Configuring the Oracle 10g Database Driver for ColdFusion MX

Oracle has recently released Oracle 10g Express Edition (XE), a free edition of their database server. While Macromedia supports connections to Oracle 10g from ColdFusion MX 7.01 using the built-in JDBC drivers that ship with ColdFusion, this version of Oracle is not officially supported with earlier versions including ColdFusion MX 7 or ColdFusion MX 6.x.

If you would like to connect an earlier version of ColdFusion MX to Oracle 10g, or would like to try an alternate driver if you're already using CFMX 7.01, then here is how to configure the 10g JDBC driver provided by Oracle for use with ColdFusion. This driver is often refered to as the Oracle Thin Client. Sometimes driver behavior varies between two vendors, so its often very helpful to try alternate driver versions.


[VAdministration] or [Java bean field] errors occur when using CFMX 7 on JVM 1.5

ColdFusion MX 7 and 7.01 ship with JVM version as the default JVM. If you are installing the WAR or EAR option of ColdFusion on an existing version of of JRun, then you may not be using this 'default' JVM since JRun permits you to choose a pre-installed JVM when initally instaling JRun4.

If you are using Sun JVM 1.5 in either Server Configuration, Multiserver Config, or J2EE Config then you may encounter a variety of errors that occur regarding the Verity K2 Search Server. Verity K2 ships with ColdFusion MX 7/7.01 and the encyrption libraries don't work with JVM 1.5, and that JVM version is not supported for use with ColdFusion MX 7/7.01.


Renderings of Concord Center and the Hartwell House

Photo gallery from an early morning in Concord including Concord Center, the Unitarian Church, The Colonial Inn, and the Hartwell House in nearby Lexington. These are renderings of Concord taken with a Canon EOS D20 and enhanced with Adobe Photoshop CS 2 to give them a hand drawn ink and watercolor feeling.

I'm still learning about printing techniques, but I've already learned how to upscale photos so that I can make larger prints without significantly reducing image quality. Just for fun, I ordered the first rendering of Concord Center in a 20" x 30" size from Shutterfly. The upscaling and posterizing enhancments caused the filesize to increase from about 11MB to 61MB, and Flickr won't accept files that large, so I had to use Shutterfly. Photos of that size are done in matte paper only, although it looked more like semi-gloss to me. Aside from the glossyish paper, the photo came out great at that size. I'd like to do a custom print on watercolor paper on a professional printer and then matte and frame it for my home.

These photos were taken during a 1 day workshop of personal instruction from Bill Claybrook of New River Photography. It was just Bill and I, so the workshop was definitely worth it just for the personal attention alone. Bill and I made our paces through Concord Center on a Saturday morning, and then at the Hartwell House on Battle Road on the way to Lexington. Then we spent a few hours at Bill's house where he showed me his techniques for printing, and then we went back on the road for more photography at the Shaker Village in Harvard, MA. Oddly, Bill's primary occupation is a Linux industry analyst and currently works for Novell, maker of Suse Linux. His articles can be found on the web including at Linux World Magazine on

My other photo galleries of Concord, MA:
- Autumn in Concord, MA
- Snow Storm in Concord, MA
- Concord on Forth of July

Renderings of the Wayside Inn, Grist Mill, and Mary-Martha Chapel

This photo gallery taken on a recent fall morning when I spent a couple hours in Sudbury at the Wayside Inn. First popularized by Longfellow's book after the Civil War, and then further developed by Henry Ford in the early 20th century.

Wayside Inn
Formerly known as Howe's Tavern starting in 1716, the Taven was renamed after Henry Longfellow published a book of poems in 1863 about the Tavern. Longellows book is called "Tales of a wayside inn".

Grist Mill
Henry Ford's Grist Mill, near the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.

Martha-Mary Chapel
In 1923, Cora Lemon sold the Inn to automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, and Ford built the Martha-Mary Chapel on the site in 1940, just across the street from the Wayside Inn.

Morning Frost, Trains, and Tractors

My wife and I spent the weekend with my family in northeast Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful autumn weekend and the drive along 84 through Connecticut and New York was incredibly scenic while the trees were all changing colors. One morning I woke up at sunrise to photograph the Nicholson bridge, also known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct. I stumbled onto cornfield on the side of the road where I found rows of post-harvest corn stalks intermingled with fallen leaves, all of which were covered in a thick frost since it was so close to tributaries of the Susquehanna river and the fog the must have rolled in heavy that night. Later that day, we visited my cousin Diane and her husband Frank but I got caught up with a fossil of a farm tractor sitting in the backyard.

The highlights of my weekend are here in photos on Flickr, so check them out. I particularly like posterizing the photos in Adobe Photoshop because I can achieve an ink and watercolor look.

Concord At Night

Photographs of Concord, MA at night, well after midnight actually. These are mostly long exposures of 15 to 30 seconds while the moonlight was strong. Twice the police stopped to investigate and check my ID since I was the only person on the streets. See the whole set on Flickr or here.


Preview of our wedding photos on

Our wedding photographer, BodasDVD of Barcelona, has published the newest version of their website and they have used some of our wedding photos from Spain.

Around My Cube

Office snapshots on Flickr: My Geekdom Overfloweth

Codman Community Garden and Farm

A rainy Sunday afternoon in October at the end of the gardening season. Photos available at Flickr and here on TalkingTree. Taken with a Canon EOS 20D Digital SLR with 18-55mm lens, see the Flickr page for image specs.

More information about the Codman Community Garden and Farm.

Finding out what package provides an unsatisified link

Here's a quick tip for Linux users... Should you find a missing dependency on the system, be it while running ColdFusion or any other software, you can query the system to find out what package should provide the missing library, and then find and install that package.

As an example, if the legacy X development packages aren't installed then you might find ColdFusion reporting an error about the Graphing Service. Inspecting the ColdFusion logs its revealed that there's a missing link in one of the Java AWT libraries:

Error [main] - Unable to initialize Graphing service: java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /opt/coldfusionmx7/runtime/jre/lib/i386/


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