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Editorial: <CF Exterminate>

Editorial: <CF Exterminate>

No, <CF Exterminate> isn't a new ColdFusion tag coming in Neo that you just haven't read about yet. It's my witty (at least I think it's witty) way of introducing debugging, one of the focuses of this month's issue. It's something that every developer has certainly faced at one time or another, and if you think you haven't - well, you're probably kidding yourself.

We've got two great features this month on debugging that are must-reads for less experienced developers and should-brush-up-ons for the advanced. Charlie Arehart, our Journeyman extraordinaire, has written this month's cover story on e-testing. Kevin Schmidt follows up with coding tips and some practical advice for dealing with the stresses of bug-fixing. Ian Rutherford starts Part 1 of a two-part series on stored procedures; Jackson Moore writes about protecting Web applications from untrusted data sources using validations and other ColdFusion features to keep you safe. Guy Rish has contributed Part 6 of his exceptional series on Java and CF. All this and much more in this month's issue...

On the Way from Macromedia...
Macromedia has also provided some exciting new information regarding the release of ColdFusion 5 UltraDev 4 Studio being unveiled at Macromedia DevCon. Stay tuned for full coverage in upcoming issues, but here are some of the highlights...

ColdFusion Studio and UltraDev work so well together because of their complementary strengths, and in the latest bundled release, whose beta we've been playing with here at CFDJ, they're not going to disappoint. The improvements and new features in ColdFusion Studio 5 are useful for those like me who live off hand-coding. By bundling it with UltraDev 4, what they hope to provide is the best of both worlds for those who code by hand and those who prefer a visual tool.

For starters, all of the core editor features such as Tag Editors, Tag Insight, and Tag Inspector now have full, integrated support for the new CF 5.0 tags. There's also a new Custom Tag Wizard to write custom tags and then create and edit them with the Tag Insight and Tag Inspector. The new Studio also contains XHTML support, based on the W3C specifications for XHTML 1.0. The extensibility of XHTML gives you the flexibility to incorporate emerging Web standards.

They've also added lots of updates designed to make common tasks simpler.... The new Secondary Files tab will let you browse local and remote files simultaneously and drag and drop files between the two files' tabs. Auto Backup - which I'm sure will save me from time to time - automatically saves files at specified time intervals and allows users to recover and restore backed-up files. Last but not least, of course, is tighter integration with Macromedia's other products, and a number of smaller updates. Check out CFDJ next month for more information on those…

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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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