Boston Skyline at Night

Some wide angle, long exposures of the Boston skyline at night, as well as some of Memorial Drive and the Longfellow Bridge near Kendall Square in Cambridge.

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ColdFusion MX 7 support for 64-bit platforms

A clarification has been made to this ColdFusion technote. The current support policy can be summarized as

  • ColdFusion MX 7 is supported with a supported 32-bit Java VM running on supported operating systems on 64-bit hardware.
Although, you should read the technote for all the details. Previously, the technote generalized incorrectly that ColdFusion would not run at all on 64-bit platforms.

See also:

Performance Considerations for Running ColdFusion MX 7 on 64-bit JVM

I've been Schmapped!

Schmap Brussels Guide
This week I received an email in my Flickr account from the editor of Schmap Guides requesting the use of several of my Brussels photos:

I am writing to let you know that four of your photos with a creative commons license have been short-listed for inclusion in the second edition of our Schmap Brussels Guide, to be published mid-October 2006.


Schmap Guides are described as:

Every Schmap Guide comes with dynamic maps, useful links, playable tours, top picks, plus photos and reviews for 100s of sights and attractions, hotels, restaurants, bars, parks, theaters, museums...


I'm thrilled to be included this interactive guide that is free to download and run (Windows only though). I've read some thoughts on this from other bloggers about Schmap's creative marketing strategy, but I won't over analyze it here. Rather, I'll just say that I'm pleased to freely share my photos for non-commercial purposes whenever possible so long as attribution is given, something formalized in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution Share-Alike license. Sure, they might generate revenue with Ads, but they don't charge for the use of the Schmap player to browse cities. No doubt, this is a Web 2.0 idea.

Otherwise, this has been a good year for getting my photos into publications. I'm considering moving into professional photography, at least on the side, and for now I'm trying to gain some exposure, so to speak. This year started with a bang when my photo of Main Street's Market and Cafe was selected for the cover of New England Print and Publisher magazine. Most recently, The Writer magazine requested a different photo of the same cafe on Main Street in Concord, MA for use in their upcoming December 2006 issue. I've also had numerous requests to use my photos in newsletters and other small publications, including Indiana University Faculty Newsletter, the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture, and the online Concord Magazine..


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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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Summer in St. Michaels, on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Photo Gallery of St. Michaels, Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Patriot Cruises, The Crab Claw Restaurant, and an authentic Maryland skipjack.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Related Information:

How to invoke a Web Service while omitting optional service method arguments

ColdFusion MX webservice implementations as CFCs may include optional input arguments, however consuming the webservice may prove tricky if those optional parameters are not included.

For example, consider this example webservice having one required argument (a1) and one optional argument (a2):

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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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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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Concord's Second Most Celebrated Holiday

The town of Concord, Massachusetts was settled about 140 years before the founding of the United States. The citizens take great pride in the town's role towards this country's independence, and the annual Patriot's Day holiday is without question the most celebrated event in the area, comemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, or as Emerson put it, The Shot Heard Round The World.

Yet Concord does make a very good turn out for Independence Day, the national holiday on July 4th. The town shines while stars and stripes abound on door stops, mail boxes, and flag poles.

Share my photo gallery of scenes through out Concord, MA taken during early morning before the town folks turned out.

See also the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks in the Park, or the largest July 4th parade in Maryland.

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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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