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					 Deploying CFML on .NET:
Opportunities & Challenges
                           Charlie Arehart, CTO
                   New Atlanta Communications
                       charlie@newatlanta.com
                                                          Overview

     Industry trend: the move to standard architectures
     Protecting your CFML investment
     The only way to deploy CFML on .NET: BlueDragon
     How easy it is
     The benefits of deploying CFML on .NET
     “Cost” of deploying CFML on .NET
     Resources for learning more




June 16, 2012           New Atlanta Communications, LLC
                                                              About Your Speaker

     CTO of New Atlanta Communications since April ‘03
               Company based in Alpharetta, GA (30 miles north of Atlanta)
     7 yrs CF experience (21 yrs in Enterprise IT)
     Co-author, ColdFusion MX Bible (Wiley)
     Frequent contributor to ColdFusion Dev Journal
     Past accomplishments of note
               Tech Editor, CFDJ
               Allaire/Macromedia Certified Adv CF Developer (4, 5, MX)
               Allaire/Macromedia Certified Instructor
               Team Macromedia Member & Customer Advisory Board Member
               Contributor to Macromedia Devnet, Dev Exchange
     Frequent speaker to user groups, conferences worldwide
     Also pursuing Masters at Dallas Theological Seminary
               part-time via Atlanta extension campus



June 16, 2012                          New Atlanta Communications, LLC
                                                                       Industry Trends

     The technology platform “highway” has split, and
      most organizations today are faced with choosing
      directions between Sun's J2EE and Microsoft's .NET




     What if you’re org is moving to .NET?
               Management being persuaded by “standard architectures”
               Architectural committees often prefer .NET, see CF as proprietary
               Vendors focus on ASP.NET as the only tool for .NET web apps


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                               ASP.NET Not the Only Answer

     .NET folks think ASP.NET is the only way to go
               And that converting CFML apps to that is only alternative
     Conversion to ASP.NET is no trivial undertaking
               For all but simplest applications, is not a simple matter
               Can be very expensive
               Retraining folks in ASP.NET, .NET framework, tools, design
                patterns, etc is not trivial
     And during that conversion, what about the existing
      apps?
               Spending time rewriting when you could be enhancing




June 16, 2012                        New Atlanta Communications, LLC
                                    Protecting Your CFML Investment

     What if you could move the CFML to
      .NET and keep it running?
               Could just park it there, on new platform
                    No need for CF Server (nor BD server)
               Can start integrating with .NET, if you’d
                like
               Or start converting CFML to ASP.NET at
                your own pace
     You can!
               BlueDragon offer the only means to run
                CFML on .NET
                    BlueDragon also can run CFML on J2EE


     Don’t throw away your CFML
      investment!



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                                  BlueDragon for the Microsoft .NET Framework


     BlueDragon for the Microsoft .NET Framework runs
      CFML on .NET
               Uses standard .NET features to enable this
                    Runs as an “http handler” (in .NET parlance)
               Does NOT rely on ColdFusion at all
                    No ColdFusion Server
                    Not even a BlueDragon Server
     Your CFML becomes just a .NET web application
               IIS is configured to hand requests for .CFM files to .NET
               .NET looks for a file describing how to handle CFM files
                    We edit server-wide machine.config to describe this by default
                    Optionally can configure on a virtual directory or site basis
               Config file XML entry points to BlueDragon.dll
                    This is the BlueDragon CFML engine
                    Same engine as our BlueDragon Server and J2EE editions
                    Deployed as a .NET managed assembly
                    Stored in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) by default

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                               Quick Overview: What is .NET?

     Some argue that .NET is Microsoft’s answer to J2EE
               Enterprise-class web application development capabilities
               Integrated into the operating system
     Can be added to Windows 2000, XP, 2003, and more
               On one level, is tantamount to an alternative to Java
                    Similar libraries providing similar functionality
                    Sometimes improving on things Java left out or did differently
               Can call upon .NET library APIs and components just as we can
                using CFOBJECT to call Java libraries and components
     While ASP.NET is the de facto standard way to create
      web apps in .NET, it’s not the only way
               .NET defines a specification to support other “http handlers”
     While Visual Studio is the de facto standard way to
      edit ASP.NET web apps, CFML folks need not bother
               You can continue to edit your CFML with favorite editors

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                                                                       How Easy It Is

