Archive for April, 2003

DRK 3, MXNA, and Fullasagoog.com

One of the coolest items on DRK 3 is the Macromedia XML News Aggregator. You can see it in action here:

http://www.macromedia.com/go/weblogs

MXNA is based on the source code from Fullasagoog.com created by Geoff Bowers. Fullasagoog aggregates somewhere around 80 Macromedia-related weblogs which makes it, in Geoff’s own words, “Chock Full of Rich Internet Application Goodness”. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s an excellent resource, so check it out. And if you are interested in running your own aggregator like Fullasagoog or MXNA, check out DRK 3. MXNA is extremely easy to get set up and running on any platform with any database, and is great for external use (like Fullasagoog or Macromedia’s MXNA) and for internally aggregating industry specific feeds for your intranet.

Java Weblogs

I would like to get a good collection of Java weblogs posted here and aggregated into MXNA. Anybody have any favorites?

Uploading a File with Mac IE 5.1

It seems that the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer 5.1 adds spaces to the end of parameter values that are submitted with an enctype of multipart/form-data (in other words, when a file is being uploaded). I have seen people ask about this on various lists, so I thought I would address it here.

The fix seems to be to trim all your form variables. Normally I would not advocate coding around a single bug in a single obsolete browser, however I have found that trimming form variables is pretty good practice anyway, so this is just one more reason to do it.

The good news is that I cannot reproduce this problem in IE 5.2, so it looks like it’s been fixed. Even better news is that with Mozilla and Safari out there, there’s no need to even use IE anymore!

Two New TechNotes: Crystal Reports and connector configuration

Integrating Crystal Reports 8.5 with ColdFusion MX
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/cfmx_crystal85.htm

FAQ for ColdFusion MX connector configuration
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/connector_install_faq.htm

DevNet Resource Kit (DRK) Volume 3, Available Now!

Volume 3 of the DRK is finally here! Volume 3 has far more content than the first two volumes, and is the first DRK to have extensive ColdFusion content in addition to Flash components, Dreamweaver extensions, and learning/reference material. I’ve included a description and some screenshots of the ColdFusion DRK content here.

Continue reading…

DRK Volume 3 Available Today

Volume 3 of the DevNet Resource Kit is available starting today. Get details here:

http://www.macromedia.com/software/drk/productinfo/product_overview/volume3/

I will post more information here shortly.

About Macromedia Central

If you have any questions about what Macromedia Central is and how it works, check out this Breeze presentation:

http://marketing.product.breezecentral.com/p45237277/

Lea Hickman from the Macromedia Central product team explains both the technical and business aspects of the Macromedia Central application development model.

Macromedia Helps Keep Chinese Students Learning During SARS Scare

From the article:

After the deadly SARS outbreak, Hong Kong schools were ordered shut last month. But technologies provided by Bay Area firms have kept many classes in session.

San Francisco’s Macromedia Inc. and First Virtual Communications Inc. of Santa Clara have helped thousands of those students keep up with their studies via virtual classrooms conducted over the Internet.

You can read the entire article here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/04/21/BU190788.DTL

You can view the online presentation here.

Mozilla as a Debugging Tool

How do you debug web applications?

Passing requests through a proxy is one of the most convenient and powerful ways to debug an application during development. First you try cfdump, cflog, some debug output in the browser, and maybe some JavaScript alerts. If you are using a Flash front-end, you might use trace() or the NetConnection Debugger. But there is nothing like passing requests and responses through a proxy to give you the entire picture.

I have used a lot of different kinds of proxies to find out exactly what was occurring between the client and the server. I have used command-line proxies that log to a file, Java based proxies that I wrote myself, and graphical tools with all kinds of features. It never occurred to me, however, that one could simply be built right into a browser. Or, more accurately, if your browser could expose entire HTTP requests and responses rather than just HTML source, you don’t even need a proxy. If you can view the raw headers of an email message in most email clients, why not be able to watch HTTP headers in your browser? Well, if you use Mozilla, now you can:

http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org/

Four New TechNotes – ColdFusion and JRun

FAQ for ColdFusion MX connector configuration
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/connector_install_faq.htm

Flash Remoting cannot connect in Opera
http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash_remoting/ts/documents/fr_opera_not_supported.htm

ColdFusion MX: How to test for and resolve corruption issues with certain Japanese characters
http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/jp_char_corruption.htm

JRun 4.0: Issues when migrating applications from JRun 3.x to 4.0
http://www.macromedia.com/support/jrun/ts/documents/migration_issues.htm