Macromedia Central in USA Today

A USA Today article, posted today in the Money section, focused on the use of Web Services in the Internet software industry. The article introduced Macromedia Central as "a new tool to surf the internet".

Highlights from the article:

Unlike text-based Web browsers, Macromedia Central is finely tuned to handle complex data transactions and multimedia displays, the stuff Web services does best. It could become more popular than the browser as the dynamic applications now starting to percolate at Amazon and Google come into wider use. At least that's what Macromedia hopes.

The company plans to introduce Macromedia Central free to consumers this year. It will feature highly interactive movie listings and weather. But for it to become more than a novelty, major banks, merchants and media companies must begin turning to Macromedia Central to introduce cutting-edge Web services, says Kevin Lynch, Macromedia's chief software architect. "The power of the Internet is that news of a better mousetrap spreads fast," says Lynch. "We're counting on grass-roots adoption. Think Netscape, Google or even Napster."

While Amazon, Google and Macromedia play outside the box, big tech suppliers, led by Microsoft and IBM, are stepping up efforts to sell corporations expensive, complex systems to do Web services. According to the tech giants, it boils down to choosing camps. Companies must inevitably commit to using Microsoft's full line of tightly integrated Web-services software. Or they can choose to go with software built around the Java programming language, which IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle and others support.

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Solution for Session Replication Failure in CFMX 6.1 on JRun4

<>Symptom: Multiple instances of CFMX 6.1 on JRun 4 configured as a JRun cluster and using J2EE sessions with intent to enable session replication writes the stack trace below to the server's event log and session replication does not work although failover does occur.

From {server}-event.log:


Solved: Multihomed Apache 2.0.44 Displays Wrong Page

Recently, Lisa Bryngelson of Macromedia ColdFusion Product Support solved a problem for a cfguru experiencing a problem with a multihomed Apache server and CFMX 6.1 on Windows.

He was experiencing the well known problem most commonly exhibited in CFMX 6.0x where identically named templates in different virtual hosts on a multihomed server were being swapped between sites. See this technote for more. He had disabled the new CFMX 6.1 CFAdmin setting for Cache Real Path on the caching page, which is now provided to avoid this problem and is recommended for all multihomed webservers, and yet he continued to experience the problem.

The final solution appeared to be an upgrade in Apache from 2.044 to 2.0.47. Only the 2.044 version exhibited the problem.

Apache SSL Segmentation Fault (11) on RH Linux w/ CFMX 6.1

Environment: RedHat Linux 7.2, Apache 1.3.27 with SSL enabled, CFMX 6.1

Symptom: Apache child pids die with Segmentation Fault (11) as seen in Apache's error_log, as shown here in this log snippet:


The Secret Life of a ColdFusion MX Installer

Here's a great story of a good installer gone bad. A colleague recently reported that a ColdFusion MX 6.1 Installation on Windows XP went awry, such that the installer launched when double clicked and a progress meter displayed as a GUI, but nothing more. Task Manager showed that a coldfusion-macr-win.exe was running as a process, and as soon as the progress meter reached 100% a process called cf_redsky.exe fired up and the GUI disappeared. The cpu cranked and cranked, and after a good while both processes just disappeared and ColdFusion MX was never installed. This was an update from 6.0, so there was already a C:CFusionMX directory, but that was never touched as all the date/time stamps remained the same. And the registry keys under HKLM/Sftwr/Macromedia weren't modified, and neither were the ones under HKLM/Sftwr/Microsoft/Windows/CurrntVersion/Uninstaller (where I would have expected 2 or 3 CFMX related keys).


New Article on CFMX 6.1

Take another leap forward with ColdFusion MX 6.1

"When ColdFusion MX was released, it was a giant step forward for ColdFusion developers. But since it was a total rebuild of the engine, there were some problems and missing features. CFMX 6.1 is another big jump forward. It fixes many outstanding issues that came with CFMX, offers several important new capabilities, and greatly improves performance. And best of all, it's a free upgrade for existing users of ColdFusion MX. If anyone was waiting for the kinks to be worked out of ColdFusion MX, your wait is over. CFMX 6.1 is a must-have upgrade."


ColdFusion MX and J2EETechnical Introduction by Ben Forta

I've recently discovered a great presentation on the topic of J2EE integration with ColdFusion, created by Ben Forta:

Java and ColdFusion MX - The Marriage of Power and Productivity

This is perhaps the best presentation I've seen on the topic for both its content and presentation. Ben illustrates the technical highlights of ColdFusion in fluent manager-ese in a manner that is aimed at traditional Java audiences. The presentation itself is given in Macromedia Breeze, which can be loosely thought of as an enhanced PowerPoint with audio.

- Additional information: ColdFusion MX and the Java Platform

When is iPlanet not iPlanet? Answer: When its Netscape

For several years now, the Iplanet webserver has been synonymous with the Netscape Enterprise Server or NES. Nowadays, When someone says that they are running Netscape Enterprise Server, you think "Oh, they mean Iplanet Webserver". In fact, these two brands are most often found joined when referred to by third party software, such as Netscape/iPlanet.

Not long after the Netscape Enterprise Server 3.6 days, the brand iPlanet became known as the successor product, as seen with the intoroduction of the iPlanet 4 Webserver and iPlanet 4 LDAP server. As I recall, iPlanet has succeeded Netscape for about 3 years at this time.


Flash Remoting on CFMX for JRun4 Explained

Collin Tobin of Macromedia has provided a clear explanation of the differences between Flash Remoting on ColdFusion MX "server configuration" (a.k.a. standalone) vs. Flash Remoting on ColdFusion MX for JRun4. You can read about it here in this ColdFusion Forum Thread.

Marriage Ceremony at Town House in Concord, MA

Today my wife and I were married at the Concord Town House. The Concord Justice of the Peace presided over the ceremony. We expect to have a formal and much more elaborate wedding next year in Spain either in Barcelona or in Eresue.