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Entries for month: May 2004

Busy... Hence not much Blogging!

May 27, 2004 · 1 Comment

I seem to be crazy busy at the moment both with work and personal stuff so I haven't been able to blog much this week.
I'd love to be able to blog what I'm working on right now but can't do so until more information appears on either Tim Buntel's blog or Ben Forta's blog. You can deduce it's Blackstone-related. Watch this space!
After Robin Debreuil explained what C# has that Java does not, I'm writing a fairly long response to that, as I get time to experiment more with C# and Mono. I'll blog my thoughts on C# vs Java in due course.
There's several other articles and blog entries that I've read recently that I want to write up commentaries on, so hopefully I will make up for the recent dearth of entries over the next week.
In a couple of hours, my wife and I are setting off for Albuquerque for the 5th Annual CEU Fiesta which is part of the training my wife needs to do as she shifts from cat breeding and showing to cat show judging. We'll be back some time on Tuesday so no more blogging until then!

1 CommentTags: personal

Macromedia is Hiring!

May 27, 2004 · 1 Comment

John Dowdell called out that there are a lot of jobs currently open on the Macromedia website, especially in the engineering and IT / Operations areas. Lots of opportunities - does something suit you?

1 CommentTags: adobe

Flash Player 7 - Now Available for Linux!

May 27, 2004 · No Comments

Macromedia today announced Flash Player 7 is available for Linux. This brings increased performance, CSS support and native SOAP support to browsers on the Linux platform and continues Macromedia's tradition of supporting Linux as an important platform.

No CommentsTags: mx

Blogging Blackstone!

May 24, 2004 · No Comments

Good to see that Tim Buntel has been 'persuaded' to create a blog dedicated to Blackstone, the next release of ColdFusion. Since Tim is product manager for ColdFusion, this should be a juicy, insightful and definitive blog! Welcome to the blogosphere Tim!

No CommentsTags: coldfusion

John Cass on Corporate Blogging

May 24, 2004 · 2 Comments

An informal survey about corporate blogging asks seven questions about the phenomenon. Here are the questions with my answers:
1) Why do you blog for your company?
I started back in June 2002 when my then boss, Jeremy Allaire, suggested that everyone on the CFGURU mailing list should start a blog. So the blog is first and foremost a personal blog about Macromedia technology but it also covers specific information from various internal Macromedia teams (such as promoting User Group events, highlighting new Tech Notes and product updaters etc). One important thing to note is that whilst my blog is listed in the Developer Center, I am not in any way an official community spokesperson for the company.
2) What goals did you set for the blog?
Initially it was just to aggregate and share knowledge about ColdFusion but over time it has become more of a platform for aggregating and sharing thoughts about software development in general.
3) How do you think your blog fits into your company's communications strategy?
Much like John Dowdell's blog, mine developed organically rather than as part of a direct communication strategy.
4) Tell me about the publishing mechanics of your blog. How often do you publish? How do you decide what to publish? Any special publishing techniques?
I have a calendar alarm to send me an email at 11am every weekday and I try to ensure I publish at least one entry a day (and use the emails as a reminder to catch up if I miss a day or two). I have Movable Type installed on my personal website and it publishes to HTML. That's the mechanics.
As for deciding what to publish, it's very subjective for the most part. I'll write about whatever interests me, picking up on items mentioned in the news, on other blogs, on mailing lists or from internal Macromedia requests to broadcast information. I try not to repeat something that has been widely covered already unless I feel I have something worthwhile to add. I try to stay focused on mostly technical issues.
5) Who writes the blog? Who contributes to the blog on a regular basis?
It's just me.
6) Have you achieved your original communications goals?
Yes, based on positive feedback from my readers...
7) Were there any any unexpected communications or learning consequences as a result of publishing your blog?
I continue to be surprised at how broad the readership is but overall it's been a very smooth process. I've made a lot of new friends through the blog!

2 CommentsTags: blogging

Encouraging ColdFusion in Education

May 21, 2004 · 5 Comments

A concern that has been voiced around ColdFusion lately is that it's not being taught in schools and thus there is no "grass roots" movement for it. Ben Forta points readers toward an existing education program for ColdFusion (which, I must admit, I did not know about). Spread the word - as CF developers, you can help by talking to teachers and students that know, perhaps even offering to talk to schools about why they should teach ColdFusion and pointing them to this educational package!

5 CommentsTags: coldfusion

Mysterious JVM Crash

May 21, 2004 · 2 Comments

I've seen a couple of people reporting a mysterious and intermittent JVM crash that gives Error ID : 4F530E43505002EF at the bottom of the crash log. It's a known bug in the JVM apparently but that won't help anyone who encounters it. Steven Erat has blogged a workaround that uses the JVM -Xint option. The result is a more stable, but slower, JVM.

2 CommentsTags: coldfusion

ColdFusion MacroChat Today! *new*

May 20, 2004 · No Comments

Macromedia has added a new MacroChat today, Thursday 5/20, at noon PDT (3pm EDT):

No CommentsTags: coldfusion

CFMX6.1 - Verity Hot Fix

May 20, 2004 · 4 Comments

Macromedia has just released a hot fix for ColdFusion MX 6.1 that extends support for Verity to additional Linux versions. With this hot fix, Verity is now supported on these additional platforms: Red Hat 7.2, 7.3, 8, 9; Red Hat AS 2.1, 3.0; Red Hat ES 2.1, 3.0 and Suse 7.2, 7.3, 8.0 (in addition to the original platforms supported: Red Hat 7.2, AS 2.1, ES 2.1 and Suse 7.2).

4 CommentsTags: coldfusion

Flex - Performance Tuning Articles

May 19, 2004 · No Comments

Brandon Purcell and Deepa Subramanian have two great articles published on the Flex Developer Center covering tips & techniques for improving client application performance and Flex server performance. Lots of useful information there.
There's also an Updater for Flex 1.0 available that provides various performance improvements.

No CommentsTags: flex