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Keeping up to date with the most recent versions of software and programming languages is the toughest challenge for me as a developer. With each passing year it seems that the demands of being a top Web developer require proficiency in more and more tools and languages. Gone are the days of just knowing HTML and JavaScript Validation. A Web developer today has to be competent not only with HTML and simple JavaScript, but also with CSS, XHTML, object-oriented JavaScript, DHTML, and AJAX to name a few...and that doesn't include server-side development or use of Flash/Flex (another industry standard). Many of us are also expected to keep up to date with the newest version of ColdFusion the minute it's out, and it's becoming more common to be expected to master ActionScript and Flex as well. I'm going to ignore all of the Web standards and Flex 2/ Flash and focus on th... (more)

Change Is in the Air

As I write this, I am beginning to box up my belongings and prepare for another move across the Atlantic. I've accepted the position of CIO at AboutWeb - a staff augmentation and software development company based out of Washington, DC. I'm moving back into one of the richest ColdFusion communities and couldn't be happier about it. In addition to changes in my personal life, I am trying to introduce changes to the magazine. Beginning with next month's issue you will start to see these changes go into effect. For one thing, I am going to try to gather articles that focus on one gen... (more)

It's Here!

It's finally here! ColdFusion MX 7 was released about an hour prior to this writing. This release is the most customer driven release of ColdFusion to date - new features for delivering printable content in the form of portable (FlashPaper or PDF) documents or reports, an event gateway that allows the server to communicate with any system or device via Java gateways (including the popular SMS gateway), an application event gateway, new enhancements to including X-Forms support, Flash Forms, and a ton of new validation support, enhancements to its XML support and Verity engine, mu... (more)

"Ladies and gentlemen, the sky is not falling"

At the time of this writing, Adobe has recently announced its plan to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock trade worth billions ($3.4 billion was the estimate at the time of the announcement). The ColdFusion development community has been abuzz with speculation about how this will affect the future of CF - including many doomsday prognosticators suffering from "Chicken Little Syndrome." Ladies and gentlemen, the sky is not falling. At the time of this writing, Adobe has 4,000+ personnel and in excess of $1.4 billion in the bank (cash and cash equivalents). Macromedia has 1,400+ pe... (more)

CFDJ Contest - It's All About Being Practical

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)