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Month: March 2009 (page 1 of 3)

So what else do you need then?

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Last week it came to my attention that ColdFusion is being used by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies. Then, I was also informed that ColdFusion was ranked in the top four application servers by developers, just behind Websphere, Geronimo and Windows Server.
In the last couple of weeks, ColdFusion has been “the big fuss” of the world wide web. It’s totally scalable, and the learning curve is smaller than any other web language currently out there.

My question is:
What else do you need to crack on with ColdFusion development? It’s FREE for educational purposes, you can have FREE hosting for development, there’s a flawless FREE training material and a GREAT community.

I’d appreciate comments on that matter, as well as questions from people who might be thinking of starting with ColdFusion, but are still unsure about a thing or another.

Official list of ColdFusion people on twitter

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Following David Deraedt’s unofficial, incomplete and subjective list of Adobe AIR enthusiasts to follow on twitter, I decided to compile my own official list of ColdFusion people to follow on twitter.

I call it official, because as an active “tweep”, those are the people I see the most, and the people who post stuff about ColdFusion the most.

I have (and follow) loads of ColdFusion guys on my twitter, but of course I might be missing someone, so if you think you should be on this list, just drop a comment on this post, and I’ll add you.
The list is in no specific order; I simply went to twitter and copied it from there.

I shall update the list as I find more ColdFusion people, or receive comments here.

jQuery UI 1.7.1 Released

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The jQuery UI team have done it again. This Friday is only a point release to the jQuery UI 1.7 released last week but with some great improvements.


  • Fixed: Droppable: option accept setter .droppable(‘option’, ‘accept’, selector) fails (4278)


  • Fixed: Resizable with containment boundary – aspectRatio breaks (4199)


  • Fixed: Selectable: option appendTo is ignored, helper always appends to body (4341)



  • Fixed: Accordion requires theme CSS to function in IE (4331)


  • Fixed: Datepicker: Update Romanian Localization (4294)
  • Fixed: Datepicker: Update Ukrainian Localization (4298)
  • Fixed: Datepicker: destroy, disable, and enable methods affect sibling datepickers (4240)
  • Fixed: Datepicker: Update Albanian Localization (4313)


  • Fixed: Slider: ui.value incorrect in slide event if handle at value 0 (4292)
  • Fixed: Slider: clicking on slider with negative values causes error ‘closestHandle is undefined’ (4315)
  • Fixed: Slider: method destroy does not remove ui-slider-range (4318)

Well done again jQuery UI team.
via: jQuery UI team blog

ColdFusion Freebies

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I just wanted to dump some of the news for this week in the Adobe ColdFusion World. Looks like we are getting loads of free stuff recently.

It all started with ColdFusion being free for educational purposes a few months ago

Than, in a few more months, a free ColdFusion hosting was anounced.

Now, to the latest news, you can get free ColdFusion training by using Adobe’s ColdFusion 8 project-based curriculum.

The lastest has two separate modules:

Introduction to ColdFusion 8
This course covers the basics of ColdFusion and focuses on best practices and design, while stressing the importance of usability, optimization, and performance.

  • Unit 1: getting started with ColdFusion 8
  • Unit 2: building ColdFusion applications
  • Unit 3: publishing database content
  • Unit 4: building forms with ColdFusion
  • Unit 5: building search interfaces
  • Unit 6: building a drill-down interface
  • Unit 7: inserting new data
  • Unit 8: updating and deleting data
  • Unit 9: reusing templates
  • Unit 10: securing an application

Advanced ColdFusion 8 Development
This course is designed to teach you how to take full advantage of ColdFusion 8 while building web applications. The course focuses on best practices and design, stressing the importance of usability, code reuse, performance, and scalability

  • Unit 1: getting started
  • Unit 2: introduction to components
  • Unit 3: manipulating lists and queries
  • Unit 4: manipulating data with arrays and structures
  • Unit 5: advanced component concepts
  • Unit 6: handling errors and exceptions
  • Unit 7: code and content reuse
  • Unit 8: working with pdf files and forms
  • Unit 9: data and file manipulation in ColdFusion
  • Unit 10: scaling applications

jQuery UI Updates

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The jQuery UI team has just started a weekly series on what’s happening with jQuery UI.

They will be posting a sort of digest on a weekly basis talking about releases, and news.

This week they came up with a list of companies using jQuery UI:

  • ESPN
  • Capcom Europe
  • LiveSlices
  • DotNetShoutout

And to my surprise I was mentioned on the book section, due to my book review on jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery.
They’ve also featured some tutorials and a Q&A
Check out the whole artcle

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