Making The View: Part 4

OK, back to it. It's been a little while, so you may want to go back and review parts 1, 2 and 3 before continuing. At this point we've created a very basic structure, giving you a basic, standards compliant document and stylesheet. But, you still don't really have any content, just a header with a bogus title, a spot for a menu, and a container for content and a sidebar. Where to next?


Still Here

OK, it's been a little busy. BlogCFC has had a few updates (which still need to be applied here). One of the nicest updates I've seen is the liquid layouts. I replaced the Alagad image component with Efflare's imagecr3 tag. After extensive testing, I (and my colleagues) have found that the java imageio based tags were just not stable enough, nor was the conversion quality up to par. After looking through our (3,000+ templates) codebase, I wrote a new image.cfc wrapper for the imagecr3 tag, writing functions with names that matched those we were using within the Alagad component. Although the update to our three production servers definitely outlined our need for version control, overall the replacement of the image.cfc worked like a charm.

Stay tuned. I'm hoping, this week, to post another installment to my tutorial on "the View", where I'll begin to get in to making the templates dynamic. We might also talk about the use of <cfinclude> inside of CFCs and UDFs (some things to be aware of).

The New CF IDE

OK, what are Damon Cooper and the Adobe crew up to? There a post on Damon's Blog on What's Your Ultimate ColdFusion IDE? This has gotten some very interesting responses. Overwhelming support for CFEclipse, with suggestions on what to extend in it's feature set (everyone says 'Debugging').

And then Damon makes this cryptic remark:

Guys, thanks for the feedback this far. Much appreciated. We've heard you all loud and clear, and I, at least, realize now more than ever from this small sampling of feedback that our suspicions were correct.

I sincerely hope we can both pleasantly shock and awe you with what we have on store.

I will say this: the solution we come up with may not be what you're expecting, but it may be what just what you've wished for :)


Wow, do these people know how to tease us or what? I know that I saw at least two comments telling them to hire Mark Drew (and mine was one of 'em). I also saw quite a few things mentioned that I believe the CFEclipse crew is already working on (at least in R & D). Tell me, what do you think?