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SYS-CON Events announced today that the first'iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007' (www.itvcon.com) will takeplace in New York City. Calls for papers for the conference, sponsorshipand exhibit opportunities were made available today at the conferencewebsite. Delegate registration...
With the introduction of MX, ColdFusion programmers started to move away from the world of hard-to-maintain reams of scripts with includes, and into the world of clearly defined libraries with specific responsibilities. CustomTags were a good stab at re-usable code, but focused on the ...
On any given day, more blogs about i-Technology appear at SYS-CON.con's myriad domains than any other destination site on the Web. Topics range from Java, AJAX, enterprise open source, Web services, SOA, Linux, wireless technologies, XML, .NET, Eclipse, PowerBuilder, Search, Security, ...
ColdFusion developers today are presented with more options than ever before - more developer tools, more conferences and learning resources, and more development choices in the form of frameworks and language features.
AJAXWorld Magazine is sponsored by leading technology vendors. Information on advertising, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be obtained by e-mail at events(at)sys-con.com or by phone at 201 802-3020. The premier issue advertisers of the magazine include Adobe, Amazon, Apress,...
This presentation will demonstrate how to quickly and easily add AJAX capabilities to standard HTML forms using the Dojo toolkit. This talk is for developers who want to enpower their forms quickly with a minimal learning curve. We'll cover client-side validations, validations on the s...
Helmi Technologies, announced the launch of the first beta release for its Open Source RIA Platform v2.0. Now as an open source release, Helmi's Platform makes it easier than ever for enterprises and developers to rapidly and cost-effectively create browser-independent AJAX RIAs (rich ...
The first International AJAXWorld (a registered trademark of SYS-CON Media) Conference & Expo generated record press coverage for any i-technology event in the past 6 years. A quick search on Google News brought 410 stories filed under the keyword search 'AJAXWorld.'
In Part 1 (CFDJ, Vol. 8, issue 10) we introduced the destination-aware grid, formatters, and renderers. In this article we are continuing our discussion about datagrid renderers and...
This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City) is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX com...
As of Friday, September 29, 2006, close to 900 delegates, attendees and industry representatives registered to attend the First International AJAXWorld (a registered trademark of SYS-CON Media) Conference & Expo. This number is more than double what it was when SYS-CON presented the fi...
I'm a Webmaster for the Air Protection Division (APD), EPA Region 3 in Philadelphia and in April 2006, I wrote an article for CFDJ entitled 'How ColdFusion MX 7 Made Me a Hero at the Office' (Volume 8, Issue 4). That article described how I harnessed the power of ColdFusion to improve ...
Want to make your Flash forms more FLEXible? Well, now you can! But, is there any point, you say, now that Flex 2 is out and effectively free (if you can make do without FlexBuilder)? Well, if you can go with Flex 2 then do so, but maybe like me, it's currently off limits to you...
There are many resources we should analyze to ensure optimal ColdFusion operation or to help diagnose problems. Fortunately, there's an awesome free tool that comes to our aid to turn voluminous data into useful information.
The Webcasts now available online are Sahil Malik's (telerik) 'How to Take Desktop Applications to the Web' session, Christophe Coenraets' (Adobe) 'Extending AJAX with Adobe Flex' session, Jouk Pleiter's (Backbase) 'AJAX Best Practices' session, and Kevin Hakman's (TIBCO) 'The Four Qua...
One of the first things that you encounter when moving to object-oriented (OO) programming are beans. Beans are simple representations of a business object (like a user or a product) that hide all of the information stored in the bean behind methods (functions) for getting and setting ...
I'm at my best when I'm challenged. In my consulting business I tend to gravitate towards small businesses with delusions of grandeur. I want to be the one to help them realize their vision and turn their delusion into reality. Looking back, this has been an interesting week. I tho...
Spending as much time as I have speaking before audiences, I try very hard to keep an eye on trends and attitudes within demographic groups, including university students. I have also had the opportunity in the past to represent Macromedia as a lecturer at Ivy League universities.
'It's not often that I wish I was in America,' writes one (UK-based) developer, 'but this week sees the MAX 2006 show in Las Vegas.' He is not alone: around the Web world, bloggers both outside the US and inside have been discussing the many announcements made at this year's MAX and th...
