I feel like giving something away for Veterans' Day

It's been a while since I gave something away. I like to give things away, it makes me feel like I am doing something good for our community and, hopefully, for the receiving person. Today, I also want to do something for our veterans.

To start, I would like to give away a copy of ColdFusion Builder 1.0 (Preferably to someone who does not have it already).

I think ColdFusion Builder is a fantastic product. I use it every day and I love it. I use it at work, I use it at home. I recommend it to everyone. For this giveaway, I'd like to know, briefly, what excites you about ColdFusion Builder. Leave me a comment that tells me one or more of the following:

  1. What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder
  2. What feature would you most like to see in the future
  3. Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
  4. If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?

NOTE: I do not work for Adobe. I am taking this survey to satisfy my curiosities about why people are, or are not, using CFB.

Honoring our Veterans

Today (11/11) is Veterans' Day in the United States of America. This is the day that we honor our veterans for the sacrifices they make and the protection they provide us. Their dedication to duty is what keeps us safe and helps make America the truly awesome country it is today. Thank you veterans.

To further the benefit of this giveaway, I intend to give $1 for every meaningful comment left on this entry to a worthy veterans' charity (not sure which one yet), up to $50 (I need to be reasonable).

In addition to the comments above, if you'd like to leave a dedication to a veteran or to veterans in general as a comment, that would be great. NOTE: Dedication to Veterans will only increase the charity donation. Only meaningful comments about ColdFusion Builder will be entered in the giveaway of CFB.

To help drive home what serving our country means, I'd like to share with you the six articles of the United States Fighting Forces Code of Conduct. These articles helped inspire me while serving, and I hope they can give non-veterans an idea of what it means to swear that oath.

Article 1

I am an American fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

Article 2

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

Article 3

If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

Article 4

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

Article 5

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

Article 6

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Choosing a winner

Winner will be chosen at (pseudo)random from the meaningful comments. Be sure to leave a valid email address.

UPDATE: I forgot to note, I will run this giveaway until next Friday (11/19). I will select a winner by Monday the 22nd.

NOTE: Even though most commenters did, you do NOT need to address ALL FOUR survey questions.

NOTE: Sorry, but this licence of ColdFusion Builder does NOT include Flash Builder 4

NOTE: Remember, if you are a student, you get ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder, and Flash Builder FREE here: https://freeriatools.adobe.com/, but feel free to leave an entry anyway

NOTE: Please do not feel excluded if you are not an American. Everyone is welcome.

Chrissy's Gravatar 1. It isn't Dreamweaver 4.0!
2. I would love to have the basics of an updated code assist (that is how outdated my DW is!). I would also like to take advantage of the integrated debugger and extensions.
3. I haven't used DW to it's full extent and would love to start but now my version isn't worth learning.
4. No clue!

Jason - I went to your class on hacking sites at cfobjective()! Still using what I have learned!
# Posted By Chrissy | 11/11/10 10:05 AM
TJ Downes's Gravatar Thank YOU Jason, for serving our country as well and protecting our borders. Thanks to all the men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives, or support those that do, to keep our country and freedoms safe.
# Posted By TJ Downes | 11/11/10 10:05 AM
Dan Skaggs's Gravatar First RE: Veteran's Day
Thanks for posting the Code of Conduct. It's been a really long time since I've read/spoken those words. When I think of the millions of men and women who, like you and I, have said those words and meant them over the years I get chill bumps.

Secondly RE: ColdFusion Builder
1. Code insight for your own CFCs has been the feature that's excited me the most.
2. I'd like to see the server panel work the same with CF instances deployed to Tomcat (and others) as it does on CF instances deployed to JRun
3. I use CF Builder on a daily basis already
4. Update the Mac version to run on Eclipse Cocoa 64-bit rather than requiring Eclipse Carbon 32-bit.

