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(August 5, 2003) - Macromedia has announced the immediate availability of Macromedia® ColdFusion® MX 6.1, which extends the product's unmatched ability to deliver speed, savings, and standards to Web application development. Customers including Casio, Nissan, Sandals and Beaches resorts, and UCLA are among the thousands of organizations using Macromedia ColdFusion MX to deliver their critical applications. Performance benchmarks of Macromedia ColdFusion MX 6.1 demonstrate runtime improvements of up to 172 percent over ColdFusion 5, which translates into a better end-user experience and reduced infrastructure costs over time. In addition, dynamic e-mail generation has been dramatically enhanced, enabling users to deliver messages more than 50 times faster than with previous releases. ColdFusion MX 6.1, previously code-named "Red Sky," is also easier to use and admin... (more)

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Blue Martini Extensions for Dreamweaver UltraDev (San Mateo, CA) - Extensions that Blue Martini Software, Inc., is delivering to Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 reportedly enable developers to integrate the visual authoring power of Dreamweaver UltraDev with the Blue Martini external customer relationship management (eCRM) application suite. The new extensions enable developers to visually design JavaServer Pages and insert or modify objects and method calls for Blue Martini eCRM applications from within Dreamweaver UltraDev. Some of the new features: live preview without stagin... (more)

News in Brief: Latest Figures Show ColdFusion Still At the Top

According to the latest monthly figures from the UK Internet services company Netcraft, the number of IP addresses with sites using ColdFusion remains higher than the number of IP addresses using any other technology, including ASP.NET, JSP, and Java Servlets. ASP.NET is emerging as a strong challenger to ColdFusion, however, and has overtaken JSP and Java Servlets. The number of IP addresses found with ASP.NET has shown very strong growth in the past year with a 224% increase from 17,200 to 55,800. Despite being overtaken, though, JSP & Java Servlets is the next fastest growing i... (more)

ColdFusion MX 6.1 Updater is Available

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)

Macromedia Releases Flex Builder to Enhance Flex Development

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. Compani... (more)