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CommandBox Multi-Server Support Now In Beta (v3.1.0)

ColdFusion, CommandBox, Lucee, Railo, Server Administration

I've been just giddy testing the new Multi-server support in our latest CommandBox 3.1.0 beta.  I never knew starting up a ColdFusion 9 server could be so exciting.  Well it is when you just have to type:

CommandBox> start [email protected]

That's it. You don't need a single thing installed prior other than CommandBox.  Everything necessary will be downloaded and, depending on your internet connection speeds, you'll have a new server running in less than 60 seconds.  Don't worry, it's not limited to ColdFusion 9.  We also are supporting Adobe ColdFusion 10, 11, and 2016 as well as Railo Server 4.2 and Lucee Server 5.0 rc!

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Exciting New Features In The CommandBox 3.1.0 Bleeding Edge

ColdFusion, CommandBox, Lucee, Railo
Hi all, we've been hard at work on ForgeBox 2.0 and the corresponding CommandBox CLI features that focus on your productivity in publishing packages and keeping them up to date as well as tracking all the versions of your dependencies.
 
For starters, the ForgeBox 2.0 isn't published yet in production.  If you download the bleeding edge of CommandBox (3.1.0) you will be pointing to our stage server.  it's a recent backup of production data, but since the new ForgeBox site is a rewrite on top of an updated data structure, it needs to be a separate database.  So, feel free to use it, but remember you're not going to be installing or publishing to the live ForgeBox site yet until we roll out this release.
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State of the CF Union 2016 Survey results are in

ColdFusion, General, Lucee

Michael Smith has released the full results of this year's State of the CF Union survey over on the TeraTech blog.  I enjoy seeing this data every year as a framework author since it helps us know what engines and types of OS to target with our products.  This year, there's a full write up and a little commentary on each graph.  Note the write up is spread across two blog entries:

http://www.teratech.com/blog/index.cfm/2016/2/19/State-of-the-CF-Union-Survey-2016--Results

http://www.teratech.com/blog/index.cfm/2016/2/19/State-of-the-CF-Union-Survey-2016--Results-Part-II

Notable bits of data were:

  • CF9 is finally falling behind CF10 and CF11.  This is good since we'll be dropping support for CF9 in ColdBox soon
  • Lucee has left Railo usage in the dust, and a solid amount of people are already using Lucee 5
  • Still a lot of people out there using no framework at all or FuseBox!  Of course, I assume this isn't new dev, but rather the same old legacy apps that have been around for years
  • A lot of people not using a DI framework. Kind of curious if they're not using CFCs at all.
  • Really surprised how many people still use Notepad++ for dev.  
  • The "How many years have you used CFML" graph is very depressing.  Very little new blood coming into CFML.
  • Love how many people are using CommandBox.  I'm so pleased to see it being useful for the CF world
  • A decent chunk of Amazon EC2 users, but it's clear most CF shops aren't doing cloud deploys. Not sure if Adobe doesn't focus on cloud because their users don't care, or if it's the other way around.
  • Surprised to see how many home-grown REST frameworks there are. I can't imagine a world in which you wouldn't waste more time doing that from scratch than to drop in something quick and easy like ColdBox 4's REST routing.  There's so much out of the box to be gained.
  • There's a decent chunk of CF devs in very large companies, but the majority are in small business's with 1-20 total employees.  That's interesting since it's not where I would have pegged most CF devs to be.
  • The comments are very interesting too.  Lots of love for Lucee and lots of frustration for Adobe.  

OK, well there's my thoughts. Head over and check out the data yourself. 

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Coming To dev.Objective()? Attend My Sessions!

CFML, CommandBox

I'm super excited for dev.Objective() coming up in a week.  I originally only had one dev.Objective() session, but due to a cancellation I was able to get a second.  My first session will be 

GO COMMANDO, WITH COMMANDBOX! CLI + REPL + PACKAGE MANAGER FOR CFML

This will be similar to what I gave at CF Summit last year, but with a lot of new and exciting additions. If you're not familiar with CommandBox or not using it, this will be a great session to get started with.  

My second session (the late addition) is

RASPBERRY PI A LA CFML

A Raspberry Pi is a $35 credit card-sized computer that runs Linux.  I have been playing around with running CFML on a Pi which has resulted in a Pi-hosted CFML blog as well as some fun CFML-controlled hardware.  I'll be showing how to easily and quickly get CFML running a Pi as well as demoing some of my projects.  

Ortus will also be giving away a Raspberry Pi at our booth during dev.Objective() so please stop by.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!