Note: I already have a copy of CF Builder that I've purchased. If the random drawing should pick my comment, please choose another random comment to give the license away to.
# Posted By Dan Skaggs | 11/11/10 10:06 AM
Connor Middleton's Gravatar 1. What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder:
Definitely the debugger and AIR features
2. What feature would you most like to see in the future
Integrated jQuery support
3. Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
Debugging for the OO ColdFusion
4. If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?
Faster loading time and an easier way to import projects from Dreamweaver
# Posted By Connor Middleton | 11/11/10 10:07 AM
Jonathon Joyce's Gravatar 1. Extensions! Being able to use ColdFusion to write extensions sounds awesome. And there seems like a lot already created on RIA Forge that could help productivity.

2. Not too sure really, bit hard to tell when i've only really glimpsed what CFBuilder is like, however the stuff thats coming / rumored for Storm sounds really good!

3. Mainly for the extensions, and the other intergrations which would sway me away from CFEclipse.

4. The price! Should be free for non-commercial development, at 20 yrs old i cant afford to shell out the £200 price tag for a piece of software!
# Posted By Jonathon Joyce | 11/11/10 10:18 AM
Alan Rother's Gravatar Wow, that was beautifully written Jason. As a child of two career Air Force officers, thank you.

Every time I read those articles I get chills. If anyone ever forgets what dedication it takes to make America great, read those and see if you can measure up.
# Posted By Alan Rother | 11/11/10 10:19 AM
TJ Downes's Gravatar To mirror Dan's statement, if I get drawn, please give my copy away to someone else

1. What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder
Find and replace. DreamWeaver's F&R is the best I've ever used. Eclipse's F&R is just not good. Doing multi-line search and replace is hugely helpful

2. What feature would you most like to see in the future
Cloud deployment: Deploy to the common cloud services with a single click: Amazon, Google APps,Azure (MS does this in VSS for Azure and its pretty nice).

3. Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
I am using CF B

4. If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?
Stability. CF Builder is not very stable for me when used as a plugin on Eclipse with Flash Builder, Windows 7 x64. And when I say not stable, I get crashes 6-10x daily.
# Posted By TJ Downes | 11/11/10 10:23 AM
Daniel Harvey's Gravatar 1. I would definitely say the code insight features it has.
2. I would love to see Adobe develop some security tools to help developers generate more secure code and have a section to test the source code.
3. At work I use Dream weaver which is alright but at home I use a standard html editor, HTMLPadPro
4. Not eclipse based. I feel eclipse is big and slow.
# Posted By Daniel Harvey | 11/11/10 10:26 AM
Jason Brookins's Gravatar 3. I would love to use CFBuilder, because I'm stuck with Eclipse right now and Ray Camden keeps posting exciting updates to CFBuilder that I can't experience first-hand. I'm trying to keep CF alive in my company by fending off the .NET incursions, but I need the ultimate weapon to finish the job. CFBuilder IS that weapon!
# Posted By Jason Brookins | 11/11/10 10:35 AM
JAlpino's Gravatar First and foremost, @jason thank you and our fellow friends, neighbors and relatives serving in the military. It's amazing to see the level of patriotism expressed by them and their willingness to fight and sacrifice for our country, I wish all Americans carried that pride with them.

Along those lines, here is one of the best quotes/comments that I have read regarding the support of our troops:

"If you are not willing to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them"
# Posted By JAlpino | 11/11/10 10:54 AM
Becka Dean's Gravatar I don't wish to win ColdFusion Builder, just wanted to say thank you to my wonderful husband for serving our country! Thanks to all veterans, and those currently serving!
# Posted By Becka Dean | 11/11/10 10:57 AM
Wade Stockton's Gravatar What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder.
--Server management will be very helpful.
What feature would you most like to see in the future.
--I don't know if it is already there, but integration with DB server and sql generation would help me a lot.
Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
--Using Dreamweaver 8 now. For professional work the inclusion of source control would be great. Up to date code hinting would be great!
If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?
--Haven't used it yet so ...
# Posted By Wade Stockton | 11/11/10 11:06 AM
Matt Nelson's Gravatar I don't want to win either, as I wouldn't know what to do with it....
But, Thanks to veterans and to you Jason!

