2004 ColdFusion MX 6.1 Updater Available
I mentioned this one during my tour, the ColdFusion MX 6.1 updater is now available. This update to ColdFusion MX 6.1 consists of several fixes that have previously been available separately; the JRun Updater 3 (for ColdFusion server configurations only), new releases of DataDirect JDBC drivers and JIntegra COM support, making sure that these important components are up to date, all security fixes through July and over 60 bugs fixed in ColdFusion. It rolls together all ColdFusion MX 6.1 hot fixes and security patches that have been released to date, eliminating the need to install multiple hot fixes and patches. Many other included fixes have not been available elsewhere. Details at http://www.macromedia.com/support/coldfusion/ts/documents/cfmx61_updater.htm.
2004 Understanding Blackstone's Administration API
Consider the following situations ...
* You don't have access to the ColdFusion Administration, but need to make simple changes (like registering your IP addresses for debugging).
* You need temporary datasources (perhaps for data import tasks) and want to be able to programmatically create (and drop) them.
* You automate user account creation processes (FTP, e-mail, and more), and need to define ColdFusion Administrator settings for new users.
* You are the administrator, and want to allow users to be able to set specific Administrator settings only without granting them ColdFusion Administrator access.
You get the basic idea. The ColdFusion Administrator is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition, and that is not changing in Blackstone. What we are planning on changing is providing developers with an alternative to the ColdFusion Administrator, and Administration API.
I am not going to comment yet on exactly how the API is implemented (or what the calling code looks like). But I do want to comment on the API itself, and the problem it addresses.
The intent is to provide a series of calls that will provide access to settings in the ColdFusion Administrator, both getting and setting. From reading current server settings, to changing debug settings, to defining datasources, to registering CFX tags, to ... lots of stuff.
Now before anyone panics, this does not mean that anyone who can write CF code can make ColdFusion Administrator changes. The APIs will require that a password be specified, and it is unlikely that all developers would be given that password (if they had it they'd be able to use the ColdFusion Administrator now). Rather, the API will be used by administrators to create custom consoles, mini-admin applications, and scripts. Administrators will use the APIs to allow developers to self-manage (to the extent that they allow).
So, if you need to create datasources the administrator could whip up a "create a datasource" screen. And if you needed to register a debug IP address, a simple script could do that. And so on.
I'll post more details in the future.
2004 Need a Quad-Band GSM Phone
Do you have (or have you used) a quad-band GSM phone? The only ones I have seen are the Motorola v400, Motorola v500, Motorola v600, the NEC 525, the Palm Treo 600, and the Sharp GX32. (It does not look like Nokia or Sony Ericsson have any to offer, even the new SE p910 comes in three different tri-band options instead of a quad-band, how stupid!). While not a Motorola fan, I am leaning towards the v600 for now. But ... any suggestions?
2004 "Windows Network & .NET Magazine" Powered by ColdFusion
"Windows Network & .NET Magazine" (at http://www.winnetmag.com/) is powered by ColdFusion. There are lots of static pages on this site, so you may have to dig around to find the .cfm links, but they are indeed there. Thanks to Steve Young for this one.