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November 30, 1999

November 30, 1999

IN THIS ISSUE:

DEVELOPER ANNOUNCEMENTS

BUSINESS TREND WATCH SECURITY ISSUES DEVELOPER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Beta Version of ColdFusion 4.5 Now Available to Public
Last month, Allaire Corp. announced ColdFusion 4.5 for Linux at its sold out user's conference. Running natively on UNIX, release 4.5 will offer service-level failover, integration with Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), expanded XML support, advanced project management for complex systems, and Cisco Local Director integration. With the addition of these new enterprise functionalities, ColdFusion 4.5 will offer the growing Linux community a powerful platform to develop enterprise and e-commerce systems.

Those who wish to join the ColdFusion 4.5 beta program to check out the latest version of ColdFusion Server and ColdFusion Studio can do so at: http://www.allaire.com/products/coldfusion/45/announce/

ColdFusion Expands its Portal Presence
In two separate announcements, ColdFusion has expanded its portal existence. Last month, Visual Mining, Inc., a provider of enterprise corporate decision portals selected Allaire Corp.'s ColdFusion server to power its corporate portal product, Decision.Control.

Citing Allaire's scalability, development environment, and data connectivity, Mike MacDonald, Visual Mining's Vice President of Technical Strategy, said, "The search capabilities, scheduling and querying functions, and security ensure that Decision.Control users will have easy access to their information."

The company believes that by leveraging Allaire ColdFusion, Visual Mining can ensure that Decision.Control customers' existing IT investments will be preserved.

In a more recent announcement, iE, an integrated e-commerce application provider, has become a member of the Allaire Corp.'s Allaire Alliance Partner Program. This new relationship will now allow ColdFusion developers to implement Web-based applications that deal with any data or functionality supported by screen-based applications. For companies who wish to expand their ColdFusion sites into live, integrated e-commerce sites, iE ScreenSurfer allows rapid integration with existing transactions systems and allows ColdFusion to become an e-commerce portal to an organization running mainframe systems.

Alliance Brings ERP to the Web
A recently formed alliance between Creative Internet Solutions (CIS), a web applications developer, and Backsoft Corp., an enterprise application integrator, will extend the companies' existing ERP systems to the Web.

CIS's certified Allaire developers will build robust Web-based applications that will connect companies' existing SAP ERP systems with the Internet. This will be achieved by combining Backsoft's Talk enterprise application integration (EAI) technologies with Allaire's ColdFusion Web platform technology. This will create state of the art e-commerce and business solutions for organizations wishing to reap the benefits of the Internet economy.

"Using Backsoft's Talk technology will allow our consultants to focus on the application elements and business processes that fundamentally shape the way the Internet is used by large organizations," said Tom Charland, Managing Director of CIS. "Backsoft has created a tool that eliminates the overhead of engineering around SAP's intricacies, and has increased our competitive edge by being able to bring solutions to market more readily."

NTMail 5.0 Offers ColdFusion Integration
Gordano Ltd. announces the availability of NTMail 5.0, the company's SMTP-based e-mail server for Windows NT.

New features include ColdFusion integration, a redesigned interface, load sharing, SQL and LDAP database connectivity, and Mail Meta Language (MML) scripting.

"NTMail's open architecture provides a highly-secure, flexible e-mail server that can be easily integrated with Windows NT networks," said Brian Dorricot, Managing Director of Gordano Ltd. "The new release features a number of enhancements that offer unmatched performance, speed, and scalability for small- to mid-sized businesses, as well as carrier-class ISPs."

A fully functional 7 MB evaluation product can be downloaded at: www.gordano.com

BUSINESS TREND WATCH

Internet Usage Growth May Be Slowing Down
Internet analysts warn that long-term Internet growth in the United States may be waning. A traffic report released by Media Metrix shows that the number of U.S. Web users increased by only 488,000 in October, reaching 63.8 million. While these numbers are up from 240,000 new users in September, earlier this year user growth averaged 750,000 per month.

While the number may show a slow in growth, analysts disagree on what the numbers mean. Some feel that many advertising dollars could be directed towards the major Web players like AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft, which showed increased traffic in October, leaving smaller sites with less traffic and advertising revenue. Other analysts feel that while the growth may be slowing down, the Internet is still growing at a healthy rate.

Bringing Stock Options to the Masses
A new bill introduced to the House of Representatives in November aims to encourage more companies to offer stock options to help non-executive employees better use these stock options as long-term savings. While granting stock options to employees is common in the technology industry, the new bill could widen its use.

Introduced by Ohio Representative John Boehner, chairman of the House Workforce Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee, the new bill would create a new form of stock option that would combine the best elements of both traditional non-qualified stock options and qualified (incentive) stock option plans. The proposed stock option would allow employees to defer all taxation on their stock options until they sold their shares (as workers with qualified stock options can currently do), while allowing companies to deduct the value of stock options granted to employees upon the employee's exercise of the option (as employers can currently do with traditional non-qualified stock options).

Boehner's new option would benefit both employers and employees. It would encourage employees to hold onto their stock options for longer periods of time and maximize their savings and investment potential, while providing further encouragement to employers to offer stock options for more workers, rather than just top executives.

"When you have stock options, you aren't just working for your company; you're working for yourself," Boehner said. "Employee shareholding boosts worker productivity and puts more money in the pockets of working families. It's a winner for employees, employers, and our economy as a whole."

SECURITY ISSUES

Department of Defense Considers Ban on Code
JavaScript and other mobile code are under consideration to be banned from military sites. Due to an increase of hackers breaking into Department of Defense systems, JavaScript and Microsoft's ActiveX have been singled out since department officials feel that mobile code is serving as an easy gateway for hackers to enter military sites.

DOD spokespersons have confirmed that there have been discussions within the DOD about the future of mobile code, however, there was no confirmation as to whether or not it will be banned.

Edward Felten, director of the Secure Internet Programming Lab at Princeton University told MSNBC.com that he agrees, "right now, there is no mobile code [safe] enough for high-security uses."

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Maria Waddy is a ColdFusion Advisor editor.

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