And if might recommend Valor-IT, which is a charity that builds voice controlled laptops for wounded veterans. Way Cool!
# Posted By Matt Nelson | 11/11/10 11:26 AM
Bradley Moore's Gravatar Thanks to veterans and Jason. It's great you're doing this for charity.

1. What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder?
Most excited thing about ColdFusion Builder is access to Flash Builder. I'd like to get into Flex. Followed closely by using the Apptacular extension, which leads us to the second question.

2. What feature would you most like to see in the future?
I would like to see scaffolding integrated into ColdFusion. I think this is most likely to happen via an IDE.

3. Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
CFML integration is great and multiple version code assist.

4. If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?
Multiple workspaces open at once. I commonly have at least 2 workspaces open.
# Posted By Bradley Moore | 11/11/10 11:56 AM
JAlpino's Gravatar In addition to my thanks or our troops (see above), here is my response to the CFBuilder questions:

1. Better code insight / error checking (ability to tailor for specific versions), the CFBuilder extensions and all of the awesome extensions already developed, and (high on my list) the JRUN server connector (more on that in #3)

2. Haven't had the opportunity to really explore CFBuilder to decide what missing features/functionality it could benefit from. (I don't own a copy)

3. I currently use Eclipse w/ the CFEclipse plug-in. It is fantastic, but feel that CFBuilder excels is some areas that it does not, like the version specific insight and error checking. Also, I have yet to find a free server connector for JRUN which is really nice to have, especially for debugging. I have the Adobe debugger functionality installed in my Eclipse instance but have had to purchase a plug-in suite called myEclipse to get the JRUN server connector. In all fairness however I use myEclipse for a lot of it's other features for Java development. I would like to use CFBuilder for my CF development b/c it's probably the best IDE specifically suited for CF development out there these days. Plus with being backed by Adobe, there is a good chance that it will continually be upgraded to support new features and functionality in years to come.

4. Again, I have had the opportunity to explore the product enough to say that there is something that I would change about it.
# Posted By JAlpino | 11/11/10 2:25 PM
Patrick mcdonough's Gravatar Is it meaningful to say I would like a free copy of CFB and to thank our veterans for thier service?
# Posted By Patrick mcdonough | 11/11/10 2:37 PM
Yaron Kohn's Gravatar 1.What feature are you most excited about using in ColdFusion Builder
Custom plugins/extension. The whole community can develop the IDE together.
2.What feature would you most like to see in the future
Better Language Insight while coding
3.Why would you like to use ColdFusion Builder over what you are using now?
Works better. Backed by Adobe, Comfort in knowing it will further develop with ColdFusion. Integrated into ColdFusion server
4.If you could change one thing about ColdFusion Builder, what would it be?
Wish it could be more like NetBeans IDE
# Posted By Yaron Kohn | 11/11/10 3:00 PM
Hal Helms's Gravatar Nicely done, Jason. Very nicely done.
# Posted By Hal Helms | 11/11/10 6:36 PM
Eapen's Gravatar I also express my deepest gratitude to the veterans who keep us safe.

CFBuilder comments (only used the Trial version):
1. Code assist and debugging
2. Easily being able to switch and sync with dev/production environments
3. I am using Coda now and although it has a great UI, some functionality is limited and it doesn’t have the ability to add custom tags.
4. I have only briefly tried CFBuilder but from what I remember, it was pretty confusing to set up the RDS or some other environment variables.
# Posted By Eapen | 11/11/10 8:59 PM
Dawesi's Gravatar 1. Extensions... getting my hands dirty to create automated hooks for various admin functions and other internal tools.

2. Cleaner interface... implementation of more of Adobe's patented interface elements and a more seemless integration with CS5/CS6 suites

3. As the developer community grows this will be THE tool to use for CF which means more extensions and amazing tools from within the IDE. We use Dreamweaver as it comes with CS5...

