Archived Recording: Geoff Bowers of Daemon on FarCry CMS 3.0

The combined meeting of the Boston CFUG and the Online CFUG was a fantastic success due to the brilliant demonstration of FarCry CMS from Daemon, presented by Breeze UberGuru Geoff Bowers.

FarCry CMS is Daemon's flagship offering, an intuitive and extensible Content Management System that puts "controlled power" into the hands of the people who own your site content. FarCry is a cutting edge ColdFusion MX application framework for web based content management that blends the very best of open source development with commercial backing and support.


In Boston there were approximately 16 local members attending at the Adobe office, and 55 online members from Norway to Hawaii and then some. The newly announced ColdFusion Product Manager, Jason Delmore, was generous to stop by to introduce himself to the group and stay around for the event.

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Reminder: Boston CFUG and Online CF Meetup to present Geoff Bowers on FarCry

Here's a reminder that Geoff Bowers will present an hour long, indepth presentation this week on the ColdFusion-based CMS from Daemon known as FarCry. This online event will serve as the focal point for a simultaneous meeting of the Boston CFUG, which is to gather at the Adobe office in Newton, MA starting at 6:30, although the online event begins at 7:00PM US/Eastern.

If you're in the Boston area, please check out the details and map when considering coming to the office. If you're too far away, check out the online detail page with a list of timezone conversions to help you plan your participation.

Boston CFUG event listing

Online ColdFusion Meetup Group event listing

UPDATE: This was an excellent demonstration. Get the archived recording of this meeting.

Video Training for ColdFusion MX Web Application Development

In this week's edition of ColdFusion Weekly, Matt Woodward and Peter Farrell interviewed Michael Dinowitz of House Of Fusion fame regarding the current state of ColdFusion Development. The conversation spanned several themes from the recent surge in the ColdFusion job market to existing and upcoming training resources to the firm backing of ColdFusion by Adobe among its stable of products.

One particular item that got my attention was the availability of ColdFusion MX video training on CD-ROM, not from one but from two independent sources, Lynda.com and VTC or The Virtual Training Company. This is the first I've heard of either of these training resources, so it pays to listen to ColdFusion Weekly!

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Geoff Bowers of Daemon To Provide One Hour Seminar on FarCry CMS

Geoff Bowers of Daemon, based in Sydney, Australia, will provide a full hour introduction to the open source FarCry CMS, including a preview of FarCry 3.1. This event will be on Wednesday May 24 for the US timezones, and Thursday May 25 for Australia/Asia timezones. See below for timezone details.

FarCry CMS is Daemon's flagship offering, an intuitive and extensible Content Management System that puts "controlled power" into the hands of the people who own your site content. FarCry is a cutting edge ColdFusion MX application framework for web based content management that blends the very best of open source development with commercial backing and support.

This will be an online meeting in cooperation with the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group which uses Adobe Breeze Meeting software to conduct live, online ColdFusion related seminars. This particular meeting will be synchronized with the local Boston ColdFusion User Group which will hold an in person meeting at the East Coast office for Adobe in Newton, MA.

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New ColdFusion Devnet Article on J2EE EAR Application Packaging

Last week a new article on ColdFusion MX 7 Packaging and Deployment was published on the Adobe ColdFusion Developer Center.

Designing ColdFusion Applications for Deployment as EAR Files
By Jochem van Dieten and Mark van Hedel


In this article the authors begin by describing the anatomy of a J2EE EAR file and the advantages of using EARs to distribute ColdFusion applications. It continues with some of the challenges faced when packaging ColdFusion EAR files, and expands into building and customizing them with Apache Ant.

I think the authors make an exceptionally good point towards the end where they recommend that the packaged application ship with a wizard (to be written with the app that is packaged) that runs first when deployment is complete where the wizard would be a custom interface to ColdFusion settings using the Admin API. This would solve the problems discussed in Episode 7 of the ColdFusion Podcast where some concerns are raised regarding the inclusion of a CF serial number and Admin password, or adding datasources and mapping definitions after deployment. The authors wrap up with a clever suggestions for Application Start-Time configurations.

