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NewsWatch - May, 2000

NewsWatch - May, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE:

DEVELOPER NEWS

ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS

USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES


DEVELOPER NEWS

AppliedTheory Announces Formal Alliance With Allaire

AppliedTheory, a leading Tier 1 provider of Internet services, on May 25 announced an alliance with Allaire that offers fast, reliable access to Allaire Spectra, ColdFusion, JRun, and HomeSite.

The alliance increases AppliedTheory's ability to seamlessly service customers who want to access state-of-the-art applications without purchasing, maintaining and upgrading their hardware or software. AppliedTheory also offers all upgrades on Allaire products and supports the Allaire product line with 24-7 customer service.

"As experts in hosting third party applications, we can offer a strong, reliable foundation for companies using the Allaire business platform to develop their businesses," said AppliedTheory Vice President Network Products & Services, Luis Fiallo. "Our clients can focus on their key business goals knowing that they have entrusted the care and maintenance of their software to AppliedTheory."

Allaire Vice President of Business Development, George Favaloro, confirmed the alliance. "With comprehensive knowledge of current industry standards, highly skilled technical staff and years of experience supporting third party applications, AppliedTheory is an ideal hosting partner for Allaire."

AppliedTheory implements a broad range of best-of-breed services nationwide, including e-Business Solutions, needs assessment and security consulting, AIP and dedicated Web hosting, Web access, Virtual Private Network (VPN) implementation and ongoing end-to-end support. AppliedTheory is headquartered in New York, NY.


WebObjects License Price Drops To $699

Apple has reduced the price of its WebObjects web application server software from over $50,000 to $699. The price includes both WebObjects developer tools and a deployment license allowing unlimited usage on one server.

Later this year, Apple says it intends to ship WebObjects 5 for Java, which will use 100 percent Java technology. WebObjects 5 for Java, says Apple, will enable Internet developers to quickly build complex solutions which can be deployed on virtually any server. WebObjects 5 for Java will support many Internet standards including Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) for interoperability and JDBC for universal database connectivity.


Macromedia's New Visual Authoring Tool For Data-Driven Apps

Macromedia Inc. has announced the release of Dreamweaver UltraDev, which it says is the first authoring software that will allow developers to visually create and edit data-driven Web applications on multiple server platforms.

Dreamweaver UltraDev generates applications that use ColdFusion Markup Language technologies, active server pages (ASP), Sun Microsystems Inc. JavaServer Pages (JSP), and industry standard servers.

Macromedia says that Dreamweaver UltraDev can accelerate delivery of projects ranging from dynamically generated pages and forms, to enterprise class solutions such as e-commerce stores, inventory management systems, and intranet database applications.

Dreamweaver UltraDev allows users to preview Web applications populated with live, editable data within the authoring environment. Application builders can inspect databases, build queries, create application logic, and then view dynamic content using Live Data Preview.

Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev will be available in June for both windows and Macintosh platforms at an estimated street price of $599. Registered Dreamweaver 3 customers will be able to purchase Dreamweaver UltraDev for a special price of $299.

Macromedia expects to issue its LikeMinds E-Mail product soon. LikeMinds uses "collaborative filtering" technology to analyze the surfing and buying patterns of large groups of Web users to predict future behavior. Its purpose is to help Web sites target e-mail to specific consumer and demographic groups.


Fusion Authority and CFNewbie To Share Resources

Fusion Authority and CFNewbie, two sites dedicated to providing information to the ColdFusion community, have joined forces. The merger will provide a free exchange of information between the sites, allowing Fusion Authority articles written for ColdFusion developers to be reprinted in CFNewbie and for CFNewbie articles written for new ColdFusion developers to be reprinted in Fusion Authority.

Judith Dinowitz, editor-in-chief of Fusion Authority, says that the partnership is a good thing for the ColdFusion community. "The ColdFusion community can only benefit from sharing content and ideas, and from partnerships such as this one. Fusion Authority and CFNewbie address the same audience, but at different levels of experience. As free ColdFusion resources, it is only logical that we lend each other support," said Ms Dinowitz.

Rey Bango, editor of CFNewbie, agrees. "The ColdFusion community has had great online resources for quite some time," he said, "but there has never been a comprehensive and centralized portal for getting information out to developers of different experience levels. This partnership will provide the balance that ColdFusion enthusiasts have been longing for."


ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS

JRun Betas Available

Allaire's JRun 3 Release Candidate 1 for Windows, Linux, Solaris and HPUX is available for download at the Allaire beta site.

Allaire's JRun 3.0/ClusterCATS Release Candidate 1 for various platforms can also be downloaded.


Allaire Developer Conference 2000

Reservations can now be made for the second annual worldwide Allaire Developer Conference. Don't wait, the number is limited and in high demand.

The conference, designed to keep Allaire customers and partners on the leading edge of Web application development, will be held November 5-8, 2000 in Washington, DC.

The conference will include a wide range of in-depth technical sessions, sneak previews of new Allaire technologies, and opportunities to exchange information with your peers in the Allaire development community.

Conference Registration

Conference Details


USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES

ColdFusion User National conference 2000

CFUN-2K — the free ColdFusion User National conference 2000 sponsored by TeraTech, Inc. and CPCUG — will be held Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 2000, 9am–6pm in the NIH, Masur and Lipsett Auditoriums (Building 10 - Clinical Center), Bethesda, MD (Directions).

Speakers will include:

  • Howie Hamlin, CoolFusion
  • Michael Smith, TeraTech
  • Adam Churvis, CommerceBlocks
  • Steve Nelson, iRenovate.com
  • Cameron Siguenza, Catouzer
  • Paul Underwood, UK CFUG
  • Leon Chalnick, Advanta Solutions, Inc.
  • Kevin Towes, Pangaea NewMedia Inc.
  • Michael Imhoff, Omnicypher
  • Robi Sen, Granularity, Inc.
  • Charlie Arehart, Systemanage
  • Bob Timney, InformationFlow
  • Michael Dinowitz, Fusion Authority
  • Bill Rogers, Ektron
  • Cameron Childress, McRae Communications
  • John Paul Ashenfelter, WebDatabase
  • Shlomy Gantz, CoreActive ACG
  • Steve Drucker, Figleaf
  • Hal Helms, TeamAllaire
  • Christine Pascarella, Virtualscape
  • On June 7, Michael Smith reported that CFUN-2K is 36 percent full at seven weeks out with participants coming from Canada, Singapore and many US states. Michael suggests registering early and telling your friends about it.

    CFUN-2K Registration


    ANYFUG Meeting: June 14, Allaire's Spike Washburn On JRun

    The next meeting of the Albany New York Cold Fusion Users Group ANYCFUG will be held Wednesday, June 14, 6 pm at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

    Directions.

    The Special Guest Speaker will be Spike Washburn, Allaire's Engineering Manager of JRun Development.

    Inquiries to: Tom McKeon.

    (Note that the meeting is being held on the Second Wednesday of the month rather than the usual Second Thursday.)


    Ben Forta/Ashley King CFUGoRama In Washington DC

    TeraTech, Figleaf and Allaire are sponsoring a free Ben Forta/Ashley King CFUG meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.

    Ben Forta and Ashley King, two of the hottest names in the ColdFusion universe, are well published and bring excellent insight into the world of ColdFusion for both users and non-users.

    The site also provides free registration — which is required to attend and to be eligible for the free product give aways.

    The address is:

    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Grand Ballroom
    Washington DC

    Wednesday May 17, 2000 at 6:30 pm

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    Rod Bicknell is an ex-newspaper journalist who entered the technology field on Wall Street in the early 80s.

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