Fostering better development

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2000-12-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Building a web application can be haphazard work, as evidenced by the ubiquity of applications that are plagued by bugs and security problems.

Building a web application can be haphazard work, as evidenced by the ubiquity of applications that are plagued by bugs and security problems. Fusebox.org, an information portal for Web developers, is trying to stomp out buggy apps by defining a standard methodology for building solid applications.

The Fusebox framework was created by a group of Cold Fusion developers who wanted to define a common-sense methodology that any developer could follow to build a good Web application. As the name implies, the framework is based on the idea of a standard fuse box, where if one fuse blows, the rest of the house still has power.

A Fusebox application contains two types of applications: the circuit application, which performs a single task, and the home application, which is the main application and consists of many circuit applications.

The main idea is that individual circuit applications can be easily fixed or replaced without having to rewrite an entire home application.

To date, the organization (www.fusebox.org) has defined Fusebox specifically for Cold Fusion applications. However, there have been recent moves toward extending Fusebox for Active Server Pages, JavaServer Pages and PHP.

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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