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:

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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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.

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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Free Online Java and J2EE Courses from JavaPassion.com

Sang Shin, architect, consultant, and evangelist of Java Technology for Sun Microsystems offers free online courses in Java Programming and J2EE Development. Fortunately for me, Sang is teaching the Introduction to JSP course at Boston University where I've been taking night classes this year towards a Java and J2EE Certificate.

Sang Shin is presently working for Sun Microsystems as a Technology architect, consultant, and evangelist. He speaks on various Java and Solaris related technologies to worldwide developer audience. He is currently based in Boston area and his duties include evangelizing and consulting on important Java technologies such as Java EE (formerly J2EE), Java SE (formerly J2SE), Java ME (formerly J2ME), Web-tier frameworks and technologies such as JavaServer Faces (JSF), Struts and AJAX, and SOA and Web services technologies. He also speaks frequently on NetBeans IDE and platform. He frequently talks on these topics in various technical conferences.


At Java Passion you can find the course material for his online courses, and instructions on how to enroll to receive personal guidance for the courses. Sang has a fantastic teaching style. He's very articulate, adheres to proper Java vocabulary and nomeclature, responds patiently, and of course, teaches passionately. The free, online course material is highly annotated so they could be used as reading material, and they are based on Sun's Java and J2EE tutorials on Sun's website, such as the Java EE 5 Tutorial, J2EE 1.4 Tutorial, and the JSP by Example Tutorial.

Completed Certificate of Java Development at Boston University

This week marks my completion of the Boston University training program for the Certificate of Java Development. This is the first half of a Master of Java and J2EE Certificate Program. The Java program alone consists of three courses at the Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Each course ran 3 hours on two nights a week for four or five weeks. This totals about 85 hours of lecture over three and a half months. Here are some key thoughts about my experience in the BUTrain Java Certificate program:

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IllegalAccessError, CFMAIL attachments, and CFX_SOAP.jar improperly installed

For several days now I've been trying to get to the bottom of the error:

view plain print about
1"Error","jrpp-0", tried to access class javax.mail.internet.ContentDisposition from class coldfusion.mail.RFC2231Util The specific sequence of files included or processed is: C:CFusionMX7wwwrootcontentdisposition.cfm, line: 2
2java.lang.IllegalAccessError: tried to access class javax.mail.internet.ContentDisposition from class coldfusion.mail.RFC2231Util
3    at coldfusion.mail.RFC2231Util.setFileName(RFC2231Util.java:31)
4    at coldfusion.mail.MailImpl.setAttachment(MailImpl.java:780)
5    at coldfusion.tagext.net.MailParamTag.doStartTag(MailParamTag.java:257)
6    at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTag(CfJspPage.java:1915)
7    at cfcontentdisposition2ecfm1804490529.runPage(C:CFusionMX7wwwrootcontentdisposition.cfm:2)
8...


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Understanding HotSpot in Plain English

Not having a degree in Computer Science means that my view of web technology begins at a granular level and necessarily seeps from the top down into the foundations of how software works. For ColdFusion this course traverses the basics of HTTP and CSS, expands into the full range of CFML tags, functions, and architecture, then arcs into databases and SQL, and continues well into the depths of Java and J2EE technology and all that's contained therein. One low level topic that has often piqued my interest has been the question of what exactly is the Sun HotSpot technology for Java Virtual Machines? Sure many ColdFusion pundits share recommendations for JVM tuning parameters, but if you're like me you find it rather superficial and want to know more about this HotSpot black box.

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Jeremy Allaire Interview on the Charlie Rose Show: Watch the Video

Brightcove logoGuest host Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, interviews Brightcove Founder and CEO, Jeremy Allaire for the Charlie Rose show on April 26. Mossberg's introduction to Allaire and some of the questions posed to him follow:

Tonight I talk with Jeremy Allaire. He's been called a serial entrepreneur. His first venture, the Allaire Corporation, focussed on building internet based applications [ColdFusion]. He later joined [sic] Macromedia as its CTO. There he helped develop the Flash Player into internet's dominant media platform. His new venture, Brightcove, which he founded in 2004, is on the forefront of convergence. Its goal is to bring down the barriers between television and the internet. The company has already attracted major investments from Time Warner and IAC interactive, among others.


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IT Conversations Podcast: Interview with Jeremy Allaire on Video Distribution

As a fan of the high quality podcasts from IT Conversations, I was browsing for other podcasts not in the channels to which I already subscribe. I discovered a December 2005 podcast interview with Jeremy Allaire, the founder of Brightcove, although perhaps better known as the founder of Allaire Corporation and the flagship application server Cold Fusion (Yes, with a space in the name until the late 90's).

While checking my facts while preparing to blog this, I discovered two related podcasts from IT Conversations including another panel interview in 2005 on reinventing media, as well as a 2004 interview with David Orfao of General Catalyst, formerly CEO of Allaire Corportation. (Anecdotally, my introduction to David occurred when he surprised me at my desk one morning. By coincidence, I had dropped my badge at a convenience store near my residence, and David just happened to find it shortly after).

Now, about those podcasts:

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