I've been fairly outspoken for quite some time now about the fact that I
don't subscribe to any one framework. I've also spent many years refining
what's proven to be the best methodology possible for developing ColdFusion
applications. I recently promised my boss that I would learn and evaluate
several of the popular ColdFusion frameworks.
If I couldn't find one that I felt good about recommending as our standard
platform for development, I would formally document the methodology that I
use for designing and developing applications. After evaluating several
popular frameworks and coming to the conclusion that no one framework would
ever meet all of my requirements, I went a step further and began promising
to publicly release my methodology.
When I decided that we should have an issue of CFDJ entirely committed to
showcasing the same application implemented in each... (more)
This month, I am pleased to announce that Kevin Kazmierczak is the winner of
the contest to develop a polling/survey application. His submission included
a simple set-up and script for creating and populating the database (a
straight-forward read me file makes installation easy), a slick
administrative interface that is robust and easy to use, and a front-end that
allows site visitors to enter their response to the current poll(s). His
solution includes not only the ability to create questions and define the
answers and HTML Form Control answer format, but also the ability to vie... (more)
It's no secret that I've been outspoken about not liking frameworks for quite
some time now. The truth is, I believe that frameworks have a lot to offer.
The most significant benefit that organizations stand to gain from using
frameworks is a standardized way to code and an environment that is generally
more conducive to allowing multiple developers to work on a project at the
same time. If frameworks help to standardize how things are done and make it
easier for many developers to work on a project, why have I been vocal about
not liking them? Am I just trying to create controve... (more)
I recently reviewed Macromedia's new "Developing Rich Internet Applications"
(CFDJ, Vol. 5, issue 2) course to make developers interested in adding Flash
to their arsenal aware of this terrific new offering from Macromedia
It is equally important to note that Macromedia's other two ColdFusion
classes - "Fast Track to ColdFusion" and "Advanced ColdFusion for Developers"
(now called "Advanced ColdFusion MX Development") - were revamped to include
material covering the new features and functionality in ColdFusion MX.
In this article, I will review the Advanced ColdFusion M... (more)
The CFDJList discussion thread we'll examine this month began with a post by
list subscriber Helen Warren. Helen's e-mail described one of her daily
on-the-job tasks of parsing a pipe-delimited text file containing
approximately 30,000 records (about companies) and either inserting or
updating data in a SQL Server 2000 database based on the text file's
In order to accomplish this, Helen first uses SQL Server's BULK INSERT
command to import the data from the text file to a temporary "holding" table.
She then loops over the records in the holding table using a CURSOR, an... (more)