Category: ColdFusion

Mar 4 2010

ColdFusion Query of Query tips and tricks

Posted by AJ Mercer at 8:00 PM - Categories: CFML | ColdFusion | Railo

Feb 24 2010

I am speaking at webDU 2010

Posted by AJ Mercer at 9:42 AM - Categories: CFML | ColdFusion | Railo

Nov 2 2009

Lite Application Frameworks for ColdFusion


Recently there seems to have been some backlash against monolithic application for ColdFusion - they are too hard to learn, there require to much effort to set them up ...But probably the works criticism of all, is they take the fun out of ColdFusion development.

In reply to this, a number of 'lite' application frameworks have sprung up. For Example

So I was wondering,

  • how good are these frameworks?
  • can they hold there own again the big Frameworks?
  • and are they really easier to pick up and run with?

I was also wonder how the authors of the 'Lite' frameworks feel about

  • the framework used as a learning tool / stepping stone to a 'real' framework
  • they are for 'Hobbyists', not 'Real developers'

And in the future, will the authors feel the need to implement requests for developers that will turn the 'lite' framework into monolithic application?

Posted by AJ Mercer at 10:38 AM - Categories: CFML | ColdFusion | Railo

Oct 21 2009

I am now speaking at CF.Objective(ANZ)

This will be my first time as a speaker at at (any) conference. My session, entitled 'Future proofing your application development' is aimed at people that are struggling with CF OO syle development that is now prolific in many of the big and popular frameworks. It will take a pragmatic look at how you develop now, with steps you can take to easy yourself into this world, if indeed you decide that it is for you.

I will also be arriving in Melbourne a day early to attend the Inaugural FarCry DevCamp at Melbourne Law School and will be show casing the new Paterson's Extranet bult on Farcry 5.2

Posted by AJ Mercer at 11:50 AM - Categories: ColdFusion

Oct 8 2009

ColdFusion Builder Beta 2 - Custom Dictionary

I have been very happy with CFB beta 1, but hanging out for beta 2 to see if some minor annoyance went away. So I have downloaded, uninstall beta 1 and installed beta 2. Then had to reimport all my projects, then discovered I had to get my snippets back and then realised my custom dictionary for Farcry CMS would be gone as well. Make sure you back your stuff up first ;-)

One of the silly things with beta 1 with custom dictionaries is that you had to merge the XML into the ColdFusion dictionary (cf8.xml or cf9.xml). This seemed crazy as Eclipse and CFEclipse you would just drop your custom XML file into the correct directory, add an entry in dictionary.xml and it was good to go.

Well, I am happy to report that Adobe have not only addressed this issue, but they have taken it up a notch as well. All you have to do now is create a directory called 'Custom' and drop your XML files in there and you are done!

Read full instruction to create custom CFML dictionaries for ColdFusion Builder

Download Farcry CMS custom dictionary for Eclipse

Posted by AJ Mercer at 9:35 AM - Categories: ColdFusion | Farcry

Sep 7 2009

Sign up for a piece of the CF.Objective(ANZ) action

The cf.objective(anz) committee have been working around the clock over multiple timezone and international banking laws and are now ready to accept your registration for CF.Objective(ANZ) 2009 in Melbourne, AU on November 12-13. Get in before October 12 for early bird price of $769

The conference speakers and program has been locked in and many Sponsors are getting behind this event.

Posted by AJ Mercer at 9:33 AM - Categories: ColdFusion | CFML

Aug 22 2009

A CFML framework for the rest of us - Reclaimed

After taking a look at FW/1 I posed a blog tittled 'A CFML framework for the rest of us'. Shortly afterwards, I got a comment (slightly tongue in cheek) from Chris Peters say that was ColdFusion on Wheels catch phrase / slogan.

I have not looked a cfwheels for a long time; about when the ownership changed hands and I think it may have had some issues with Railo (v2). So I downloaded and installed on Railo 3.1 and got the welcome page up :-) That motivated me to look at the excellent cfwheels documentation and do through the examples. The tutorials are very basic, but give you a good understanding of the philosophy behind cfwheels (which is based on Ruby on Rails).

I also took the opputunity to take a look at Russ Johnson's CMS built on cfwheels call Splash CMS. So far all I can say, besided saying it looks great, is that it does run on Railo 3.1; which will be no surprise to those that know Russ. I am hoping this will be a good project for me to dig into and see how to build applications with cfwheels and will blog about it shortly.

Posted by AJ Mercer at 9:00 AM - Categories: CFML | ColdFusion | Railo