OpenBD Revs Install Process to Compete
for Web Market Share
The open-source CFML processing engine Open BlueDragon (OpenBD) recently announced the
availability of simple, graphical installers for both Windows and Linux systems in order to help it
compete with other web development languages such as PHP, Ruby, and ASP.NET.
The CFML language (ColdFusion Markup Language) was
designed from its infancy to make complicated development
tasks simple. Since the language is tag-based, web developers
who are already familiar with other tag-based languages like HTML and XML are generally
comfortable learning and working with CFML. The original CFML processing engine, ColdFusion
Server, is now owned by Adobe, who continue to improve and promote the language and offer
tight integration of ColdFusion into other Adobe products such as Dreamweaver, Flex, and Flash.
Over the years, CFML has built up a very dedicated following. The ability to “write less code” and
“build, deploy, faster”, which are taglines from Adobe marketing, seems to have resonated well
with some developers. However, since historically developers have had to pay for a processing
engine for their CFML code, adoption of the language has not been as good as PHP or other
languages that have free processing engines. This is what the open-source advocates over at
Open BlueDragon are hoping to correct.
Open BlueDragon Steering Committee member Jordan Michaels, who developed the installers for
the OpenBD project, had this to say; “
The whole idea of CFML was to make development simple,
but up until now development with open-source CFML engines has required developers to know
and understand how to configure J2EE servers, web servers, and the like. The necessity of that
kind of technical know-how is in direct contrast to what CFML actually does, which is make
difficult development tasks easy. Previously, you've had to go through a very technical setup
process in order to 'make things easy' using CFML, and that just doesn't fit with what we're trying
to accomplish here.
With the creation of the OpenBD Installers, all developers
have to do in order to get up and running is click 'Next' a
few times, and in minutes they're up and running with a
free, open-source, and production-ready CFML processing
engine. Developers still have the power and the freedom
to customize their server environment, but a complicated
installation process is no longer required. Never before
has CFML been so freely available to the public, and I'm
truly honored to be a part of that.
The installers were funded by Vivio Technologies, a CFML hosting company based in Washington
State, USA, and used installer creation software donated to the OpenBD project by BitRock –
makers of cross-platform installation software. Links to the installers can be found on the Open
BlueDragon web site, and on openbd.viviotech.net. OpenBD is released under the GPLv3 license.
About Open BlueDragon
Open BlueDragon (OpenBD) is the open source version of the popular BlueDragon CFML engine.
Released as a GPLv3 open source project, on the 3rd of May 2008, Open BlueDragon brought
together a community of users and experts to drive the future of CFML as a whole.
About Vivio Technologies Inc
Vivio Technologies is a hosting service provider that caters specifically to the ColdFusion hosting
marketplace. Vivio Technologies offers VPS and Dedicated Server Hosting Solutions on both Linux
and Windows, and offers the most extensive support for ColdFusion (CFML) language interpretors
on the market. Vivio Technologies was founded in 2002, and is located in Walla Walla, Washington
BitRock provides tools and services for pac
kaging, deploying and updating software. Founded in
2003 in Seville, Spain by Daniel Lopez Ridruejo, BitRock has helped millions of end users install
and package their software with InstallBuilder, a cross platform installer development tool which is
used by hundreds of BitRock customers and open source projects throughout the world.