Last night I moderated the “Meet the ColdFusion Engineers” BOF (BOF=”Birds of a Feather”, for the uninitiated), a panel discussion allowing MAX attendees to pick the brains of the ColdFusion team (engineers, QA staff, business decision makers, marketing folks, and more). Attendance started off a bit on the light side (hey, they were handing out free beer downstairs in the exhibit hall, tough to compete with free beer), but the room quickly filled until there was standing room only.
Lots of good questions were asked, including:
What will the Blackstone upgrade cost? And how will features be packaged and editioned? Answer: Sorry, we can’t discuss that yet.
Will subscription customers get the Blackstone update? Answer: Yes!
How can CFML code be executed asynchronously? Answer: Via the new CFML gateway in Blackstone.
Will Blackstone have a
Will ColdFusion support null? Answer: JavaCast() in Blackstone makes it possible to pass null to Java calls, but support for null throughout CFML is on the wish list, but not implemented at this time.
What application events are supported by the new application event model? Answer: OnApplicationStart OnApplicationEnd OnSessionStart OnSessionEnd OnRequestStart OnRequestEnd OnRequest OnError.
Will the new spell checking in Verity support custom dictionaries? Answer: That is not necessary, Verity (in Blackstone) performs heuristic matching against text in indexed data, and does not actually use a dictionary at all.
Can the Blackstone beta co-exist with CF5 or CFMX? Answer: Yes, absolutely, we designed Blackstone so that it can live alongside current versions, so there is no reason not to try the beta.
What must we do to use the Blackstone Beta CD provided to all MAX attendees? Answer: Install it, agree to the terms, and provide us with feedback.
There was lots more too, I’ll post more questions and answers as (if?) I recall them.