ColdFusion Moves to J2EE

Macromedia announces ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers line, new support for Mac OS X.

Macromedia Inc. Tuesday announced the availability of its ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line as well as new support for the Mac OS X platform.

The San Francisco company delivered versions of ColdFusion MX for BEA Systems Inc.s BEA WebLogic Server, IBMs WebSphere 5 and Sun Microsystems Inc.s SunONE Application Server 7, and shipped its JRun 4 application server for Mac OS X.

Phil Costa, Macromedias senior product manager for ColdFusion, said the new releases represent "a major transition for ColdFusion" as the company moves its productivity-focused scripting environment to the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application server environment.

Support for BEAs WebLogic Server is new, while releases for WebSphere and SunONE represent upgrades supporting newer versions of those servers, according to Costa. Also new is support for IBMs AIX flavor of Unix, he said.

Todd Peters, president of PaperThin Inc., a Quincy, Mass.-based content management solution provider, said now "even entry-level developers can easily create and deploy custom components" for PaperThins ColdFusion-based offerings.

Peters said he was "excited" to see ColdFusion MX available for BEAs WebLogic. "Combining the ease and power of Macromedia ColdFusion with the enhanced integration, security and scalability of J2EE allows our customers to develop and execute ColdFusion and Java code in the same environment, increasing performance and efficiency," he said.

ColdFusion MX for WebLogic, WebSphere or SunONE Application Server is $3,399.

Meanwhile, at the Macworld show in San Francisco, Macromedia enhanced its relationship with Apple Computer Inc. by announcing that JRun 4 will be available for Mac OS X.

"Its a confirmation of our longstanding relationship with Apple," Costa said, noting that Macromedia also will ship a developer edition of ColdFusion MX for J2EE for the Mac OS X platform.

JRun 4 for Mac OS X is priced at $899 per processor.