The Week In ColdFusion: 14-20 May: Keep on growing the communityBy Kay Smoljak
Conference season update
The WebManiacs conference is on in Washington DC at the moment, so I’ll do a full report on that next week. The week after will be Scotch on the Rocks in Edinburgh (June 4-6) before CFUnited (June 18-21). Excitement is building – part 2 of Speakers getting ready for CFUnited has been posted.
At last week’s Adobe Community Summit, much of the interesting information was under NDA – and annoyingly, none of those user group managers or community experts are leaking anything! Aaron West posted some wrap-ups of the stuff he was allowed to tell us: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
It’s all about the code
Some quick nuggets of coding gold this week:
- Raymond Camden shows us how to shrink an image, but not the canvas, using CF8’s image processing functions
- There’s been no new CFGRID tricks for a while (Dan Vega, where are you?) but this week Ray also has instructions for how to add an edit button to a grid
- Jason Dean continues his series of posts on security with a simple password strength function (hat tip to Steve Bryant’s CF_BlogPicks)
- Steve Bryant has posted instructions for integrating SpamFilter.cfc with Raymond Camden’s BlogCFC
- Adam Howitt talks about how to handle undeliverable CFMAIL messages
- Ben Nadel’s solution for converting a query to CSV is well worth a look, as is his code for semi-secure file downloads without cfcontent
On a longer and more philosophical note, Ben Nadel has also posted his thoughts on the use of undocumented ColdFusion features. Ben’s post has 42 comments so far – that’s a great debate on an interesting topic!
Brian Rinaldi reports four new projects and five updates in open source this week, including a simple content editor, site security system and updates to Raymond Camden’s Galleon forums, as well as a whole bunch of framework articles and tutorials.
Are you an old school IRC user? Sean Corfield reports there are two new IRC channels on chat.freenode.net for Open BlueDragon. Also in the Open BD camp, Matt Woodward has announced that the CVS repository and a bug tracker are now publicly available.
Who Uses ColdFusion is a new community resource – a list of ColdFusion developers and development shops around the world. It’s only just launched so is still gathering information – so go on over and submit your details. Thanks to Raymond Camden for the tip – he also reminds us to check out GotCFM, a directory of ColdFusion-powered web sites.
A few more community-related quickies…
- My CF-Talk mailing list roundup #6 summarizes posts on creating asynchronous processes, validating CFSELECT elements, preventing URL tampering and reversing an array, amongst other topics.
- Part 10 of Charlie Arehart’s post on topics from his tools and resources directory is a big one: frameworks and methodologies.
- The ColdFusion Weekly Podcast is still hanging in there! They really need to come up with a new name though – perhaps one that doesn’t set up unrealistic expectations of posting frequency :)
Enough for now! As always, send links or tips to kay at smoljak dot com, leave a comment or tag your items in del.icio.us with for:kay.smoljak.