Macromedia has announced Dreamweaver UltraDev, which allows developers to visually create data-driven Web applications within the widely used Web design tool.
Applications created in Dreamweaver UltraDev can work in one of three standard languages: Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), Sun JavaServer Pages (JSP) or Allaire ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). These all require compatible servers to run on, such as Microsoft IIS for ASP or Allaire ColdFusion for CFML.
All creation takes place within the conventional Dreamweaver front end, with extra button-driven dialogs providing access to ASP, JSP and CFML tags. Features like Roundtrip HTML have also been extended to these languages – so changes to the visual development view directly affect the code and vice versa.
As well as databases created directly in these languages, UltraDev can also work with databases compatible with ODBC, ADO or JDBC – and can connect to legacy database sytems through COM objects and JavaBeans.
The tool combines Dreamweaver technology with elements taken from Drumbeat, the visual database creation tool that Macromedia acquired last year. Drumbeat will now be discontinued.
Dreamweaver UltraDev will be released in June and will cost £499. Registered Dreamweaver 3 customers can upgrade for £199, while Drumbeat 2000 owners can upgrade for free (if they bought the package after April 5) or for £99.