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Over the past few months we've previewed the development of ColdFusion 6.0 - affectionately codenamed "Neo" by the Macromedia development crew. In many of those articles we also discussed the new Java support, one of the brightest new features and also the one that could help carry ColdFusion to its next level of acceptance and support. At DevCon, Macromedia brought that promise a bit closer to reality with announcements about Neo and its brand-new partner support.

Numerous industry leaders, such as BEA, IBM, Intel, and Sun Microsystems, are joining with Macromedia to support Neo. The new CF is being developed on top of JRun and has the CFML command interpreter on top of a Java engine. Java, with its write once, run anywhere technology, will allow ColdFusion to run on top of any Java application server. Current plans, though subject to change as with any new product release, allow it to be bundled with JRun or purchased separately for installation on such Java application servers as BEA's WebLogic or IBM's WebSphere.

Integrating CF into existing enterprise-level Java applications will soon be a piece of cake, and running CF apps alongside Java ones will be a walk in the park. This is all without changing the basic ColdFusion Markup Language programming environment. Exciting times are ahead.

In addition, the new ColdFusion architecture will support interoperability with Microsoft .NET platform technologies through support for XML Web services and .NET servers. Macromedia outlined a broad technology strategy for ColdFusion to run on multiple application servers, and through this to support XML Web services and interoperate with Microsoft .NET technologies.

I was unable to attend Macromedia's DevCon this year due to a scheduling conflict - I was attending Web Services Edge 2001 West in Santa Clara, California. While covering all the Web services, XML, and .NET sessions there and walking the exhibit floor, I frequently thought of all of you in Disney World - having fun, networking, and talking ColdFusion.

I'm happy to report that we'll be expanding our Web services coverage in CFDJ, which will be a great help the next time two industry conferences conflict with one another. Web services as a whole is slowly making the climb from vaporware and wild sets of standards and claims to real-world examples, and CF is along for the ride.

In this month's issue we have our usual great lineup. Norman Elton writes on using Microsoft Excel and ColdFusion together. While perhaps not the ideal method for storing your data in a Web database, it certainly comes in handy. Christian Schneider presents Part 3 in his series on customizing the CF Studio IDE.

We have two conference reviews - the TeraTech ColdFusion Conference by Eva Holtsmark and Macromedia DevCon by Kevin Schmidt. David Schwartz reviews Code Co-op from Reliable Software, which passes his tests with flying colors. Ian Rutherford discusses stored procedures, and Kevin Schmidt goes under the hood of CF-based shopping carts. We also have our regular columnists - Charlie Arehart, Hal Helms, Ben Forta, and Bruce Van Horn - who provide great insights into the world of ColdFusion.

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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Carlos Herrera 12/19/01 02:11:00 PM EST

CF 6.0 ? Java ?