Video Archive of ColdFusion Birthday Party with Founders Panel Discussion

Watch the video of Macromedia's ColdFusion birthday party event held in the Newton, MA office yesterday, July 13 2005. The founders of ColdFusion, which was almost known as Prometheus or Horizon, recant the early days of Allaire Corporation.


ColdFusion 10th Birthday Party - Photo Gallery

Here's a fresh photo gallery just taken of the Macromedia Newton birthday party setup, including a plethora of CF swag. Check it out.

My Pre-Party ColdFusion Swag Photo Gallery

Ben Forta's Party Photos

Jeremy Allaire Interview on Meet The Makers still on

On this eve of ColdFusion's 10th birthday, I'd like to point out still hosts the well known interview with Jeremy Allaire, even though the article no longer lives on its original website.

You can check out Jeremy's inside view on the making of ColdFusion here:

A Conversation With Jeremy Allaire
"In this conversation, Allaire discusses the origins of ColdFusion and compares it to competing languages like Active Server Pages, PHP and Perl. We also discuss Allaires career, his fascination with wireless technology, the value of blogs and Allaires role in the history and the future of the Web."

How do CFCs see arguments passed by argumentcollection?

This was a question presented to me earlier today, and while it may be a yawn for many of you, I thought I'd review it here since it stumped me for a little while until I read the docs again.

The problem was that the calling page created a structure and populated a few struct keys with Strings, then passed the whole struct as input to a CFC method with [7 argumentcollection="#myStruct#" ...> when myStruct was a required input argument of type Struct, but the CFC returned the exception:

The parameter MYSTRUCT to function handleArgCollection is required but was not passed in.


Video Archive of CFDJ Panel at CFUNITED

Here's a good quality video archive of the discussion panel of CFDJ authors at CFUNITED 2005, including Hal Helms, Charlie Arehart, Ben Forta, Michael Smith, Ray Camden, and hosted by Simon Horwith.

The panel fielded questions from the audience on a range of topics from the Adobe Merger, to the lack of presence of ColdFusion material in bookstores, to what features are wanted in CFMX 8, to the ColdFusion framework debate.

The video was made with iMovie on Mac which allowed me to preserve the full audio quality while compressing the video. Note that I also remade the CFUNITED Keynote video with Ben Forta and Tim Buntel since my first try with that came out with rather poor audio. I think you'll like these videos better although the file size is much bigger.

Download Video of CFDJ Panel [165 MB]

The video is 35 minutes, although the event went for about 40, but I ran out of tape :)

Ryan Guill presents on COAL, the ColdFusion Open Application Library

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 13, Ryan Guill will present COAL, a new project for the ColdFusion Community.

COAL, the ColdFusion Open Application Library was created to create a single repository for coldfusion components to be exposed as services and used in any ColdFusion application. The idea is similar to php's PEAR, althought there are several differences. The idea is to create a library of reusable services to keep developers from having to do the same tasks over and over, or having to reinvent the wheel everytime they need to create a new application. COAL puts these services in a position to be used very easily and makes them very flexible. COAL is built using the Java Service Locator pattern which makes for a very robust platform for delivery of the services.


CFUNITED 2005 Macromedia Keynote - Audio

In addition to the good quality video of the keynote address at CFUNITED, here is an audio only export of the keynote in mp3 format:

Audio mp3 track of the CFUNITED Keynote on June 29th [25MB]

Ben's microphone wasn't tuned as well as Tim Buntel's, so while Tim comes in loud and clear, Ben is a little difficult to follow. The audio for guest Amit who demos a CF7 app was lacking in volume entirely, so it barely comes though here. Simeon Bateman's talk on CFEclipse comes through very well.

  • 0:00 Tim Buntel introduces himself and Ben Forta
  • 6:30 - 15:00 Ben Forta begins discussion of what's new in CFMX 7
  • 16:40 Introduction to Amit Yathirajadasan of Georgetown University who demos CFMX 7 app
  • 17:45 Amit begins, but is generally inaudible
  • 27:20 Tim Buntel recaps Amits talk and segueways to CFMX future
  • 31:20 Ben Forta introduces CFMX 7 updater, code named Merrimack
  • 33:30 Start of CFEclipse discusssion by Tim Buntel
  • 39:40 Simeon Bateman of the CFEclipse Project joins the stage
  • 46:00 Tim Buntel and Ben Forta introduce ColdFusion MX 8, codenamed Scorpio

Fun story on the challenges of bicycling around Concord

Casey Lyons, a staff writer at the Concord Journal, wrote a fun and wry essay in this week's edition on the many hazards and adventures of biking through the genteel neighboorhoods of Concord.

A Friday afternoon bike ride around Concord

July 28: The article has been removed from the Concord Journal online edition, so I am copying the story from Google cache to here:


One Day - The Daylily - A Pencil Drawing

One Day
One Day - a pencil drawing by Steven Erat, 1992

This was a birthday gift for a friend. Her mother framed it to hang in their living room on Valewood Rd, in Towson, Maryland. The Daylily; Hemerocallis fulva. See Leslee's 3rd House Party blog

Photo Gallery Makeover: Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Park

I've gotten around to updating my photo gallery by adding titles and captions for our 2003 trip to Luray Caverns and our one day hike in White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run.

Here's the original blog entry which has additional information, and here's the photo gallery.

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