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In their book Head First Design Patterns, the four coauthors lay out a series of key principles for creating robust software designs. One of the most important of these principles is 'Find what varies and encapsulate it.' In this article, let's apply this principle to the use of config...
This year we bid farewell to CFUN, one of the longest running ColdFusion conferences in existence...or do we? No, not really - it's just received a facelift, which includes a new name as well as many other compelling enhancements.
We have always thought that one of the best-kept secrets amongst the ColdFusion 'universe' is its tremendous potential and success within select educational institutions. Those that work with or for public educational institutions are very familiar with the staffing and budget issues t...
In any membership organization with many in-house applications, the ability to share members' data among applications is vital. Previously, applications would duplicate functionality or make members leave one application to update their new address. This didn't work well for members, n...
Novice programmers often ask for advice about the best way to learn ColdFusion. Fortunately for them, there is a wealth of curricula, web sites, knowledge bases, books, tutorials, and other materials to help a budding young developer blossom into a decent ColdFusion developer.
Although ColdFusion 7.0 is not affected, a vulnerability which if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware, has been discovered in the ColdFusion MX 6.1 Updater. Macromedia has issued what is calls 'a workaround addressing the probl...
Will be key component in the creation of applications that send messages straight to users.
This is the first instalment of a new column that is designed to challenge developers, show-off their solutions, and give away some cool prizes in the process.
It's finally here! ColdFusion MX 7 is the most customer driven release of ColdFusion to date - new features for delivering printable content in the form of portable (FlashPaper or PDF) documents or reports, an event gateway that allows the server to communicate with any system or devic...
Apache Ant is a subproject being developed as part of the Jakarta project. Ant is a Java-based build tool which uses XML build files. Its main competitors are GNU Make, Jam, and NAnt. Many developers prefer Ant because it is environment-neutral, tightly integrated into Java, and faster...
ColdFusion development is one of the few places with an undergoing IDE preference war (we'll ignore the war between VI and EMACS that has its roots in the last century). People like either CFStudio, or Homesite, of CFEclipse - but the best known player is Macromedia with its Dreamweave...
I get excited every time we release a new version of ColdFusion. I usually hit the road and talk about the release to customers at their companies, user group events, and conferences.
After an entire year spent meeting with and speaking to thousands of ColdFusion developers, the CF team at Macromedia are unleashing this month the feature-rich new release, CFMX 7.
This article is for you if you are a beginning coder. You know how to do marvelous things like query databases and output the results. You can take data submitted from a form, manipulate it, and perform calculations. After mastering these fundamentals, you are ready to expand your know...
The release of ColdFusion MX 7 provides developers with several options for deploying their CFML applications. While the current option of using ColdFusion Archives (CAR files) has worked to this point, a fundamental problem still remains that the source code needed to be included.
When we last left our two intrepid heroes they had just shown us how to create and run our first CFEverywhere application (including installing and configuring its requisite CFML server, application server, and Web server).
Lost amongst the hubbub over CFMX's super-cool new features like PDF generation, reporting, event gateways, admin API, and so on, was a pretty major enhancement to ColdFusion's globalization (G11N) functionality. In one 'stealthy' upgrade Macromedia has quite literally managed to brin...
Developers rejoiced and glowed with XML elation when CFMX was released: finally, a set of native XML functions that eliminated the need for flaky CFXs, heart pounding instantiations of the MSXML COM object, and unspeakably complex string parsers that sent shivers down the spines of eve...
Most people are familiar with Microsoft Project - project management software that allows you to manage many aspects of projects including tasks, due dates, progress, and people assigned to specific tasks.
In the January issue of CFDJ (Vol. 7, issue 1), Joe Cronin wrote an excellent article about Verity entitled 'Optimize, Extend, and Enhance the Search Functionality in ColdFusion.' In this article, Joe talked about the powerful features of the Verity search service provided in the ColdF...
