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In this fourth installment of JavaScript Coding From the Trenches, we are going to discuss dates and calendars. The article addresses the pitfalls of using the JavaScript getYear and getFullYear methods, and the lastModified property; the correct method for determining whether a year is a leap year; and how to use this information to create a pop-up calendar to populate date fields on a form. [Gary's previous articles in the JavaScript Coding From the Trenches series were: JavaScript Vision, JavaScript Libraries Reviewed and JavaScript Browser Window Management.] A programmer can know many things about JavaScript, e.g., its syntax and methods, and still write code that produces incorrect results. Why? Programmers may not check their code on different browsers each of which have different JavaScript versions, they may not understand the specification for some of th... (more)

JRun's Mr. Washburn Goes to Albany, NY

Spike Washburn, Engineering Manager of Allaire's JRun Development, addressed the Albany NY CFUG on June 14. Spike joined Allaire last August, a month after the company acquired Live Software's JRun. Before he joined the JRun team of 10 software engineers, Spike attended NC State University and was a member of the Raleigh, North Carolina, IBM team that developed the WebSphere Servlet engine. Spike told about 75 members of the Albany New York Cold Fusion Users Group at a meeting co-sponsored by the Capital District Java Developer's Network that  JRun 3.0, released the previous week at JavaOne, forms the foundation of the Allaire Business Platform. He said that JRun, now a complete application server based on J2EE technology, is one of the top J2 application servers used by more than 80,000 developers worldwide. In Spike's opinion, JRun is the fastest and easiest way ... (more)


Tom McKeon and 700 other ColdFusion developers battled inclement weather and horrendous traffic to attend CFUN-2K in Washington DC. Once there, the ColdFusionists were treated to a plethora of information, company and entertainment. Organizer Michael Smith is going to find it difficult to top this event next year because this year's was so much FUN! Battling Inclement Weather In the last weekend of July, I had the pleasure of attending the CFUN-2K conference at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It was free to attend!   CFUN-2K The conference was organized by Michael Smith and the folks at TeraTech and co-sponsored by Maryland ColdFusion User Group, Allaire, Capital PC User Group, Ektron, Virtualscape, MacMillan/Forta Books, Conquest Systems, ByteBack, evolutionB, Fusion Authority, Professional WAP, CF Advisor, Fusebox, CoreActive, and Granular... (more)

NewsWatch October, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: ALLAIRE STOCK Mon. Oct. 23 – Fri. Oct. 27 Mon. Oct. 16 – Fri. Oct. 20 Mon. Oct. 9 – Fri. Oct. 13 Mon. Oct. 2 – Fri. Oct. 6 E-COMMERCE ColdFusion Powers New E-Business Communications Technology eye media releases v3 of Virtual Auctioneer DEVELOPER NEWS JRun Awarded 'Best of Show' at Internet World Continuus eAsset Management Now Seamless with ColdFusion 4.5 Latest GateBuilder at Developer Conference Allaire Wins 'Breakthrough Player' ARC Award ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Allaire's 3Q 2000 Financial Results 3Q Earnings Conference Call and Webcast on Wednesday Allaire Integrates JRun With CocoBase Enterprise O/R 2000 Registered For Conference, Nov. 5–8 USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES Oct. 12: Albany New York ColdFusion User Group (ANYCFUG) Oct. 10: Maryland ColdFusion User Group (MDCFUG) ALLAIRE STOCK Week Ending Friday, Oct. 27     Date Open High Low Close Volume F... (more)

NewsWatch December, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: ALLAIRE'S 2ND ANNUAL DEVELOPER CONFERENCE Record Numbers, Roadmap, New Products Unveiled ALLAIRE STOCK December, 2000 Mon. Dec. 25 – Fri. Dec. 29 Mon. Dec. 18 – Fri. Dec. 22 Mon. Dec. 11 – Fri. Dec. 15 Mon. Dec. 4 – Fri. Dec. 8 Mon. Nov. 27 – Fri. Dec. 1 E-COMMERCE Bostech Leverages Spectra ScreamingMedia Forms Technology Alliance With Allaire DEVELOPER NEWS Allied Office Uses Allaire Technology For Customer Care Center LeadingSide Becomes Allaire Alliance Premier Member ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Allaire Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan Allaire Teams With Sitraka Software Integrated Environment For Rapid J2EE Application Development ColdFusion Server SP2 Released Spectra 1.5 Focuses on Ease of Use and Productivity WebTrends and Spectra Integrate Visitor Relationship Management Specialized Partner Program & Licensing For ASPs Allaire's Wireless Strategy A... (more)

