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Current Version: (November 30, 2007)

New Atlanta Communications, LLC produces BlueDragon, a low-cost ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) application server that is widely used and admired. BlueDragon is available for Mac OS X in two editions: Server and Server JX.

The BlueDragon Server family of Java-based servers (Server and Server JX) enables the stand-alone deployment of CFML. Both BlueDragon Server versions contain a built-in web server for development and testing, and each integrates with Microsoft IIS, Sun ONE/Netscape/iPlanet (JX only), and Apache web servers for deployment.

Those looking to replace CFML with ASP or PHP due to budgetary reasons might consider sticking with CFML instead, deploying the base version of BlueDragon Server on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux platforms for free. BlueDragon Server includes support for CFCs, XML, Web Services, and Java and C++ CFX tags.

BlueDragon Server JX adds additional functionality to BlueDragon Server, including precompiled/encrypted CFML templates, J2EE session management, enterprise database drivers, support for SSL, support for additional OS/web server combinations - plus the ability to deploy hybrid CFML/JSP web applications (including shared access to data within J2EE sessions, ability to perform includes between CFML and JSP pages, calling Java objects from CFML, and more).

BlueDragon Server is free and BlueDragon Server JX is $899. See the BlueDragon Feature Comparison matrix for more information on the differences between BlueDragon Server and BlueDragon Server JX.

Version adds/changes the following:

  • Fixed #2691: Internal Server Error when connection attribute is excluded from a cfftp tag
  • Fixed #2962: comparing strings containing only days of the week always returns true
  • BlueDragon 7.0.1 final release

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Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!