ColdFusion MX Server beta

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

ColdFusion MX Server beta

ColdFusion MX brings together the ease of use and rapid development provided by its Cold Fusion Markup Language and the industry support and maturity of Java application servers. Organizations that want to quickly deploy script-based Web applications should investigate this inexpensive option. However, we advise going slowly until the new engine in this release has had some time on the market to flush out bugs.

Cost Analysis

Priced at less than $1,000, ColdFusion will fit into any departments budget. The real cost trade-off is between developer costs (low, especially compared with Java) and the transition costs required to move code to a lower-level programming language when a site grows.

+ Can run as a component in a Java application server, allowing the same server to process both ColdFusion and JSP applications; new language components provide cleaner logic encapsulation and can easily be published as Web services; native XML data type, XPath query and XSLT support.

- Some legacy applications will need modifications to run.

Evaluation Short List

  • Microsofts Active Server Pages
  • Microsofts Active Server Pages .Net (especially for Visual Basic shops)
  • JavaServer Pages
  • PHP

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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