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It's a great problem to have: thousands of people like yourself providing daily updates from the leading edge of your craft. If you want to learn where things are going in the world of Web programming, you need to read blogs and lots of them.
A leading technology provider in video streaming, has announced that senior vice president and research analyst Richard Fetyko of Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. initiated research coverage on VitalStream on November 15, 2005. This event represents the first independent research analyst ini...
From the first day the Internet was conceived, its primary goal was to allow people to access information stored on remote computers. Over the last couple of years, the technology of Web services has evolved not only to enhance accessing this information, but to share it as well.
Most sites have similar issues related to the site layout. I have seen many solutions that solve some challenges related to layout, but fail to handle others elegantly. I have found that using layout components elegantly solves all of the layout problems I have faced.
One of the most popular articles I've ever written was on Amazon.com Web services. The article was written for the Macromedia Developer Center and is located at www.macromedia.com/devnet/coldfusion/articles/wsamazon.html. This article is a bit dated. A few days before it was published,...
This month I will examine the cfif tag and discuss how we can use that tag to make decisions in our code. Along the way I'll talk about Boolean logic, decision operators, and Boolean operators in CFML.
In the first etude, we looked at arrays; in the second, we worked with structures. In this etude, let's work through some exercises that may use one or the other or both. Ready to dig in?
On New Year's Eve, 2004 I declared 2005 to be the 'year of object-oriented programming for ColdFusion developers,' and since the year is approaching its final quarter it's a good time to focus our attention on OOP in ColdFusion and see how we're doing.
As a developer I tend to focus my attention on learning the tools that best meet my immediate project needs. As a Macromedia Certified Instructor I am in the position of having to learn all of the new features and tools, even those that I may not personally use very often in developmen...
I just spent four hours debugging an error for a client. The client is an application service provider, and they developed an administrator for internal use. The administrator allows for the user to switch between sites, at whim. The 'site switcher' is a drop menu, which loads up a dif...
After somewhat of a hiatus, we're back to continue and conclude our CFEverywhere journey. I should note that Dick Applebaum, my copilot for parts 1 and 2, was unable to join me for this last installment. It won't be the same without his contribution but we'll have to make do. Moreover,...
CF 7 has proven that it's an excellent way to rapidly create various Web Services at a given internal or external tier when working toward creating a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
Debugging. That necessary evil that none of us dare turn on in our production environments unless it is absolutely necessary. We all wonder what all that stuff does don't we? Well, let's investigate what some of it does, and what it means.
There is an evolution that takes place when organizations start to develop Web applications as part of their IT infrastructure. Initially, an application is written for a particular purpose, say a contact management system or an inventory control system.
It was exactly one year ago that ColdFusion Developer's Journal began focusing heavily on a different topic every month. The feedback that I hear from our readers at conferences and via email indicates that it has been a well-received change in format. While there is no plan to stop ...
Since releasing ColdFusion MX 7, the Macromedia ColdFusion product team has been listening to feedback from ColdFusion MX 7 customers and using it to refine this important release, polishing what has already proven to be an incredible product. This month we'll release the ColdFusion MX...
Macromedia has been offering ColdFusion Developer Certification since version 4.5 was released. Though it's arguable that there is no such thing as an exam that accurately measures a person's ability to develop applications, some employers do value such things and there's no denying t...
A developer who'd seen CMS applications in PHP that have templates that use variable for placing content, menu, footer, etc, asked CFDJ's technical editor and CF blogger Ray Camden if there's a way that such variables can be created using ColdFusion? Ray's answer, as usual, was authori...
Most of us are never going to work on a Web site that gets the amount of traffic that Google or Yahoo (or MySpace) gets. Unfortunately, you can get away with bad coding practices on a small site that only gets 100 unique visitors a month and no one will ever know. With such a low visit...
Recently, during a Hal Helms training session, I started to look for ways to automate some of the drudgery of my upcoming application. After Hal talked about mindmaps, he began creating the four circuits and perhaps a dozen fuse files for the application. In 45 minutes, he created the ...
