Monday, March 10, 2008

Thanks New Atlanta

If you have not heard New Atlanta has announced they will open source Blue Dragon's J2EE edition. The press release can be found here.

This is one of those times I wish I had named my blog something other than cfRant. I mean let's face it what is there to rant about here? New Atlanta just made a heck of a move to give the community a mature CFML engine. The Smith Project is nice, don't get me wrong, but the product was not exactly mature and has suffered from some nuances that made it hard impossible to use popular frameworks.

We, Kroger, seriously evaluated using BlueDragon about 2 or 3 years back but at the time the pricing model for the J2EE version was just not competitive when compared to ColdFusion and the functionality CF7 offered at the enterprise edition (to date I still question if we have used many of those features we paid for but that's a rant for a different day). I know since then the product has grown and added additional feature making it an even stronger candidate for companies. I must applaud New Atlanta for releasing the J2EE edition. I hope this drives more developers to learn more about the J2EE ColdFusion's installation, like context roots. At the same time I do have some concern about a bit of a learning curve in that respect too, hopefully the FAQ statement "
New Atlanta plans to work aggressively to integrate and distribute BlueDragon with popular open source products" will alleviate that adoption issue. When BlueDragon releases I will certainly do my best to blog about setup and configuration, if I feel New Atlanta's documentation is lacking in any way. We have been running ColdFusion in this type of configuration for years and Bob Burns and myself are big advocates of Jboss and ColdFusion.

I have some pretty strong feelings about CFML and the direction Abode has pushed it, sometimes I agree, other times I have silently disagreed. I think there are some areas that could stand some great improvement, not to mention area's I would like to contribute. Now all I have to do is get onto the BlueDragon steering committee! Vince if you happen to read this I am definitely interested. I am eager to see the source code for BlueDragon, I'm sure there's another group of folks interested as well...

1 comment:

Vince Bonfanti said...

Hi Adam,

Alam Williamson is forming the BD open source steering committee:

Send him an email to and let him know you're interested.