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This Month... Interrupt

This Month... Interrupt

A big part of the lifeblood of a good programming language is its ability to be expanded and built upon by its user community. Java, perhaps the hottest programming language of our day, certainly has this ability, along with many other languages. And CFML is certainly no exception. Extending the language, and sharing code and swappable components, helps foster the one thing all languages strive for - a living, active user community.

ColdFusion excels in many ways - the hundreds of Web sites, mailing lists such as CF-Talk and our own CFDJList, and, most of all, Allaire's Developer Exchange (http://devex.allaire.com/developer/gallery/). The Developer Exchange is Allaire's repository of custom tags, visual tools, scripts, Web content, and more.Several articles in this issue are devoted to all facets of custom tags - using the custom tags that are out there, which are the best, and why; how to create your own custom tags; and, of course, the optimization of the whole process - we've got it all. A one-stop custom tag shop, if you will. Looking Ahead(with a Little Bit of Help)

On a separate note, I'm quite proud to announce the forming of our new International Advisory Board to work with me and our other in-house editors on the direction of the magazine, ranging from focus issues and editorial content to new features for our companion Web site. On the board (full details available on www.sys-con.com/coldfusion) are several names with which I'm sure you're familiar, and a few you might not be familiar with yet, but soon will be. For starters, it would be impossible to talk about ColdFusion without the leadership of those running the company behind it, both Jeremy Allaire and Kevin Lynch, the "new" Macromedia (am still practicing writing and saying Macromedia ColdFusion, will go write it on the blackboard 100 times after completing this editorial) CTO and president of products. We also have Ben Forta, a man who needs no introduction in this magazine; I'm sure you all own a copy of at least one of his books.

Charles Arehart is our journeyman extraordinaire who I've heard described as a developer's developer. Steve Drucker is the CEO of FigLeaf Software and the founder of the first ColdFusion user group. Hal Helms is one of the leading Fusebox experts as well as a frequent speaker and writer on related topics. Ajit Sagar, editor-in-chief of XML-Journal, and Karl Moss, a principal software developer for JRun, will help us cover some of the many technologies that CF works with. Michael Smith and Michael Dinowitz are two of the biggest community leaders; Michael Smith runs the MDCFUG and CFUNK2K events that we all know and love, and Michael Dinowitz hosts House of Fusion and Fusion Authority, and runs more mailing lists than I have room to list. Last, but certainly not least, is Bruce Van Horn, our Ask the Training Staff column editor, who answers many of the technical questions we get sent each and every month.

I look forward to working with all of them, as together we help CFDJ grow and evolve to better serve the expanding community of developers. So please, help us, help them, and help the magazine - if we're doing something you like or, more important, that you don't like - drop me a line.

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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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