Adobe MAX is always impressive. It offers unparalleled networking, fascinating exhibit hall booths and, for the last few years, excellent unconference sessions - all accessible on a $200 exhibits only pass. The general sessions are always well-rehearsed and theatrical, the sneak peeks interesting (with a cool special guest). This year was definitely enhanced by the swag: everyone got a Motorola Droid 2 and a Logitech Revue Google TV box - and a free eBook from O'Reilly! Several people got Blackberry Torch phones too. Sponsors and exhibitors went nuts this year with giveaways (VMware gave away a couple of iPod Touch devices and many booths had iPad raffles).
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November 03, 2010 ·
March 21, 2010 ·
Just saw on Twitter (thanx @cfjedimaster) that ColdFusion Builder is now available for sale. I'd been betting on $199 as the price point (and several friends felt I was low and they bet on $299). When I saw the price, my first thought was, darn, my friends were right. But then I noticed that a "copy of Flash Builder 4 Standard included with ColdFusion Builder"... WTF? Flash Builder is $249 on its own! Yikes, they're pretty much giving ColdFusion Builder away at that price - it's a complete steal! It's such a bargain, I already bought my copy while I was typing up this blog post! Just waiting for the order to process so I can download it. Congratulations Adobe / Adam Lehman / ColdFusion Builder Team!
February 21, 2010 ·
The first Culmulative Hot Fix has been released for ColdFusion 9 bringing a number of useful bug fixes for cfscript as well as a couple of other important fixes. The Tech Note doesn't list 80717 as fixed - you can't declare a function called default in cfscript - although that is marked closed in the bug database. That one is of special interest to me because FW/1's out-of-the-box convention is to use 'default' for the default item in a section and it meant you couldn't write FW/1 controllers in cfscript on CF9, unless you changed the default item. Since I haven't yet installed CF9 on my new desktop, I can't test the CHF out yet. I'll probably get to it this week but if anyone can confirm either way before then, please add a comment here!
January 20, 2010 ·
Adobe will showcase ColdFusion 9 at cf.Objective() 2010 with six topics. The schedule has been updated with two Adobe topics each day and they are listed on the session page as well. We believe Terry Ryan will be handling most of the Adobe talks but we'll be confirming that as soon as we know for sure! Now that Adobe's talks are finalized, we'll be picking two more community submissions from our list and adding those. If you submitted a talk and wondered why you haven't received either an acceptance letter or a rejection, now you know. We hope to let everyone know within the next week! We're also ready to accept BOF suggestions - I'll make a separate blog post about that in the next few days.
December 29, 2009 ·
One of the new features in Adobe's ColdFusion 9 release that has excited a lot of developers is the broad range of enhancements to CFML's "other" language: CFSCRIPT. In the past, I've been very disparaging about CFSCRIPT and I've gone so far as to say in several public - and private - forums that I felt CFSCRIPT should be deprecated and no further effort spent on it. It was always a bit half-baked with weird restrictions and lots of important features missing. It was annoying to use, because you often had to switch back to CFML's tags to get things done. With increased use of CFCs, the restrictions in CFSCRIPT made it even more painful to use because you could not specify function arguments easily in CFSCRIPT - no types, no defaults - and you couldn't express a function's access or return type.
August 19, 2009 ·
This Friday, at noon Eastern, I'll be on the CFPanel show, created by Dan Vega and Todd Sharp. Myself, Ray Camden and Adam Lehman will be talking about how ColdFusion as a language is moving forward. All three of us are members of the CFML Advisory Committee. Two of us are on the board of 4CFF, the new non-profit corporation formed to promote the CF community and Open Source projects. Two of us represent CFML engine vendors. It should be an interesting and lively debate!
July 24, 2009 ·
Ben Forta explains why ColdFusion Builder is based on Eclipse in a great blog post that examines the alternatives and the history of CFML editors. I'm afraid I never liked HomeSite / ColdFusion Studio.
July 21, 2009 ·
Adobe's sessions at CFUnited have been announced. In addition to the keynote, there are a dozen sessions on ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder! Adam Lehman kicks off with a general "What's New" talk on Wednesday after lunch and Ryan Stewart will showcase what you can do with CF9/FX4 together. Thursday and Friday are the main events with five sessions on each day! Half a dozen of the ColdFusion engineering team will be over from Bangalore to speak about features they helped develop so you can get the information right from the horse's mouth! In addition, Terry Ryan and Adam will also be giving sessions on some of the new features. I think the highlights for me will be Manju Kiran's "Advanced ORM" on Thursday afternoon and Hemant's "Insider's Guide" on Friday afternoon but Adam's "Building Extensions with CFML" (for CFBuilder) and Hareni and Terry covering "Working w/MS Office, Sharepoint and Exchange", both on Friday morning, also look very interesting. If you're new to Eclipse, Bhakti and Dipanwita's "Getting Start (Bring Your Laptop)" session on CFBuilder should be gold. See the CFUnited blog post for more details.
July 10, 2009 ·
Charlie Griefer, manager of the East Bay CFUG, kicked off the July meeting with his vision of what he hopes the EBCFUG will develop into to: an interactive group with a good social network. He hopes to see more meetings based on hands-on labs and a regular post-meeting social event that allows members to talk about issues and get feedback from the group. For the July meeting, Charlie presented Balsamiq Mockups, a fascinating tool to enable collaboration with clients on user interface / user experience aspects of a project. After a brief slideshow and demo, Charlie turned it over to the members to explore the AIR desktop app and the online demo. This was very valuable experience and much better than a regular "lecture". If you want to get "hands-on" with ColdFusion and related technologies, this could be the user group for you!
July 09, 2009 ·
I've talked about the CFML Advisory Committee before and explained that we're working on a specification for the ColdFusion Markup Language that we hope to release this year as CFML2009 and then review every two years. CFML2009 is intended to be a specification of what the language should be by the end of this year. Ben Forta just posted about some CFML enhancements coming soon in ColdFusion 9 but he didn't mention that many of these will be embodied in the CFML2009 spec. I figured it was worth looking at some of the items in his blog post through the lens of the Advisory Committee. Where these features are deemed "core" by the Advisory Committee, expect all CFML engines to provide them fairly quickly. Some features are supported already by one or more vendor, some are new to all three vendors.