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CFUnited presentations audio recordings now available free to attendees

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Here's great news: if you attended CFUnited and want to listen to the presentations, they're now available free. Check out http://www.teratech.com/cfunited06/ and use your login and password from the event. You can find the powerpoint presentations as well. Video is still available to be purchased separately, it seems.

Sadly, not all the presentations offer recordings, even if they offer video. My own talk, for instance, has no MP3 available, and when I view the video, the audio was really crappy, which is perhaps why no MP3 was made available. Still, I found that 32 of the 41 talks do have audio.

Using Atlas (MS Ajax Toolkit) with CF, and getting CF / Atlas example working

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Have you wondered about using Microsoft's Atlas tookit with CF? You can. It helps, though, to recognize that the toolkit is composed of multiple parts, one of which is a purely client-side toolkit and which can certainly work with CF. There's even sample code to demonstrate it.

Before I point that out, let me clarify that Atlas has also been renamed recently and is now named in ways that recognize the different parts. The client portion is now called the Microsoft Ajax Library.

There's a demo zip showing CF/Atlas integration available at the blog of the MS Developer who presented it at CFunited, Brad Adams. As discussed in the blog and comments, just unzip the file into your web server root. Assuming you leave it named AtlasCF, you need not change the code--except for one thing.

If you have CF Debugging turned on, the app will fail to work (without any message). Of course, the debugging will cause his CFM page (called from the Atlas client) to send the big load of HTML debugging info at the bottom of its output--and his Atlas client obviously won't be expecting that.

The simple solution is to drop:

<CFSETTING ShowDebugOutput="no">

into the application.cfm.

Sadly, he's got comments turned off so I can't offer this there, though I have emailed him and hope he may update the blog entry.

Perhaps others out there are also doing CF/Atlas integration. If so, drop some comments here for others who may be interested to hear.

Need a (safe) searchable archive for your mailing list? Get one for free!

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Is your group's mailing list run on a traditional list server? If so, do you have an available, searchable archive of past messages? If not, or if it doesn't work well, here's a free solution for your group.

mail-archive.com is a free service for archiving any mailing list. Once your list's archive is created, the service will receive and archive all future messages to the list, and offers a web-based interface for anyone to view the list messages (by date or thread) and of course search existing messages.

And yes, someone can even import past messages to stock the archive (http://www.mail-archive.com/faq.html#import). Cool! Better still, it protects the privacy of the list members by hiding or obfuscating their email addresses. They even make it possible to respond to the sender via the archive using a special server mechanism that avoids delivering the address to a spambot. See the info at http://www.mail-archive.com/faq.html#spam and skip to the 2nd paragraph for more. I note they even detect emails in signatures and remove those, replacing it with "[EMAIL PROTECTED]". Very nice. They even have a mechanism to permit a sender to a list to PREVENT their message being archived (by their including the header X-No-Archive: yes). Finally, I'll point out that other CF mailing lists already use it, including the venerable CF-talk list: http://www.mail-archive.com/index.php?autobahn=nolimit&hunt=fusion so a list organizer or list member can check out the interface before deciding whether to use it. If you're interested in doing this for your list, you may want to contact the person who runs it (though, technically, they don't mandate that you be the list owner to set it up). You may at least want to announce your intent on your list to avoid a bunch of members setting up duplicates. Feel free to point them to this very blog entry to learn more.

And on a related topic, if your group's mailing list is hosted on a "groups" site like google or yahoo groups, then you should already have archiving and searching of the list contents there.

If you have a group and don't yet have a list, you should consider those free "groups" services. It's a great way to bring a community together. I've written elsewhere about that. (Update: tipicalcharlie domain is no more, but page recovered using Archive.org.)

PS I do realize that Gmail could help me here, as an individual, but this is about solving the problem for all members of the list.

PPS I'd like to point out that I did previously write an entry on this same topic on another blog but wanted to reprise and update it here for those who may have missed it.

Switching among source windows in Eclipse/CFEclipse

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Those who know me well know I'm a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. I could give a whole session on them (and perhaps someday will), so I want to share one that I learned and which is useful if using Eclipse, CFEclipse, or FusionDebug. While many know ctrl-tab will swap among windows in many programs, that doesn't work in Eclipse. Try ctrl-F6 instead, which will show a drop down list of open files and let you scroll forward through them. To go backwards in the list, use Shift-ctrl-f6. Cheers.

PS For other keyboard shortcuts I've shared, going beyond things related to CF, check out the category/tag on the topic at my other (older) blog, tipicalcharlie.com: http://www.tipicalcharlie.com/tags/?/keyboard%2Bshortcuts (domain gone, page recovered from Archive.org)

PPS The entry above on ctrl-f6 is just one more point to be made about looking at Eclipse as a whole when using either CFE or FD. Don't just focus on what those plug-ins add, but rather also on the built-in features of the Eclipse interface which may help you with day-to-day functionality.

Update: Since writing this in 2006, note the several comments below where people offered still more. And of course since then CFBuilder has come out, and with its built-in Aptana offers still more of them. Indeed, in a talk I did on hidden gems, I list other shortcuts for switching windows.

