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A Magazine Is Born...

A Magazine Is Born...

One of the most exciting times for a publishing company occurs when it's launching a new publication. Here at SYS-CON Media, we're going through that time right now as we introduce our newest publication, MX Developer's Journal. MXDJ will be covering the full range of Macromedia's new MX technologies including Flash, Flash Professional, Flash Communication Server, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, FreeHand, Director, and of course my personal favorite – ColdFusion.

The ColdFusion content in MXDJ will be separate from that here in CFDJ (though you might recognize a few familiar names), thus increasing the amount of great CF coverage available every month.

We've always had requests to CFDJ for more info on other Macromedia projects, but never had the room. MXDJ now provides that space! Take advantage of our special limited-time charter subscription offer and don't miss a single issue. Please go to www.sys-con.com/mxcharter.cfm.

There's a preview issue of MXDJ in PDF format online now at sys-con.com/mx , and the first print issue will be available at MAX 2003. MAX 2003, for those of you who don't know, is Macromedia's official developer conference, and it takes place this year November 18–21, 2003 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Those of you who have been to previous Macromedia and Allaire conferences know how valuable they are in terms of classes, keynotes, and community.

I've always been a big supporter of conferences for all of their educational values and, in years past, Macromedia's have been the cream of the crop. Some of the highlights of this year's upcoming classes include: Advanced Techniques for Using ColdFusion with SQL Server Track (Dave Gallerizo); Rapidly Build Web Services Applications with ColdFusion and Studio Track (Simon Horwith); Architecting ColdFusion Applications (Simon Horwith); ColdFusion Performance Analysis and Tuning (Jim Schley); MVC (Model View Controller) and ColdFusion (Leo Schuman); Object- Oriented ColdFusion (Simon Slooten); The Ideal ColdFusion Application: A ColdFusion/Java Hybrid (Drew Falkman); and ColdFusion Components from the Ground Up (Kai Koenig). Those are just a few highlights from the slew of 25+ CF sessions (www.macromedia.com/macromedia/conference/).

If you're going to MAX 2003, one other thing that you can't miss is CF Underground V, an allday presentation by TeraTech on November 17, before MAX begins. CF Underground is a preconference event that features speakers, games, and other special events. If you're going to the conference, it's a no-brainer to get things off on the right foot with some additional learning.

One other topic of interest this month – one that I've touched on here before – is that of Macromedia's blogs, which are very useful in helping you to keep an eye on all the various areas of MX development. There's a particularly interesting discussion currently going on in Christian Cantrell's (Macromedia Server Community Manager) blog in which he asks, "What's Your Dream ColdFusion Feature?" It's well worth a look (and weighing in) at www.markme.com/cantrell/archives/003351.cfm. As he promises, "The person who comes up with the coolest, most interesting, and innovative new feature request will win tons of respect from everyone who reads this weblog, guaranteed."

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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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