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ColdFusion as a whole faces many challenges in the year ahead, as does each of us in the CF development community. These challenges range from those beyond our individual control, like the economy, to things that we can control like our skillsets. Then there are the unexpected challenges that get thrown at us - hackers, and whatever else crops up along the way to interfere with our sleep. There's no magic solution to these problems, but there is a very easy way to get help with each of them, and that's to get involved in the CF community. Subscribing to CFDJ is a great start, and something I certainly advocate, but beyond the magazine are great resources and all you need to access them is to get involved. A recent example of community help came into play when CFDJ's Web site, along with the rest of the sys-con.com family of sites was (and still is as of this writi... (more)

Getting the Most from the MX Community

When Macromedia first announced last year that it would be joining the old UCon and DevCon together, combining the best of the two events into "Macromedia MAX 2003" - subsequently held in Salt Lake City in November - there were the inevitable rumblings in the user/developer community. By now, however, everyone has seen that not only did joining those two events make good business sense, it also made sense in the context of the enormous impetus that it gave to the MX product suite. Last month's announcement of the "MX 2004" product line, with its new versions of Dreamweaver, Flash... (more)

Wireless: Anytime, Anywhere?

I'm writing this month's editorial from the show floor at the CTIA Wireless 2001 Global Conference in Las Vegas where everyone who's anyone in the unwired world has come together for three short days to talk, showcase, and learn about everything wireless. Also worth mentioning is the unbelievable amount of networking that's occurred at the show, off the beaten path. Several companies, as you'll be hearing in the next few months, forged new partnerships through discussions over dinner, while on line for the overpriced show food, and around the floor. Stay tuned for coverage of tho... (more)

Where Do We Go from Here?

In this month's issue, as we start the fifth year of ColdFusion Developer's Journal, we've paused to look back at the past. Charlie Arehart wrote the retrospective cover story for this month, and I think you'll enjoy his trip down memory lane, starting back in version 1.0 of ColdFusion (1995), advancing to our first issue (1999), and stopping to look at all the major highlights that happened in between and since. How well do you know your CF trivia? Do you remember the fist logo? Do you remember when ColdFusion was the Cold Fusion Application Server (our editorial staff loved wh... (more)

Product Review Central

You'll notice more product reviews than usual in the next few issues of ColdFusion Developer's Journal. We've got three in this month's issue alone. This is simply the direct result of more CF-related products on the market. It's a great thing for all of us, because many of them can help make our lives easier. There are lots of good add-ons out there, as well as full-featured products running off of ColdFusion. In addition, many of the existing products that we've all used for years have recently been upgraded to take advantage of the new features of ColdFusion MX. Since the hol... (more)