NewsWatch April, 2001

IN THIS ISSUE: MACROMEDIA STOCK Today Mon. Apr. 23 – Fri. Apr. 27 Stock Rises on Rumors of Microsoft Buyout Macromedia 4Q Results Conference Call Mon. Apr. 16 – Fri. Apr. 20 Mon. Apr. 6 – Fri. Apr. 13 Mon. Apr. 2 – Fri. Apr. 6 Macromedia Files Allaire Acquisition 8-K March, 2001 DEVELOPER NEWS Evangelists Forta & Elmore at Albany CFUG Meeting on May 10 WDDX Passed to ColdFusion Wins 2001 Codie Award HiT Advances XML Platform for Databases MACROMEDIA ANNOUNCEMENTS Macromedia Announces ColdFusion Server 5 V5 Hosting Service Provider Edition Dropped New Edition with CF Server V5 Spectra Becomes Community Sourced USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES April 7: CF Underground II April 12: Albany New York ColdFusion User Group (ANYCFUG) April 10: Maryland ColdFusion User Group (MDCFUG) MACROMEDIA STOCK Tuesday, May 1 Click graph for further details (Quote delayed 15 minute... (more)

Mastering Your Y2k World

No doubt you have read something, maybe too many things, about the Year 2000 date change. All of the hype makes it hard to see how you are really doing with Y2k issues. When you read articles or listen to the pundits, you might wonder if they are just trying to second-guess you or your company. Although many techno-literate journalists are out there, ten more have no clue about computers. We know, we all work with someone like them. Those working for the high-tech companies or magazines (like this one) demonstrate a real grasp of the computing side of issues. Even these journalists are vulnerable to making the "I know it all" mistake. I don't want to be the next one. So, the theme of this article is one of taking ownership of at least your ColdFusion "World" around you in regard to Y2k issues. You can assess your Y2k situation, get the facts, make the best-informed ... (more)

Rethinking Framesets - 2

Framesets made a big splash when they were first introduced. Since then, however, they've fallen out of favor, overtaken by fancy HTML table structures. Static websites built around tables work just fine when you're reloading an entire page every time a user clicks on a link or a form. But when you're developing a dynamic web application, you get much greater freedom to develop a true application GUI inside a Web browser through proper use of framesets. This article is the first of two on how to use frames to develop dynamic web applications with a rich GUI interface. It introduces the frameset itself, and then shows how it can work together with Cold Fusion. For a simple example of a website built with CF and frames, please refer to the zip file above. The basic html frameset A frameset is not just one HTML file, it is actually 3 or more files linked together. Firs... (more)

BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal Premier Issue Now

Montvale, NJ, January 28, 2002 - SYS-CON Media (, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, announced today the immediate availability of its newest title, BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal via subscription and through retail outlets worldwide. Subscription options to the magazine are available at SYS-CON Media ( or BEA Systems ( Web sites. BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal (WLDJ) will be published monthly by SYS-CON Media, the world's leading i-technology publisher, and is the single best source for in-depth information for BEA developers around the world. WLDJ's editorial mission is to provide WebLogic developers with the latest advancements on BEA's products and technology. Coverage will showcase technical solutions that will guide, inform, and educate its audience so they can leverage the full potential of the BEA platfor... (more)

SYS-CON Publications and XML-Journal Announce XML DevCon 2000:

PEARL RIVER, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2000 - The First National XML Conference and Expo in New York Is Expected to Attract More than 1,500 Internet Technology Developers and the World's Leading XML Authorities. XML-Journal (, announced today the launch of a key XML-focused conference and expo. XML DevCon 2000: Maximizing XML for the Enterprise ( will be presented June 25-28, 2000, at the New York Hilton in New York City. XML DevCon 2000 is cosponsored by Oasis and will be produced by Camelot Communications Corp. ( XML DevCon 2000 will feature an intense four-day technical program focused on how to maximize XML for the enterprise. XML-Journal is published by SYS-CON Publications (, the world's leading publisher of Internet technology magazines, including the highly r... (more)

Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, March 18-20, Announces Six New Companies This Week: Itellix Software, iTKO, Jinfonet Softwa

Montvale, NJ, February 13, 2003 - SYS-CON Events, Inc. announced today that Web Services Edge 2003 East - International Web Services Conference & Expo will host six new leading i-technology companies, in addition to six which joined last week. Itellix Software, iTKO, Jinfonet Software, MySQL, Software AG, and Vultus joined Altova, Attachmate, Computer Associates, DataPower, Parasoft, and SlickEdit, who announced their participation at the conference as sponsors and exhibitors earlier last week. These new companies, and all other sponsors and exhibitors of the event, will offer their innovative new technologies to conference delegates, corporate i-technology managers, industry decision makers, and software buyers. In its third year, this fifth international event will take place on March 18-20, at Boston's Hynes Convention Center. The Conference is being sponsored by... (more)