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July 13, 2005
Happy 10th CF! Tour the CFMX7 R&D Newton Facilities!
Happy 10th Birthday, ColdFusion!

Wow, hard to believe it's already been nearly a full decade that ColdFusion has been making developers productive and powering dynamic web applications.

The ColdFusion MX 7 "Blackstone" release was a truly landmark release: solid and stable, fast, reliable, powerful, empowering, with radical new capabilities, and breaking out of what has become an increasingly stagnant and commoditized list of application server functionality.

We haven't seen people this excited in a long, long time. Clearly, CFMX7 sparked the imagination of thousands of organizations who have come to understand what this product enables them and their organizations to do, and they're bringing this innovation and power to bear, with great successes!

We've hit the 10-year anniversary of the first great set of innovations that initially made up the first version of ColdFusion, but we’re marking it with what I believe are even more radical and exciting innovations that will empower developers like never before and enable new categories of Internet applications with radical ease, in record time, and for many years to come.

So, Happy 10th Birthday, ColdFusion!

So come on in behind the scenes and Click Here to tour the ColdFusion MX 7 Team's facilities in Newton, MA, where ColdFusion MX 7 was conceived, built, tested and shipped.

Enjoy, and I'll see you at the birthday party!


July 7, 2005
CFUNITED "CFMX7 Mobile SMS Applications Made Easy" Preso
Here's a copy of my "CFMX7 SMS Applications Made Easy" presentation:

Download Preso

Thanks to everyone who attended at 8:40AM Friday morning :)


CFMX7 HomeSite+ and DW Extensions
Several people have asked where they can find the CFMX7 HomeSite+ and Dreamweaver extensions.

They are located on the CFMX7 install CDROM, and are also available for free download from the MM.com website here:

Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Downloads Page



July 5, 2005
Hardcopy Full CFMX7 Documentation Set is Available
At CFUNITED, several people had questions about the availability of ColdFusion MX 7 books, and almost every person I spoke with about them were not 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.

The set is $50 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 (this time) everything you need for ColdFusion development using CFMX7. I really wish we could have shipped these in every box, but it wasn't possible for a number of reasons.