     Let’s walk through deploying CFML as a .NET web
      app
               Show CFML code running “normally” on CF Server
               Show steps of running installer to configure BlueDragon for the
                Microsoft .NET Framework
               Show the CFML code running via BD/.NET
               Edit the CFML code, show that it detects changes like normal


     It’s still just CFML—deployed on .NET
               No CF server, no BlueDragon server required




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                                CFML Processing Configuration

     Now all CFM templates on on all web sites (or those
      selected) are processed by BlueDragon
               Unless overridden at web site or directory level
     Could have CF and even BlueDragon Server also
      installed at the same time
               Use virtual directory or site to control handing CFM files to either
                    Just by changing extension mappings in IIS
               See my November 2003 CFDJ article, “Configuring Your
                Development Server for CF5, CFMX, and BlueDragon”
                    Available at NewAtlanta web site, under “editorials”




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                                                       What Are the Benefits?

     But why bother with deployment on .NET?
               Most significant motivation is if it’s your only alternative because
                you must move to .NET
                    At least still CFML
               BlueDragon/.NET license also less than half the cost of CFMX
                Enterprise
                    Priced the same as our J2EE edition, another enterprise solution
     Several other benefits to enhance your CFML, even if
      you’re not being forced to move to .NET
     Have discussed similar benefits in April CFDJ article:
               “Making the Case for CFML on J2EE”
               Provided on the New Atlanta web site
                (newatlanta.com/bluedragon/)
               Most of the benefits described there apply to .NET as well
     Let’s look at a few of these, in brief…

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                                                    CFML: Super-charged!

     Can integrate CFML and ASP.NET
               Share session, application, request scopes with ASP.NET pages
               Call .NET objects/classes/libraries
     CFML becomes a standard .NET component
               Can do with it anything that you’d do with an ASP.NET template
               Can leverage .NET declarative security, session persistence
     Examples of each of these is (or will be) offered in
      the document, “Deploying CFML on the Microsoft
      .NET Framework”
               Available freely on our site or with download




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                                                                Enterprise Solutions

     Can also leverage enterprise benefits of IIS 6 on
      server editions of Windows
               Past CFDJ, MM articles have described how CFML on J2EE can
                leverage multiple independent instances
                    Same goes for CFML on IIS on Server editions of Windows
                    Can have multiple web sites on single server
               CFML runs as a process on IIS (not a separate server)
                    Can leverage features such as clustering, load balancing, fail-over,
                     session replication and persistence

     Even without Server editions of Windows,
      BlueDragon/.NET offers unique solutions for
      managing multiple applications…



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                               Multiple Web Apps/Admin Consoles

     In IIS/.NET, each site/virtual directory is its own web
      application
               Could have own web.config file to control configuration of that
                directory and below
                    One directory has security, session persistence, etc., others do not
               Indeed, .NET has an inheritance model, where web apps at one
                level inherit settings from higher level
     Again, CFML on .NET plays along, with unique
      benefits
               Each web app (web site/virtual directory) has its own BlueDragon
                Admin console
               Could configure debugging in one, not the other (or caching,
                datasources, etc.)
               Each web app could even have different versions of BlueDragon
                engine

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                                            When Can I Get Started?

     BlueDragon for the Microsoft .NET Framework is in
      “tech preview” mode
               Freely available now on our web site
               Is based on our 6.1 release, just recently released to production
               Will expire in a few weeks, by which time we’ll have a beta
     Expecting final release in Q4, if not sooner
               Some are licensing it now to run production apps
               We welcome that and seek strategic testers to identify/resolve any
                key issues
                    Though again, anyone can now download and test




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                                 “Cost” of Deployment on .NET

     Expected Cost
               BlueDragon for the Microsoft .NET Framework: $2499 per CPU
     Resource utilization cost
               BlueDragon engine is just 2MB in size!
                    Other dependent libraries total just 10MB in J2EE edition
                    Reasonable to expect similar footprint on .NET




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                                                                What About Mono?

     One last topic that some may ask about…

     Mono is an open-source implementation of the .NET
      framework (go-mono.org)
               Primarily oriented toward .NET on Linux and OS X
               Backed by Novell and others
     Does not implement all the features of .NET
               Has certain minimal goals in its current pre-release status
     So BlueDragon does not currently run on MONO
               We will be following its progress




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                                                                         Why BlueDragon?

