Adobe has made a beta version of ColdFusion 9, the latest version of the company's web development platform that leverages server-side services, publicly available.
Version 9 features enhancements in productivity, integration, and rich interface development.
"From a productivity perspective, we're adding a new way to build database applications without having to write SQL code," said Adam Lehman, Adobe product manager for ColdFusion.
Lenham revealed that ColdFusion benefits from Hibernate technology that's used to build object-based applications.
With version 9, Adobe is making it easier to build applications that can be deployed in Adobe AIR for running applications offline and putting data back in ColdFusion when coming back online. Flex and Flash integration is highlighted as well
Also featured is integration with Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration platform and the ability to work natively with Microsoft Office documents built in applications like Excel or PowerPoint. Data can be read from Excel files, for example.
Integration with SharePoint allows ColdFusion applications to talk to the SharePoint document library, with SharePoint able to manage documents. Developers can build business applications in ColdFusion that reside on top of SharePoint.
The company did not offer an estimated time for general availability of ColdFusion 9 or ColdFusion Builder.
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