Two Upcoming Online Meetings: FusionDebug and ColdFusion Security

Thanks to Charlie Arehart and Adam Wayne Lehman, the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group will conduct two online events in October. Be sure to check out Charlie's blog for a multi-part series on FusionDebug.

Please note the time: The event times are in US/Eastern Timezone. For timezone conversion, see:
http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Click on the event link below to RSVP. On the event detail page, see the link under MORE INFORMATION for the Breeze Meeting URL. Then at the specified time and date, go to that URL and enter as a GUEST using your name, but on the login page please use the form field towards the right which does not require a password.

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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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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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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

Time-lapse video of caterpillar to chrysalis to Monarch butterfly

Captured here is a time-lapse movie of the lifespan of a Monarch butterfly, condensing about two weeks of activity into a short video clip. I kept the caterpillar in a jar supplied with milkweed leaves and ventilation through holes punched in the lid. After days of munching on the leaves, it's interesting to observe the caterpillar 's circling behavior the day before transforming into a chrysalis, although the actual formation of the chryslis occurred at night and is not shown in the video.

When releasing the butterfly into a nearby field, you can see the wings are still damp as it flicks its wings and twitches before resting on leaf to finish drying.

From Monarch Butterfly - USA:
The total time frame for one butterfly's life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 - 6 weeks.


Be sure to also check out my photo gallery of the Butterfly Place in nearby Westford, MA.

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Video clips of Valle de Benasque and Llanos del Hospital in Spain

Here are a couple short video clips from a valley in the central Pyrenees, or Pirineos, in Spain. These show the mountainous region close the border of Spain and France, within the Valle de Benasque. My wife and I were married in a small church in this region, since her father and his ancestors lived in and farmed the valley using traditional, non-technological tools and practices.

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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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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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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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