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SQL Injection attacks are one of the easiest ways to hack into a website. One recent hack, using a script from, involves injecting SQL into a web form that then appends some JavaScript code into fields in a database that then gets executed on the client side when a user views a database-driven page. To learn more about this hack, go to this link.   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... (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 C... (more)

Personal Branding Checklist

This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is no... (more)

Fastest Way to Get Data to AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, and JavaFX?

"Should CFML developers switch to Java?" asks Andrew Powell in an article this week at "No," he answers. ColdFusion is the fastest way to get data to AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, and even JavaFX, according to Powell, who adds: "ColdFusion also provides complex services easier than Java, .NET, Ruby or whatever wishes they could."  "Simply put," writes Powell, "ColdFusion is a J2EE app that enables you to be more productive than if you were writing pure Java or CFML code, alone.  Look at it, and embrace it as such, and a whole new world will open up to you, as a CFML or Ja... (more)

Another New MX Tool: MX Developer's Journal

For many of us who comment regularly on the swirling, whirling Internet technologies space, "Web publishing" has never been a particularly satisfactory term. If the metaphor of "publishing" was the correct one for the business of making things public on the Web, then how about the rest of the lexicon of publishing, such as "author,""editor,""jacket designer," and so on? It was almost as if half the elements of the publishing ecosystem were missing. So it was a welcome relief back in1998 when Kevin Lynch, now Macromedia's chief software architect (then, vice president and general m... (more)