Looking for great (free) web site design templates? check out oswd.org

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Most of us CF/web app developers aren't particularly skilled at site design/layout/CSS, etc. If you're creating a new site for yourself or clients, how would you like to know about a repository of over 1,600 free, well-designed, CSS-based, XHTML-compliant web site designs? Check out http://www.oswd.org/, a 5-year old repository of just that. Indeed, if you like the design of my site (carehart.org), I got it there, as mentioned at the bottom of my site's front page. Just thought others might not yet have heard about the resource. Enjoy!

oswd logo

My latest 2 CFDJ articles

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Check out the 2 latest articles I've done in the CFDJ (you can read them online for free): one is on FusionDebug Tips and tricks, and the latest is on using the nifty (free) LogParser tool with CF.

Sys-con has been working hard to catch up on late delivery of the magazine, as well as to bolster the content with topics that will appeal to a wider CFML audience. I'm glad to be a part of that effort after being quite absent myself for must of the past 3 years. (See the more than 50 other CFDJ articles I've done in the past 7 years.)

Good news: the CFDJ site search feature is functioning once again

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For those who, like me, often refer to past articles in the CFDJ magazine's online site, I'm delighted today to notice that the search bar (top of all pages) is now working again. It's been disabled for a couple of years.

Don't know if others have blogged about that (as I just mentioned, I'm in Europe this week and next, so not connected too often or too well while traveling).

It turns out that they've enabled the Google Site Search feature, which while not an internal search engine is at least much better than nothing at all. It found the things I was looking for, and though I've long used the Google site search feature to get around this there (and at other sites), many don't know how to use it, so it's certainly a step in the right direction.

I understand after talking with them that they are indeed looking to get the real CFML-based search to work again, and I may even help them with that now that I'm on my own. Anyway, in the meantime, enjoy.

On my European swing for 2 weeks of speaking at CFUGs, classes, and Conference

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
As I alluded to a couple of weeks ago, I'm now in the midst of a two week swing through Europe speaking at user groups and the CFDevCon conference, as well as teaching a couple of day-long classes. See the links below for more info. But here's where I'll be. If you're in the area, please come by and say hello:

Mon Oct 30, Zurich, CF User Group
Thurs Nov 2, Munich, CF User Group
Fri Nov 3, Munich, Day-long class on FusionDebug and FusionReactor
Mon Nov 6, Rome, Rome Adobe User Group
Thurs Nov 9, London, CFDevCon
Fri Nov 10, London, Day-long class on FusionDebug and FusionReactor

More info:

"Interested in a day of training on FusionDebug and FusionReactor? Join me in Europe"
http://carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2006/10/11/presenting_all_day_fd_fr_class_in_europe

"Considering the London CF DevCon? It just got better: Ben Forta will be speaking"
http://carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2006/10/16/ben_at_devcon

"More benefits for those who come to my FusionDebug/FusionReactor class the day after London CFDevCon"
http://carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2006/10/18/london_training_offer

Adobe acquires Serious Magic (nifty video software)

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Adobe has acquired the company Serious Magic, makers of some nifty video software (particularly Visual Communicator). While this news is making the rounds on the Non-CF feeds at MXNA and FullAsAGoog, I don't see it mentioned yet in the CF feeds. No, it's not a CF-specific product, but it may appeal to some in the CF Community who like to create video content. You can read the press release for more.

I've been a Serious Magic customer for a couple of years, though I've never gotten around to using my VC license. :-) It's really interesting, allowing you to create compelling "tv-like" videos using green screen technology (to have your video appear within or atop an interesting background) and teleprompting to ease reading of scripts. (Since I've never given speeches or read on screen from scripts, I'll admit that's not suited me.)

But if you haven't seen what the tool can do, check out the product page which has a nice few-minute long embedded video (that starts within a few moments of viewing the page) in which the author has used the tool to demonstrate itself.

I wish I'd gotten around to using it, as now with the Adobe acquisition I expect to see a lot more use of the tool. "I coulda been a contender!" :-) Enjoy.

Are you recording CFUG meetings? Check out this tip to track how many visits you get

Note: This blog post is from 2006. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
If you're a CFUG manager who may be taking advantage of the really nice offer from Adobe for us to use Connect to broadcast and/or record user group meetings, here's a nice tip for being able to track how many people have viewed the recording.

It turns out you can move a "Recorded Meeting" to the "Content Area" of your Connect account, so that Connect will treat the recorded version as "Content". Once you move it, you will now have access to the report section for the "content" (including the count of users who accessed the recorded version).

(Thanks to "Alain" on the Connect forums for sharing that answer when I asked about the challenge.)

Once you move it, you may wonder where to find it in the Connect Admin interface. You generally work in the "meetings" area, but you'll see a link in the top navbar next to that saying "content". That's where the recorded meeting is moved. Any URL for the recording remains the same.

What's more the count reflects all views since you recorded it, not just since you moved it.

One gotcha to watch out for: be sure to check the permissions on the recording, as the move could change the permissions. (Update 11/07: there was a time when I observed that the permissions would change, but recently I observe that I no longer need to do that.) Check "set permissions" while looking at the list of meetings at Content>My Content.

For more on the notion of user group managers using Connect, see the links below.

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