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April 29, 2007
Full ColdFusion Hard Copy Docs $50 @ Adobe Online Store!

I've posted this before, but the doc set was $150 previously. But good news...they're now $50, which I think is a great, great deal!

Several people had questions about the availability of ColdFusion books, and you may not be aware that 1) the ColdFusion MX 7 doc set is absolutely top-notch excellent, and 2) the full set of all CFMX7 books is available for sale at cost at the Adobe online store here.

Again, the whole set is now $50 (basically @ Adobe cost) and you get absolutely everything you'll need to build CFMX7 applications of all shapes and sizes, regardless of your experience history with ColdFusion.

The docs have really undergone a quite revolution over the last 2.5 releases, starting with CFMX 6.0, then a full rework with CFMX 6.1, and another full rewrite with the CFMX 7 doc set. Randy Neilson, Hal Lichton, Anne Sandstrom and the other doc team members have done an AMAZING job with them this time, and you owe it to yourself to have the hardcopies available while you're developing (if you're anything like me, you just can't replace good hardcopy books).

The full set includes:

- Installing and Using ColdFusion MX 7 (72 pages)
- ColdFusion MX 7 CFML Quick Reference (38 pages)
- Getting Started Building ColdFusion MX 7 Applications (152 pages)
- Configuring and Administering ColdFusion MX 7 (170 pages)
- ColdFusion MX 7 CFML Reference - Vol 1 (448 pages)
- ColdFusion MX 7 CFML Reference - Vol 2 (654 pages)

And the best books for learning and practicing (with working examples!) new features, IMO:

- ColdFusion MX 7 Developer’s Guide - Vol 1: (840 pages)
- ColdFusion MX 7 Developer’s Guide - Vol 2: (262 pages)

Enjoy, and please spread the word! These docs are excellent, and really should be everything you need for ColdFusion development using CFMX7.

Damon

April 25, 2007
Get Notified when ColdFusion 8 ("Scorpio") Public Beta is Available

We'll be notifying customers about the availability of the Scorpio public beta on Adobe Labs in the coming months.

However, in order to receive this notification, you need to have an Adobe membership.

Most of you likely already have this; it's what you use to sign in if you want to download trial software or post to the forums. If you don't, you can create a new membership account at https://www.adobe.com/go/gn_your_account.

Just make sure that you have checked the box indicating that you want to receive communications from Adobe via email on the “Change Communication Preferences” page under your account information.

Remember, if you don’t have that magic box checked, we can't send you word when the beta is released (company "opt-in" policy and all that...)

Damon

April 24, 2007
9 ways ColdFusion 8 will rule web development

Note that each week on the Scorpio World Tour we'll be unveiling more and more features, so do keep up with the ColdFusion blogosphere this next month or so, and do get to an event near you....you'll for sure be seeing something new unveiled the public hasn't seen before.

Here's a great blog post from a customer who attended one of the Scorpio preview events yesterday: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/04/24/9-ways-coldfusion-8-will-rule-web-development/

Enjoy!

Damon

April 23, 2007
CF 7.0.2 Hot Fix Available for File Uploads and CFC's Stored in Shared Scopes

Get the CF 7.0.2 Hot Fix here:

http://www.adobe.com/go/kb401239

The Hot Fix addresses two issues: one with JRun 4 and one with ColdFusion 7.0.2. JRun 4 erroneously reused the input stream buffer for some requests, and in ColdFusion 7.0.2, when CFC instances were kept in shared scopes, in some istuations, they were not being released properly.

To complete the loop, this issue was also previously reported here, and should now be addressed with this Hot Fix.

Damon

April 20, 2007
Come see Adobe ColdFusion 8 (aka 'Scorpio'') World-Wide, Beginning Next Week

The ColdFusion 8 "Scorpio" User Group Tour kicks off next week world-wide, with stops in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Come see the incredible innovations and customer solutions the ColdFusion engineering team has been working on now for the past 2 years. No fluffy features, no features for feature's sake. It's all about giving developers the tools they need and can use right now to build powerful, dynamic rich internet solutions with true intuitive ease, like you've never seen before, and in record-breaking time.

We do respect your busy schedule, so we'll stay focused on previewing the innovations that we think will make you look like a hero with ColdFusion, yet again.

ColdFusion first introduced dynamic web pages to the World Wide Web in a serious way back in 1995 and 1996. I believe we're going to change the Web again with ColdFusion 8 in 2007.

Check the schedule for the preview nearest you: http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion/events

Damon

April 16, 2007
Adobe Creative Suite 3 is Now Shipping

This has got to be one of the best suites of software products ever created on the planet.

Seriously.

Check it out:

http://www.adobe.com

Damon