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Cringley Speculates About Apple's Plans to Win the OS and Application Markets

In this week's edition of I, Cringely, Bob Cringely reflects on Microsoft's struggle to maintain dominance in the OS and applications market while the project schedule for Vista withers on the vine. Furthermore, Bob speculates that for Apple to remain competitive, eliminate its vulnerabilities, and even beat Microsoft on technical merits, Apple will have to entice independent software vendors to continue developing applications for OS X. Just how will Apple do that? Bob thinks Apple will buy Adobe.

Killer Apps: For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work, It Must Replace Microsoft Office and Buy Adobe Systems
by Robert X. Cringely, April 27, 2006

My First Print Photo Publication is a Magazine Cover

Cover Photo

Shortly after publishing a collection of photos in the online Concord Magazine, the Editor of the New England Print & Publisher magazine contacted me to request that I submit some area photographs for the cover of the upcoming April 2006 edition.

Initially he suggested that I submit new photos of the Spring season, but when I shared some of my existing photos from last fall he latched on this night shot of Concord Center. He requested to crop it down to a vertical shot appropriate for the cover, so I agreed.

Embedding License in Digital Photo with XMP MetaDataThere was no monetary compensation for the use of my photo, although I'm quite happy with crossing the threshold from amateur to professional photographer. I released the photo under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Here's how to embed license and copyright data into a digital photograph using XMP with Adobe Bridge or Adobe Photoshop CS2.

This photo was one of my three entries in a local photo contest in Concord.

Stanton Finley's Fedora Core 5 Linux Installation Notes

If you're a Linux expert or novice you'll surely find this user's guide to installing and configuring Fedora Core 5 Linux useful. Stanton Finley provides carefully written step-by-step instructions and relevant reference material.

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Website Design Professional Training on DVD

TotalTraining.com has released a great line-up of DVD video lessons including Advanced Dreamweaver 8 and Extreme Website Makeover. Read about how much I like training from this company.

Master Collection: Total Training for Advnced Dreamweaver 8
This design training helps you go beyond the basics and dive into the advanced capabilities of the industry-leading web design tool. Efficiently layout, develop, and maintain standards-based web sites with the industry-leading tool.


Total Training for Website Design - Extreme Website Makeover
These video tutorials equip you with the skills necessary to turn an ordinary website into one thats content-rich using popular web design and development tools: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Contribute, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Stacking up the IT Certificates

If you're in Massachusetts, you might want to know that the Boston chapter of the IEEE is holding a 21 hour course on an Introduction to Java Servlets and JSPs, using Head First Servlets & JSP as a guide. This local chapter of the IEEE has a fantastic continuing education program. This Servlet and JSP class will run on Monday nights from late April to May at the Sheraton in Lexington, right off Rt 128. The price is very reasonable at around $550, a bargain at less than $22/hour.

The course perfectly complements the Java and J2EE certificate program that I'm taking at Boston University on other nights. In fact, the IEEE course on Servlets and JSP overlaps with the BU classes on JSP and Servlets.

Using these complementary courses to propel me, I expect to take the Sun Certified Developer and Sun Certified Web Component Developer exams at the end of June.

In mid-April I'll retake the hottest certificate exam, the RHCE. (Update: Mission Accomplished!)

In May I'm scheduled to finally attend the Moving Up to ColdFusion MX 7 and Advanced ColdFusion MX 7 at RemoteSite Training, and I'll follow that up with the ColdFusion MX 7 certificate exam, too. This will be the first time I've had ColdFusion development classes since 2000 with Fast Track and Advanced CF4.5.

On a couple upcoming weekends I'll be taking the Stanford Computer Security Certificate Program, an 8 hour online course in Computer Security Principles, Introduction to Cryptography, and Secure Programming Techniques. The course is concluded with an online exam.

Once these Server and Programming courses are over, I'll add to my 40 hours of Photoshop CS2 training from TotalTraining and try to knock out an Adobe Photoshop ACE certificate this summer or fall.

I feel like I've been progressing well on many related technologies, ... getting my ducks lined up, so to speak. This will be the year to knock them all in.

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