Macromedia has released Flex Builder; a new, integrated development
environment (IDE) that the company says will streamline Flex application
development. With the Flex Builder rollout, Macromedia hopes to provide
momentum to its applications development initiative. The latest addition is
to provide easier development using Flex. To further encourage Flex
development, Macromedia is giving the IDE away for free with the download of
a trial or full version of Flex.
Since releasing Flex in March, a number of organizations have integrated its
functionality with their systems. Companies like Lockheed Martin, PC
Connection, and even the US Senate have begun using Flex, because of the
added functionality it provides to their IT systems. Many skeptics who
used Flex on a trial basis came to favor it over the native capabilities
of traditional Web technology, says Macromedia.... (more)
"Others have already commented on Adobe.com's new look," writes Ben Forta
(pictured left) in his latest blog. "It's clean," he continues, "The menus
are intuitive. Downloads are all listed in one place. Shortcut URLs (try
http://www.adobe.com/coldfusion for example). Products listed on the homepage
is great. And there's more..."
Forta, CF Evangelist Extaordinary, saves his pay-off punch for last: "But the
best part of the new site? It's powered by ColdFusion, of course!"
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, considered by
many to have one of the best MBA programs anywhere, has been raising the
interest of IT professionals for ten years. The student intranet created
there - called "Spike" - has become one of the best known, and highly
regarded. The latest version is dubbed Spike "X" and what has people excited
are added features and interfaces that utilize very sophisticated
technologies to provide students with access to customizable information.
Spike X uses cutting-edge technology, like Macromedia's ColdFusion MX and
Macromedia has released an updater for ColdFusion MX 6.1. When talks first
surfaced about updates to ColdFusion, it was expected that ColdFusion MX 6.1
Updater would be a minor release, resolving bugs and security flaws. This is
not the case with the updater Macromedia decided to release. Included are not
only software and security fixes; but components that the company says will
improve the application's functionality on a number of levels.
Tim Buntel, Product Manager for ColdFusion, recommends all ColdF... (more)
As Macromedia's annual developer conference, MAX 2004, got underway in New
Orleans yesterday, the company took the opportunity to stress how important
great Web experiences are to users in forming opinions about Web sites.
Macromedia also previewed several innovations that are under consideration
for ColdFusion and its Flash Player.
Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO of Macromedia, addressed those present,
stressing Macromedia's devotion and desire to work alongside developers and
customers in creating products.
"Macromedia is excited to roll up its sleeves alongside our developers an... (more)