The week in ColdFusion: 16-22 Jan 08: exam time!

By Kay Smoljak
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So what does the blogosphere have for hard-working ColdFusion developers this week?

Firstly, open source projects have been busy. More information about the upcoming version 5 of the FarCry CMS – “FarCry Fortress” – has been released, and it will now have a variety of deployment options which will mean that it can run more easily on shared hosting accounts, which has long been a bone of contention for many developers. Full details on the Daemonite blog: FarCry: Shared Hosting Made Easy.

On the frameworks front, Steve Nelson – one of the original developers of Fusebox – has written a “one year on” look at his simple CFC-based MVC framework. Apparently it hasn’t changed much, which makes perfect sense when you consider that it was meant to be super simple! Steve even goes so far as to explain how it works in one paragraph (and the final version is pretty short): Steve’s MVC Framework a year later.

Lots of developers are interested in the Ext JS Ajax framework, especially since Ext 1.0 is what does the heavy lifting behind the built in Ajax tags in CF8. Justin Carter has started on an Ext JS tag library for forms, and made some screenshots available. Although he hasn’t released any code yet, Justin is looking for suggestions as to how to proceed with the project so if you’re interested, pop over and see what’s he’s got so far.

Adobe Devnet has been updated with Part 4 of Charlie Arehart’s series of articles on CF8 monitoring: Multiserver Monitor, Admin API monitoring, and more. The first three installments of that series are linked from the article. While we’re in the server monitoring space, FusionReactor 3 has been released, with lots of interesting looking enhancements including a Flex-driven “Enterprise Dashboard”.

And last but not least, if you’re interested in certification, the word on the street is that the ColdFusion 8 exam will be released at the end of this month. Many people have strong opinions on the usefulness of the certification process, but if you’re looking to flesh out your resume it certainly can’t hurt. I’m thinking about swotting up for it – what about you?

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  • Rob Huddleston

    The word I got was that the Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash CS3 exams were being released on the 31st. Exams for ColdFusion, along with Premiere/Encore/Onlocation, Framemaker, Lightroom, RoboHelp and Captivate are scheduled for “late spring 2008”, so those looking to certify in CF8 have some more time to study.

  • carehart

    Kay, this new series of “the week in CF” entries is really great. Others have tried before and been unable to keep it up, so I certainly do wish you the best. It would be a great contribution to the community.

    I’m curious: do you have any kind of URL that would like people to just these entries? I realize they’re within your “coldfusion” category here, and no question your other entries are worth people’s time, but it would be especially cool if people could have a category or RSS feed for just these. I’m sure many would regard it as a “don’t miss” entry they’d want to see and handle specially, in the face of potentially hundreds each week from great bloggers like yourself.

    If you can’t for some reason, there are other solutions (like a yahoo pipe) that could be created and shared, but I want to start by using anything you may have to offer. Keep up the good work! :-)

  • carehart

    Doh! I thought I was replying to the entry from last week (what seemed to be the first in the series). I just found both today. Since I was commenting in the later one, which happens to point out my CF 8 Server Monitoring articles, I would certainly have wanted to add “thanks very much” for including those in your news, Kay. It was totally coincidental that I found the entries today. :-)

  • Hey Charlie – thanks for the words of encouragement. The RSS feed for just the general ColdFusion category is as fine-grained as we can get – but this category doesn’t have a particularly high posting frequency anyway, usually no more than one or two articles per week.