The onTap framework is a next-generation Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to the development of diverse, interoperable software with ColdFusion. The onTap framework promises to make it easier than ever to integrate a widely varied array of rich internet applications (RIA) for your next software project. See the project goals page of our wiki.
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The onTap framework is currently the fastest and easiest way to manage multitenancy in a Software as a Service (SaaS) application, providing tools to support both the centralization of common code (eliminating code duplication) as well as powerful client customization. To understand why you want a highly-customizable multi-tenant architecture (and it's not a question, you DO want it), check out this 2007 blog from Bob Warfield about the business case for multi-tenancy, a 16:1 cost advantage. Here's our own explanation of the Virtual Private Application (VPA) solution for multitenancy.
This quote found in Brian Foote's Pattern Labyrinth exemplifies the onTap framework's lasting goal of eliminating copy-and-paste programming (an important goal not addressed by any other framework for ColdFusion).
The true value of object-oriented techniques as opposed to conventional programming techniques is not that they can do things conventional techniques can't, but that they can often extend behavior by adding new code in cases where conventional techniques would require editing existing code instead. Objects are good because they allow new concepts to be added to a system without modifying previously existing code. Methods are good because they permit adding functionality to a system without modifying previous existing code. Classes are good because they enable using the behavior of one object as part of the behavior of another without modifying previously existing code
— The Treaty of Orlando [Stein et. al. 1988]
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8/31/2008 Special thanks to Birgit Pauli-Haack for alerting us to a small issue with the latest distribution on ColdFusion 7. The "x" had somehow gone missing from the name of the "xhtml" library on line 74 of the Application.cfc where the framework aggressively loads libraries for ColdFusion 7. This issue didn't affect users on ColdFusion 8 due to the new lazy-loading library feature we recently implemented to improve performance.