4. Other than RDS integration with the OS (which CFStudio used to have)... I think it would be great to have inbuilt load testing tools. Also would be good to be bundled in CS6 Web Premium and CS6 Master Collection.
# Posted By Dawesi | 11/11/10 9:49 PM
David Boyer's Gravatar 1. Extensions that can be built in CFML, what a bonus that is!
2. Something to help with versioning database work would be wonderful :)
3. Currently using CfEclipse, CfBuilder seems more cleanly packaged and polished. Has some very nice extra features in comparison.
4. The price, out of my budget range and would love alternative licenses for non-commercial
# Posted By David Boyer | 11/12/10 7:39 AM
Sid Wing's Gravatar From one former serviceman to another: Thank you!

I am currently setting up to build a website for my local American Legion post - and have been running on dreamweaver CS3 for some time. It would be nice to have some up-to-date tools to work with - so if this comment qualifies me to be in the running for the CFB - then thanks. If not, no worries - improvise, adapt, and overcome.
# Posted By Sid Wing | 11/12/10 7:40 AM
Jason Dean's Gravatar @sid,

Absolutely it qualifies you for the drawing. Good luck.
# Posted By Jason Dean | 11/12/10 7:46 AM
Chris's Gravatar 1. I love the extensions and also auto completing queries items

2. Shortcut keys like ctrl enter for <br/>

3. Notepad just doesn't cut it.

4. I would LOVE to see a Linux Version.
# Posted By Chris | 11/12/10 12:37 PM
PradeepVizz's Gravatar Hey Jason,

You have invited everyone, sound great!!! I am giving my try :)

1. The RDS capabilities such as RDS viewer, debugging .
2. Support for CFscript coding.
3. Better IDE to become a better developer :) LOL
4. Stability and debugging capabilities like Visual Studio
# Posted By PradeepVizz | 11/12/10 12:57 PM
Kevin Marino's Gravatar Jason,

Well said. I really appreciate this. Having served in the Marine Corps and in Desert Storm. I remember when we came back and the town where our reserve unit is located (Reading, PA) gave us a parade. The one thing that stuck in my mind was the senior staff, who served in Vietnam, telling us how proud we should be to be honored like this.

I was and am certainly proud to have served my country and will never forget those who respect that. Thanks
# Posted By Kevin Marino | 11/12/10 1:02 PM
Jenny Ragan's Gravatar Why I would love to have ColdFusion builder:
1. code insight, especially for cfc's
2. git - aptana 3 beta has some nice built in features
3. I want an ide where coldfusion is the focus rather than an addon
4. linux support

In honor of Veteran's Day, I remember my grandfather - Jack - who served in WWII.
# Posted By Jenny Ragan | 11/12/10 7:06 PM
Jack Leblond's Gravatar Thanks for giving this away, and for your service.

I've been using HomeSite since the Allaire boys bought way back in the day - builder gives me something I have long wished HomeSite would do, CFML preview.


USN/Submarines - 9/84-11/93
# Posted By Jack Leblond | 11/15/10 9:55 AM
Melissa M.'s Gravatar Thank you for your service to our country. Because of you and others, I can freely enter this content.
# Posted By Melissa M. | 11/19/10 3:55 PM
.jonah's Gravatar 1. Debugging!
2. Framework tools.
3. Better CFML support than Dreamweaver.
4. I tried the beta and it was pretty slow. Not making me wait is good. ;)

It was actually a former Army Ranger - SigInt, Desert Shield - who got me into ColdFusion at version 4!
# Posted By .jonah | 11/19/10 6:33 PM
Eapen's Gravatar I feel obligated to follow up on the features I love the most after I started using CFBuilder. (A lot of these are options available to Eclipse IDE itself)

1. Customizability, ability to add more editors (split view) and position them anywhere and also the ability to customize themes.
2. Impressive insight
3. Ability to give CFBuilder more RAM
4. Impressive list of plugins available and ability to write your own
5. Synchronize feature
6. Only thing I haven't found yet - is a good Git integration plugin (for standalone version) but I can live without it.
7. Just installed Mylyn and its growing on me. Thnx to Mike Henke's post on his blog.
# Posted By Eapen | 12/22/10 9:53 AM
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