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Allaire Spectra Launch Teleconferences

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Martin Burns

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Allaire are about to release a stunning publishing system, called Spectra, designed for sites like which publish information without hard-coding HTML for each article.

Spectra is interesting on two fronts. Firstly, it's built entirely in ColdFusion, and secondly, it's around 10% of the cost of equivalent systems such as StoryServer and Broadvision.

To find out more about Spectra, see Allaire's site.

To get developers up to speed about Spectra, Allaire are holding a number of teleconferences through October & November. The video is delivered by Web, and the audio by conference telephone call (toll-free in the US). For more info, see

Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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