I love the definition in Wikipedia of Media convergence: 'Media convergence is a theory in communications where every mass medium eventually merges to the point where they are indistinguishable to each other due to the advent of new communication technologies.'
ColdFusion Extensions for Flex, included in ColdFusion MX 7.0.2, enable Flex Builder 2.0 developers to automate the more mundane tasks like CRUD (creating, reading, updating and deleting records) by creating ColdFusion components, ActionScript class files, and code to invoke a Web Ser...
Good news for ColdFusion developers: ajaxCFC has reached 1.0. After about a year of development, the popular ColdFusion-AJAX library has just announced the reach of a major milestone.
AJAX has become an increasingly popular tool to develop RIAs. With AJAX, as with many new technologies, developers often overlook core application issues such as error handling. While many current AJAX frameworks come with ways to handle errors, the built-in error-handling methods migh...
Amidst the hustle and bustle leading up to MAX, I managed to steal some time to work on a skunkworks project. The idea was to let people experience the fun and instant gratification of Flex, without needing to download and install anything at all. And thus The FLEXifier.
The sign of an experienced developer is solid design. Novices edit examples they find on the Net, journeymen figure out how to code something as they do it, but craftsmen plan their work. Starting out, this can look like wasted time, but if your app is any good, your customer will want...
At this year's CFUnited, I gave a talk titled 'Supercharging Fusebox Project Management.' As indicated by the title, that presentation was aimed at managers who use Fusebox. While I am a major proponent of Fusebox, this article deals with some aspects of team management, regardless o...
FusionDebug is an easy straightforward tool, but if you leverage the experience of others, you can be even more productive.
This article is about creating a Flex tree control that uses a component hierarchy as the data provider. As with most of my Flex development, after struggling for days and then finally getting something to work, I later find out that there is a much easier way to do it that none of my ...
While the IPO market on Wall Street has cooled substantially, there is a new IPO looming on the horizon that has the potential to make you millions of dollars in the coming years. This is not hype. This is not a pipe dream. This is not a fantasy. It is a reality that is yours for the t...
This is something that has been simmering below the surface for a while, but needs to come out in the open. There is a knowledge gap in the ColdFusion community and it is only getting wider. There are a lot of what would be considered 'entry-level' or 'junior' developers out there. The...
I remember a particularly long weekend sitting in a computer lab for 12 hours and trying to write an assembler program on a VAX machine that would read and write files. (A VAX is a big archaic mainframe computer.)
The opening keynote was superb, definitely one of our more exciting keynotes, and without a doubt the loudest. After several 'let's tease Ben' segments courtesy of Kevin and Shantanu, I got to present two segments. The first concentrated on ColdFusion. I talked about the CF/Flex integr...
There's always an inherent danger, for any company getting behind a meta-theme like 'revolutionizing how the world engages with ideas and information ­ anytime, anywhere and through any medium,' that it has defined a wish rather than a reality. The thousands of developers assembled in ...
Usually, when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We've all seen the spam - 'Increase your 100%' e-mails that are clearly nothing more than ridiculous claims with no validity.
ColdFusion developers have known for years how powerful rapid development can be and how much of a difference that makes when building dynamic Web applications. Over the course of a little more than a year we've watched as the Web model was turned on its head in favor of something that...
There is quite a debate when using Ajax/DHTML on whether to use DOM nodes or innerHTML. I've been a follower of innerHTML, not only because it's easier, not only because you reuse the same view layer, but now also because it's indisputably faster.
This article is based on a presentation that I made at the Adobe Flex seminar in August 2006 (www.flexseminar.com/), after which the master of ceremonies Jeremy Geelan asked me to explain how to make great mapping mashups using Adobe Flex.
SYS-CON Books (www.books.sys-con.com) announced the forthcoming publication of two uniquely comprehensiveand up-to-date books devoted to every aspect of AJAX technologies and RichInternet Applications in the greater context of the overall 'Web 2.0'spectrum:
Now that the web is well on its way to becoming more responsive, smoother and reliable - and correspondingly more enjoyable to work with - AJAXWorld Magazine stops up and tries to 'freeze-frame' the moment. We take a look at the question that is presently on the mind of hundreds and th...
One of the biggest problems developers face everyday is moving a project along and producing solid code without cutting corners. This typically means a lot of copying, pasting, searching and replacing, and a whole lot of manual editing. At every point the potential for error increases....