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Simplicity

If you’ve been involved in web development for any length of time, you’ve probably been introduced to some other methodologies and products that are designed to help your development efforts. For example, you might have seen Allaire’s Spectra product or Ralph Fiol’s CFObjects. These products are designed to allow the development of complex applications while simplifying the amount of work the developer must do. It’s worth taking a look at these two to see how Fusebox compares with them.

Fusebox Isn’t Spectra

Spectra is a framework that is aimed at creating content-management systems— that is, web sites where the content changes on a regular basis, such as news or portals. To that end, Allaire created a large library of custom ColdFusion tags to help manage the creation of such sites. This library was sold as Spectra. Spectra was quite good at its intended goal, but it was also a complex system. Using it required the developer to spend a long time learning the library of tags. In fact, learning Spectra has been compared to learning an entirely new scripting language. This is not a bad comparison, in that there are far more tags in Spectra than in ColdFusion. Learning Spectra takes more time than learning ColdFusion in the first place.


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