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CFMX, the new release of ColdFusion, will allow us to use JSP custom tags within our ColdFusion programs. Some may say, "So what?" In this article I hope to show you why it's definitely worth looking into this new possibility. At the time of this writing CFMX, previously known as Neo, is still in beta and the nondisclosure agreement prevents people writing about its features, but one of the few things that have been public knowledge since last year's DevCon is the ability to leverage JSP custom tags. I've been given the OK by Macromedia (indeed the encouragement) to show this stuff to you. But be aware that what I'm showing is how things work as of beta 3. It's possible that things may change prior to the production release, but again, this functionality has been shown in its current form for nearly a year. JSP Custom Tags Are Coming In CFMX it may soon not be unusu... (more)

New Possibility in CFMX: Server-Side Redirects

Now that we can talk freely about ColdFusion MX, I want to share something new that you likely won't hear much about... ...but that I think stands to be an important feature: server-side redirects, or "forwards." It's something CF has long been missing, and an improvement over CFLOCATION. The thing about a forward is that it's quite different from, and in most ways much better than, a CFLOCATION. We've all used CFLOCATION to transfer control from one CF page to another. But did you know that it performs a client-side redirection? The user doesn't see it happen, and maybe you nev... (more)

Allaire Developer's Conference

For a first-time event, the 1999 Allaire Developer's Conference provided a jam-packed two days of information and socializing for the more than 1,000 developers in attendance. When several dozen ColdFusion developers from all over the country gathered for the first time in July 1998 in Fort Collins, Colorado, it was the start of a great idea: share their knowledge with each other and finally put faces to names they'd long known online. Organized by energetic and dedicated enthusiasts, the two-day gathering was intimate and informal, staffed by volunteers, with a collegiate atmos... (more)

Browsing Within CF Studio/HomeSite+

Do you know how to use the internal browse capability in CF Studio/ HomeSite+? Did you know that you don't need to use the RDS feature to be able to do so? And that you can use it to browse not only CFML templates running on both ColdFusion and BlueDragon, but also JSP, ASP, PHP, and others? Even if you don't care for the internal browser, did you know Studio can load your templates in any external browser you have installed? And that there are keyboard shortcuts for doing either? In this month's Journeyman column, I'll walk you through the steps to enabling internal and external ... (more)

FusionDebug Tips, Tricks, and Traps

FusionDebug is an easy straightforward tool, but if you leverage the experience of others, you can be even more productive. Elsewhere in this issue, Jeff Houser introduces the FusionDebug interactive step debugger. I'd like to carry that discussion a bit farther and share various tips, tricks, and traps I've learned from my experience with the tool and that I've gleaned from available FusionDebug resources. I've been using FusionDebug (FD) for a couple of months now and am a fan. First I'd like to share some general tips that address some common questions or concerns I've observe... (more)