Jeremy Allaire's Brightcove today announced that About.com founder and Internet visionary Scott Kurnit will join its board of directors along with former Lycos General Counsel Andrew Feinberg and former Macromedia VP Adam Berrey.
Horrified by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, and now by Hurricane Rita, two ColdFusion companies - Centrasoft.com and CFDynamics.com - have stepped up to the plate with donations to the Red Cross relief fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Macromedia, Inc. announced the availability of the Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Updater, a free, incremental release adding new platform support for Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' and Mac OS X Server 10.4 'Tiger,' plus updated support for Oracle 10g, Red Hat Linux AS 4, Solaris 10, and IBM WebSph...
The CFMX Updates page on Macromedia.com has just been modified to include the latest revision of ColdFusion MX, namely 7.01.
The ability to view tag-level execution profiling (the amount of time spent on each tag in a request) is no longer a dream, and it opens up powerful new forms of debugging and performance tuning.
This document is a primer. It's designed to inform you, the reader, of what can be done and what to consider before attempting integration. It's not riddled with proprietary code that describes exactly how to do integrate between ColdFusionMX and Crystal Enterprise.
Debugging code is one of those tasks that we hate because it means that something is wrong in the code . Previous versions of ColdFusion have provided tools to assist us in finding problems with our code, but CFMX7 has introduced some new tools and features that make some of our old de...
Several years ago I reviewed DRIA - 'Developing Rich Internet Applications.' At the time it was the first official Macromedia Curriculum course to teach Rich Internet Application development. I thought I'd do a follow-up on that, as things have changed in the past couple of years.
'Sorry about that Adam, we'll have to take a deeper look at it. Uh-huh. Yeah. No, I totally understand. Okay then, I'll give you a call if I still can't replicate the problem.'
If there's one word that summarizes the core of a successful software development project, it's organization. A lot has been written about the organization of documentation and organization of code, but not a lot has been written regarding the organization of the way code is executed.
I've been around software for 20 years now. Looking back, I have mixed feelings about the progress we've made. The end results have been amazing, but the process of building software hasn't fundamentally changed since the 80s. In fact, I see us making some of the same mistakes over and...
activePDF hosts an introductory webinar on Tuesdays as part of its activePDF University (APU), then covers more advanced topics on Thursday. activePDF now has a range of products that complement its inaugural activePDF Server.
The Minnesota State Colleges and University System has licensed Savvy Unlimited for use by its' affiliated institutions. There is currently one campus, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a completed installation of Savvy in place. Two others, South Central Technical College and...
Many paths lead developers to ColdFusion. In the past ColdFusion was often viewed as an entry-level language enabling designers and other nonprogrammers to build dynamic sites. Since the release of CFMX it has become more recognized among developers familiar with languages such as Java...
In addition to the XML and community articles I've mentioned, we also have some terrific articles about other topics. In the regular 'Macromedia Speaks Out' column, Tim Buntel introduces the ColdFusion Administrator API. This API is new in CFMX 7 and allows developers to programmatical...
XML is over 8 years old. How many of you have been using it that long? (Feel free to raise your hand.) I don't see a lot of hands, which doesn't surprise me. However, I bet a lot of you have used XML without even knowing it.
Over the past few years government agencies and businesses have converted many of their paper forms to static PDF documents, making them available on Web sites as downloadable files for users to print locally, fill out, and submit by snail mail. All Internal Revenue Service forms are n...
The ColdFusion Administrator is an extremely powerful and easy-to-use Web-based interface for managing your ColdFusion environment. It provides scores of pages to configure data sources, server settings, Web services, logging and debugging, and more.
Over the past 12 months, I have observed significant benefits using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) when developing Rich Internet Applications using Macromedia technology.
CfcPowerTools is a web GUI for generating Cold Fusion Components (CFCs). I started working with CFCs when ColdFusion MX 6 was released. Like many developers, I was intrigued as to what CFCs are and how I can use them to be a better, more productive developer. I played with CFCs followi...