Bluedragon 7 (CFML Engine).

30Jun06

For those who arn’t aware, Bluedragon is an alternate CFML engine from New Atlanta.

Vince Bonfanti from New Atlanta recently announced the planned features and schedule for the next version of Bluedragon. It seems they have come a long way in a short time. Bluedragon is currently available for Java and .NET platforms, which is good for the language I guess. The more platforms the broader the reach, right? Isn’t that the Adobe Flash Player / Apollo plan? But honestly I rather see people using Java over .NET. Go to Vince’s blog for a full details. http://blog.newatlanta.com/index.cfm

One of the features in particular that Vince announced for the next version was a set of tags. <cfthread> and <cfjoin>, this will give you the ability to spawn additional asynchronous threads and then join the up again. Join essentially means that further down the request you can wait for the asynchronous task to finish.

What is going to happen when Bluedragon’s features a different to that of Adobe’s Coldfusion. I think will start forcing companies to decide between New Atlanta and Adobe. How does the feature set announced effect what we’ll see from Adobe? who knows, maybe time will tell us? Maybe we can ask Tim Buntel?

Finally, what implications do some of these features have? If something as powerful as cfthread is not used correctly, what impact could it have on maintaining our applications? After speaking with several people, some people are a little weary. A public beta planned for late July or early August will hopefully give us a better picture of what these features will bring.

I think some of these things will become a hot topic in the coming weeks. What do you think?

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