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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.

ColdFusion Cookbook recipe drive

Contributions to the ColdFusion Cookbook have been sparse as of late, so I wanted to see what I could do to jump-start some recipe contributions.

You may be asking yourself, “what is the ColdFusion Cookbook?”  In short, it is a repository for community generated code samples that offer fellow developers CF-focused coding tips & tricks, workarounds and solutions to specific development challenges.  If you are still uncertain as to what the ColdFusion Cookbook is, or what a CF code recipe should look like, take a peek at this recipe to get a better sense.

Now let’s move on to the gory details of the recipe drive!

From Sep 20 – Oct 18 EVERY person who contributes a code recipe to the ColdFusion Cookbook will receive an ADC branded t-shirt.  If you contribute two recipes in that time frame, yes, you will receive two shirts!

How do you collect your shirt, you ask?  Simple: drop me an email <esulliva at adobe dot com> with the link to your recipe contribution, your preferred t-shirt size and your mailing address/phone.  That’s it…you’re done!

But wait…there’s more.  Whoever submits the most recipes during the contest duration will receive an ADC-branded Timbuk2 bag that will contain some additional yummy surprises in it.

Ready to start submitting?  Well we’re not quite done yet!  At the end of the submission period, we will be choosing the top 5 recipe submissions and putting them out to a community vote to determine who submitted the best recipe.  That individual will be awarded a copy of ColdFusion 9 Std!

When I said “we” will be choosing the 5 finalist to put to vote, I was not speaking in terms of the “royal we”; I have enlisted the help of some CF heavyweights to assist in determining the list of recipe finalists.  You may even know a few of them.  Without further ado, I introduce our esteemed panel of judges:

  1. Raymond Camden – While Ray is probably best known for his love of all things Star Wars, he has also been known to dabble in ColdFusion from time to time.  If you know CF, you know Ray.  Give him a follow on Twitter, or check out his blog.
  2. Terry Ryan – A long time CF’er, Terry is now a Platform Evangelist here at Adobe and is constantly on the road speaking to customers and presenting at various industry events.  You can stay current on Terry’s travels and see what he is up to on his blog and by checking out his Twitter account.
  3. Kevin Schmidt – An unabashed Colts fan, Kevin has been in the CF community for about as long as I can remember as either a user group manager or an Adobe Community Professional.  Kevin recently joined the Mothership as a Solutions Engineer focused on LiveCycle and Flex.  Be sure to follow Kevin’s escapades on his blog and give him a follow on Twitter.

One final word: please don’t rush over to the cookbook and submit a bunch of a half-baked code recipes just to get a t-shirt.  That’s not going to help anyone.  If you really need a t-shirt that bad, email me <esulliva at adobe dot com> and I may take pity on you.  I really hated to even bring this topic up, but the last recipe drive I did resulted in only a handful of top notch contributions and way too many incorrect or incomplete code recipes, which really dilutes the value of the Adobe Cookbooks.

OK, finally…that’s it!  So come share some code with the CF community and get yourself a cool t-shirt.  Or share a bunch of ColdFusion code recipes and take a shot at getting the Timbuk2 bag full of Adobe goodness.  And who knows…maybe your recipe will be selected as one of the 5 finalists and you’ll grab that copy of CF 9 Std!!

If you have any questions on the recipe drive or the cookbook application itself, don’t hesitate to drop me a note <esulliva at adobe dot com>.

Happy coding!

CF Cookbook contest winner(s)


That is all I can say…wow. As many of you probably saw, I put the call out to the CF community to hit 100 recipes in this post on Oct 8 and in less than a week, the CF community delivered the goods. I honestly expected it to take the better part of a month or longer to hit the 100 recipe target; less than a week though? That is why the CF community rocks so ridiculously hard.

I am so impressed by the response, that I decided to draw 2 winners from the pool of recipe contributors instead of one — just my small way of thanking you all for the absolutely amazing response.

So, without further ado…the two winning contributors selected at random are:

Dan Switzer and Sameer Gupta. Click on their names to see a list of all their great CF cookbook contributions.

Congratulations guys! Email me at and I’ll get you squared away on receiving your copy of CF 9 Standard.

And please, keep those terrific recipe contributions coming everyone!

Ed Sullivan

ColdFusion Cookbook contest – drive to 100 recipes!

I am calling on all the ColdFusion developers out there to help us reach our goal of having 100 cookbook contributions in the recently launched ColdFusion Cookbook. With the recent release of ColdFusion 9 and the updated beta for ColdFusion Builder, there is lots new to discover!

If you need a reason other than giving back to your fellow CF developers, something you guys already do a remarkable job of (thought a little flattery couldn’t hurt), here it comes…once we reach 100 contributions, we will do a drawing for a copy of ColdFusion 9 (Standard edition) from the pool of authors who helped us hit the 100 recipe mark. If you contributed 2 of the 100 recipes, you would have 2 entries in the raffle; if you contribute 7 of the 100 recipes, you would have 7 entries in the raffle, and so on…

To get maximum exposure for your contributions, be sure to have your community profile updated with all your websites, blogs and social networking sites, as well as a profile picture and bio. To update your community profile, click here, login with your membership ID and then follow the “View your profile” link.

Currently 27 recipes have been posted in the CF Cookbook. In anticipation of getting this question, the authors of those 27 entries are already entered in the raffle, so only 73 more to go!

Don’t dally…get your CF contributions in today!