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Looking Back...and Forward...

Looking Back...and Forward...

Well, we're at the start of a new year, and before we look forward, I thought it might be an appropriate time to look back and reflect on <CF_TimeGoneBy>. With this January issue we enter our fourth year of publication, proudly covering the world of ColdFusion since January of 1999.

Back when CFDJ launched, the technology world was very different. If you were running ColdFusion, you were probably using version 3.0 and waiting for the first set of 4.0 patches on your path to upgrading. JRun was a lovely Java server owned by LiveSoftware. The Allaire/Macromedia merger was nary a glimpse in anyone's eye. And the word Neo that we now hear all the time would mean absolutely nothing! Oh, the horror. Worse than all that, you'd be getting a new issue of ColdFusion Developer's Journal only every other month! Absolute worst of all - for the first few issues of CFDJ, you didn't have me as editor-in-chief. It's a wonder we all survived. ;-)

Now in the modern world of ColdFusion, a copy of CFDJ arrives at your door every month, you're running ColdFusion Server 5, and eagerly awaiting Neo. Speaking of good things, we have a great issue this month as well...

We have two articles from Charlie Arehart - so how could this not be a great issue? His cover story is about better CF Server administration, and if you're operating your own ColdFusion Server, you'll certainly want to take a look. His Journeyman column - one of my personal favorites - discusses adding in new Help topics to CF Studio. For those of us who don't program everyday, or aren't Ben Forta, these Help topics can provide an invaluable reference to the exact format and functionality of ColdFusion tags. With Charlie's help, you can get the same great wealth of knowledge about JavaScript, SQP, and DHTML.

Ben Forta discusses search engines and ColdFusion, a topic of interest to just about every Web site proprietor. Steven Lewis writes on protecting images to prevent people from hot linking to your site and using your images without permission. These are helpful tips if there's a spike in your image traffic - but not on your pages. Keep those bandwidth stealers away.

Hal Helm's Fusebox Tutorial is the first in a series of articles that will walk you through building a Fusebox application. Susan Matteson reviews Core ColdFusion 5 by Eben Hewitt, which comes in at a hefty 969 pages. Anton Prakash has written a fantastic feature on migrating CF from an NT platform to Linux or Unix. Since he recently completed that task himself, he wanted to present his experiences.

To close out this month's editorial, from time to time (usually from a member of his family) a reader will wonder what happened to Chad Sitler, the man who helped launched CFDJ. He now works in Charlotte, NC, for Knight Ridder Digital. He looks back on his time at CFDJ fondly - "Working with all the folks associated with CFDJ, from SYS-CON staff to writers to readers, was a great growth opportunity for me. It was truly a blast!"

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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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