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The name on everyone's lips these days is Blackstone, the current code name for the next release of ColdFusion, which is coming in early 2005. Look for beta testing to start later in 2004, with info on Macromedia's site when that becomes available. Folks around the country have been ge...
Tim Buntel, the ColdFusion Product Manager for Macromedia, started a new blog about Blackstone (the next release of ColdFusion) that's well worth reading and bookmarking over at www.buntel.com/blog/. In it, he makes reference to something that we've talked about here and elsewhere befo...
Spring has finally sprung, even though you can't really tell from the odd weather that we've been having here in New York lately. Along with spring, there are a few tidbits of useful news to cover this month from Macromedia and elsewhere.
As many of you know from my editorial a few months back, I made the official switch from Homesite+ to Dreamweaver MX 2004 shortly after it was first released. The new product took some getting used to and the transition stretched out; it wasn't until I uninstalled Homesite+ entirely fr...
Macromedia has started an interesting new promotional campaign for ColdFusion that proclaims a whole slew of statistics and gives a partial list of some of the big names using ColdFusion solutions. You can see it on their Web site at http://macromedia.com/software/coldfusion/proven.
I'm writing this month's editorial from the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in a currently frozen New York City, so it's naturally got me in a 'Linux Frame of Mind.' When talking to many CFMLers at the Macromedia MAX Conference this year, I found a mixed bag of opinions about Linux and ...
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.
In last month's issue of CFDJ, Simon Horwith reported on MAX 2003 and all it had to offer. Here, we follow CFDJ editor-in-chief Rob Diamond as he checked out the floor of MAX 2003.
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 challeng...
I'm writing this month's editorial from MAX, the 2003 Macromedia conference in Salt Lake City. The conference has undergone both name and location changes over the past few years, but one key thing remains the same and that's the overall level of excitement of Macromedia's developer co...
The annual Macromedia Conference may have undergone both a name as well as a location change this year, but one key thing remains the same and that's the overall level and excitement of Macromedia's development community.
Every month when it comes time to write this editorial, I look around at a variety of sources for inspiration. It's not as easy writing each month as most of us on the magazine (hopefully) make it look.
One of the most exciting times for a publishing company occurs when it's launching a new publication. Here at SYS-CON Media, we're going through that time right now as we introduce our newest publication, MX Developer's Journal.
I'm proud to report that SYS-CON.com went live with the final release of CFMX 6.1 on its launch date, and we're still up and running, with flying colors. We've participated in the beta program, as I've written about in these pages before, and have had several builds running on our ...
Many folks on the CFDJ editorial team (myself included) have been observing and participating in the beta process for Red Sky since day one, and now the release is finally here. I'm proud to present what we've put together, along with Macromedia's help, to cover the first batch of ...
No, that's not a misprint, and I haven't lost my mind quite yet. (Some friends might tell you differently, as might the leprechaun in my closet, but we'll save that for a future editorial.) Red Sky is the code name for the next ColdFusion MX release - a FREE (one of the greatest words ...
Another month in the world of CF has passed, and as always, it's certainly not been a dull one. This month's editorial will be devoted to a handful of important CFDJ housekeeping items before you turn the page to get into the technical meat. The 3rd Annual CFDJ Readers' Choice Awards a...
SYS-CON Radio interviews Todd Olson of Borland about its Together Solutions business unit.
One of the topics that comes up most often when talking with CF developers about ColdFusion is performance. Recently, I assisted two CF developer friends with some site speed problems that they were having. One of them is a beginner, a developer who couldn't understand why his site was...
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 Ma...
A fairly big announcement related to the ColdFusion industry came out this week. No, not about a new version, or another service pack just yet, but a 'personal news announcement' straight from the top. After eight years with Allaire, and then with Macromedia, Jeremy Allaire announced t...
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 he...
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...
The ColdFusion world traveled down to Disney World this October - without even having to win a major sporting event first. The occasion was Macromedia DevCon 2002 - the world's largest gathering of all things Macromedia - which took place October 27-30. It was a very successful confer...
Welcome to a visually new and improved ColdFusion Developer's Journal. You'll notice subtle changes in certain aspects of the design and layout of the magazine. We've also made a few behind-the-scenes changes to the roster of in-house sous-chefs, those who help cook the magazine each m...
As October comes around, it's time for another Macromedia DevCon, generally regarded as the largest gathering of ColdFusion developers each year, along with users of Macromedia's other technologies. The theme of this year's conference, which reflects the strategy we've watched unfold t...
One of the ever-repeating themes here at CFDJ since Macromedia and Allaire merged has been the converging of their technologies and our place in the ever-changing technology landscape as CF developers. We spoke about it first while looking into the future with a sense of hope when the ...
We often talk in CFDJ about using ColdFusion and other technologies. While capable as a solution on its own for a lot of things, many large projects, and advanced developers, wind up combining ColdFusion/CFML with a number of other technologies. With articles covering lots of those opt...
SYS-CON Radio interviews Bob Michaud, Senior Product Manager - Java Technology for the NuMega Product Line at Compuware.
I took a vacation a few weeks ago, traveling to Los Angeles for a couple of meetings (can never get totally away!) and some fun under the sun. I arrived at the Orange County airport about 20 minutes ahead of schedule and phoned the friend who was going to pick me up. Her husband answer...
SYS-CON Radio interviews AccelTree Software, on the show floor of Web Services Edge East 2002.
SYS-CON Radio interviews author Doug Seven of Sams Publishing.
SYS-CON Radio interviews author Jason Bloomberg of Zapthink about his new book from Sams Publishing.
SYS-CON Radio interviews author Stephen Walther, Sams Publishing Author.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Metaserver, Inc. on the show floor of Web Services Edge East 2002.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Walter Hurst, CTO, WakeSoft.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Sherwin Soong, Senior Product Manager, of MERANT.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Eric Hanson, VP of Engineering at ReportMill.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Paul Perrone, Sams Publishing author.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Mike Kovach, Senior VP of Software Development and Technology of FullTilt Solutions.