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'Playing' with ColdFusion

'Playing' with ColdFusion

We've often provided coverage of the massive lists of "big name" companies that are using ColdFusion on their Web sites. I find this to be an excellent example of the health and growth of the ColdFusion industry. One new site alone of course isn't enough to propel ColdFusion forward, but every bit helps. It's certainly good news for all CF developers when a major site gives its stamp of approval to the language by relaunching or adding CF-based areas to its site.

The latest in a long line of such sites is FAO Schwartz. Mindseye redesigned its Web site using both ColdFusion and JRun to integrate extensive front- and back-end technologies and workflows to create a new and efficient content management system that links product creation, checkout, and inventory/fulfillment with buyers, catalogs, and image creation. The new site "streamlines FAO's buying, e-commerce, and inventory activities by reversing the traditional, organizational workflow. Product acquisition originates in the back-end Web application and is made available through the front-end Web site, catalog, and fulfillment systems." That's a quick and jumbled description, but again, this is more good news for the ColdFusion world.

For a complete, or as complete as you can get, list of sites on the Net running ColdFusion - hop on over to Ben Forta's extensive site at www.forta.com.

CFDJ November contains its usual line-up of stellar content. Dave Horan has reviewed the CommonSpot Content Server 2.5 from PaperThin. This latest release expands on its 2.0 addition by offering several new features that we look at here. If you're running a content-based site, it's definitely worth a look.

Part 2 of 2 on integrating ColdFusion and the XML-RPC comes from Ronald West. Part 2 demonstrates the connections between ColdFusion and the JRun servers, and will show you how to work with data in the XML-RPC. For those of you who think that Web services is just a lot of hoopla, here's a demonstration of some real-world possibilities.

Ed Swartz, a first-time writer for CFDJ, has written about how to design a high-performance image display application with CF. Image rotation has lots of useful possibilities, and the code and examples here can fit into many projects. Kevin Schmidt looks behind the scenes at how to set up shopping carts, how they work, and the systems that run behind them. Mike Chambers of Macromedia contributes another article in our ongoing series covering the integration of ColdFusion and Flash.

Michael Smith has written up a review of ColdFusion Edge/JDJEdge/Web Services Edge for those of you who missed it in New York City this September. It's a good overview on what to expect from SYS-CON's ongoing series of developer conferences - conferences I hope to see you at in the future! Also Hal Helms looks at Fusebox 3, the latest version of the Fusebox specification; Ben Forta discusses Neo, the next major version of ColdFusion; and more!

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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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John Tatro 11/16/01 11:55:00 AM EST

Your statement is confusing and illogical for two reasons:

1. This is a magazine article, not a Macromedia publication.

2. EVERY tools development company uses lists of current clients to drum up more business. Show me one (JUST ONE!)that doesn't, and I'll give your argument some merit.

Jeremy Wong 11/14/01 07:16:00 PM EST

You know a product is in trouble when its maker thinks it's necessary to prove its acceptance.