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CFML & CommandBox, Tools Of Biblical Proportions

ColdFusion, CommandBox, Lucee, Railo, Technology

In the beginning was the Web, and the Web was with CFML, and the Web was CFML. It was with CFML in the beginning. Through it all websites were made; without it no websites were made that had been made. In it were tags, and those tags were the productivity of all programmerkind. The productivity shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Ok, maybe I'm overstating CFML a bit, but when it was created it was revolutionary.  It redefined how websites were built and set the bar for other web programming languages.  And though CFML led the pack for a while, there were soon others to follow.  These languages were also productive, came with compelling frameworks, and made building sites fast and fun.  Many of these servers were also free and open source and around them large communities grew.  

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Railo And Lucee: Hunka Hunka Burning Questions

CFML, ColdFusion, Lucee, Railo

Well, the cat is out of the bag now.  Railo, the free open source alternative CFML engine to Adobe's ColdFusion Server has been forked and reborn as a new product called Lucee.  I was lucky to be part of the launch party (via webcam) that happened this morning in London.  This is a major event in the tiny CFML eco-system and it's understandable that there's a  lot of questions floating around and confusion on just exactly what has happened.

There are a lot of large open source projects that have forked before.  For instance, MySQL spawned MariaDB, OpenOffice, begat LibreOffice, Hudson turned into Jenkins, and even recently Node.js was forked int IO.js.  In some cases, the original project continues alongside the new one.  In other cases, the old project basically sits there and everyone stands up, shuffles over to the new one, sits down and continues as if nothing happened.  I personally think Lucee is going to be more like one of those.

I'm throwing together this post to address some questions that have come up over and over again today.  Hopefully they will be answered more fully by the Lucee team as they dig out of this major announcement, but in the mean time this is a compilation of some answers I've given multiple times today around the Internets.  Please note, I am not speaking on behalf of Lucee nor Railo, these are my opinions and observations mixed with some info I've picked up along the way.  I'll happily accept corrects or clarifications in the comments.

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It's Time You Looked At ColdBox 4

ColdBox, General, Technology

Yes, that's right.  Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, it's time you had a look at what's happening over in ColdBox 4.  I'm just giddy about our newest release of the most-advanced CFML MVC platform.  If you want to read all the details of what makes ColdBox 4 absolutely slap-yo-momma amazing, you can read the press release over on the engineering blog or the What's New guide.  

Even if you are using an older version of ColdBox, we're re-imagining the way CF apps are built and I think you want to be onboard.  This is my personal blog though, so here you'll find my candid, personal, and extremely biased opinions on why you're doing yourself a disservice if attempting to build meaningful ColdFusion applications in 2015 without ColdBox 4.0.  Fair warning, I'm about to tell you how I really feel :)

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CFClient: What's Your (Geolocation) Vector, Victor?

CFClient, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder, JavaScript, Mobile

In my last post I played with the Media API to add sounds effects to the Roll The Ball game and made an Adobe CF Soundboard.  Today I'll be showing my work with the Geolocation API.  I wish I had some more time to do something more useful, but the CF mobile contest is drawing to a close tonight and I this will be the last feature I have time to put in.

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CFML, Good Discussions, And Misinformation

ColdBox, ColdFusion, CommandBox, General, Java, Object Oriented Design (OOP), Railo, Technology

So this blog is a bit of a spill over from a Twitter conversation I had today with Stefan Mischook, a PHP programmer and maker of all sorts of training videos at www.studioweb.com and www.killersites.com.  A few years ago, Stefan uploaded a video blog to YouTube titled "Should you learn Coldfusion?" (sic) where he presented a not-so-glowing review of ColdFusion through the lens of circa 2003.  I've seen the video before come up in YouTube searches.  Part of that is a testament to the pathetically small amount of actual CFML content on YouTube.  While I've recorded a number of screencasts and webinars that are posted online, they're all on Vimeo or Adobe Connect so alas I'm not contributing to that specific site.  

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CFClient: Sounding Off And Mozzarella Sticks

CFClient, ColdFusion Builder, Mobile

Previously I played with the Accelerometer API make a "roll the ball" labyrinth game.  While I found the accelerometer API easy to implement, my experiments with the Media API proved less fruitful.  For a while I was afraid I would be unable to show anything at all, but after a considerable amount of fiddling (and Googling), I was able to get it working.   

The Media API contains function for capturing audio and video as well playing back audio.  The first thing I did was add some fun sound effects to my "roll the ball" game.  And secondly, I made an Adobe ColdFusion Sound Board.  But first, I had to get it working.

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