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I was first introduced to ColdFusion almost three years ago when one of the programmers in SYS-CON's Web Services Department suggested we implement it in a few different places on one of our Web sites. As the department manager I said, "Sure, sounds good...By the way, what the heck is it?" For the first six months I regretted the "Sure" part immensely. I still knew almost nothing about the workings of ColdFusion or its potential; all I knew was that the programmer somehow managed to keep crashing our server and the Web site was down almost as much as it was up. Thankfully-for the Web site visitors and for me-ColdFusion and my knowledge of it have come a long way since then. When this programmer left the company, I had to learn ColdFusion. I complained for all of five minutes until I realized what he knew all along - the dynamic possibilities offered by ColdFusion. It... (more)

What's Up at Palm?

Interview with Ted Ladd, formerly lead evangelist, Platform Group, Palm, Inc. WBT: Can you tell us a little about the two recent Palm releases - the m100 and the Palm VIIx? TL: Let me answer, if I may, from a platform perspective. (When I say Palm I am including the Palm device business and the Palm licensees team - like Sony, Nokia, Motorola.) Handheld devices right now are separating into two different segments. The first segment is for your grandmother. These are low-cost devices with basic functionality, tried-and-true technologies aimed at people who need handheld computers b... (more)

Beyond Words and Wires…Recovery Begins

In the aftermath of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the entire nation came together to mourn the loss of those who died and suffered, and to plan a way to recover as a society as best we could. No words that I could write here would be adequate to convey how awful the atrocities were to witness or even to watch unfold on TV. Nor can mere words ever do justice to the extraordinary scenes of overwhelming human bravery and the endurance of the human spirit. Along with amazing individuals like New York City area volunteers who, as you read this, will undoubtedly still be s... (more)

Winds of Change

If you're at all like me (in which case, let me say "good luck to you!"), you spend a decent amount of your developer week traipsing around Macromedia's Web site. They've got an enormous wealth of information on there for those of us using CF, Flash, Dreamweaver, and the rest of the Macromedia product line as well. They aren't of course providing us with all of these wonderful resources *just* because they're lovely people with very kind hearts. It's part of a focus on customer retention (they want us forever...FOREVER) and on cross-selling Macromedia's other products and servic... (more)

Interview... with Todd Peters of Paper Thin, Inc.

CFDJ: Tell us about PaperThin and what you do. Peters: PaperThin markets and distributes a content management product based completely on ColdFusion - the CommonSpot Content Server. It targets organizations with intranets, Internets, and extranets that have distributed content management needs. CommonSpot enables nontechnical users to publish and manage the content within their site. Ideally, it's for managing the unstructured data within an organization and letting business users create, update, and manage content and its delivery, as well as managing those involved in the publi... (more)