Adobe has announced the public betas of Adobe ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder software. ColdFusion 9, a development technology for building dynamic Web sites and Internet applications, is intended to increase developer productivity, integrate with complex enterprise environments and deliver rich and interactive experiences for users. ColdFusion Builder is a new Eclipse-based IDE used for rapidly developing ColdFusion applications.
For an in-depth discussion of ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder, see this Dr. Dobb's audio interview with Adobe's Adam Lehman.
"ColdFusion adoption has accelerated since we introduced support for Flex, AJAX and PDF with ColdFusion 8," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of the Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "The increased integration with everything from Adobe AIR applications to enterprise-based Adobe LiveCycle ES software enables companies to meet critical business needs quickly, while ColdFusion Builder provides developers with an enhanced workflow between ColdFusion and the Flash Platform for RIA development."
ColdFusion 9 accelerates the development cycle by reducing complex business logic into a few lines of code. ColdFusion 9 applications access data from existing enterprise infrastructure including Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office files and portlet standards. Also, new ColdFusion 9 features include an Adobe AIR application for managing multiple ColdFusion servers from one location, helping to save performance time and reducing redundant tasks. ColdFusion 9 also offers local and remote database synchronization with Adobe AIR, improving user satisfaction by enabling them to use an application regardless of Internet connectivity. Additionally, deep integration with Hibernate's object relational mapping (ORM) provides developers with database independent applications.
ColdFusion Builder is a new development tool that provides a unified, customizable and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers and deploy projects. It includes tools for debugging applications within the IDE, remote support and custom code generation, a customized development environment and support for applications built with ColdFusion 7 and 8. Using ColdFusion Builder, developers can become more productive due to the automation of redundant tasks and reuse of code. Also, because ColdFusion Builder and Adobe Flash Builder are Eclipse based, there is deep feature integration and enhanced workflow to generate client and server code.