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Entries for month: August 2003

ColdFusion Hot Fixes

August 29, 2003 ·

Now that there are some items for ColdFusion MX 6.1, it makes sense for me to mention the ColdFusion Hot Fixes Tech Note on the macromedia.com support site. You'll find updated JDBC drivers and a fix for the CF Admin with SSL, amongst others.

Tags: coldfusion

Fusebox / Mach II Conference

August 29, 2003 ·

Tomorrow morning I fly to Vegas for the 4th annual Fusebox Conference with Mach II on Monday. I hope to be blogging from the conference - the hotel rooms have Internet connectivity but I'm not sure about the conference rooms themselves. I'm taking my D-Link DWL-900AP+ WAP as an experiment since I'll be sharing a room with a wireless-equipped colleague (who is already using Mach II for a soon-to-be-production application!). It should be an interesting conference.

Tags: coldfusion

ColdFusion Frameworks

August 29, 2003 ·

With all the talk of Mach II, I figured it would be worthwhile blogging a list of some of the other frameworks (and methodologies) available for ColdFusion. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but it covers all of the ones that I have read at least something about:
  • OnTap by Isaac Dealey. A very interesting approach that covers documentation as well as code is based on a rich API (Tapestry API).
  • FarCry by Daemon. Technically this is a CMS - Content Management System - but you can build quite sophisticated applications quite quickly with it.
  • Fusebox Open Source aka Shared Open Source (SOS) by John Farrar. There's really not very much information available about this one yet but it's been under development for quite a while.
  • Fusebox 3 and Fusebox 4 by Hal Helms et al. Fusebox is the most widely used framework for ColdFusion and is - proportionately - as successful in the ColdFusion world as Struts has been in the Java world.
  • MVCF by Benoit Hedard. This is more of a methodology than a framework but it does provide a solid set of code idioms to work with.
  • MXF aka MX Framework by Murat Demirci. This has just entered beta testing so very little information exists about it yet.

Tags: coldfusion · architecture

MachWiki Updated

August 29, 2003 ·

Since I posted my Mach II sample application, a few folks have commented that the /?event=... URL format doesn't work reliably with Internet Explorer so I have changed it to /index.cfm?event=... which, apparently, IE accepts. Silly IE!

Tags: coldfusion

MSN Messenger Lockdown Started

August 28, 2003 ·

Microsoft is locking third parties out of its MSN Messenger service on October 15th by changing the service so that only its latest version of the official MSN Messenger can connect. I use Fire which is a multi-service chat client for Mac OS X so I'll be locked out. I signed on just now and messenger@microsoft.com sent me an unsolicited message warning me that my client needs an immediate security update (and pointing me to the Microsoft website). I guess I'll stop using MSN and recommend my (few) MSN contacts migrate to AIM instead (to which iChat can connect).
Read more about it on: InfoWorld, Mac Central News, Beta News, Silicon News.

Tags: microsoft · personal

Apple & Macromedia

August 26, 2003 ·

Apple is promoting Macromedia's new MX 2004 products on the Apple home page!

Tags: adobe

Microsoft: Insecure By Design

August 25, 2003 ·

There's a short, pertinent article in the Washington Post about why the Blaster worm and SoBig virus were so successful in targeting the millions of Windows machines out there...

Tags: personal · microsoft

MX 2004

August 24, 2003 ·

macromedia.com has a new look and feel as well as announcing the new MX 2004 versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Studio. On September 3rd you can be among the first to see the new products in a Breeze Live presentation that connects over 150 user groups.

Tags: adobe

Mach II Bug Fixes & MachWiki Sample Application

August 24, 2003 ·

I've posted some bug fixes for the Mach II core files that correct some minor issues in the initialization of the framework. I've also posted a sample application, MachWiki, which is a simple wiki application. You can download the ZIP file but you need to fix the core files first since MachWiki relies on the fixes!

Tags: architecture · coldfusion

Mach II Errata

August 21, 2003 ·

Someone signing themselves ShermB (no reply address) sent me this note:
"I believe there is a typo in Mach-II's documentation and config files. The following config file properties should be changes as follows:
eventVariable --> eventParameter
argumentsPrecedence --> parameterPrecedence
Sherm appears to be correct: the framework code uses eventParameter and parameterPrecedence (which are more accurate names) but the documentation (and the sample application mach-ii.xml) refer to eventVariable and argumentsPrecedence.
I'd update my 'anatomy' page but my ISP's ftp service is down right now...

Tags: architecture · coldfusion