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Last month I introduced you to the wonderful world of building Rich Internet Applications with Macromedia Flex ("Flex Your ColdFusion Muscles," CFDJ, Vol. 6, issue 12) and discussed some of the distinct advantages RIAs have over traditional HTML applications. This month I'd like to go a bit deeper and discuss how Flex can give users a much better experience through its powerful interactive data presentation capabilities. Data presentation isn't always given a great deal of attention because we've become accustomed to doing things "the HTML way" and assume that's our only option. The reality is that Flex opens up exciting new possibilities for data presentation that are definitely worth a look. Flex includes a vast range of building blocks that can be leveraged to solve even the most demanding data presentation problems. At a high level, Flex's UI toolkit consists of... (more)

The Asynchronous CFML Gateway

One of the most powerful new features available in ColdFusion MX 7 Enterprise that many ColdFusion developers might not yet be using is event gateways. Event gateways open up entirely new possibilities for ColdFusion and allow our ColdFusion applications to communicate with more or less any other Internet-enabled system even if the system doesn't communicate via the "traditional" HTTP protocol. CFMX 7 Enterprise ships with a few gateways to get you started, such as an SMS gateway for communicating with mobile devices, a directory watcher gateway, a socket gateway, a Java Message... (more)

ColdFusion Developer's Journal Special "Frameworks" Focus Issue: Mach-II

It's all Simon's fault. We say this to all framework writers who, even now, are trying to recover from the task assigned them by CFDJ's editor-in-chief: provide an article and an implementation of the Macromedia Pet Market application in their chosen framework. Realizing that our first sentence might not serve as sufficient explanation for those weary framework authors, allow us to provide further clarification... It began with an innocent-seeming dinner for speakers at the recent "Fusebox and Frameworks" conference. When we found ourselves seated next to Simon Horwith, we had... (more)

What's an Object? An Introduction to OOP

On New Year's Eve, 2004 I declared 2005 to be the "year of object-oriented programming for ColdFusion developers," and since the year is approaching its final quarter it's a good time to focus our attention on OOP in ColdFusion and see how we're doing. Based on talking with developers both in person and virtually, reading blogs, and looking at some of the newer ColdFusion code that people have been sending my way over the last few months, I'm really excited about the increase in interest and use of OOP in ColdFusion. The ability to even do object-oriented programming in ColdFusi... (more)

Flex Your ColdFusion Muscles with Adobe Flex

(April 15, 2005) - In the beginning of the World Wide Web there was HTML, and it was good. HTML provided an easy, structured way to present data and images, and hyperlinks gave users access to other pages with the simple click of a mouse. As time went on, however, users demanded more and more from HTML, which led to the rise of Web applications. At first the users were pleased with the ability to shop and do their banking online, but they soon became frustrated. "These Web applications don't behave like my desktop applications!" they cried. "I'm sick of waiting for page reloads e... (more)