Adobe has releasd ColdFusion, a development tool for building dynamic Web sites and Internet applications. The company says that since May 2007, more than 14,000 developers have actively participated in the ColdFusion 8 public beta.

ColdFusion 8 Server Monitor lets developers swiftly identify bottlenecks and tune the server for better performance.

"The server monitoring capabilities in ColdFusion 8 are outstanding, offering granular-level access to identify slow requests and terminate runaway processes," said Nick Walters, programming manager, Lightyear Network Solutions. "We can now receive actual detail as to which requests are taking the longest and which objects within a page are performing poorly. Server monitoring with ColdFusion 8 is leaps ahead of third-party applications on the market."

ColdFusion 8 enables developers to integrate their ColdFusion applications with other Adobe technologies such as Flex, PDF, Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), and Adobe LiveCycle. ColdFusion 8 also uses Ajax-based components, enabling developers to design and deploy engaging applications by integrating complex environments into intuitive interfaces.

ColdFusion 8 offers expanded support such as .NET integration, Windows Vista and JBoss support, and integration with the latest version of enterprise databases, giving organisations enhanced efficiency, interoperability, and scalability.

ColdFusion 8 is available in two editions: ColdFusion 8 Enterprise Edition is a high-performance solution for delivering multiple Web sites and applications on one or more servers, or on existing J2EE application server installations. ColdFusion 8 Standard is an easy-to-manage configuration for single applications that is designed for small to medium-sized businesses.

Enterprise Edition is available for £3,706 plus VAT per 2-CPUs, and Standard Edition is available for £641.95 plus VAT per 2-CPUs. ColdFusion may also be used for development at no cost with the free Developer Edition, a full-featured server for development use only. Special upgrade pricing is available to owners of valid ColdFusion MX 6 and 7 licenses.