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.

Adobe Cookbooks recipe drive – extended

After rolling out the CF recipe drive a few weeks back, I received a lot of feedback from community members who were contributing Flex, ActionScript and Flash code recipes to the Cookbook. Their feedback can be succinctly boiled down to, “Hey, what about us? We like t-shirts too!”

You want it? You got it! This post is to officially extend the recipe drive to include contributions made to the Flex Cookbook, the ActionScript Cookbook and the Flash Cookbook.

Not sure what the Adobe Cookbooks is? It is a repository for community generated code samples that offer fellow developers coding tips & tricks, workarounds and solutions to specific development challenges. If you are still uncertain as to what the Adobe Cookbooks are all about, or what a code recipe should look like, take a peek at this recipe to get a better idea.

For the entire month of November, EVERY person who contributes a code recipe to the one of the Cookbooks above 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…we’re not done yet. 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.

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.

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>.

I am looking forward to seeing some great code contributions from the community…happy coding!

Updated: Facebook Developer Center on the ADC

Adobe just released a major update to the Adobe ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform (formerly: ActionScript 3 Client Library for Facebook Platform API). Developed by gskinner.com and fully supported by Facebook and Adobe, this class library facilitates the development of Flash Platform applications that communicate with Facebook using the Graph API. To help you get started, we also posted new and updated resources in the Adobe Developer Connection, including two new inspirational showcase examples: FIFA Superstars (developed by Playfish) and Glee Your Life (developed by Trailer Park, Inc. for FOX Home Entertainment).

To understand the technologies behind these applications and the types of applications you can build and how they communicate with your server and Facebook, refer to the Technology overview and the Architecture overview articles.

To get started with this new API, watch Alan Greenblatt’s overview video, and then step through Jeanette Stallons’s four-part tutorial series on Creating your first Flex and Facebook application, which covers building applications that you can deploy to the desktop, browser, and Facebook.com.

To jumpstart your development, we’ve also included 13 updated and new code samples for you to explore and reuse.

Check it out: Download the new ActionScript 3 SDK for Facebook Platform from Google Code, check out the new resources in the Facebook Developer Center and be sure to provide us with feedback and participate in the discussions on this new API.

Michael Koch
Adobe Developer Connection

Adobe is sponsoring ZendCon 2010

Just a quick FYI that Adobe is sponsoring the upcoming ZendCon 2010.

ZendCon, the premier PHP conference, will be held in Santa Clara, CA from November 1st – 4th. Adobe Platform Evangelist, Ryan Stewart, will be speaking on utilizing ActionScript coming from a PHP background. You’ll learn how to architect complex applications built using Flex and ActionScript in his session on November 3rd at 2:45pm.

Click here to see more information and to register.

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!

Announcing Cube Builder, a Flex Facebook game

Come check out Cube Builder, a new Facebook game where developers can show off their Flash Builder and Adobe Flex knowledge, build wacky cubicles, and compete for top slots on the leader board.

Answer trivia questions, test your Flex knowledge and try out the arcade game feature as you earn cool items to populate your cube with.

There is plenty of room atop the leader board, so come see where you stack up!

ADC Write and Give Program donates $4,700 in Q2 of 2010

The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) Write and Give Program gave $4,700 USD to charities in the second 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 $47,000 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 March 1, 2010 – May 31, 2010 are:

  • Liz Meyers
  • Greg Hamer
  • Tommi West
  • Elad Elrom
  • Dan Carr
  • Chris Georgenes
  • Pedro Claudio
  • Holly Schinsky
  • Eric Steimle
  • David Powers
  • Jeanette Stallons
  • Andrew Voltmer
  • Tanya Heins
  • Stephanie Sullivan
  • David Gassner
  • Trilemetry (Brad Van Brocklin, Emily Kim, Therese Bea)

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

Round up of Adobe HTML5 resources

As most of you are probably aware by now, Adobe made some exciting announcements today during the Google I/O keynote pertaining to the immediate availability of the Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 HTML5 Pack extension. This extension provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, and helps you easily create HTML5 pages and CSS3 styles.

Below is a brief list of resources that launched in support of this announcement:

You can download the extension from Adobe Labs.

Some supporting content around the announcement:

Adobe Cookbooks silent auction – recipe contributions

With all the recent software releases (Creative Suite 5, Flash Builder 4, Flex 4 SDK, ColdFusion Builder) it felt like it was time for the Adobe Developer Connection to sponsor another Adobe Cookbooks silent auction for Cookbook recipe contributions. You may be wondering what exactly a silent auction is? It is where individuals submit private bids on a specific item. Then at the end of the bidding period, the person with the highest bid takes home the item.

Traditionally, bids in silent auctions are made in dollars. However, for the Cookbooks silent auction, bids will be made in recipes (how many recipes you are willing to contribute.) With the ground rules laid, the question is, how many cookbook recipes are you willing to contribute to the Adobe Cookbooks to get this snazzy ADC branded Timbuk2 bag? Wait, don’t answer that yet.

How many cookbook recipes would you be willing to contribute if that bag was also full of assorted Adobe goodies? Wait, don’t answer that yet.

How many cookbook recipes would you be willing to contribute if that bag was also full of assorted Adobe goodies and also included a copy of software?

OK, now you can answer. For those interested in bidding, you can send your bid directly to me. What should be included in your bid?

• How many recipes you are bidding
• What product(s) your recipes will cover
• Length of time you think you’ll need to contribute your recipes

Depending on how things go, I may accept several bids; one for Flex recipes, one for Flash recipes, one for Dreamweaver recipes, etc…the only caveat is that recipes should be focused on the most current version of the product.

As an added incentive, any recipes that are truly outstanding will get featured in the Adobe Developer Connection.

I’ll be accepting bids through the end of next next week, at which point I will contact the individual(s) who submitted the winning (highest) bids. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

If you are unsure what a cookbook recipe is, take a look at our sample recipe.

And remember, you don’t have to wait for special contests or promotions to contribute your code recipes to the Adobe Cookbooks…we accept recipe contributions all year round!

Happy bidding and happy coding!