Release Day Is Upon Us

So, the flood has begun. Model Glue: ColdFusion (also known as 2.0, formerly Unity), as well as Model Glue: Flex, have been released, along with a brand new website.

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J.J. Merrick Calling In

J.J., ColdFusion developer extrordinaire and strong member of the Nashville ColdFusion User Group, has been convinced to join the 21st Century, and is now blogging about Life, Love, and the never ending pursuit of that Perfect Line of Code. J.J. is a wealth of developer information, who has helped me out on too many occasions to count, so make sure to follow the ramblings of this mad-man. Be careful, you're liable to learn something;)

Call For Input: Document Revision Comments

A little over a year ago we instituted a new policy within our dev team: placing a comment header at the top of every new (or revised) template. This comment header states what the template is, what it is used for, who originally created the file (if known) and a 'revision' listing. Every time a template is revised a notation was added to this header, with initials and date stamp, as to the purpose of the revision. This didn't replace line level comments to explain blocks of code, only augmented the process so that a total document change overview was available in an easy to review location.

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ExtJS Nested Tab Set with Demo

Ok, following up on my last entry, here is the same nested tab set done with the ExtJS UI Library. I went the the "Build Your Own" section within "Downloads" and built a script for JQuery with the ExtJS Core and the TabPanel. I also downloaded the whole library so that I had all of the example scripts, css, and images. After this I included the following files in my document header (notice the pathing changes):

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Updated JQuery Nested Tab Set with Demo

Ok, there have been some changes, but I'll try to keep it easy, with an example, and there will be an included .zip file. First, you'll need the latest JQuery build, as well as the latest version of the Tabs Plugin. Pay attention to the pathing I have created in my code snippets here.

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The ColdFusion 8 AJAX Components Debate

A debate rages on across the ColdFusion development community about the inclusion, and use, of the AJAX driven components and accompanying tags that have been included in the Beta Release of ColdFusion 8. Many examples of their use and benefit have already been posted by the likes of Ray Camden, Ben Nadel, and Ben Forta. No surprise there, as they all are huge proponents of the product, and, like so many of us, are very excited about the upcoming release of our favorite web programming platform.

But there are others still that think that the inclusion of these tags and components don't necessarily belong in the core language set of CFML. Many of these folks are also diehard JavaScripters, who took up writing AJAX early in it's infancy, fashioned their own components, or even contribute to open source libraries like JQuery. They argue that maybe the tags should have been separate CFCs available through the Adobe Developer's Exchange, or that the JavaScript rendered by the ColdFusion engine is too fat, taking up unnecessary bandwidth.

Can't we all just get along?

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