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"The week in ColdFusion": weekly news update from Kay Smoljak

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If you haven't heard of it, I want to give a tip of the hat to Kay Smoljak and her relatively new "the week in ColdFusion" series of blog entries, where she intends to track the week's news. You can find it here:


The URL above is for all her CF entries on her blog, so you need to find each week's entry among her other entries for the week. But she's noted to me (in a comment in one of them there) that she won't have too many each week to make it hard to pick out the news items. (While someone could also setup a Yahoo Pipe to solve the problem, perhaps out of respect we should just get her entire feed and keep an eye out for those news entries.)

Kay's an Aussie (Perth) who's been doing CF for several years. She's done about 4 weeks of the news so far, and I wish her well. Keeping up with the week's news in the CF community is a noble effort. Many have tried and been unable to keep it up.

In the past, we had the guys on the ColdFusionWeekly offering news into the middle of last year, and CFReports until Sept, but since then it's been mostly interviews. I don't mean that as a slap. I know it's hard work!

Indeed, we also had the guys at the ColdFusion podcasts who would do news as well, but they went off the air completely in late 2006, so at least the weekly's still there. (I'll have more to share about the surprising history of CF podcasts in an upcoming entry.)

We also had Andy Allan also doing a roundup of the best of the blogs ("weekly blog roundup"), but he too petered out in late 2006.

It's a tough job, and we're all grateful for those who have, are, and will try to help us all out! :-)

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After reading this I was curious about how long I had been doing the weekly ColdFusion open-source updates and it appears I started in April of 2006 - so nearing 2 straight years in which I have only ever missed the week of Christmas each year. Anyway, it's certainly not as hard as a podcast but it's still quite a bit of work (but it's also fun) :)
# Posted By Brian Rinaldi | 2/13/08 9:00 PM
Nice work Kay, and of course Brian (who I read every week!)
# Posted By Michael Sharman | 2/13/08 10:25 PM
Good point, Brian. I was thinking only of general news, but certainly your O/S news tracking is surely appreciated by many. No slight intended. :-)
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 2/13/08 11:08 PM
Thanks for the shout-out, Charlie... I'm off now to write up this week's round up :)
# Posted By Kay Smoljak | 2/14/08 7:58 AM
Don't worry, I didn't feel slighted...just reading your post and seeing all the weekly updates that have come and gone just made me curious. Today it hardly feels like its been two years - but on Mondays (when I do the post) it often feels like 10 years ;)

I read Kay's weekly updates and think they are great. Key, I really hope you keep them going!
# Posted By Brian Rinaldi | 2/14/08 8:07 AM
Yeah, great job, Kay! In my experience with Sitepoint, I think it can be said that they generally have been lacking when it comes to CF content. I really hope your blog there is longer-lived than those of your predecessors on the Sitepoint CF blog. All the best.
# Posted By Tony Garcia | 2/14/08 6:58 PM
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