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Thursday, October 28, 2004


RocketBoots is well worth watching for cool cf stuff.

Australian Elections RIA

2004 Federal Election. Interactive Election Map is a good example of how flash can deliver complex data intuitively.

F8 preview

F8 preview

Macromedia - DevNet Resource Kit Volume 9 Released

Macromedia - DevNet Resource Kit Volume 9 : Product Overview for more details. I have been doing some image manipulation in CF with CFX's so I am interested to see The Alagad Image Component in this DRK.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Alagad Image Component

I havn't tried the Alagad Image Component but thought I would blog it for future reference. It looks feature packed.

XLS Files in Cold Fusion using Java

Busy ColdFusion Developers' Guide to HSSF Features is an excellent article on how to leverage Java's capabilities to create Excel Workbooks.

Intrafoundation Software - Macromedia ColdFusion CFX Tags, Scripts and Links

Useful collection of CFX's including CFX_ImageInfoMX, CFX_AudioInfo.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Jukka Manner's CFX_Image

Jukka Manner's CFX_Image is a very useful tag for image manipulation. Capable of several image type conversions, text overlay, cropping, resizing, reading, get size.


cfximage seems a pretty full implementation of image manipulation but is $149.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Obtaining the Servers Windows Name

This is a useful trick to know

inet = CreateObject("java", "");
inet = inet.getLocalHost();
inet = inet.getHostName();

I use it for detecting the environment code is on i.e. the development, staging and live servers.

Image Manipulation with CFMX and JAI

Image manipulation using Java and Cold Fusion means end users without image applications like Photoshop can still submit pictures to sites. This article is a good how to guide

Thursday, October 21, 2004

10 Software Sales Tips

10 Software Sales Tips makes some worthwhile points which we should all take heed from.

What is the LocalConnection object?

New article on theEML labs site. These are always well written and worth a look.


LiteEdit is a really nice and simple CMS system I stumbled accross today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Google Desktop Search Download

There is now a Google search for your desktop. I am sure this must be better than the search in windows. I am giving it a try, Google Desktop Search Download

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Pausing in Flash

Quite often I get asked how to pause a movie for a fixed amount of time. If you look in the Flash Help under setInterval() you will find the answer.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Inline Popups: Sandbox:

Inline Popups: Sandbox: is kinda clever. has links to some really nice flash sites.

Damon Cooper's BLOG

This is certainly a good blog to watch, one of the Cold Fusion Engineers ... Damon Cooper's BLOG - Blog :: Google Via SMS

Google Via SMS is all very interesting, however more relevant to me as a Cold Fusion developer is the part about ease of SMS integration in the next version of CF.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Loading XML data into Flash Video Tutorial

This is a great resource, very thorough and easy to follow. Describes how to parse an xml file into flashLoading XML data into Flash

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Using shared libraries

A really useful feature in flash is the ability to share a library between movies. This allows you to for instance share logos or other common elements. By updating these elements in the shared library, the changes propagate across all shared instances. For more info go to Macromedia - Flash TechNotes: Using shared libraries

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Laszlo Systems, Inc.

Laszlo Systems, Inc. produce an interesting product which seems to be a comparable product to Flex, the difference bing it is open source.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Macromedia - Flex: Free licenses for non profit users

Looks like Macromedia are prepared to issue licenses for Flex to individuals and organisations running on a not for profit nature. Good move Macromedia :)

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Component Invoker and Browsing Utility

Here is a utility that goes beyond the component browser by letting you invoke methods on the component. - Component Invoker and Browsing Utility.