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Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Last month I promised to discuss the pros and cons of hosting a ColdFusion site in-house versus out of house in this month's editorial. But in light of some recent news and exciting additions to the world of CFDJ, that editorial has been bumped to next month. I don't think anyone will miss it, though, as I've got some better stuff to write about.

People send in article proposals and column ideas all the time. Most of them are good, and some of them are really good. Every now and then one comes along that really excites me because it's genuinely innovative. Just such a proposal recently came in - submitted by Bruce Van Horn.

For those of you that may know nothing about him, Bruce is an Allaire certified instructor and president of Netsite Dynamics. What he proposed was a new column to run both in the print publication and on the CFDJ Web site: an ongoing question-and-answer session to be called "Ask the Training Staff" that would allow developers to send in questions related to CFML, CF Server, CF Studio - in other words, anything related to ColdFusion. Bruce will answer some of the questions that come in, assisted by several hand-picked certified Allaire instructors, all eager to help and collectively possessed of a lot of CF knowledge.

These instructors will also submit questions their students have asked in the classroom, along with the appropriate answers. This will be a fantastic way to cover the latest questions floating around in the industry. Every month we'll publish those questions that we think will be of greatest interest to the largest number of readers. We'll also have a more comprehensive and complete list on the Web site. Questions can be submitted to Bruce at AskCFDJ@sys-con.com

The first Annual CFDJ Readers' Choice Awards - the Oscars of the ColdFusion industry - are now going strong, with over a thousand votes already logged at http://www.sys-con.com/coldfusion/article.cfm?id=274. Unlike the Hollywood version, we won't lose any trophies or ballots. Stay tuned to see if the Wall Street Journal scoops us, though.

If you haven't voted yet, do; if you already have, encourage your friends to do the same - voting continues until September 1, 2000. Here's a quick update on the leaders in each category at press time:

  • Best Book: Advanced ColdFusion 4.0 Application Development
  • Best Consulting Service: Fig Leaf Software
  • Best Custom Tag: CF_StockGrabber
  • Best Database Tool: Macromedia Generator
  • Best Design Service: Fig Leaf Software
  • Best E-Business Software: AbleCommerce
  • Best Education and Training: Cold Fusion and Macromedia Training
  • Best Testing Tool: LoadRunner
  • Best Web Development Tool: Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Best Web Hosting: Virtualscape's ColdFusion Webhosting
  • Best Web Site: Allaire Corporation Homepage
  • Best Web Application: SynergyNOW
  • Most Innovative CF Application: LoadRunner

    Next month you can look forward to the first Q&A session and to my postponed thoughts on ColdFusion hosting. I love feedback, so drop me a line at rdiamond@sys-con.com with any thoughts you may have about the magazine in general, or with specific suggestions about what topics you'd like to see covered. I look forward to hearing from you.

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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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