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Clear Tookit on Ulitzer Development of enterprise Flex/Java rich Internet applications benefits from using automated data integration solutions and productivity tools. Currently Adobe offers LiveCycle Data Services ES2 (LCDS) and open source BlazeDS 3. While LCDS is certainly a great piece of software for those who are looking to support thousands of concurrent users via the most efficient communication protocols, its high licensing cost makes LCDS unaffordable for the vast majority of the enterprise applications let alone small businesses and startups. If you are looking for an alternative solution for integrating Flex and Java EE layers, consider using GraniteDS, WebOrb, and Clear Toolkit. The first two products offer their own implementation of the AMF protocol, and Clear Toolkit uses the AMF libraries that come with BlazeDS . If you are looking for an open sour... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

Your First Adobe Flex Application with a ColdFusion Backend

Flex is a complete set of tools to develop rich Internet cross-platform applications based on the Flash platform. With Flex, you can create applications that not only have the "wow factor" necessary to please clients and users alike, but the "usability factor" necessary to make your application a real success.  Flex 2 has recently been released and can be downloaded at Adobe's Web site. This release includes Flex Builder 2 (an IDE based on Eclipse) and Flash Player 9. At Adobe's Web site, you'll also find tools specifically for ColdFusion such as the ColdFusion/Flex Connectivity package and ColdFusion extensions for Flex Builder. If you know how Flex 1.5 works, you'll be happy to hear that Flex 2 doesn't require a Flex server and that you can develop and deploy applications with Flex 2 for free using the Flex SDK (if you don't use the IDE). A Flex application comm... (more)

"It's a Hit!" – Early Verdicts Come In on "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar

"Seems like a lot going on here," wrote John Dowdell; "The place is pretty packed. Geeks mingled with suits; some of the geeks IN suits," wrote Flash guru Jesse Randall Warden, "Loooots of demos. And that's exactly what I came for," wrote arpit. The blogosphere has been giving its early verdict on SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar...and the overwhelming verdict would seem to be that it was a hit. What "Real-World Flex" aimed to do, in 12 intense hours of laser-focused presentations, discussion, and demos, was to give everyone the full picture of how Adobe Flex 2 is a complete, powerful application development solution for creating and delivering cross-platform RIAs, within the enterprise and across the Web. The historic Grand Ballroom of Roosevelt was the setting, in midtown Manhattan just a hop and a skip from Park Lane, and it proved the perfect ... (more)

How Can Java Developers Stay Relevant?

With the rapid evolution that Java and open source frameworks have made since the release of J2EE, enterprise Java IT seems to be producing too many Java dinosaurs. Developers, technical managers, or architects who no longer pursue their technical skills don't understand the evolution of JEE in comparison to J2EE, persistence frameworks, IOC frameworks, Web frameworks, or Web 2.0 and its effects on enterprise Java. Yet decisions are made based on out-of-date J2EE experience. To understand this better, we need to understand relevance. Wikipedia defines relevance (the philosophical concept of relevance) as "a term used to describe how pertinent, connected, or applicable some information is to a given matter." We need to ask ourselves the following questions: Are we relevant? Do we need to be relevant? What are the implications of not being relevant? How do we stay rel... (more)

Error Handling in JavaScript

Have you ever been to a site and gotten a pop-up box telling you about a JavaScript error on the page? It can be really annoying. What's worse is that the person responsible for maintaining the site doesn't even know that the error occurred. This article isn't about ColdFusion error handling. That was covered in 2000 and 2001 in CFDJ by Charlie Arehart's four-part series, "Toward Better Error Handling," as well as by others. Rather, this article will tell you some ways to trap JavaScript errors on the client. More important, it'll tell you how to communicate these errors to ColdFusion automatically so you can write the errors to a log file or e-mail the errors to yourself and find out about them right away. Indeed, the trick we use may be useful to you in ways beyond just error handling. Error Prevention The primary way to prevent JavaScript errors in your applicatio... (more)

The 8 Line Ria Data Source

In the first article in this series (MXDJ, Vol. 2, issue 10) I made the case for the rich Internet application (RIA) and discussed the advantages of the Flash client. Last month we examined the construction of an XML driven RIA built using Flash S data and UI components. This month we look at how ColdFusion provides a simple but powerful way to make data available as both a Web service and a Flash Remoting data source.   Data can be made available via Web services using several technologies, including ColdFusion. Data exposed through a Web service can be used by both Flash and non-Flash clients. If your Web service represents data using standard data types such as arrays and objects (or structures in ColdFusion), the data can be used in other technologies such as ASP.NET, PHP, or Java. Web services obtain this flexibility by using a standardized method of describing ... (more)

Introducing... ColdFusion MX 7

After an entire year spent meeting with and speaking to thousands of ColdFusion developers, The CF Team at Macromedia are unleashing this month the feature-rich new release, CFMX 7. It's been three years since we released Macromedia ColdFusion MX, the most dramatic and ambitious ColdFusion update ever. ColdFusion MX marked an important milestone in the ColdFusion story. It was a chance for the team to take a big step back and rebuild ColdFusion from the ground up, taking into account everything we had learned about web applications and how they are built. ColdFusion MX was primarily an architectural release. It featured things like the following: A brand-new, Java-based engine A true compiler Deployment on top of industry standard J2EE servers Better support for XML, SOAP, and other standards Access to the world of Java Of course, ColdFusion MX (and ColdFusion MX ... (more)

Deploying Applications with ColdFusion MX7

The release of ColdFusion MX 7 provides developers with several options for deploying their CFML applications. While the current option of using ColdFusion Archives (CAR files) has worked to this point, a fundamental problem still remains in that the source code needed to be included. However, the two new options available in this release, sourceless and EAR/WAR file deployment, truly give developers the flexibility to deploy their code while optionally preserving their valuable intellectual property. ( It is important to note that New Atlanta's BlueDragon Server line has supported sourceless deployment of CFML source code since the introduction of their 6.1 product line in June 2004. All references to sourceless and EAR/WAR deployments as "new features" apply solely to Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7.) Coupled with the streamlined ability to add new ColdFusion instances ... (more)

Creating Better Forms Faster with ColdFusion MX 7

When the ColdFusion engineering team started planning ColdFusion MX 7, we finally had time to give the cfform tags some love. We talked to and heard from many customers and knew that we needed to do a cfform tag overhaul for HTML-based forms. We also knew that that if it was possible, we wanted to help ColdFusion developers harness the richness of Macromedia Flash Player and open up the cfform tag to the incredible flexibility of XForms. We knew that if we could accomplish all of this with a simple and easy cfform tag syntax, it would be a big win for you, the developer, and your application users. Originally, ColdFusion cfform support was just a few tags that generated some basic JavaScript validation - validation that certainly had its critics. This all changed with ColdFusion MX 7. We decided it was time to throw out the tedious approach of creating forms and br... (more)

Macromedia Studio 8 From The Inside: Exclusive Q&As With The Studio 8 Team

Why is FreeHand not part of Studio 8? What do productivity tools Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2 add? What about Flex? Why has the product name changed from Studio MX 2004? What are the new video features in Studio 8? How about the role of Flash Player 8? These, and sundry other questions on every imaginable aspect of the new Studio 8 release, are addressed here by four executives at Macromedia speaking exclusively to MX Developer's Journal. Jim Guerard, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing MXDJ: How do you feel about the new Studio 8? Jim Guerard: The groundbreaking nature of Studio 8 makes it the most significant release in the history of Macromedia. Since the release of Studio MX 2004 just under two years ago, we have focused our efforts on delivering a powerful, quality product based on extensive customer feedback. Studio 8 is by far the most ... (more)