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I've been a certified ColdFusion instructor for six years and speak regularly at user groups and conferences. One thing I've learned without a shadow of a doubt is that talk is cheap. Anyone can talk a good talk, but the proof is always in the pudding. Okay, enough clichés.  My point is that developers learn best from doing things themselves and from seeing other developers write the code. To get the most from the articles featured in ColdFusion Developer's Journal, you have to try the techniques or download the code and really gain an understanding of how it works. This issue is definitely no exception to that rule. This month we take a look at frameworks. There has been a lot of talk in the community about frameworks, and new ones are springing up seemingly every day. How is a developer to keep up? Surely, what the community needs are resources that allow them to ... (more)

Welcome the Arrival of Adobe and Web 2.0

It's official - the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia has been finalized and our beloved ColdFusion has a new home. Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. There was a lot of talk within the community about how this may adversely effect the server, but talk is cheap and, in this case, also very premature. In order to give the community a breath of relief and put a stop to much of the hypothesizing, I interviewed Dave Mendels, senior vice president of Adobe's new Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit, about Adobe's plans for the ColdFusion Application Server. Rest assured, Col... (more)

Where's ColdFusion Headed Under Adobe?

Adobe has been very successful in selling into the enterprise. This can only help ColdFusion going forward," says Dave Mendels, in this exclusive interview with ColdFusion Developer's Journal. Here Dave discusses "Scorpio," how the ColdFusion product development team is already hard at work devising the best way to harness synergies between CF and Adobe's LiveCycle products, and more. Simon Horwith: You must be very excited about the completion of the Adobe acquisition. Can you share your thoughts on what it will be like working at Adobe? Dave Mendels: Adobe is an innovative, e... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: We Need Not More Frameworks, But Better Programmers

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)

CFDJ Editorial — Increase Your Productivity 100%

Usually, when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We've all seen the spam - "Increase your 100%" e-mails that are clearly nothing more than ridiculous claims with no validity. Why does this month's editorial title sound like another "too good to be true" gimmick? Recently, I've noticed a trend in the growing popularity of productivity-enhancing software for ColdFusion developers. This is a trend I imagine will continue not only with third-party software but with future releases of ColdFusion as well. After all, rapid deve... (more)