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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 holidays I've also participated in a number of conference calls about product previews. If you ask me, the first half of 2003 is looking very exciting. As developers, none of us like to reinvent the wheel, and there are some good solutions out there to make things easier both for clients/users, and on the server end. All are worth a good look.

This month's issue of CFDJ covers some interesting topics that people have been requesting from us - more on Web services, more on optimizing our code, more on best practices, more general programming tips, and advice on dealing with management.

Our Tales from the List column by Simon Horwith covers one of the hot topics on the CFDJ-List this month - the use of such "newbie" tags as <CFINSERT>, <CFUPDATE>, and <CFFORM>, etc. Some important pros and cons are discussed.

Later in the issue, Simon talks about a new Macromedia course to help us CFers get a little bit more into the world of Flash. Vince Bonfanti writes about BlueDragon, and where it fits into the CFML world. Ben Forta's column covers what tags and a tool will give you the best performance. (FASTER! MUST GO FASTER!) Sorry, slipped into server admin mode for a moment... Ron West stretches Web services to its limits. Bruce Van Horn revises a previous response, and answers a new question as part of our Q&A column, and Hal Helms tells Part 1 of "A Developer's Story," covering the mystery of successful revisions. Charlie Arehart introduces us to servlet filters in CFMX.

Back to those product reviews I said we'd be having more of... Kevin Schmidt reviews HTMLDOC, from Easy Software Products. Selene Bainum reviews NQcontent V2 from NetQuest, and inFusion Mail Server from On-Line Data Solutions. So if you're interested in the potential of generating PDFs on the fly, a new content management system, or a CF-based mail server, these reviews are for you!

In an attempt to make at least one of my New Year's resolutions come true, I've broken down and registered for a blog. Stay tuned for next month's editorial when, assuming I keep up with it (and, ahem - start writing in it), I'll let you know, and will list the URL.

A request to all of you for the new year - if you haven't yet checked out SYS-CON's new developer portal at http://developer.sys-con.com, do so now. You can pose questions to the expert writers and readers of all of our magazines, as well as participate in some great discussions with others in the know. We've created a 24/7/365 community devoted solely to the developers SYS-CON reaches every month through our i-technology publications.

You'll also notice that in this month's issue we've included the full brochure for our Web Services Edge 2003 East - International Web Services Conference & Expo, the world's largest independent Web services, Java, .NET, and XML event, which is being held March 18-20, 2003, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA. For those of you interested in expanding your knowledge past the world of CF, or those who already have and want to further your education, check it out. We've got lots of great speakers, keynotes, and information-packed tracks. Hope to see you there!

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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Mark Miller 02/13/03 07:56:00 AM EST

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