The Limitations of CFML (And Ways Around Them)

By davidjmedlock

…posted by davidjmedlock:

ASP and PHP developers have an advantage over us CF’ers. They can write an application, put it together in a nice neat package, and sell it to customers without having to confront the issues of having a customer purchase a license for PHP or ASP and install it and configure it, etc. PHP and ASP hosting are commonplace, easy to find, and very inexpensive.

But for us CF coders, we have to worry about a few different challenges. First, our potential customer base has thus far been limited to ColdFusion developers or companies already utilizing the technology. And that’s fine. There are who-knows-how-many people already making good use of ColdFusion. But, shouldn’t we be able to expand our customer base beyond just those who already have a ColdFusion host or server? The answer is yes. And there’s an apparently easy way to do it.

Now, I’ve only just begun reading about BlueDragon and Coral recently, so I don’t have all the details about these two solutions just yet. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be researching them more carefully and reporting back here about them. In the meantime, I suggest that everyone take a look at BlueDragon from New Atlanta and Coral. Both of these solutions look promising for the ColdFusion community and in the near future I hope to explore them more fully and explain how they can be used to expand our customer base and, as Vince Bonfanti put it, sell them a solution, not a technology. Enjoy. :D

  • David, I’m afraid we’re going to have to get you to use lowercase BBcodes.

  • owned ;) Just kidding.

    I am really interested in what BlueDragon and Coral have to offer. One (and probably the only) reason we don’t consider going more towards CF in work is the licensing costs.
    Great article, I am looking forward to hearing your views/opinions in the coming weeks.

    Oh and good luck with the ‘blog!

  • You may just be my new hero. I cant wait to see what you find on this!

  • [quote=z0s0]David, I’m afraid we’re going to have to get you to use lowercase BBcodes.[/quote]

    Done. I’ll just use IE or Moz when I post to the blog so I can use the WYSIWYG interface.

    Look for more info on BlueDragon sometime next week. :)

  • Wow! I knew about Blue Dragon, but was not aware of Coral. Very cool. I think I’m going into the browser-based desktop application software business! If that made any sense at all.

  • Ditto. :D I have yet to check into Coral. I want to familiarize myself with BlueDragon first.

    To clarify about BlueDragon: You can’t run CF Server on the web server and BlueDragon on the web server at the same time.

    Both application servers come with their own built-in development web servers, though neither company recommends using the built-in web server for production environments. I prefer creating applications in an environment that is as similar to the live environment as possible, so I don’t make use of the built in servers.

    More to come in a future blog. (The Limitations of ColdFusion and Ways Around Them Part II) :D


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