Macromedia has detailed what will be the next version of its ColdFusion application development tools.
Code-named Neo, the pending edition will be based on Java, whereas previous versions have used C++ as the foundation, according to Adam Berry, vice president of ColdFusion server business at Macromedia.
Berry said that moving Neo to Java would enable the tools to work better with J2EE (Java 2, Enterprise Edition) application servers as well as Web services. To that end, at the user group Macromedia also rallied the support of BEA Systems, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Intel.
"We believe this is going to help customers by letting them develop more with the infrastructures they have," Berry said.
Chris Dial, an analyst at Forrester Research, said the move to Java was inevitable.
"It's a great move for Macromedia to tap into the momentum of Java as firms move to Java app servers," Dial said.
Basing the forthcoming version on Java, however, does not mean that Macromedia is leaving Windows in the dust, Berry said. Instead, Neo will support .Net and provide developer tools to work with the .Net platform.
Neo will not leave previous versions of ColdFusion behind either, Berry said. Macromedia plans to make it backwards-compatible, but recommends ColdFusion 5.0 as the best upgrade path, Berry added.
Macromedia plans to release two editions of Neo. One will ship with Macromedia's JRun application server embedded, and the other will include support for BEA's WebLogic and IBM's WebSphere application servers.