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Do you shave your entire body?" It's kind of an odd question (and might get you a funny look or a slap in the face depending on who you ask!), but if you were to ask a world-class swimmer, the answer would almost certainly be "yes." If you're serious about competition, you need to be willing to take the necessary steps to give you an edge. In these days of stiff job competition, getting certified in technical skill sets may make the difference between landing your dream job or continuing to dream. Overview CFMX Exam Buster from CentraSoft is a testing tool geared to help developers earn their ColdFusion MX Developer Certification from Macromedia. It consists of over 750 questions and 11 practice tests that are similar to those you would take as part of the real exam. The questions are designed to test your knowledge in the following areas of Web/ColdFusion developmen... (more)

ColdFusion Everywhere PART 1

Think about the last time you bought a car. Did you walk around the vehicle, look under the hood and sit in the driver's seat to get a feel for it? You probably took it for a test-drive before making the final decision. If you're a developer producing the next "killer app," it's only reasonable for your customers to want to test-drive your application as well. Have you ever wanted to demo your application but thought... It's too difficult to put together a general-purpose demo. Even if you did publish a "live" demo site, it would be open to wrong-headed visitors entering offensiv... (more)

CFEverywhere Part 3

After somewhat of a hiatus, we're back to continue and conclude our CFEverywhere journey. I should note that Dick Applebaum, my copilot for parts 1 and 2, was unable to join me for this last installment. It won't be the same without his contribution but we'll have to make do. Moreover, as Dick provided the knowledge for the Mac side of things, I'll have to apologize in advance for the lack of detail on that front. In the previous articles, we demonstrated how to deploy a CFML application into a self-contained package. We used BlueDragon, Jetty, and Derby to create a fully dynami... (more)

ColdFusion Everywhere PART 2

When we last left our two intrepid heroes they had just shown us how to create and run our first CFEverywhere application (including installing and configuring its requisite CFML server, application server, and Web server). Once installed, we were able to move our "package" (application and accompanying servers) to any hard drive and run it without change (we will exploit this capability later). In Part 1 we: Discussed the reasons and advantages of deploying applications as CFEverywhere packages Examined some applications that would benefit from this approach Installed the Jetty J... (more)

BlueDragon 6.1

If you haven't heard of BlueDragon, you're either new to the ColdFusion/CFML community or you've been under a rock somewhere. Back in September 2002, New Atlanta forever changed the CF landscape when it introduced BlueDragon 3.0. As a quick overview, BlueDragon is a family of server products that allows you to deploy CFML applications as an alternative to using Macromedia's ColdFusion MX. For more background, I refer you to the original product review I did for ColdFusion Developer's Journal, www.sys-con.com/coldfusion/articleprint.cfm?id=546. For this article, I am going to foc... (more)