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At the beginning of the third week of August, Mario Cilotta posted a thread to the CFDJ List asking for arguments in favor of upgrading from ColdFusion MX to ColdFusion MX 6.1. There are several reasons that I've chosen to focus this month's article on this thread. One reason is that it's a nice change of pace from the "problemspecific" threads usually featured in this column; it's not that often that business decision questions are posted to discussion lists. Another reason is that ColdFusion MX 6.1 is new, and a popular topic. My main reason for focusing on this thread however, is because it is not uncommon for developers to argue the case of using or upgrading ColdFusion to the higher-ups who make business decisions but aren't technically savvy. ColdFusion MX 6.1 is a crucial upgrade for anyone doing ColdFusion development, but how you convince people of this fac... (more)

Create a Blog, Win ColdFusion MX 7

This is the first instalment of a new column that is designed to challenge developers, show-off their solutions, and give away some cool prizes in the process. In addition to describing the challenge as well as the winning entry from the submissions to the last month, each month's instalment will also describe the prize at stake, the deadline for entries, and the criteria that will be used for judging. In the event that I don't receive any entries or any entries worthy of winning a challenge, I'll either write my own solution or write a partial solution for everyone to build on.... (more)

MAX 2005 – CFDJ's Editor-in-Chief: "Be Sure to Stop By and Say Hello"

Simon Horwith (pictured), ColdFusion Developer's Journal editor-in-chief, will be at MAX 2005 in Anaheim, CA, this week and invites CFDJ readers to be sure to stop by and say hello. It was exactly one year ago that ColdFusion Developer's Journal began focusing heavily on a different topic every month. The feedback that I hear from our readers at conferences and via email indicates that it has been a well-received change in format. While there is no plan to stop this practice, there are other ideas that I'd like to experiment with in order to try and give our readers the most usef... (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)

ColdFusion Developer's Journal Special "Frameworks" Focus Issue: SAM

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 a... (more)