(Today!) Verity Webinar: Incorporating Search Functionality in ColdFusion

Verity Training Webinar

Friday, September 24, 2004
10:00 am PDT/1:00 pm EDT

Register today for a FREE Webinar from Macromedia and Verity and learn how to unlock and extend the powerful search capabilities included in your copy of ColdFusion. In this educational Webinar, product experts from Macromedia and Verity will demonstrate how to:

  • Utilize the powerful search functionality included in ColdFusion

  • Incorporate searches for content located inside and outside of ColdFusion

  • Rapidly implement a wide range of search features including Contextual Summaries and Spelling Suggestions.

  • Enhance the relevancy of results by using Quick Links and more


How Allaire ColdFusion Almost Supplanted Microsoft ASP

The Meet The Makers interview with Jeremy Allaire was published over a year ago, but it nevertheless makes a very interesting read that's worth bubbling up to the surface again. I find it especially interesting how Jeremy Allaire recounts the circumspect tale of how Microsoft tried to acquire ColdFusion in 1995 before it acquired ASP later the next year.

Meet the Makers - A Conversation with Jeremy Allaire

Filename with Spaces Reveals Bug in CFFTP Action 'LISTDIR'

Here's an interesting issue... The CFFTP action LISTDIR incorrectly reports the results when

  1. a file with a space in the name exists in the FTP directory, and

  2. a sub directory exists having the first letter lower (say 'a') than the first letter of the file name (say 'f').

The problem occurs in CFMX 6.1 and CFMX 6.1 Updater 1 when connecting to a FTP server using DOS style directory listing. The problem does not occur when connecting to FTP using Unix style directory listing, and nor does it occur when the first letter of the directory (say 'z') is greater than the first letter of the filename.


Mach II Training on Monday and Multimedia with Flash This Semester

I'm heading down to the D.C. area on Sunday to Monday to attend Hal Helms' one day crash course on Mach II. Beyond ColdFusion Adminstration and CFML syntax, I'd like to be a better developer by learning how a to use a pratical framework to get things off the ground faster and make it easier to make changes later.

I'll miss MXimize Macromedia Design and Development Conference in Boston this weekend, but I think I'll make up for it while taking the Havard Extension School class on Understanding and Developing Multimedia this semester. I'm taking the class as a distance student because getting to Cambridge from work on a week night is always a hassle and Harvard has high quality video feeds of the actual class so its just like being there. Check it out, you can view the first lecture without registering.

Returning CLOBs as Stored Procedure OUT Parameters

In ColdFusion MX, when returning a CLOB as an OUT parameter from a stored procedure (SP) it may be returned as an array of characters rather than a contiguous string. This occurs when specifying the CFPROCPARAM cfsqltype of the OUT parameter as CF_SQL_CLOB in the CFML that calls the SP when using CFMX 6.1 connecting to Oracle and using the DataDirect 3.3 JDBC Oracle driver.

If the SP remains the same on the database while just changing the cfsqltype to CF_SQL_VARCHAR in the CFML code, then the CLOB string is returned as expected.

An example of the solution CFML and the SP that it calls follows:



When attempting to use Flash Remoting to CFCs that reside on a ColdFusion MX server that was manually deployed to JRun, you might receive an exception that prevents you from being successful.


CFMX on Win2k3 Causes Windows Password Challenge

I've recently seen 3 different people encounter a problem where a Windows Challenge and Response password prompt occurs for all cfm requests with CFMX 6.1 on Windows 2003 with IIS6. At least two of them were running the CFMX Service as a user other than the default System account. The problem was solved for them by adding Everyone with Full Control to the Security propteries for the helper dll named C:CFusionMX untimelibwsconfig1jrun_iis6_wildcard.dll. Originally, they had only Administrators and System listed in the Security properties, but adding the ColdFusion user account with Full Control wasn't sufficient, so we used Everyone as a test.

Clearly this is not a good security practice to allow Everyone full control of the dll, but I left it up them to narrow down exactly which lower security restriction was minimally sufficent in each case.

Greetings from the Outer Banks!

I'm on vacation here at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. If you've commented on one of my blogs or have recently emailed me, I'll get back to you next week. For the moment I'm getting the internet on my laptop thru my cell phone, so I'm trying to keep the minutes down.

Enjoy the photo above, a dune at Jockey's Ridge. This is just one photo from my OBX photo gallery. Jockey's Ridge park is in Nags Head here in the Outer Banks (OBX). The park contains the highest sand dunes in the east coast of the USA, has a wide variety of wildlife, and is a favorite location for hang gliding lessons.

See you soon!