Configuring ColdFusion to process requests with custom file extensions

Technote 18289 describes how to configure ColdFusion MX to handle custom template extensions such as .dbm. The technote is outdated and this blog entry will show you how to configure a custom extension for ColdFusion MX 7. On some occasions I've been asked how to alter the template extension handling in order to mask that ColdFusion runs the web application, so this procedure could be used to even map .htm extensions to ColdFusion.


ASP Thrashed by ColdFusion

The Allaire Headquarters in Newton. -sniff-

Ah, it brings a tear to my eye. Those were the good ol' days for sure... Check out this homemade video of ASP getting stomped on by the CF Patrol. This video is absolutely hysterical!

Seperation of Static and Dynamic Content When Using WebSphere

Serving dynamic (cfm, cfc, jsp) and static (htm, jpg, css) content from the WebSphere J2EE Web Application Server using the IBM HTTPD Web Server can sometimes be challenging. I've often recieved questions on the seperation of content over the years from people using ColdFusion MX on WebSphere, although ColdFusion just happens to be incidental to the matter.

This problem description explains:

In summary, the issue is getting Apache configured to serve web resources and having CF process CFM files. The only way we could get it to work was to put all files under Webshphere, which means we can't deploy HTML or use Apache for serving images, css, etc...

We have a root context of /. We tried putting the CFM files under the Apache home directory with the HTML, as you would in JRun. We also tried splitting them with the CFM files under the websphere home and HTML under Apache home. Neither one would work for us.


BlogFusion by Jake McKee,... Today!

At noon today (US/EST) Jake McKee will provide an overview of his ColdFusion-based blog (and photoblog) software, BlogFusion. BlogFusion is a powerful, un-encrypted, easy to install, easy to use blog functionality. If you would like to set up a ColdFusion based blog in a matter of minutes, this one's for you. This event is hosted by the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group.

BlogFusion by Jake McKee
Please RSVP here for the meeting and to get the Breeze Meeting URL.
(The Breeze Meeting URL is the link under more information on the RSVP page)

This is a free event at 12:00 noon US/Eastern time today. For time-zone assistance see Time-Zone Converter.

To join the meeting, first RSVP, then open a browser at the meeting time and date and go to the URL shown below under more information of the RSVP page. When Breeze Meeting starts, click the button on the right to enter as a guest, where you will be prompted to enter a name. (ignore the pair of text fields on the left for username and password, just use the Guest login to the right).

Please enter your name when logging in to the meeting if you wish to be eligible to win a giveaway at the end of the meeting. The giveaways will be a BlogFusion license and a book on an Adobe product. Users with unidentifiable nicknames such as "fozzy" or "aaa" will not eligible, and you must send me the link to your member profile on the OCFMG website.

If you've never used Macromedia Breeze, get a quick overview.

The meeting has just been recorded for public viewing later. You can watch this presentation at any time with the following URL:

Archived: BlogFusion 5 by Jake McKee. Approximate running time is 1 hour.

ColdFusion... Its not Rocket Science! Is it?

Today I stumbled upon a ColdFusion User Group not listed in the Macromedia User Group registry with a really catchy acronym GoCFUG. Makes me think of Inspector Gadget, actually. The Goddard ColdFusion Users Group is for use by NASA web developers at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The Goddard Coldfusion Users Group is created to provide a friendly and informal forum for NASA developers -using Macromedia technologies- to share their expertise and thus gain practical knowledge for building better software.

They'd tell you more, but they'd have to kill you. Er... maybe that's the other government CFUG I'm thinking of ;)

Blizzard February 12, 2006: MBTA or Polar Express?

MBTA Commuter Rail motion sequence

This afternoon I walked the train tracks from Concord Depot to Walden Pond and the site of Thoreau's cabin, being very careful to watch for the passing commuter trains emerging suddenly from the white ether. The snow was blinding especially near open fields or open water.

Taking a single photo was an endeavor: Brush the snow off me; expose fingertips through gloves; remove camera from plastic bag; remove lens cap; quickly compose shot and focus; try for a few more shots; clean snow off lens filter; clean lens filter again; replace lens cap; brush snow off camera; put camera back in bag...

Why would I go out into the woods on such a windy, snowy day?


Getting Started with CFCPhotoBlog by Seth Duffey

CFCPhotoBlog Installation, Setup, and UsageEarlier today Seth Duffey released the first public version of his free ColdFusion based photoblog, aptly named CFCPhotoBlog, and is built on the Model-Glue framework by Joe Rinehart.

From the first time I viewed Seth's blog last year I was very impressed with the visual design of the blog, and I can't seem to stop looking at that damn bug. I'm excited to see that Seth has applied his design talents to the production of CFCPhotoBlog. The default skin looks fantastic, and I really like the clever features such as mapping photos on a world map based on the latitude and longitude of the location of the photo, something that you can optionally enter when adding a photo.


Scientific American Podcast

Science researchers, students, and enthusiasts now have a comprehensive and reputable source of science news in audio format since Scientific American has started its own podcast.

Scientific American Podcast

About the host:

Join host Steve Mirsky each week as he explores the latest developments in science and technology through interviews with leading scientists and journalists.

Episode 1:
In this episode, Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie reflects on the Korean stem cell debacle; the National Inventors Hall of Fame announces this year's inductees; and evolution defender Eugenie Scott discusses the importance of the decision in the recent Dover evolution trial. Also: hear outtakes from the CSI show you're never going to see on TV.

Flickr Photographer's Press Badge

Flickr has a wizard to help you generate your own (unofficial) Flickr Photographer's Badge. Wear it whenever you venture into the urban wild with camera in hand. I plan to laminate and wear mine in one of my conference badge holders. You never know just how far it might get you!

Badge Maker: Create an Flickr ID badge using your digital photographs
Make your own (unofficial) Flickr badge. Print it out, laminate it, wear Flickr with pride! Show the world how truly photographically geeky you really are!

Once I generated my badge, I downloaded it locally as JPG, opened it in Photoshop CS2, added a layer to the image, and used a Graphire Tablet Pen to add my signature (due to security concerns, I have now replaced the image with a fake signature using a font). The final version was flattened as saved in JPG again. Someone has conveniently made a suitable backside of the Flickr Badge to give it that professional look!

See also:
The Photographer's Right
Your Rights When You Are Stopped or Confronted for Photography

Web application could not be found to accept sessions for replication

Session replication is a feature of the JRun 4 server where session data from a server instance that partipates in a cluster propagates that data via RMI to other session buddies in the JRun cluster. For ColdFusion MX 6.x and 7.x servers that run on a JRun 4 cluster, there are several situations that might result in the following error appearing in the JRun server's out.log:

The web application 'cfusion-ear#cfusion-war' could not be found to accept sessions for replication


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