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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)