     Main reason so far is just that it runs CFML on .NET
               Naturally, you’ll wonder what it supports
     Substantially similar feature set to ColdFusion
               BlueDragon 6.1 supports CFMX 6.1 functionality
                    CFCs, XML, web services, and more
                    And all the other things you’d expect in CFML
                          Including CFXs, CFOBJECT calls to Java, and lots more
               Currently lacks only a handful of tags
                    CF4/5: CFAPPLET, CFGRID, CFREPORT
                          And CFAUTHENTICATE, CFIMPERSONATE; obsoleted in CFMX
                    CF/MX: CFCHART, CFLOGIN, CFTRACE (planning to add soon)
               Does offer enterprise database drivers, web server integration
                    Database integration is based on ADO.NET in .NET edition

     What does it add?
               Besides the only way to run CFML on .NET?...

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                                                   Why BlueDragon? (cont.)

     Also several benefits over CFMX
               Available protection of CFML using precompiled or encrypted templates
                     Readable only by BlueDragon. Cannot be converted back to source code
               A few extra tags, including: CFASSERT, CFIMAGE, CFIMAP
               Web spidering via CFINDEX (as well as text file and query indexing)
               Extra runtime state information reported in BD Admin console
               Automatically populates datasources from existing ODBC ones (Windows)
               BlueDragon has many other advantages to consider
                     See http://bluedragon.blog-city.com/read/601768.htm

     And beyond .NET edition, again, have J2EE edition as well
               All same sort of benefits as .NET edition, but on J2EE server
     Also available standalone Server and Server JX editions
               Server edition is free (free for production!)
                     Lacks only a few features
     All available for download as free trial, dev editions


June 16, 2012                                 New Atlanta Communications, LLC
                                                                Who is New Atlanta

     New Atlanta is an established business with 11,000
      paying customers in over 70 countries
               Been in the server-side Java business since 1997
               ServletExec is still a highly regarded JSP/servlet engine
                    It underlies BlueDragon Server/Server JX just like JRun underlies CFMX
               JTurbo is a highly regarded Type IV JDBC for SQL Server
     New Atlanta is known for strong support,
      responsiveness
     Got into BlueDragon to address critical needs of
      CFML developers not being served by CF
               Even so, Macromedia has had many positive things to say about
                BlueDragon




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                                   What Does Macromedia Think?

     Macromedia Directory of Technology Sean Corfield
               Has frequently blogged positive comments about BlueDragon in his
                personal site, corfield.org, or on our mailing list
                    “Overall, it looks pretty good”
                    “They're nice shirts - I have one and wear it to work sometimes :)”

     Ben Forta, senior CF Evangelist
               “I personally wish them all the best in their endeavors…I give the
                NA folks credit for innovating where they have opted to do.”
                    http://www.buntel.com/blog/addcomment.cfm?id=114333E9-4E22-
                     1671-5B4EA519BCDD4F4C

     Tim Buntel, CF Product Manager
               “I'm sure that there's a way that we can not only serve the best
                interests of both Macromedia and New Atlanta, but of the
                community as a whole.”
               See buntel.com thread above

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                                            Who’s Using BlueDragon?

     Hundreds of companies using the several versions
               Users of free Server edition don’t even need to tell us!
     Some key accounts
               American Airlines – crew reporting application
               LinuxWorld.com – yes, is CFML (served via .htm)
               Credit Suisse First Boston – complex security application
               Digital Insight - sells software to very large banks
               Fitz and Floyd – Retail store for collectibles
               Open Rental Desk – implements rental desk s/w in h/w stores
     Also, several hosting companies
               CF Dynamics
               Advanced Group.net
               Intent.net
               StreamingMedia
               Vivio Technologies
     More listed on our partner site

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                                                                      Conclusion

     Deploying CFML on .NET is easy
               BlueDragon alone runs CFML as a native .NET web application
     It can bring many benefits, solve many problems
     Management, developers, vendors all need to be
      educated
               Understanding benefits of CFML deployed as a native .NET
                component
     Opens many doors for improvement of apps:
               Integration, performance, management, and more
     Allows CFML to live on as a valuable component in
      enterprise web application development
               CFML now the only language that runs on both J2EE and .NET



June 16, 2012                       New Atlanta Communications, LLC
                                             Contact Information

     Charlie Arehart
     CTO, New Atlanta Communications
     charlie@newatlanta.com
     newatlanta.com/bluedragon/
     (678) 256-5395




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