CWD Ceases Operations

Effective 12/31/08, Carolina Web Development has ceased operations.

Due to a number of factors including a change in my career direction and lack of time to focus on the business, I have reached the decision to focus my energy elsewhere.

If anyone has questions regarding previous work done by CWD, please contact me at: mike dot rogan at gmail dot com

Thanks to everyone for your patronage throughout the past nine years!

Adobe Coldfusion?

Well, the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia is now complete.

I must say that I’m a bit concerned, especially after reading the Acquisition FAQ on Adobe’s site. ColdFusion is not mentioned *anywhere* on this page!

Now, I realize that all products certainly aren’t listed (for both companies), and I presume that CF would fall in the domain of the “Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit”, but I would think they would at least mention it on this page (Flex was mentioned).

Is Adobe really as supportive of CF as we have been led to believe (by Macromedia)?

Adobe’s Macromedia Acquisition FAQ

Quoted information from Adobe.com (see above link):

How is the combined company structured?

The company will continue to operate its business in a centralized fashion with its corporate functions (G&A, marketing, etc.) managed out of Adobe’s San Jose, California-based headquarters.

Adobe’s six business units align key products and technologies with core customer segments:

* The Creative Solutions Business Unit will provide solutions for creatives and designers with leading brands such as Adobe® Creative Suite, Macromedia® Studio, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe InDesign®, Macromedia Dreamweaver®, Macromedia Flash®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, and Adobe After Effects® software.

* The Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit will provide solutions for enterprise developers with products such as Adobe LiveCycle™ and the Macromedia Flex™ product line.

* The Knowledge Worker Solutions Business Unit will provide collaboration and communication solutions with products such as Adobe Acrobat® and Macromedia Breeze® software.

* The Mobile and Device Solutions Business Unit will provide solutions for mobile and wireless device developers such as Macromedia Flash Lite™ and Macromedia FlashCast™ software.

* The Platform Business Unit will focus on advancing Adobe’s PDF and Flash-based technology platforms as standards for creating, managing, and delivering compelling, actionable applications and content to any desktop or device.

* The Print and Classic Publishing Solutions Business Unit will provide print and online publishing solutions and e-learning tools with products such as Adobe PostScript® technology as well as Adobe FrameMaker®, Adobe PageMaker®, Macromedia Contribute™, and Macromedia Captivate™ software.

Firefox 1.5!

Firefox 1.5 has officially been released!

I have it installed and am checking it out now. I think the best feature overall is “drag and drop” capability for browser tabs.

One thing to note:

If you have a lot of Firefox extensions installed, you may want to see if there are 1.5-compatible versions available before completing the upgrade. I had many extensions that had no equivalent and were consequently diabled 🙁

Ay any rate, enjoy!

Firefox 1.5

ColdFusion Report Builder – Documentation?

I’e been using CF report builder since it was released. While it certainly is a great (and highly touted) feature of CFMX 7, it has quickly become apparent that work on the app was rushed to completion in order to be able to include it with the 7 release.

I won’t go into the specific bugs I have experienced with CFRB, but suffice to say there have been many (only *some* of which have been addressed by hotfixes, etc.).

I’m not trying to bash Macromedia, either. I just think that more attention needs to be focused on this application.

It surprises me that the documentation is lacking to the degree that it is, and that there are no books specifically available on report builder. This would certainly help, since trial and error has really been the only available method of learning CFRB to date.

Any plans for a book on CFRB out there?