As previously blogged, Charlie Arehart
spoke about running BlueDragon
on .NET at the SDCFUG
meeting last night. Charlie had a running copy of it on his laptop and showed us some pretty neat stuff. Here are a few of the many things I learned about BlueDragon for .NET:
- BlueDragon for .NET extends the .NET framework. This means that once you've installed BlueDragon on your .NET server, all your .cfm pages are processed by BlueDragon through the .NET engine.
- You can CFINCLUDE .aspx pages in .cfm pages and vice-versa. Since BlueDragon for .NET extends the .NET framework, it's all compatible and interchangeable.
- BlueDragon for .NET is essentially BlueDragon re-compiled on .NET using
Jscript J#. Yes, changes had to be made to make this work correctly, and it's still pre-beta and not perfect, but it's pretty cool that virtually the same code can run on .NET and J2EE platforms.
- You can CFIMPORT .NET classes and use them in your CFML code. Charlie demonstrated this using a calendar control, but there are endless possibilities.
These are a very small percentage of the cool stuff I saw last night at the SDCFUG meeting. If I have more time I'll post more...
Note: I am not a .NET developer, so please excuse any misuse of terminology and feel free to submit corrections in the comments.