Archive for November, 2010

ADC Write & Give program

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write & Give Program gave $3,500 USD to charities in the fourth quarter of 2010. The program acknowledges the writing efforts of our ADC community authors by giving US$100 to a charity for each author’s published article on the ADC. Each author chooses his or her charity from a list of five preselected charities (listed below).

To date the ADC has donated over $50,000 to these charities through the program in recognition of our ADC authors. To our ADC authors, we thank you for sharing your technical expertise with the greater developer community while helping other communities at the same time!

Read on to find out more about the charities that the program supports, and to see the list of authors for this quarter who made these contributions possible!

* Benetech: Creates new technology solutions that serve humanity and empower people to improve their lives.

* Nature Conservancy: Works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

* Mercy Corp: Alleviates suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.

* Care: Fights global poverty by serving individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.

* Feeding America: Is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization.

The authors who participated in this program from September 1, 2010 – November 30, 2010 are:

  • Holly Schinsky
  • Rafiq Elmansy
  • Tommi West
  • David Powers
  • Jeanette Stallons
  • Ben Garney
  • David Hassoun
  • Fumio Nonaka
  • Ray Blaak
  • Edwin Biemond
  • Shyamprasad P
  • Anthony Cintron
  • Kev McCabe
  • Matt Gifford
  • David Hogue
  • Brian Wood
  • Joseph Lowery

Thank you, authors, for your contributions to the ADC!

ColdFusion recipe drive results

The results for the ColdFusion recipe drive are in!

First and foremost I would like to thank all of the contributors.  The CF recipe drive drove over 40 new recipe contributions to the ColdFusion Cookbook in just under 4 weeks.  If you contributed a CF recipe and never claimed your t-shirt, now is the time to do so.  If you emailed me about your t-shirt and never heard back, that means I never received your email.  It may have been grabbed by my spam filter, so feel free to try me via Twitter.

Now for the winners.  The winner of the ADC Timbuk2 bag for the most contributions during the recipe drive duration is Vinh Khoa.  You may check out one of his contributions here.  Nice work, Vinh!!  Thank you for all your contributions!!

Now that we have determined who contributed the most recipes, let’s see if we can determine who contributed the best.  That’s where you folks come in.  My crack panel of judges have helped me determine the top 5 contributions made during the recipe drive, which are listed out below.  Voting for your favorite via the comments section of this post will be open until Friday, November 12 at midnight ET.  How do you vote for your preference?  Easy, just leave a comment on this post indicating which recipe has your vote.  You can simply put the number of the recipe you like best in your comment, or the title, or the author…anything where I can easily discern which recipe you are voting for.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 choices in no particular order:

1. Title: Draw a polygon or any complex shape and add text to it using ColdFusion

2. Title: How to sort an array of objects or entities with ColdFusion

3. Title: How do you build a RESTful service in ColdFusion using GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE HTTP verbs

  • Author: Steve Rittler

4. Title: Accessing ColdFusion Services from Flex applications

5. Title: The cfinterface tag demystified

Thank you to the CF community for making the recipe drive such a success.  I would also like to thank our judges: Raymond Camden, Terry Ryan and Kevin Schmidt for helping me out with selecting the 5 finalists.

And don’t forget, we are currently in the midst of a new recipe drive for Flex, ActionScript and Flash recipe drive.  Be sure to check out the details here!

Happy coding!!

ColdFusion 9 certification exam now available

The certification exam for ColdFusion 9 has been released.  Some details of interest:

  • Pearson VUE delivers the exam worldwide (NOTE: If you have never taken an Adobe exam with Pearson VUE, you will need to create a user account prior to scheduling your exam.)
  • Exam format: multiple-choice
  • Number of questions: 61
  • Passing score: 64%
  • Individuals who get a passing score of 80% or higher will receive the “Advanced ColdFusion” designation
  • Time: 80 minutes
  • Cost: $150
  • Language: English
  • Individuals get their score as soon as they finish the exam
  • Certificates are emailed to those who pass the exam

The prep guide can be found here and contains the exam structure, the exam outline and a few practice exam questions.

When you’re ready to schedule your exam, visit the Pearson VUE site.