Configuring Sun JDBC-ODBC Bridge in CFMX

I've seen some rare cases where ColdFusion MX's JDBC Type III driver is not able to connect to ODBC datasources under certain conditions.
The JDBC Type III drivers in CFMX are the drivers that use the ODBC Server and ODBC Agent Services as the middleware component in the translation, such as the driver marked as "ODBC Socket" and the one marked as "Microsoft Access". The latter happens to be the same as the former but given an obvious name just to be clear about which to chose if you are using MS Access.


Apache Security Secrets Revealed


RedHat just posted a new link for a whitepaper on Apache Security, however the date on the paper is October of last year. Nevertheless, looks worth reading...

JLCA 2.0: Convert JSP and Servlets to ASP.NET

Interesting article on Internet Week yesterday.

""The key new feature of JLCA 2.0, which runs within Visual Studio .Net, is the ability to convert Java Server Pages (JSPs) and servlet applications to ASP.Net, according to Microsoft. The product is available for "" target="_blank">download.

To support the use of JLCA 2.0, Microsoft also published a JSP-to-ASP.Net Migration Guide, which provides resources to help developers migrate to ASP.Net. The guide supports the documented migration with videos, white papers, sample code and additional resources.""

Luray Caverns, Virginia and Shenandoah

Click for Photo Gallery of Luray Caverns and Shenandoah During the previously reported busy, holiday weekend, Mercedes and I had the opportunity to visit the Luray Caverns, in Luray, Virginia. We also spent a few days cruising Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, hiking White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run.(more on this later, RE: bears!).

IMO, Luray itself has very little going for it, and I suspect that if it were not for the tourism generated by the caverns the whole town would just fall into an even greater state of disrepair and collapse. While the caverns themselves are indeed remarkably beautiful and ethereal to most, and intellectually captivating to the armchair geologists out there, they have clearly fallen victim to commercialism and exploitation by the local population.

There was one gem of a shop in Luray, however. A Moment To Remember was definitley an oasis in a Pizza Hut kind of town. The cafe showed great care in the smallest of details and knick knacks, and it easily falls right on par with the most comfortable of coffee shops in Cambridge and Davis Square. Highly recommended both for the homemade pies as well as the sawdust, bar room atmosphere.

For now, though, here are some photos of the cavern and a few of the waterfalls in White Oak Canyon in the National Park. Remember, stalactites hang tight to the ceiling and stalacmites might... oh, whatever...

UPDATE 7/30: Recently added some small video clips from our tour of Luray Caverns. Each is about 15 seconds to a minute.

Dundalk, Maryland Fourth of July Parade

Click for Photo Gallery of July 4th 2003 in Dundalk

Now that I'm finally catching up from the very busy recent holiday weekend, I've been able to post some of my photos from the annual parade in Dundalk, MD. This is where I grew up, went to school, and worked for many years.

Here's a few of my photos from this year's parade.

I try to return often for the July 4th weekend, which is also my birthday (oh, the agony when I found out the fireworks were not for me :-( !!! ). Sometimes I make the parade, which starts way too early for me (anything before 10am is way too early).

And, here's a few more photos from the local rag, the Dundalk Eagle. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Dundalk Eagle website is one of the worst websites I have ever seen. The usability and readability is just awful. My apologies.

FuseboxMX Reborn as MACH II

I've seen a variety of discussion on Mach II recently. Mach II is formerly known as Fusebox MX. The creator of Fusebox, Hal Helms, describes Mach II as:

Mach-II is a robust, object-oriented framework built on an event-based, implicit invocation architecture. The Mach II training course is intended for students who want to quickly learn how to make the best use of object orientation in the Mach-II framework. Students need no prior knowledge of object orientation or Mach-II, but should have a basic familiarity with ColdFusion MX.


Coldfusion Technotes Published Week of 07/12/03

Spain! A Photographic Journey

Click for Photo Gallery of Catalonia, Spain Here you can find my photographs from Spain in 2000, 2002, and 2005. These trips were primarily to Barcelona in the northeastern province of Catalonia, and to the mountain villiage of Eresue which sits in a valley among the Pyrennees known as El Solano in the province Huesca. If you'd like large images, please email me. The photos are a portrait of life in Spain from the following regions or themes:

For photos of Madrid, Spain during the Christmas and New Year's Eve season, have a look at my trip in 1998 here:

ColdFusion 5 Process Tree, and Forcing Shutdown

Here's some information that might be helpful in some situations where you're trying to stop ColdFusion 5 (and earlier) but don't want to (or can't) use the stop script. But even then, there may be a very rare circumstance where you cannot even kill the processes as root.
This might also be helpful to better understand how the many CF processes (threads) show up on Linux. The process trees show the relationship of the pids in the tree, and its easy to see what pid is the parent and which are the children.


Germany! A Photographic Journey

Click for Photo Gallery of Bamburg, Germany In April of 2000 I completed two years in the Nelson and Turrigiano Neuroscience Lab at Brandeis University. Before moving on my new career at Allaire, and now at Macromedia to work with the ColdFusion Application Server, I spent some time in southeastern Germany (Bamberg, W¸rzburg, and Rothenburg oder Tauber) while visiting my old friend, Isabel Rodriguez. While still in Boston, my friends from Brandeis helped me down a few beers before my flight to commemorate my departure from the lab. If you'd like large images, please add a comment.

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