What Do You Want?

By davidjmedlock
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…posted by davidjmedlock:

Many people have commented on how nice it is to see ColdFusion get some spotlight here on Sitepoint. Now my goal is to edge out all the PHP, Java, ASP, and .Net coders and eventually turn Sitepoint into one big ColdFusion site.

Okay, I’m just kidding. The PHP guys need a place to hang out, too, ya know. At any rate, I want to hear from all our ColdFusion readers exactly what information you want from Sitepoint when it comes to ColdFusion. Do you want more entry level tutorials? Do you want book reviews? Interviews with successful ColdFusion developers? In-depth articles on specific topics?

I’m interested in hearing what our readers want. So, for everyone out there reading this, feel free to comment on types of articles you’d like to see as well as specific topics you’d like covered. Be as specific or vague as you like. Of course, the more specific you are, the more likely you are to get what you want. :)

So, it’s in your court now. Have at. As Dr. Crane would say: “I’m listening”.

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  • Thanks for putting up the blog David! Very exciting.
    Personally, I would like to see a very intuitive and easy to follow (for the intermediate CF developer) tutorials/articles on frameworks and methodologies such as Fusebox/MachII, Sandbox security, things like that.

    I’ve read a few things on Fusebox and still just don’t get it. I get the concept, just not the implementation.

    Thanks Again!

  • Firestorm2003

    Nice, I’d like some short entry level CF tutorials. Like once everyday 3 or 4 days, you post a short entry level CF on one topic, then 4 days later you post part 2 etc.

  • I’m not a ColdFusion developer, however I have recently setup ColdFusion for local development. The way I tend to work is generally by diving into the deep-end first. So preferably I would like to see a number of intermediate/advanced tutorials. From that a number of forthcoming papers, which detail advanced topics, which generally draws me into the language by seeing something productive.
    Although what generally attracted my attention to .NET was the ease at which you can setup a web-service. Maybe that

  • /me takes notes.

    Excellent comments from all!

  • I’m in agreement with Andrew. I haven’t played with CF since version 4.5, and even then it was very basic things since I didn’t use it on any project. I’d like to see some intermediate-level tutorials. Some info on integration with Java and Flash would be really cool too :).

  • william

    i would be interested in discussions of coding with cf and implementing clean urls as discussed at http://www.alistapart.com/articles/urls/ many moons ago. in the same vein, coldfusion folks talking about accessibility and web standards would also turn me on!

  • Great that we’ve got some representation! I’d like to see some book reviews. Mostly I’d like to see tutorials with a purpose, such as an example ecommerce cart or maybe integration with Flash. Mostly easy to understand and follow. Say do one for novices then the next time intermediate and the next advanced. Split the project up into these sections that way its easier to learn. Aove all assume nothing. Great job so far!

  • personally i would like to see more advanced articles. the things i cant find in most books. things like encryption, optimization, caching, the things you can do with components they dont teach you in the books, you know things like that. fusebox is another thing that would be great to see on here. but basically if you write it ill read it, even if you do entry level topics, i could always learn things from them too

    glad to see you here! im looking forward to it!

  • Thanks everyone for the excellent response here. It looks like I’ve got more on my hands than I can handle… Maybe I can get going on some of your ideas before CF 9.0 comes out.. :lol:

    I will definitely use these ideas for my articles starting with April’s. (March’s article is almost done, even though February’s hasn’t been published yet. Sitepoint has a lot of content to publish, so one article a month may be the most we can get out there…)

  • Megan

    How about some things like how to create your first custom tag, integrating paypal ipn, encrypting and decrypting passwords or cc info, reviews of different cf apps or sites that use cf or cf hosting, naming conventions & code writing standards, making use of wddx, scheduling when you don’t have access to the admin, uploading, verity collection 101, stored procedures, charting, debugging, etc. ~megan

  • Wow, Megan, that’s quite a list. I will consider those items for sure. I think at this point Sitepoint is only able to publish one article a month of mine, due to high volumes of content from other columnists and authors. I will do my best, though. I may add a poll to this blog for everyone to vote on April’s article.

  • Trevor Lyman

    I would love to see something that explains how to better work with a database in terms of relational databases and inner joins. I don’t understand how to set them..mainly in terms of the CF code that make the query work.

  • Megan

    Hi David ~ You said you wanted to know the kinds of things we are interested in ;D – actually whether you end up writing an article or touching on a topic in your blog, I look forward to reading your stuff ~megan