Dave Mendels on the future of ColdFusion at Adobe

For those who have been wondering about ColdFusion at Adobe, Ben Forta just posted about a CFDJ interview between the editor Simon Horwith and Adobe's Dave Mendels, formerly the VP of the Macromedia server business unit, now the SVP of Adobe's new Enterprise & Developer Solutions business unit that encompasses ColdFusion MX, JRun, Flex, and now the LiveCycle J2EE applications.

Where's ColdFusion Headed Under Adobe?
Simon Horwith Speaks With David Mendels, SVP of Adobe's New Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit

The full article is worth your time, but in brief here are a few of the talking points:

  • Adobe and Macromedia products are primarily complementary, not overlapping, especially the server products
  • Adobe is completely behind the future of ColdFusion, and plans for ColdFusion 8 (Scorpio), are still going strong
  • The ColdFusion engineering team is examining how to integrate Adobe's J2EE LiveCycle products with ColdFusion
  • ColdFusion is still engineered and guided by people who have been already been doing for Allaire & Macromedia
  • Adobe expects to continue listening and working with to the ColdFusion enterprise and developer communities

Starting ColdFusion MX 7.01 on Mac with ColdFusionLauncher.app

ColdFusionLauncher.appI recently realized that the new CFMX 7.01 Mac OS X ColdFusionLauncher utility isn't documented, so while it may bore some of you, here's a brief description:

ColdFusion MX 7.01 introduced the first graphical (GUI) installation of the Server Configuration for the Macintosh OS X platform. Under this configuration ColdFusion now provides a graphical utility called ColdFusionLauncher.app. This utility can be found for example at the top level in the ColdFusion root directory such as /opt/ColdFusionMX7/ColdFusionLauncher.app.

When double-clicked, this utility will launch a console having three buttons:

  • Start ColdFusion MX 7
  • Stop ColdFusion MX 7
  • Webserver Connector Utility

When the ColdFusion server is started or stopped from this utility status information is output to the console. The webserver connector utility can be started from the ColdFusionLauncher, but will prompt for the Current User Password before running.

While this utility is analogous to the JRun Launcher found with the Multiserver Configuration, the ColdFusionLauncher does not report details about the ColdFusion server such as Web Port or Directory.

Here's a walk through of installing ColdFusion MX 7.01 Server Configuration on Mac OS X.

Red Hat to certify and support web application stacks

Beginning in 2006, Red Hat will begin offering subscription models for web application development stacks, including three levels starting with the basic LAMP stack for $599, as an add-on to Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions. This means that not only will you be able to run a fully supported enterprise class distribution of Linux but that you could also run one of the web application stacks and expect the same level of updates and other support for the software stack from one vendor.

The three stacks range from LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP) to a Java (LAMP + Tomcat, Ant, Lucene, etc) and Enterprise Java web application stack (Java stack + Red Hat J2EE Application Server).

Read more from Red Hat and this c|net news article.

Discovering the Adobe Bloggers

My view of the web technology world has been almost exclusively through the lens of two blog aggregators, MXNA and Full As A Goog. To my surprise, several new faces have turned up on MXNA today... native bloggers from Adobe itself. I didn't even know Adobe did blogging, so I'm pretty happy to know about this now.

The MXNA category Macromedia has been renamed to Adobe (formerly Macromedia), and now includes notable Adobe gurus such as:

This blog, TalkingTree.com, now shows up on the MXNA Adobe category. I choose to run my own domain and site independently, and I've never experienced any pressure to move my blog to the macromedia.com domain, especially since I blog a lot of personal material here as well, although my posts are largely about ColdFusion.

So check out blogs.adobe.com!!,... now if we can only convince the Adobe bloggers to start using the Jedi-grade BlogCFC.

Hello Adobe!

Since the announcement Thursday evening, the blogosphere has been saturated with speculations, musings, tributes, and congratulations about the Adobe merger with Macromedia. As a former Macromedia (and Allaire) employee, I'm personally excited that today is Day One for me at Adobe, and I can finally say so!

