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Allaire Ships Spectra

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Martin Burns

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After months of beta testing, Allaire shipped Spectra this week. Spectra is possibly the most affordable industrial strength content management & eCommerce system for large websites, and is based on the ColdFusion tool Allaire built to manage their own site.

Allaire are offering a startup bundle of servers, tools, training, consulting and support for $117,445 (#72,300) - not bad considering BroadVision (probably the biggest competitor) costs around that for license fees for a single server, and tell you not to expect much change out of $1.6m (#1m) for a similar bundle.

More information on Spectra, and the press release, are available from the Allaire site.

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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