ColdFusion, CFML, Open Source, and Friends

This is a blog post I have been contemplating for a long time, and I want to make sure I pick my words carefully so as not to send the wrong message.

I am currently an Adobe Community Professional and have been involved in the ColdFusion community for some time. I have been seen by my peers as an Adobe Fanboy, and, for the most part, I have been OK with that. I still like Adobe, I still support Adobe, and I actively use Adobe ColdFusion. But the part I need to get off my chest is that I am NOT against the Open Source CFML alternatives (specifically Railo and OpenBD). In fact, I believe that Railo and OpenBD, along with other open source projects like Mura CMS, ColdBox and ContentBox, FarCry, Slatwall, Razuna, and many others are vitally important to CFML's future.

Let's face it. ColdFusion and CFML do not have a great reputation. It's unfortunate that so many ignorant assholes spout off about ColdFusion because they once had a bad experience, or because they used it 10 years ago and assume that nothing has changed but them. But however you slice it, ColdFusion is looked down upon by much of the rest of the web development world. I believe that much of the disdain over Adobe ColdFusion is because it is a commercial, proprietary, closed-source system. I also believe that much of the reason our current community is becoming divided is for that same reason.

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The Winner of the ColdFusion Builder contest and the charity receiving our donation

Last week I ran a contest for Veterans' Day to try to honor those men and women that defend the U.S. and keep it strong.

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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:

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Wha sup, yo?

Wow. Things have been busy and I have been neglecting my blog. I feel bad about that. My blog is so important to me, and things have been keeping me away.

I am a teacher at heart. I love to teach. That is why I blog, that is why I present at conferences, and that is why I am going to grad school. So the fact that I have been unable to blog for a while upsets me greatly. But I want to tell you a little bit about why. This is not about making excuses. This is about what is keeping me busy and what I am learning about. It will also motivate me to blog about these things, and that's the important part.

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New Job and more

Some of you may have noticed I have been quiet on my blog this summer, but I assure you, it is only temporary. I have been busy with grad school, family, instituting a lifestyle change to allow me to get healthy, and finding a new job.

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A scary look at a link spamming tool

Rafal Los has a short, but eye-opening post on the X-Rumer link spamming tool from Russian BotMaster Labs.

This is some scary stuff and really shows that CAPTCHA is become less and less useful in the fight against comment spammers.

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Going on vacation

My wife and I are leaving in the morning to go on a week long vacation. It's been a while since we've done this, so we are looking forward to it. I'm sure going to miss the kids though. Our two children will be staying with my parents.

We are renting a cabin in Northern Minnesota (near Fargo, ND) and we are going to relax. It should be nice, especially with my new Kindle DX to help pass the time. I am looking forward to doing a lot of reading, and resting. We may do some fishing and boating. It should be a blast.

I was going to try to schedule some security tip posts for while I was away, but it just didn't happen. But I will probably work on some while I am away, so hopefully I will have some fresh content ready to go when I get back.

My First Impressions of the Amazon Kindle DX

This is my first ever product review, so don't expect much.

I opened up my Amazon Kindle DX last night and my first thought was that I was over whelmed by the packaging. I had to open the outer box, tear off a paper sleeve and then open an inner box. Opening a lot of boxes makes me nervous. I think because I get the feeling that it will make it impossible to return if I can't get it all back in the way I found it.

The Kindle itself was, of course, in pristine condition. I read the instructions (no really I did), but they were short and to the point. Plug it in - Turn it on - Start to use.

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Let's give stuff away corrections/fixes

Many of you who looked at my "Let's give some stuff away" post this morning probably saw only one thing (a 12robots.com t-shirt) among the available choices to win. This is because Amazon's affiliate programs web service is less than reliable, and I sometimes forget this.

Please, go take a look again. I have put in new information for the items that i will be giving away with non-affiliate links to the items.

Sorry for the confusion.

Let's give some stuff away

As an effort to promote application security awareness in the CFML community, I am going to do a little bit of giving things away. Specifically, I am going to be giving away some security related items.

As many of you know, I am very interested in Application Security. I am always trying to learn more about it and encourage others to learn more. Application Security is becoming more and more important even for our simple applications.

So to help encourage learning about application security, I am going to give away some of these security related learning materials to the good people of the CFML community who provide substantive comments on my blog.

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