Although, it turns out that in the office Day One is not much different than any other day for me from a practical point of view. Its business as usual here in Newton. My same customers calling for support, the same ColdFusion community members IM-ing me, and the voices of my same colleagues echoing in the hallway.

So what am I excited about? Well, I get to work for the 13th best company in the US, according to Fortune Magazine, where if you consider only software companies, Adobe comes out as #1. For another, for 7 years I've been a big fan of Adobe Photoshop. I know it better than Jasc PaintShop Pro or The Gimp, or even Fireworks. Now I can approach Photoshop as a professional rather than just a hobbyist, and I look forward to more opportunities to learn the many features in Photoshop CS and CS2. I also get to watch ColdFusion evolve closer integration with Adobe products including not just PDF generation but their server technology as well. When Macromedia acquired Allaire who would have imagined Flex or Flash Forms or Flash Remoting, so imagine what the future holds for ColdFusion under the auspice of Adobe. Yet ColdFusion is still guided by and supported by many of the same passionate folks that have been doing so since the days of Allaire.

Like Jared said,... Yes, I'm psyched. Here's to another 10 years, folks!

Adobe Merges with Macromedia

Renderings of the First Parish of Sudbury


Winter settles in at the First Parish of Sudbury, MA. The sign reads: First West Precinct Meeting House on the Rocky Plain built 1723. This is the Second Meeting House. Built in 1797. Unitarian since 1839.

For this set I used a Sigma 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens on a Canon D20 Digital SLR, with bracketing at 2/3 stop and manual exposure at f8. Selected photos were post processed in Adobe Photoshop using a technique that includes applying a medium degree of Poster Edges which creates a watercolor with pen & ink look as though they were hand drawn.

This photo gallery also available on Flickr.

Learning about printing and framing of large prints

Shutterfly print of Concord CenterShutterfly print of Tunkhannock Viaduct This fall I've starting making a more serious effort to learn and practice photography as an art. I've purchased a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR with a variety of lenses, I've taken a class on using Digital SLRs at the Decordova Museum, I've taken a local printing workshop, and I recently purchased a 21 hour Total Training Photoshop CS2 DVD from Adobe.

While I think my technical mastery of the digital SLR is good to very good, and my composition is very good, I still lack printing skills and equipment. One day I'd like to have a home studio with large format printer from Epson or HP where I can print 13x19 inch prints on high quality art paper or canvas like that from Moab. From there I'd like to try to sell my work for a small profit to recoup costs and then a little more for my effort. I'm thinking over methods of selling that include dutch auctions on eBay, negotiating with local restaurants to hang and sell framed images, participating in arts and crafts festivals, as well as obtaining a permit from my town to sell them on the street in the town center. I'm not sure what's possible yet, but check back here next year and hopefully I'll have it figured out.

Until I can develop my own photo studio at home, I had a couple of my favorite recent images printed in 20x30 inch format by Shutterfly. The original images were high quality and suitable for printing in 11x17 inch, so rather than having Shutterfly englarge them, I used a technique in Photoshop to upsample them by first adjusting the resolution from 72 ppi to 300 ppi, then incrementally increasing the print size until I reached 20x30. The result is an image file about 5 times larger but with a resolution and size suitable for this large format printing without noticible degredation in quality.

I was moderately satisfied with the prints as they came back from Shutterfly. While the site says they will be printed on a flat, low-reflection matte paper, in reality it looks more like semi-gloss because it much more shiny than I hoped for. The image quality was quite good, and I'm having these two photos professionally matted and framed by Corner's Framing. The staff at Corner's Framing was very patient and helped me understand the whole process and the cost breakdown so that I could make choices to lower the cost. Framing is quite expensive, and I learned that the frame itself is by far the largest factor in the price. Our initial selection for a frame cost $444 just for the wooden moulding, but they helped me find a a nice looking, suitable frame for about $175 instead. It will be 2 weeks before they are ready.

Should I start selling my prints, I think I'll try to have them professionally matted for about $40 including dry mounting and backing, but I'll either sell them matted only or in inexpensive metal frames. You can view a smaller version of the Concord Center print and the Nicholson Bridge print.

Framing Large Prints
From your hard drive to your wall

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