Archive for June, 2003

Data Connection Kit and ColdFusion

Macromedia DevNet just published an excellent tutorial on using the Data Connection Kit with ColdFusion written by Ben Forta. I read through the article and worked through the examples over the weekend, and I found it to be very informative. If you have been wondering what the Data Connection Kit and FireFly components are all about, check out what Ben has to say.

Geoff Bowers Explains the CFMX Administrator

Geoff Bowers of Daemon Internet Consultants has recently released an excellent Breeze presentation on the CFMX administrator. If you have questions or doubts about CFMX administration, Geoff’s presentation is likely to clear them up. He goes into just enough detail to make the information valuable, however he also keeps it at a high enough level that he is able to cover the entire administrator in just a little over 15 minutes. Thanks for putting so much time into this, Geoff.

Extending The ColdFusion Administrator for the DRK

Sean Corfield recently made a post about how you can extend the ColdFusion administrator by adding your own links. Very cool, and works great (though I’m not sure yet how to add custom help files). Drew Falkman added Lindex (the Lucene Indexing Engine) from DRK 3 to his ColdFusion administrator by creating the file “extensionscustom.cfm” in the administrator directory and adding this line:

<a href="lindex/index.cfm" target="content">Lindex</a>

Drew adds:

“Note that for this to work, all of the contents of the /admin folder (in lindex) needs to be moved to cf_root/CFIDE/administrator/lindex”

Lindex already has the right look — now it can be in the right place, as well! Thanks, Drew.

Two New ColdFusion TechNotes

Macromedia published two new ColdFusion Technotes today:

  1. Unable to change web root destination when installing on Windows 2003
  2. Error when storing client variables in an Informix 9 database

By the way, in case you hadn’t noticed yet, the Macromedia XML News Aggregator automatically and instantly aggregates new Macromedia ColdFusion TechNotes in the ColdFusion category, and JRun TechNotes in the Java category. Uses ColdFusion and Fusebox

I discovered over the weekend that Casio’s site is implemented in ColdFusion, and seems to use Fusebox. Anyone know the folks who built it? It’s a very well-built, well-designed, functional application.

Flash as an Alternative to JSP and Applets

In honor of JavaOne, I wrote a DevNet article on integrating Macromedia Flash and Java. It’s pretty high-level (there are no code examples), but it pretty thoroughly discusses the capabilities of Flash and Flash Remoting, and the advantages of integrating Flash with Java. It also points to plenty of resources to help you get started. If this is something that you have considered, you might want to check it out.

Curious about Royale?

Who isn’t? We have some information posted on our site now. It starts out:

Royale is the internal code name for a new initiative at Macromedia that will address the requirements of enterprise programmers who want to develop rich client applications.

There is also a FAQ available.

IBM Promotes ColdFusion MX and WebSphere

IBM recently published an article on the advantages of integrating CFMX and WebSphere. The article starts:

The ColdFusion markup language (CFML) has a reputation for being an easy scripting language to learn. The ColdFusion tag-based programming model allows for rapid Web development, and the inherent simplicity of this model makes Internet application development possible for a wider population of developers.

It’s great to see how invested IBM is in ColdFusion MX. The article continues:

In this article, we show how Macromedia ColdFusion MX for IBM WebSphere Application Server (Application Server) can share session variables between ColdFusion and J2EE components. We show the synergy achieved by using these two powerful products in tandem.

ColdFusion MX Achieves “Java Verified” Status

Check out this story on Yahoo:

Macromedia ColdFusion MX Now ‘Java Verified’ for Portability Across J2EE Application Servers

An excerpt from the article:

Macromedia today announced that Macromedia(R) ColdFusion(R) MX has achieved “Java Verified” status under the Sun Microsystems Java Verification Program. The Java Verification Program is designed to identify enterprise applications developed with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology that are intended to be portable across different implementations of J2EE.

You can all officially start thinking of yourselves as Java developers now!

Site Statistics – An Informal Poll

What tools do people use to gather site usage statistics? WebTrends? SiteCatalyst? Home-grown Perl or shell scripts parsing Apache access logs? What are people willing to pay for these types of solutions, and how important is it to your business? If you don’t mind, when commenting, please indicate how much traffic your site gets.