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BlogCFC is a TeamCFAdvance project

May 27, 2014 ·

I don't think I've actually blogged about TeamCFAdvance yet. That's very lax of me. TeamCFAdvance is an initiative started by Denard Springle last year to help foster the development of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) in the CFML community. Yes, there's been several attempts at this in the past. I've been involved with a few of them myself. The Open CFML Foundation is one example, focused on promoting awareness of open source solutions that are written in CFML - reaching out beyond our community. But TeamCFAdvance is very pragmatic: it's aimed directly at our developers, to educate and encourage, to ensure that great projects continue to be maintained, even when their maintainers move on.

If you look at the TeamCFAdvance Github repo you'll see a bunch of projects and there is one you will definitely recognize: BlogCFC! Originally created by Ray Camden, and later stewarded by Scott Stroz, BlogCFC is now a TeamCFAdvance project. One of the things you'll note on that page is the (hopefully!) green "build: passing" icon as we now have BlogCFC hooked into Travis-CI - a Continuous Integration system that automatically runs your test suite after every change, testing the project against Railo (4.0, 4.1, 4.2 beta - soon to be "gold") and Adobe ColdFusion (9.0.2 and 10 on Linux - soon to add 11), using TestBox. There's only a placeholder there right now but expect tests to blossom soon...

To see what's possible once we have everything wired up, take a look at what happens with FW/1's Travis-CI setup with automated tests - 115 of them - that are run on five platform combinations. Almost 120 builds have been tested. FW/1, DI/1, and AOP/1 are all automatically tested.

If you're not already involved with TeamCFAdvance but you're interested in FOSS, sign up! Everyone is welcome!

Tags: coldfusion · oss

On My Radar?

July 24, 2013 ·

Mark Mandel and Kai Koenig were recently inspired by the ThoughtWorks "Technology Radar" to create their own, which they featured in episode 31 of 2 Devs Down Under, their conversational podcast. Because they're both somewhere along the spectrum of CFML-to-ex-CFML developers and have worked with Flex etc, their opinions on various technologies are probably of more interest to other CFML developers than the original ThoughtWorks radar. This podcast episode is longer than usual - nearly two hours - and Mark and Kai would love to hear your responses in comments. I decided my response was a bit too long to post as a comment, so I am turning it into a blog post instead.

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Tags: coldfusion · oss · podcast · railo

Where can I download old versions of FW/1?

May 07, 2013 ·

I've been asked this several times recently so I figured it was worth a blog post. First of, why would anyone want older versions of the framework? Well, if they're running on Adobe ColdFusion 9.0.0 or earlier, they can't use the 2.x release stream: they're stuck on 1.x. Also, if they're currently using an old version and don't want a major upgrade, they might want a minor upgrade for a bug fix.

Okay, so why haven't I blogged about this before? Truth be told, I thought it was "obvious" how to find specific legacy releases on any Github project. Apparently, it is not obvious for everyone so it is worth blogging about. Every properly managed project on Github tags every official release so that all past releases can be found on the 'tags' page. You can see FW/1's 'tags' page where you can find every release since 1.0. Unfortunately, my choice of naming for tags has not always been consistent and I forgot the 'v' prefix for a while around the release of 2.0. Oops. Unfortunately the typical naming convention for prereleases tends to sort them above their gold release versions - see Clojure's core.logic library's tags for a more striking example. At least Github provides an easy mechanism for provided tagged archive releases.

It's probably worth pointing out that downloading FW/1 directly from the FW/1 RIAForge project page will give you the latest stable release which is currently 2.1.1. That's because it downloads a ZIP file of the "master" branch from the Github site. All development is performed on the "develop" branch. The only time the RIAForge site will slip you something different is when a new release is in the Release Candidate stage and I update the RIAForge page to download a ZIP file of the "develop" branch - and I update the page to clearly state that! - and this is to increase adoption of the new release and help flush out any remaining bugs that haven't been caught during the alpha and beta testing phases.

Tags: coldfusion · fw1 · oss

DI/1 0.4.7 available for testing

April 06, 2013 ·

The seventh minor update in four months, this brings a number of bug fixes and enhancements to DI/1 - Inject One since the 0.4.0 release at the beginning of December, 2012:

  • Fix optional constructor argument handling (with help from Marcin Szczepanski)
  • Fix edge case bug in property / setter / accessor logic
  • Setter metadata is cached, improving transient bean handling performance (Grant Shepert)
  • Robustness fixes for file path handling and parent bean factory handling
  • Add getVersion() API
  • Addition of transientPattern configuration option (Matt Levine)

In addition, DI/1 has moved to the FW/1 - Framework One organization on Github. The old repo still exists under my account (and is an up-to-date fork), but you should watch / fork / contribute to the new repo going forward.

Tags: coldfusion · di1 · oss

OpenCF Summit 2012 - Why You Should Attend

January 29, 2012 ·

Last year I attended the first OpenCF Summit and I thought it was a great event for a number of reasons. It's back again this year, Feburary 24-26, in the same great location and it's just $72 for three days of collaborative education.

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Tags: coldfusion · opencfsummit · oss

FW/1 2.0 Released

December 18, 2011 ·

After a long period of testing out in the wild FW/1 2.0 reached RC2 back in October and no further bugs have been reported. Only documentation remained and that has now been completed. FW/1 2.0 is gold and can be downloaded from FW/1's RIAForge site. Happy Holidays!

Tags: coldfusion · fw1 · oss

FW/1 - most watched, most forked

November 30, 2011 ·

I try not to pay much attention to popularity contests but I was just browsing Github today and happened to notice that FW/1 is both the "most watched overall" and "most forked overall" ColdFusion project on Github. Thank you!

Tags: coldfusion · fw1 · oss

FW/1 comes to Clojure

November 07, 2011 ·

After two years in the CFML world, FW/1 (Framework One) comes to Clojure!

Intended to bring the same simple, lightweight, convention-based MVC web application development that has proved so popular in the CFML world to the world of Clojure, FW/1 for Clojure is available on Clojars (0.1.0, as of April 2012). If you clone the github repo, you'll see a "user manager" example application which is a port of the same app from the CFML version of the framework. The documentation is, as always, a work in progress but covers the basic API and how to create a driver program for the framework in Clojure. More information on the rationale, approach and API of FW/1 can be found on the FW/1 (for CFML) wiki. I plan to adapt this for the Clojure version shortly...

Tags: clojure · coldfusion · fw1 · oss

Packt Open Source Awards - Nominations?

September 06, 2011 ·

Packt Publishing has opened nominations for their 2011 Open Source Awards. Nominate your favorite open source CMS (Mura, perhaps?), as well as other categories!

Tags: oss

DI/1 is available for early testing!

August 13, 2011 ·

After a lot of things delayed the alpha release of FW/1 2.0, I've now found time to work on DI/1 again and get it into a usable shape. The idea is that you point DI/1 at one or more folders and it searches those folders for CFCs and builds a bean factory to manage them, all by convention (so no XML required!). DI/1 supports dependency injection, by name, through constructor argument, explicit setter methods and property declarations (with implicit setters enabled).

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Tags: coldfusion · di1 · oss