Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mach-II Update

Quick update on Mach-II--work on the 1.1.0 release is going very nicely and we think you'll be very pleased with what we have planned. If you want to stay up on the discussions be sure and check out the Mach-II discussion list on Topica (this list was down for a couple of days but seems to be back up now).

One of the big goals for this release is to improve the documentation situation and make it a bit easier for folks new to Mach-II to get into the framework, so if you have specific ideas about documentation, sample apps, etc. you'd like to see, please let me know. We have some things in the works but we'd like to be as responsive as possible to what you'd like to see!

Monday, July 11, 2005

cfopenBB: Sign Up to Help Now!

I just read on Ben Forta's blog that there is an open-source initiative called cfopenBB that aims to recreate phpBB functionality in CFML. In my opinion this is FANTASTIC news. I started doing this myself in my spare time (partially as a way of learning Model-Glue) but having this turn into a community effort is great stuff. My spare time is getting sparer and sparer these days so who knows when I'd actually finish my effort.

They're looking for help, so if you want to be part of making the CF community stronger by helping out with a very cool open source project, head on over to http://www.cfopenbb.com and sign up!

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Mach-II: Calling for Thoughts and Ideas

Now that CFUnited is over and everyone's mostly recovered (at least I hope you have!), we're starting to ramp up work on the next release of Mach-II. If you have thoughts, ideas, rants, raves, features, bugs, gripes, or any general thoughts about where you'd like to see Mach-II go in the 1.1.0 release (or even future releases), please share them on the Mach-II discussion list at Topica. We'd like to see the traffic on that list start to increase again so we can get as many thoughts as possible and start building a list of things to work on for this release and releases further down the road. This can be everything from specific feature requests to general impressions about Mach-II. Let's get everything on the table at this point.

Mach-II is very alive, so tell us where you'd like to see it go. We're all ears!


I sent some ideas awhile ago about some concepts i found useful in FLEX working(s) with regards to emulating "multi-state" approaches in a disconnected world known as HTML heh.

I have a few more ideas which i'll post your way asap.

Looking forward to the next release! :)

Excellent Scott--very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I'm in the process of going back through the Mach-II mailing list discussions and making a laundry list as well, so if that's where you posted your ideas I'll find them.

Monday, July 4, 2005

myspace.com, BlueDragon, and CFML

For those of you who have been following the aftermath of New Atlanta's keynote at CFUNITED-05, you might want to add Vince Bonfanti's thoughts on matters to your list of materials to read and ponder. Particularly if you weren't at CFUNITED you'll want to get both sides of the story before forming an opinion, and Vince makes the presentation available in his blog entry as well.

As most of you are probably aware from my previous blog posts and talking to me about New Atlanta, I'm a huge fan of what they're doing. I think having an extremely valid, proven alternative CFML engine is nothing but a good thing for the CF community. Making CF less proprietary and offering people alternatives is great, and New Atlanta's offerings might leave CF in the picture as a possible technology choice where otherwise it might have been completely eliminated for one reason or another. The fact that New Atlanta is having such success with BlueDragon is one more indication that CFML as a technology is alive, well, and growing.

The main takeaway from New Atlanta's CFUNITED keynote for me was that we now have one of the most-trafficked sites on the internet to point to as an example of CFML in action. When issues of scalability come up this is a great thing to have in our arsenal as CFers. Various sides of the issue will continue to nitpick the details, but as CFers we should be glad that we have options, that we can run our CFML code more or less anywhere, and that we continue to have a vibrant and growing community after 10 years.

That's just my additional thoughts on the matter. Whether or not it makes sense for you to use Macromedia ColdFusion or BlueDragon may vary depending on your situation or even by project, but personally I think New Atlanta deserves a huge round of applause for their continued support of the CF community. Choice is always a good thing.


I could not agree with you more! Whatever fits the project, as long as it's CF. :-)


I know I'm one of the ones who have been vocally critical of the NA/BD/MS/MS presentation at CFUnited. I've also said publicly that NewAtlanta has worked hard and produced a good product. My concerns are about missing and/or misleading information and post-keynote comments from MySpace. Things that, when fully explained, shock people who where there because they were so misleading.

I feel I have genuine concerns that have been summarily dismissed by Vince without real explanation. Frankly, I'm feeling more put off by NewAtlanta because of their PR than their product line. Until someone says "I can see your point, we're sorry," I don't see myself changing my mind.

Just my 2 cents, but heartfelt and sincere. Maybe I'm wrong... but until NA is willing to address these issues I'll continue to feel concerned.

And yet it IS a feather in CFML's cap no doubt... so hats off to them all!

Friday, July 1, 2005

The Future of Mach-II

I'm honored to announce that I've been asked by Hal Helms and Ben Edwards to be the release coordinator for the next release of Mach-II. I of course am very involved in the Mach-II community as a user of the framework and follower of the recent discussions concerning the future of Mach-II, so I hope to have specific details about the immediate future of Mach-II coming very soon.

Thanks much to Hal and Ben for the vote of confidence. It's a privilege to be able to have a more active hand in the future of Mach-II.


Great news and looking forward to hear about the next release soon. Its wonderful to see a choice of frameworks within the community.