Migrating applications across a six year gap in ColdFusion server implementation

Mike Munhall of Ceridian Recruiting posts his experience with migrating from ColdFusion 4.5. to CFMX 7.01, a jump of 3 major versions but more like 4 since CFMX 6.1 was significantly different from 6.0 in many ways.

The ColdFusion MX 6.0 Migration Guide is a chapter of documentation intended to help cross the bridge from the C++ based server CF 5 to the Java and J2EE based CFMX 6.0. Changes in how the ColdFusion server was implemented required a migration guide and release notes to make the transisition smoother. Mike explains some unexpected problems that arose when faced with the challenge of a six year difference in ColdFusion server versions.

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Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source

Jeff Tapper is one of the coauthors on an upcoming Adobe Flex 2 book. He recently blogged that the book is not yet available on Amazon.com in the US, only in the UK, but I searched the ISBN and found that Walmart is taking pre-ship orders, so you can get in line for your copy now. Walmart is listing the ship date as around July 31, although when I mentioned this to Jeff today after his great presentation on CF Event Gateways he said that date will probably slip a little. I'd like to point out that the co-authors are all known to be highly knowlegeable in ColdFusion, Flex, and Flash, so this should be a must read for everyone. (Matt Boles taught my the Flex 1.5 class I reviewed here)

Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source
Author: Tapper, Jeff , Author: Talbot, James , Author: Boles, Matt
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Publish date: Jul 31 2006
ISBN: 032142316X
Format: Hardcover , 600 pages

News you can use from CFUNITED

Day one of CFUNITED is winding down, although a networking event is still to come this evening. So far its been a blockbuster event with Flex 2 and ColdFusion MX 7.02 integration taking center stage. The big news you know by now since the blogosphere is saturated with today's highlights, but a short list would include:

  • Flex 2 Released: The Flex 2 SDK is FREE and does not require a server backend. Flex 2 can integrate with any HTTP or SOAP-based Webservice back end.
  • Flex 2 Data Server Released: FDS provides back end data services over RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) for publish/subscribe messaging with Flash/Flex frontend GUIs. There is even a free version of FDS available for use on a single CPU.
  • ColdFusion MX 7.02 Released: ColdFusion is a preferred back end data provider and gateway for Flex 2 front ends
  • Flex Builder 2 Released: Based on Eclipse, Flex Builder has code generation wizards, visual development, and debugging
  • Jason Delmore, the new ColdFusion Product Manager shared a peek at a couple ColdFusion 8 (Scorpio) features at the alpha stage including CFPDFFORM to generate PDF forms with pre-filled information, and the ability to extract information from PDFs, and also dynamically generated Breeze presentations from ColdFusion with CFPRESENTATION.
  • He's Baaa...aaack: Tim Buntel returns to Adobe as Senior Marking Product Manager for ColdFusion


I've had a chance to connect with many of the ColdFusion bloggers again, including Ray Camden, Rob Brooks-Bilson, Mark Drew, Andy Alan, Simeon Bateman, Joe Rinehart, Jeff Coughlin, and Sandy Clark. Mark Drew spent a great deal of time at the Adobe booth explaining the current and future plans for CFEclipse, and he introduced me to a feature that's been in the plugin for a while already, the FTP file browser. Mark also said that he's been running Flex Builder 2 (beta) plugin on Eclipse 3.2, a surprise to me because the System Requirements refer only to support for 3.1.

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ColdFusion Training from Fig Leaf Software is a valuable experience

Earlier this week I was very fortunate to attend ColdFusion MX 7 training from Fig Leaf Software. It was a great experience, and even though I recently passed the Certified Adv ColdFusion MX 7 exam, I still found the course very helpful. The 5 hours spent on Flash CFForms was the highlight of the course for me since this is one area where I've haven't spent much time.

My manager requested a brief follow-up of my experience in the course to assess the value of the material and the quality of the instruction. I'd like to extend my internal recommendation to my blog to share with everyone else.

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Mike Nimer's Breeze Meeting Presentation: Flex 2 and ColdFusion Integration

The joint meeting of the Boston ColdFusion User Group and the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group has just concluded. If you missed out on the event you can watch the recording. Mike Nimer of Adobe presented Flex 2 and ColdFusion integration to a local and online audience, broadcasting live from the Adobe office in Newton, MA.

Flex 2 and ColdFusion Integration
Mike Nimer, ColdFusion Software Engineer, Adobe
You can read what online guests thought of this presentation.

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Video clips of Valle de Benasque and Llanos del Hospital in Spain

Here are a couple short video clips from a valley in the central Pyrenees, or Pirineos, in Spain. These show the mountainous region close the border of Spain and France, within the Valle de Benasque. My wife and I were married in a small church in this region, since her father and his ancestors lived in and farmed the valley using traditional, non-technological tools and practices.

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Funny thing happened on the way to work today

... I stopped by a VUE testing center to earn the Advanced Certified ColdFusion MX 7 Developer status. On a whim last night I signed up for a test first thing this morning on my way to work.

In 2001 I read the complete ColdFusion 5 Certification Study Guide and completed all 9 test exams in CF Buster before getting the Adv CF5 Cert Dev, but this time I thought why not just take a whack at it to see how I do cold.

This makes the 4th certification this quarter, also including:

Photographs of the Maine Coast, and My First HDR Image

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My wife and I spent this past Memorial Day weekend driving through mid-coast Maine, stopping in Camden, Rockland, Pemaquid Point, Damriscotta, and South Freeport. The Maine coast incredibly beautiful, and we loved the not only the winding tidal channels that spill out into the rocky shore but the many rolling, green meadows that blanket the horizon with lush grass and wildflowers. We took some time to photograph Camden, which seemed very cozy and friendly, and not much different than Rockport, Massachusetts. The next day we had a photo session at Pemaquid Point, best known for its lighthouse and bell house with its Stephens Striking Machine to sound the bell in foggy conditions.

My Photo Gallery of Coastal Maine

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Fastest Growing Tech Companies and the Rebounding IT Job Market

CNN Money published an article on the rebounding of the IT job market, citing the best places to live for jobs in IT, as well as which companies are growing the most and which skill sets are in demand.

Where the tech jobs are now
The IT job market is rebounding, but where you live matters.
Plus: Do you have the hottest skills?
By Anne Fisher, Fortune


To my surprise, Adobe was ranked 4th in hiring, although 91st in growth, and Red Hat ranked 2nd in growth, six percent higher than 3rd ranked Apple Computer.

Registering C++ CFX tags on CFMX 7 for Weblogic on Solaris

The ColdFusion documentation for CFMX 7 installation on BEA WebLogic J2EE server omits instructions to set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable in the startWebLogic.sh script. In contrast, the documentation for CFMX 6.1 instructs the user to set this variable to enable Verity support.

Perhaps because CFMX 7 uses the Verity K2 server mode exclusively rather than the Verity VDK mode, this library path option may have been dropped from the documentation becuase it is no longer needed for Verity support.

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