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June 28, 2006
CRN: Adobe Races Ahead Of Microsoft With Flex 2 Overhaul

Interesting article just published (at 4:17EDT) by CRN, part of the CMP Channel Group:

Adobe Races Ahead Of Microsoft With Flex 2 Overhaul

Damon


ColdFusion 7.0.2 ReportBuilder Available
Just corrected on the site, this newly updated ColdFusion 7.0.2 ReportBuilder fixes a bunch of bugs and a few stability issues and is highly recommended for use with the newly updated ColdFusion Reporting engine in the 7.0.2 release:

ColdFusion 7.0.2 ReportBuilder

Damon


ColdFusion Senior Product Marketing Manager is...
Tim Buntel, former ColdFusion Senior Product Manager!

Welcome back, Tim!

(Goes to show...you can never really leave the ColdFusion team!)

Damon


ColdFusion 7.0.2 Release Notes Available

Just posted....

http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/coldfusion/mx702/cf702_releasenotes.html

(Also available via a link the updated 7.0.2 Administrator, and can be found via the Adobe ColdFusion product page, via the "Documentation" link, then the "Release Notes" link).

HTH!

Damon


Adobe Flex 2 and ColdFusion 7.0.2 Now Available!

For ColdFusion customers:

FAQ about ColdFusion MX 7.0.2 Updater

Here are the two press releases that went out over the wire this morning:

Adobe Announces Immediate Availability of Adobe Flex 2
and
Adobe Flash Player 9 Leads a New Generation of Dynamic Media and Rich Internet Applications

ColdFusion customers can download the free ColdFusion 7.0.2 Updater here:

http://www.adobe.com/support/coldfusion/downloads_updates.html

Enjoy!

Damon

June 26, 2006
Reminder: Keep Up with Product Security Patches!

At Adobe, and on the ColdFusion team, we take product and customer security very seriously.

We have a strict and very detailed internal Product Security Policy that all product teams must adhere to, and I'm proud to say that the ColdFusion team (due to some very early lessons we learned the hard way back in the very early Allaire days), is a sponsor and a major contributor to this policy.

From a pro-active engineering perspective, before every release, the ColdFusion product also undergoes an extensive, open-book, multi-phased external product security audit from a reputable outside contractor who specializes in product security. It's expensive, no doubt, but very well worth it for us and our customers we believe. We open our source code, discuss feature implementation at length, and grant full access to our code and engineers to the auditing firm (who is under iron-clad NDA of course) and work to find potential problems and fix issues BEFORE the product ever gets to a paying customer.

Anyway, just a reminder: PLEASE make sure you are running the latest patch levels for your version of ColdFusion (and all Adobe products), and have reviewed the Adobe Security Zone Advisory list here:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/

In general, you can be sure that when we release a new Updater or dot (or dot-dot) release, we will always roll up all the latest hotfixes and security fixes into that release, so you know you have the very latest patches on the day it's released. But it's entirely possible that an issue could be found after the latest release has shipped, and an Advisory could be released with a patch, and it makes sense (very good sense!) to make sure you're aware and on top of it.

So we've also provide an email notification service everyone should sign up for:

Adobe Product Advisory Nortification Service

From that page:

"The Adobe Security Notification Service is a free e-mail notification service that Adobe uses to send information to customers about the security of Adobe products. Anyone can subscribe to the service, and you can unsubscribe at any time."

"With this service our objective is to provide customers with timely and accurate information that can help protect them against malicious hacking. We research issues reported directly to Adobe, issues found internally at Adobe, and issues discussed in public places such as security newsgroups. When we publish bulletins, they'll describe the security issue, its impact, and how customers can protect themselves. The bulletins will also detail what actions Adobe has taken and additional resources that may be available."

Stay patched and stay safe!

Damon

June 22, 2006
Demonstration: RAD Flex 2 Development for CF Developers

In this three-part presentation, Dean Harmon of the ColdFusion team presents and instructs on the use of the ColdFusion FlexBuilder 2 Extension features:


Part 1:ColdFusion Extensions for FlexBuilder – App Gen Wizard Intro (14:01)
Part 2:ColdFusion Extensions for FlexBuilder – App Gen Wizard Advanced Features (08:50)
Part 3:ColdFusion Extensions for FlexBuilder - Other Features, Wizards and Utilities (11:23)

Damon


Online Preso: Ben Forta's "Intro to CF-Powered Flex"

Now online:

Introduction to ColdFusion-Powered Flex

Enjoy!

Damon

June 19, 2006
CF Team @ CFUNITED Next Week
Come on down to CFUNITED in Washington, DC next week and meet some of the ColdFusion engineering and management team, and find out what the ColdFusion + Flex 2 combination really means for your organization, how to harness the power of this this powerful combo, and go home with a formidable arsenal of hero-making knowledge and new capabilities once again this year.

We'll hopefully have some very exciting announcements, some of which you might be able to guess but some I'm sure will be a complete surprise, and some demos of some very exciting innovation the team has been working on in parallel with the Mystic release.

We look forward to listening, learning, and hearing your in-person feedback on how we've been doing, what challenges you're facing, and where you think we need to go next.

The official CFUNITED site.