'We've had a tremendous response,' said ColdFusion product manager Dave Gruber, speaking exclusively to SYS-CON.TV (http://www.sys-con.tv) just 9 days after the release of ColdFusion MX 7. 'I couldn't ask for a better nine days.'
A major new upgrade to ColdFusion includes the ability to integrate instant messaging into Web applications using JBuddy Instant Messaging technology. Macromedia has been able to connect ColdFusion applications to Lotus SameTime and XMPP based IM solutions, using Zion Software's JBuddy...
I want to take this opportunity to announce a new service to the development community - 'blog-n-play.' Blog-n-play is a Web site launched by SYS-CON that allows anyone who'd like, to create his or her own blog - and it's free. Your blog is associated with one of the SYS-CON publicatio...
The next major version of ColdFusion, code-named 'Blackstone,' is getting ready to ship, and by gauging customer and partner reactions thus far, we have a winner on our hands.
In my experience, the majority of client change requests for any given application have to do with the presentation layer. This makes sense if you're a client, because the presentation layer is the only part of the application you see.
I've been busy lately providing training in implementing object orientation (OO) with ColdFusion components (CFCs) to several companies. I've found that most ColdFusion developers approach OO as something to 'layer on' over their traditional programming practices. Even many Java develo...
Over the past couple of months I've been introducing you to some of the fantastic possibilities Macromedia Flex offers for building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with ColdFusion ('Flex Your ColdFusion Muscles,' CFDJ Vol. 6, issue 12 and 'Data Presentation with Macromedia Flex,' CF...
For as long as I can remember, I've been using ColdFusion Studio to develop my applications. Unfortunately, CF Studio appears to be on its last legs. It is still included with Dreamweaver under the name HomeSite+, but has not gone through any major revisions for quite some time.
Plum stands for Practical Lightweight Universal Methodology, and consists of a comprehensive development environment that includes a Windows-based IDE; code generator; robust application framework; development methodology; simple integrated Content Management System (CMS); and stored p...
If I ran a candle shop and my visitors began to ask for blue-and-white-striped candles, you can bet I'd move whatever stock of blue-and-white-stripers I had into a prominent position, and I'd be sure that I had a good inventory of blue-and-white-striped candles on hand and on order. I ...
InterAKT Online has announced that InterAKT extensions for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 will be integrated in the new Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, and will help to further power ColdFusion application development.
'The new version of ColdFusion extends the Internet to mobile devices and delivers groundbreaking rich forms support, reporting, and printing solutions,' says Gruber, ColdFusion product manager at Macromedia on his SYS-CON.TV interview today with MX Developer's Journal chief-editor Cha...
Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, previously code-named 'Blackstone,' the fastest, easiest way to build and deploy powerful Internet applications. Developers are already embracing the latest version of the ColdFusion app...
ColdFusion MX 7 opens the door to the mobile Internet by providing an easy, cost-effective, and powerful way to securely extend applications to mobile phone users through SMS text messaging. Applications can also be created for access through instant messaging clients. These new deploy...
'I get excited every time we release a new version of ColdFusion,' writes Tim Buntel. 'I usually hit the road and talk about the release to customers at their companies, user group events, and conferences. I start the conversation by saying, 'This is the best ColdFusion ever! Wait ti...
ColdFusion Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Simon Horwith writes: 'It's finally here! ColdFusion MX 7 was released about an hour prior to this writing. This release is the most customer driven release of ColdFusion to date.'
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HostMySite.com recently received the Delaware State Chamber Small Business Alliance ?2004 Award of Excellence?. The award was given during the Superstars in Business Award Luncheon on November 10, 2004 at the Hotel du Pont.
'We aim to be the premier dedicated server provider to mid-sized and small enterprises,' says Ho Lee, general manager of DedicatedCentral. 'Our combination of aggressive hardware and bandwidth pricing, along with our focus on security-related software puts DedicatedCentral a step ahead...
For several months I've been promising there would be changes in CFDJ in the New Year. Change in the form of offering deep-focused issues. Change in the form of new regular and semi-regular columns. Well, the time has finally come. This month we are focusing on presenting data. A large...