ColdFusion 10th Birthday Event on Google Video

Take a walk down memory lane with the founders of ColdFusion and Allaire Corporation on the occassion of ColdFusion's 10th Anniversary, July 2005 in Newton MA.

JJ Allaire, Charles Teague, and Sim Simeonov

Watch on Google Video

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Rob Gonda on Ajax for ColdFusion Developers... Watch it again!

If you missed tonight's Online ColdFusion Meetup Group event, you can still catch all the lessons and demos from Rob in the archived Breeze Meeting recording. Rob tailored his AJAX presentation to compare related technologies or libraries including Spry, dojo, Flex, Flash, and more, and provided copious demos and a thorough background.

Ajax for ColdFusion Developers
http://stevenerat.breezecentral.com/p34597793/


Look for new event listings soon. Booked for October we have Charlie Arehart on Fusion-Debug and Adobe's new ColdFusion Evangelist Adam Wayne Lehman on ColdFusion Security Best Practices. I'll be posting those event schedules tomorrow.

Workaround for several known issues regarding Sandbox Security and ColdFusion MX

I've recently encountered a variety of reports on the topic of ColdFusion MX 7.x Sandbox Security (SBS). Here I summarize and explain how to resolve each one:

  1. Datasource names are case sensitive in SBS
  2. File Uploads require SBS permission on a temp directory
  3. CFDOCUMENT requires SBS permission to System Fonts
  4. Multiserver Configuration requires manual edit to jvm.config


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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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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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We can only be stupid, sloppy, and lazy for so long

Since the local news channels have evolved into pure entertainment (are you listening WHDH?), provide no real news value, and do not exhibit much journalistic integrity in my opinion, my viewing preferences have changed such that one of my primary sources for in-depth information about global politics, technology, and economics is now the Charlie Rose show.

Among the guest list, Pulitizer Prize winner Thomas Friedman makes frequent appearances, a favorite of mine. In the May 22, 2006 show, a forward thinking converstation about "Geo Green" or "Green Energy", flex fuels (E85), and the dominance of China and India as world leaders is catalzyed by a quote from George Bush, "America is addicted to oil".

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Making ColdFusion MX on Mac OS X use JVM 1.4.2 instead of JVM 1.5.0

If you're running ColdFusion MX and you've installed the Java 5 update for Mac OS X during one of the regular prompts to install software updates then you will encounter problems because ColdFusion MX 6 or 7 is not supported to run on Java 5, but only Java 1.4.2 at the highest.

There is an easy solution to this problem. You'll find that previous versions of the Java VM are still installed on your Mac, but they are simply not the default.

view plain print about
1mymac:~ stevenerat$ cd /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/<br/><br/>mymac:/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions stevenerat$ ls -l
2total 40
3lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 May 1 12:35 1.3 ->
1.3.1
4drwxr-xr-x 8 root wheel 272 Apr 2 2005 1.3.1
5lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 Nov 14 2005 1.4 -> 1.4.2
6drwxr-xr-x 8 root wheel 272 May 17 10:55 1.4.2
7lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 May 1 12:35 1.5 -> 1.5.0
8drwxr-xr-x 8 root wheel 272 Apr 6 14:13 1.5.0
9drwxr-xr-x 6 root wheel 204 May 1 12:35 A
10lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 1 May 1 12:35 Current -> A
11lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 May 1 12:35 CurrentJDK -> 1.5.0


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Annotations for ColdFusion Podcast Episode 21: Performance Tuning

I enjoy keeping up with the ColdFusion Podcast whenever I can, but I usually lag behind by a couple weeks until I find the time to listen to a few of them during some downtime. This morning I began listening to the most recent podcast at home, and then continued during my drive to work. The podcast was so interesting that I found that I had to share my right hand between the manual shifter and a notepad where I was jotting down some thoughts regarding Episode 21, Performance Tuning ColdFusion MX Applications.

Here I'd just like to take a moment to annotate some of the bullet points from the discussion while also extending with additional information.

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Screenshots of installing RDS Plugin for Eclipse

Eclipse_RDS_Plugin_Install_4.jpg

Given the confusion surrounding the download and installation of the RDS Plugin for Eclipse and Flex Builder 2, I've put together a series of screenshots demonstrating the process on my Mac.

Hopefully, this set will help familiarize you with the RDS plugin if you haven't used it yet.

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