Shado gets Java-fied

Auckland developer Straker Interactive is to launch a Java-compliant version of its Shado content management product, one of the first applications anywhere to be written using Macromedia's newly launched ColdFusion MX development tool.

Auckland developer Straker Interactive is to launch a Java-compliant version of its Shado content management product, one of the first applications anywhere to be written using Macromedia’s newly launched ColdFusion MX development tool.

Shado, which was originally developed in ColdFusion, will be migrated to the MX version, Macromedia’s Java-compliant server-scripting environment and development suite.

ColdFusion MX is part of Macromedia's refreshed and more integrated Macromedia Studio MX product family, which includes Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, FreeHand 10 and ColdFusion MX.

The suite is due this month and Straker is planning to release Shado MX at the same time as ColdFusion MX appears. Straker developers have been beta-testing the new product and say Shado is already fully compatible.

Straker chief executive Grant Straker says the company will migrate its hosted Shado customers, such as Fisher & Paykel, Unitech and Southern Cross Health Care, to the new version.

He says ColdFusionMX complies to Java and allows ColdFusion and Java server pages code to exist on the same page interacting natively. "Entry-level developers can work with ColdFusion still but high-end developers will have the Java APIs completely exposed.” The new application will also support native Flash integration and will be compatible with Microsoft's .Net development environment. “It’s very object-oriented.

Basically you will be able to turn your whole web site into a web service,” says Straker.

Shado MX will ship for Red Hat Linux/MySQL as well as for clustered Windows 2000. Straker says the Linux version was developed because of the popularity of the platform in Europe.

Straker is officially opening an office in London this week with more than 50 UK web development, hosting and integration companies signed up to attend.

Straker says it is also in discussions with two UK universities and several potential distributors.

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