Archive for January, 2007

Hello World,

Well folks … it’s finally happened.

I got my ColdFusion MX7 Developer Certification!

It’s been a few years since I first said that I was going to get certified. So I strapped in, held my breath, and took the leap. I must admit, I felt like I would rather swim in shark tank in Australia than face the test. But that’s just me. I snowboard down some of the steepest slopes, I love playing paintball, I like bungee jumping when I can … but taking tests scares the willies out of me???

So, what’s my score? Who cares. I passed. Seriously. This one test does not define the level of the ColdFusion knowledge and skills I’ve gained over the past 7 1/2 years. Let me give you an example … if you were to take the written DMV exam right now, how many of you could honestly say that you would pass? And if you failed does that mean you can’t drive well. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take the test and do your best to pass. It is one of the measurements of your knowledge and expertise and shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, in the this world, many people judge you by the number of diplomas, certificates, and acronyms you have at the end of you name (and I’m not talking about Jr. or Sr.).

Sorry, I’m just letting off a little steam.

So now that I’ve passed the test what am I going to do? Well I ain’t going to Disney World. Its time to hit the slopes!

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Scorpio On The Rise

Posted: January 22, 2007 in Adobe, ColdFusion

Hello World,

I’ve just been notified that Adobe is finally ready to open their door to let you into the Adobe Prerelease Program for Scorpio now! Just visit the following URL to get a chance to test and work with the exciting release of ColdFusion before it goes LIVE!

https://prerelease.adobe.com/callout/apply.html?callid={E9F64ADB-DADA-485E-BFFE-60E0D783EBEF}

You can be the first on your block (or the first cubile in your office) to get a handle on the next version of ColdFusion. And to show your support for Scorpio you can download the Scorpio Prerelease logo wallpaper.

http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Scorpio

(give me the t-shirt please)

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CF Reports in Flex?!

Posted: January 19, 2007 in ColdFusion, Flex

Hello World,

That’s right. The version 2.0.1 upgrade delivered more to us than Modules and dynamic CSS support. It also delivered to us an upgrade to the ColdFusion/Flex Wizard. Remember that little plug-in that allows you to create Flex-based Master, Detail, and Master/Detail pages based on our data model? Well now it allows you to create a Report page. You can now instruct the wizard to build a page that will include your ColdFusion report (.cfr).

In order to activate this new feature, you need to install OR reinstall the ColdFusion/Flex Wizard plugin. If you are installing Flex 2.0.1 for the first time or performing a full installation then you could simply follow the directions found in the Installing the ColdFusion Extensions for Flex Builder 2.htm file. For Windows users this file is normally found in the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Flex Builder 2\ColdFusion Extensions for Flex Builder folder (it may be different based on your installation).

If you already have Flex 2.0.1 installed then it is suggested that you remove the ColdFusion/Flex Wizard plugin and reinstall the newest version of the plugin.

During the next few days I will be posting a couple of articles describing this new feature and how you can include ColdFusion reports in you Flex application without using the ColdFusion/Flex Wizard.

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Are you a Flex Maniac?

Posted: January 17, 2007 in Apollo, Flex

Hello World,

Do you dream of Flex solutions during the night? Do you see an html application and say, “I wonder how that would look in Flex?” Do you yearn to build the utlimate cross-platform, desktop/mobile, uber-mashup, Flex-based application? I don’t think I can help you there but you may be able to find help at …

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The FlexManiacs 2007 Conference is the first East Coast Flex conference for Flex developers, by Flex developers. This much anticipated conference, hosted by Fig Leaf Software, Adobe, and CarahSoft, will feature 2 days of 60 minutes lectures and 90 minute Hands On sessions all for only $249.00. Compare that to the cost of two full day classes in Flex and you’ll see why you can’t miss this event. A few of the confirmed speakers include:

Ted Patrick – Flex Evangelist, Adobe Systems

Mike Nimer – Former ColdFusion Engineer for Adobe

Jeff Tapper – Author of Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source

Dave Watts -CTO and Certified Flex Instructor, Fig Leaf Software

Make reservations now for June 25th and 26th to attend the FlexManiacs 2007 conference in Washington, DC. You won’t regret it.

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I’m Adding On …

Posted: January 13, 2007 in Uncategorized

Hello World,

If you haven’t already noticed, take a look at the site’s menu and you will see a new addition. I have added “The Showroom“. This is page where I can showcase some of the projects and sample application I’ve been working on. Some may link to the actual application while others may simply contain screenshots. This of it as my Gallerie D’ Art.

So if you’re ever in need of a little inspiration come on over and check out The Showroom. You may or may not like what you find but either way it may teach and/or motivate you. After all is it not why we’re all here – Reach One Teach One

Ciao

It feels good to pick a Winner!

Posted: January 11, 2007 in Flex

Hi World,

InfoWorld has given Adobe Flex 2.0 the award for The Best Rich Internet Application Platform. This comes as a result of InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year Awards in the App Dev group. Visit the following link to see a full review and all the other award winners.

http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/2007/01/25-2007_technology-8.html

Goooooooooooooooooooaaaaaallll!!!

Heeeeeeere’s The Flex Show!

Posted: January 11, 2007 in Flex

Hello World,

It’s not as if I really need another Podcast to fill my iPod but this one’s a keeper. Jeff Houser (http://www.jeffryhouser.com/) and Ryan Stewart (http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com/) just launched their newest podcast called, The Flex Show (http://www.theflexshow.com/blog/). Their first show aired on Jan. 9th and gave listeners a preview of the kind of show you can expect. They expect to produce two shows per month. One week between each show? … I’m barely hanging on waiting for BattleStar Galactica to return.

So if you get a chance, get a computer, and give them a listen.