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    BlueDragon - Deal or No Deal?

    I'm considering running the free version of BlueDragon for an intranet application. Does anyone here have any experience using it? I'd like to connect it to MSSQL but the free version does not seem to include a bundled connector. Have any of you ever worked around this before?

    Any advice you can share?

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    I actually prefer BD over CF for my local development machine, simply because it feels and starts up faster. I've always hooked into MySQL so can't help you with that, but I like BD!
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    Have you ever used it in a production environment?

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    yes. Used it in a department 'tracker' system, on our 400mhz G4 backup/file server, with MySQL 4.1. Worked just fine, even with traffic from file transfers.
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    Excellent! Now if I can just figure out how to get it connected to MSSQL

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    Thanks Creole... I actually had run across that page myself while doing research beofre I posted here. I wasn't so sure it would apply to BlueDragon as it focused on Coldfusion 7 and MSSQL connections...

    I'm just beginning to look at BD so I'm not sure how similar to Coldfusion it really is.

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    btw - myspace runs on blue dragon (interview re:)

    There is a few key differences. Didnt support a few of the new mx7 features, but I am sure they are still adding more.

    There are also more cf rendering engines available. I just found out about the the first 2. I looked into the smith project and when I saw it didnt yet support cfc's I just went back to coding. First looks at the other 2 sites are promising.
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    I think myspace is shifting away from CF and going towards .net... that's why they're using BD... so they wouldn't have to support a full rewrite of code that already works.

    I was excited when I first found that out, but then I read more of what's actually going on... and I'm sad again
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    Quote Originally Posted by downtroden View Post
    I think myspace is shifting away from CF and going towards .net... that's why they're using BD... so they wouldn't have to support a full rewrite of code that already works.

    I was excited when I first found that out, but then I read more of what's actually going on... and I'm sad again
    Links?

    Anyways, that was just an example. At the least, BD helped them grow into the top (5?) websites in the world category.

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    ...reading my post... I wasn't happy to hear them want dot.net, I was happy it was CFML.

    from the vendor themself...

    http://www.newatlanta.com/corporate/...e_announce.jsp

    Coldfusion helped them grow... BD is just helping them continue. My hopes is that with the might of the venerable Adobe Monster, CFML will bully it's way back into the hearts of corp. execs and thus force it back into the hearts and minds of wayward developers.
    Last edited by downtroden; Dec 14, 2006 at 07:49. Reason: Clarification.
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    I was able to get BlueDragon installed and integrated with MSSQL 2000. It works great... in all honesty, I was quite surprised... I wasn't expecting it to work as well as it seems.

    Of course, I've only had it running for 1 day now, but it was rather painless getting everything configured.

    Now let's see how it deals with Model-Glue....


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