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Manually configuring Internet Information Services 7 connector with ColdFusion

ColdFusion can be set up in a distributed environment, meaning that the ColdFusion is on a different physical machine than the web server. In a distributed environment, the connector is installed on the server hosting the web server and this server sends the request across the network to the remote server hosting ColdFusion .

ColdFusion comes with a Web Server Configuration Tool for connecting to external web servers. Usually, you copy the wsconfig.jar file to the web server machine and run the web server in a configuration where it refers to the remote server hosting ColdFusion. There may be occasions, however, when the Web Server Configuration Tool doesn’t work properly, for example, due to a firewall or network security restrictions. Should this happen, you can still configure the connector manually. This article demonstrates the steps required for manually configuring connections to Internet Information Services 7 websites in a distributed environment.

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Converting a number in ColdFusion to specified base (binary, hexadecimal etc)

Function Syntax
FormatBaseN(number, radix)

Parameter – Description
number – Number to convert
radix –  Base of the result (2, 10, 16)

 

More details on the Adobe link

History of Allaire Corporation and ColdFusion

Allaire Corporation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Allaire Corporation was a computer software company founded by Jeremy and JJ Allaire in Minnesota, later headquartered in Cambridge, then Newton, Massachusetts. It commenced operations in May 1995, had its initial public offering on NASDAQ (trading ticker ALLR) in January 1999, and was acquired by rival Macromedia in early 2001.[1]

Allaire released the first version of the ColdFusion server in 1995, the first database-driven web-content server. In its early history, the name of the language for ColdFusion, then known as Database Markup Language (DBML), was changed to ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). The company also produced two web design IDEs: HomeSite, purchased from Bradbury Software, and ColdFusion Studio, based on HomeSite with enhancements tailored to development of ColdFusion applications.

In 2000, Allaire acquired Live Software,[2], a company founded by Paul Colton in 1997 and best known for the creation of the first commercial Java Servlet and JSP server, JRun.

Allaire also produced an early web Content Management System (CMS) called Spectra.[3]

JRun was purchased by Macromedia, which in 2001 also purchased Allaire. In 2005, Macromedia was purchased by Adobe Systems.

The certification exam for ColdFusion 9 now available

The certification exam for ColdFusion 9 has been released.  Some details of interest:

  • Pearson VUE delivers the exam worldwide (NOTE: If you have never taken an Adobe exam with Pearson VUE, you will need to create a user account prior to scheduling your exam.)
  • Exam format: multiple-choice
  • Number of questions: 61
  • Passing score: 64%
  • Individuals who get a passing score of 80% or higher will receive the “Advanced ColdFusion” designation
  • Time: 80 minutes
  • Cost: $150
  • Language: English
  • Individuals get their score as soon as they finish the exam
  • Certificates are emailed to those who pass the exam

The prep guide can be found here and contains the exam structure, the exam outline and a few practice exam questions.

http://partners.adobe.com/public/ace/main.html

http://blogs.adobe.com/adc/2010/11/coldfusion-9-certification-exam-now-available.html

ColdFusion 9.0.1 with many new functionalities including Amazon S3 integration

Adobe ColdFusion 9.0.1 is a giant release of enhancements along with a few important bug fixes. The enhancements run the gamut from small tweaks to near full-fledged features. The ColdFusion team fixed over 170 individual bugs in this release, in addition to the enhancements the team added.

Amazon S3 integration
ORM enhancements
Server enhancements
Flash Platform integration
Language enhancements
Ajax enhancements
Spreadsheet enhancements

Read more at : http://www.adobe.com/devnet/coldfusion/articles/whatsnew_cf901.html

Hotfix for CF 8 decrypt function and more

If you are getting the following error while decrypting a string using decrypt function with CFMX_COMPAT algorithm in Cold Fusion 8, it might not necessarily be a coding error. You will need to apply the hotfix from Adobe.

Error: “The input and output encodings are not same”.

Get the hotfix here. Cumulative Hot Fix 3 for ColdFusion 8.0.1

Adobe AIR 2 (2.0.2) and Flash Player 10.1 have been released

Adobe AIR 2 (2.0.2) and Flash Player 10.1 have been released
Adobe AIR 2 download: http://get.adobe.com/air/
Flash Player 10.1 download:  http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/