Macromedia Can Play with the Big Kids
A merger that took place recently will have a big impact on a large number of people who build, design and maintain Web sitesthe acquisition of Allaire by Macromedia.A merger that took place recently will have a big impact on a large number of people who build, design and maintain Web sitesthe acquisition of Allaire by Macromedia. n At first, the deal seemed like it had to be backward. Surely Allaire, the maker of the seminal Web editing tool HomeSite, as well as the groundbreaking Cold Fusion Web application server and the Spectra content management platform, had acquired Macromedia, whose main claims to fame are the popular Dreamweaver visual Web authoring tool and the Flash animation format. However, in a world where AOL acquires Time Warner, nothing should be surprising. So will HomeSite be subsumed into Dreamweaver? Probably notafter all, Macromedia has pretty much always bundled HomeSite with Dreamweaver. Now Macromedia has gained a direct connection to the hard-core, code-only site developers.
What about Cold Fusion? There could be some changes here. Dont be surprised to see Macromedias UltraDev become the default editing interface for Cold Fusion. I hope Macromedia will continue to take advantage of the cross-platform strengths of Cold Fusion. I have the same sentiments about Allaires popular Java application server, JrunI hope its strengths dont get lost in the merger.