Thursday, September 6, 2018

You Want To Get Your Statup Going? Then CRAM It.


ColdFusion
React
Apache Web Server
MySQL

If you have a startup idea, tech or not, you’re going to have to decide on a technology stack. Today, for almost any business to succeed and grow, technology is going to have to get involved. Why not go with a stack that offers the speed and reliability of one of the most established back end processing systems available. Depending on what you’re processing, CRAM may be your answer. From simple websites to a more complex microservices architecture, a CRAM stack may be all you need to quickly prototype, test and build out your next great solution. It also doesn’t hurt that you could even get access to all this technology for free from the comfort of your most comfortable chair.

ColdFusion

Any entrepreneur has a lot of uncertainty when starting out on a new venture. Whether you think you’re going to follow a well established path or revolutionize an industry, you can only know so much. After all, if you only did what everyone else was doing, you’ll be lucky to keep up with the competition. That’s why reliability and speed are your competitive advantage with ColdFusion. As a rapid web application plat form that you can use for almost any web app you want or need, CF gives you a host of functionality packaged together that just work right out of the box. You want to generate PDF reports or process images by the hundreds? If it’s not mission critical, or even if it is, forget hours researching packages that may or may not meet your needs. Visual debugging tools, unit testing, task scheduling, etc are readily available with no more effort than typing out a CFML tag or CFScript function. And talk about reliability, ColdFusion has been doing all this from the start of the world wide web revolution.

The next issue is price. As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have expenses. No one said success was cheap. Lucky for you, the price you pay to get your startup up and running can go from a great value at a reasonable expenditure to downright free. In my previous post, Considering your CFEngine, I go over the options of ColdFusion engines. Adobe has a price tag that puts some people off at first glance, but as an entrepreneur, you know price ultimately comes second to value. Lucee Server may be your cup of tea if you love the power behind open source software and a community of developers helping to support you in your efforts.

React

Maybe you’re thinking, “Hey, ColdFusion sounds great for handling my online requests, but what if I want an unbelievable user interface?” Well, React could be just what you’re looking for. If you want to build a mobile website application with all the power and flexibility of a native web app, React is the JavaScript library that can help. A JavaScript libray is responsible for many of the wonderful effects and functionality you see when you go to a webpage. SPAs (single page applications) or PWAs (progressive web apps) or CNNs (:0) or whatever, React is the library that turns your customer’s browser into an interactive experience. All that power mixed in with a ColdFusion back-end can take you far. And that’s just the start. The browser wars aren’t slowing down, so imagine what you’ll be able to offer your customers when they look at their mobile device. If you can imagine it, you can either do it today, or will tomorrow. If you want an example of what you can do, check out the React Example Projects.

Apache Web Server

The Apache WebServer is an open source web server, that, like ColdFusion, has some history behind it. When you have ColdFusion and React covering your front- and back-end processing, you also need something that’ll serve up your result to your customers. That’s Apache Web Server.

As an entrepreneur, you don’t always know what you’re going to do with your technology right out of the gate. With Apache Web Server, you get the advantage of an open source web server that has faithfully served a majority of the internet for years as well as the advantage of playing with more options than you’ll ever really need. While that may be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for out the gate, it’s still nice to know that if you have a new idea about how you want something to work, a reliable workhorse like Apache Web Server can be there to help. Performance, logging, security, a vast wealth or help resources and more are what make Apache Web Server a great option for your technology stack. And, again, don’t forget FREE.

MySQL

Let’s not forget that the power in technology comes from it’s ability to serve up the data your customers want or help you hold on to the data your customers give you in exchange for your goods or services. The place you’re going to most likely store your data is a database. MySQLis an open source relational database management system (RDBMS) you’ll want to consider. It’s open source, but it’s powerful enough to handle enterprise systems, which is does. MySQL is a ubiquitous database that you’ll need to hold whatever data you have and process and retrieve it quickly. While there are a lot of different data query solutions popping up, from NoSQL to GraphQL, MySQL gives you the flexibility to take advantage of those or just use Structured Query Language. One of ColdFusion’s great advantages out of the box was interacting with a database in the easiest code ever. MySQL is a solid option today, and will be for a while to come. FREE.

CRAM

As an entrepreneur, you walk the fine line between wanting the latest tech so you don’t fall behind and the established tech so you don’t have to bother reinventing the wheel. All the options above will help you take advantage of every way NOT to do something as well as provide the platform to grow from a one man shop to an enterprise solution. If you’re an entrepreneur who only has a passing knowledge of technology, you at least know the advantage of speed, reliability and a support community. CRAM has it all. If you’re an entrepreneur whose tech background is unsurpassed, you’ll probably have an opinion about this stack vs your favorite. But, as an entrepreneur, you’ll also realize that technology’s value isn’t in the label, it’s in what you get out of it. So, feel free to CRAM it.

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