Damon

June 14, 2006
Builder.com: Take advantage of an opportunity while the ColdFusion landscape is hot
Great article on Builder.com by Brian Kotek on why it's truly an excellent time to be a ColdFusion developer:

http://builder.com.com/5100-6371_14-6083279.html?part=rss&subj=bldr

On the CF + Flex 2 combination in particular:

"The FlexBuilder IDE contains some excellent ColdFusion development tools, and allows you to literally build an entire Flex application in minutes. If you have seen Ruby's scaffolding in action, you will have an idea of how rapidly you can use FlexBuilder to create Flex apps and all the related ColdFusion server-side components. The impact that Flex 2.0 is going to have, not just on ColdFusion development but on Web development as a whole, is (in my humble opinion) going to be huge."

I couldn't agree more. The coming months will be an incredible time to be part of this community!

Damon

June 8, 2006
New Release: Michael Damon Cooper

...and the CF team keeps growing... :)

Michael Damon Cooper arrived 3:36AM EST Monday, May 29, 2006, weighing in at 8lbs, 12oz and measured 20.5 inches. Mom & Michael and doing great but are very tired and are getting some much-needed rest.

A few pics of the new CF team member HERE.

Next release...Mystic :)

Damon

June 2, 2006
CF7/Flex 2 Users: CSC Opens Registration of 6-Digit Mobile Codes

The Common Short Code Administration has just announced that in conjunction with US mobile carriers, they're making available new 6-digit short codes for use in SMS applications.

Get 'em while they're hot :) Up to now, only 5-digit short codes have been available (ie Google’s "46645", etc).

The introduction of cross-carrier 6-digit codes is an indicator of the sharp increase in demand created very recently as organizations finally recognize and move to claim the massive ROI mobile-enabled applications can provide.

Coincidentally, we've seen a major surge in the deployment of 2-way session-aware SMS Text-enabled applications using ColdFusion MX 7's built-in SMS Gateway, and some of the applications are very, very cool. Everything from online Premium SMS (pay-per-message) services, mobile gambling, web user identity verification to mobile-enabling existing Web and business applications.

Event Gateways image

Mobile-enabling existing Web and business applications and workflows especially makes for great ROI when you're talking about enabling an application to "reach out" in a workflow scenario to be able to ask a question or extract a decision from a decision maker, regardless of where they are on the planet. Getting a real-time decision or approval made can reduce hours or days of lost "wait" time in critical business processes, and that means real-measurable ROI for many, many organizations.

Many customers are researching their options to build or enable these mobile SMS apps and when they discover that ColdFusion MX 7 ships with all the tools you need to build interactive, 2-way, session and client-aware applications in CFML, it uses the same point-to-point industrial-strength protocol used by the wireless carriers to communicate and transfer SMS traffic among themselves, and is actually wireless-carrier certified by carriers such as AT&T Wireless, etc, and works great with SMS Aggregators like m-Qube and Click-A-Tel, PLUS the fact that these apps can be built and tested and ready for live deployment in a matter of DAYS with CF7, and can deploy their apps on their standard J2EE servers as standard EAR/WAR compiled Java J2EE apps with CF7, it’s a pretty straight-forward decision.

More on ColdFusion MX 7's SMS Gateway here: http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion/event_gateways

And building an SMS app (or mobile-enabling an existing application) really is amazingly simple with CF7. You can create a basic "echo: [whatever-you-typed-on-your-phone]" app in about 5 minutes or so, and test it out with the built-in SMS Test Server (ie phone company server), Phone Emulator (visual UI of a phone interface that talks to the SMS Test Server) and an SMS Gateway in CF7.

Check out the 2-way, interactive menu-driven sample apps in the CF7 {cfusion}\gateway directory using the built-in SMS Test Server, Phone Emulator UI and Sample SMS Gateway for a quick taste.

Of course, mobile-enabling your Flex 2 applications will also be super-easy and extends the possibilities of applications you can create if you're using ColdFusion 7 on the back end. Imagine having a 2-way interactive conversation (with Flex 2 and ColdFusion 7.0.2 push-to-client capability) or real-time workflow dashboard updated with input from a senior manager's cell phone. The ROI (and coolness factor!) of RIA's just went waaay up :)

Some places we’re seeing organizations make use of mobile-enablement of existing apps or workflows include PO approvals, critical notifications, help-desk services, phone directory lookup, CEO dashboard & alerts, meeting reminders & cancellations, SMS-email bridging, new user signup security verification (code sent to phone must be entered into the web app for verification), and any place workflows of any kind have time-critical steps that involve people.

Event Gateways image

Another type of application that is ripe to take off for organizations with geographically-dispersed remote devices that periodically require human intervention, is the SMS-enablement of those devices. The devices can be queried as to their status, location, content levels, readings, etc, and can "call home" to a central office when they need help, maintenance, refilling, have been tampered with, etc.

Examples include devices that transmit GPS and vehicle telemetry, remote device monitoring, vending machines, gas pumps, natural gas or water meters, tanks, ships, fleet trucks, cars, even GPS Coke cans! (ie CocaCola's US Summer 2004 contest)...basically any time it’s cheaper to send a text message than it is to send a human (or just isn't possible to send one), SMS makes great sense.

And with CF7, building these industrial-strength, 2-way session and client-aware apps is possible in just minutes.

See my previous posts on the following topics for more info and next steps to make sure your app and organization can leverage the ubiquity of mobile phones to streamline workflows, add security and maximize your applications' ROI:

Some additional CF7 mobile SMS-enabled application ideas

CF7 SMS Applications Made Easy PPT Presentation

Finding an SMS Services Provider for your app

Native SMPP vs Web Services for SMS apps

Have fun, and I look forward to hearing how you were able to streamline your organizations processes and maximize ROI!

Damon