefits of BlueDragon/J2EE • Can run your CFML wherever a J2EE server is supported • Mac, Linux, Unix, Mainframe, Windows, etc. • Also exposes your CFML app to all the features and benefits of that J2EE server • Multiple independent instances on a single server • Clustering on multiple servers • EJBs, JMS, etc • Weblogic: Portals, Page Flows, etc. • The aforementioned integration of JSPs, servlets • As mentioned, overhead is just 2MB per web app • If being told to move to J2EE, don’t have to get rid of CFML • Can move to J2EE server and run CFML as is • Can choose to integrate with or eventually migrate to JSP/servlets New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  15. Finally… • What if you’re a .NET shop? • .NET framework is very similar to Java framework and JVM • CFMX and BlueDragon run natively atop Java • Question: would it be interesting to run atop .NET? • Leverage .NET framework libraries, components? • Native COM integration? • Answer: BlueDragon/.NET coming out soon • In Alpha testing New Atlanta Communications, LLC

  16. Getting Started • Can download any of our versions • www.newatlanta.com/bluedragon/ • Can run it alongside CF 4, 5 or MX • Doesn’t conflict with them at all, other than sharing web server • Includes its own web server (like CFMX) • Or can integrate with IIS, Apache, Iplanet, NES, and more • Bonus: My September 2003 CFDJ article on running CF and MX alongside each other, with both accessible via a single IIS (accessing same CFML) • Join our free BlueDragon Interest discussion list • Email list, staffed by our engineers and customers • Friendly, very supportive and responsive: low volume • Sign up at web site, in “self help” area • Feel free to email me at charlie@newatlanta.com New Atlanta Communications, LLC