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CFEclipse 1.3 Released

But, you already knew that. (Sorry I'm late to the party, I've been busy studying for my exam, etc.) The suspense was killing everyone, it seems, on what all of the mysterious banners were that popped up on several key blogs (including mine? Now how did that happen?) Then came 'the hunt', that cool programmer's puzzler leading to the video. Finally Version 1.3 of CFEclipse is out of beta and available for download.

Over the coming weeks Mark and the crew will be putting out some info on the new features of CFEclipse. Most of the changes aren't very evident to those who've been on the beta, but one of the immediate enhancements I noted was the template introspection when I began to reference variables I had previously defined. Nice time saver. What goodies have the rest of you spotted?

The entire CFEclipse crew has been hard at work over the last year knocking off the bugs that had been reported, doing some fine tuning, plus cranking out a new site (which is still a work in progress). Truly great stuff from Mark Drew and everyone else on the CFEclipse project. So A) donate to their various 'conference' donation setups, and B) buy them lots of drinks at said conferences. Last I checked Mark was heading off for a well deserved trip to the pub. Someone buy that man a JD and Coke.

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CFMX7 and Apache 2.2.4

So, in my infinite wisdom, and much to the dismay of my wife, I decided to replace my server with a new (used) one. A slightly more powerful machine that a friend of mine was going to put on FreeCycle (Thanks Patti!), I thought it was perfect to go ahead and make some changes to my dev environment. I want to begin using Subversion, plus I figured I would go ahead and switch to CF on top of Apache (since IIS Sucks!), not to mention setting up CF on the multiserver install. Hey, why not.

Stephen Collins has a fine document called the ACME guide (for the uninitiated) that thoroughly covers setting up a basic, free development environment: Apache, ColdFusion, MySQL, (CF)Eclipse. I thought this would be a good place to start, but didn't realize that Apache had upgraded their server before AcidLabs could update the ACME guide. Whoops! ColdFusion install completes but Apache won't restart!

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Making The View: Part 7

OK, so let's get interesting. We've covered creating a base template in XHTML, properly divided our display declarations from our content by using Cascading Style Sheets, and pinpointed some areas within the base template which should be dynamic. Finally, in our previous tutorial, we brought all of this together in a reusable template, which we demonstrated by using it as a custom tag. Now we're going to really start having some fun, by redefining our view within some frameworks. Now, I'm no expert. There are probably a few dozen ways to properly handle the view within the different frameworks, so any other suggestions are welcome as always. We're going to start off with Model Glue:Unity, while I catch up on the changes to Mach II and Fusebox.

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Internet Presence: Why Is It Pertinent?

OK, I've been busy. With the holidays, projects at work, and studying for my CF 7 Certification Exam, I am a little behind on my postings. So, I thought to do a little cross work posting here. This is the full, un-edited article which I wrote for the December edition of 'Dealer Marketing Monthly', a publication targeted to the automotive dealership industry (for which my employer develops and hosts websites). Editors, lovely people that they are, cut the article content in half and changed the tone entirely, prior to publication, so I give it to you here in it's totally un-edited splendor. May you gain some small nut of insight/knowledge/humor from reading my ramblings.

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Making The View: Part 6

There is more than one way to skin a cat. In our last tutorial I showed you an old, tried-but-true method for including page headers and footers. But, every ColdFusion developer knows that there are many different ways. In this tutorial we'll go over creating the same header and footer using custom tags.

Custom Tags provided a huge level of power to ColdFusion Markup Language, because it gave us the ability to write simple and elaborate code snippets that could be placed in a centralized repository for consistent reuse. One way to think of them is like an include, but with expanded functionality. Let's get started.

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Welcome MXNA and Fullasagoog

I want to welcome new readers from MXNA and Fullasagoog. I hope that there is a little something here for everyone. You can read my Welcome post for a little more about what you might find here at Cutter's Crossing, and you can check out Who I Am for a little more information about me and what I might bring to the blogosphere. Again, welcome one and all, happy reading, and let me know what you think.

Making The View: Part 5

So, now anyone following along has had plenty of time to come up with a few items they might include in a page template, variables that might change but layout consistent. Let's take a look at how we might apply the same layout from several different programming perspectives.

First I think we'll start off with basic includes. This is a technique used over and over again, and something that might apply in many different web development languages, but we'll just use trusty old ColdFusion. Let me point out something you don't want to do. Do not place your header and footer includes inside your Application.cfm (or cfc) or OnRequestEnd.cfm. Doing so would strip you of higher levels of control of your output and leave you in the wind if you require alternate displays on different pages, plus could cause you issues should you begin to use AJAX in your applications.

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