Getting Started with iPhone Development

My CFUnited presentation "iPhone Apps + Adobe ColdFusion," is about so much more than just using iPhone Apps and Adobe ColdFusion together! It's a really good place to start when you're looking to get into iPhone development, regardless of whether or not you're interested in making calls to a remote ColdFusion server. Certainly there is great information in the presentation for anyone who wants to make calls to a remote server, particularly a ColdFusion server, but you don't have to be interested in making remote calls from your iPhone apps to find the information in the presentation useful. So check it out! The related link for this blog post gives the link to my blog post "iPhone Apps + Adobe ColdFusion" from Friday containing links to the presentation in PDF format and to the code resources in a ZIP file.

iPhone Apps + Adobe ColdFusion

I'm presenting "iPhone Apps + Adobe ColdFusion" right now (well, right now as this post is going live anyway). And in this post, I am making the PDF version of my presentation file available via this link (note: the file location and link may change in the future but on this post on my blog itself the link will always be kept current).

UPDATE: I've been asked for my code samples from the presentation; you can find them here. To use them with NimbleKit, you'll need to create a new NimbleKit project in Xcode then drop these resources into wherever it is that you put the NimbleKit project; you'll need to overwrite the project's main.html file with this one. Note that the sayHello.cfc and sayHello.cfm files are not needed for your NimbleKit project; they are included so you can see what they do and so that you can deploy them to your own web server (of course, in that situation you'll need to change the NimbleKit code to make its calls to the server where you put the files).

ColdFusion 9 & ColdFusion Builder Public Betas Now Available!

Breaking news: the ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder public beta releases are now available for download on Adobe Labs. For ColdFusion 9, go to and for ColdFusion Builder, go to

ColdFusion 9, previously codenamed Centaur, is the planned next major release of ColdFusion. ColdFusion Builder, previously codenamed Bolt, is the highly-anticipated first ColdFusion IDE from Adobe.

What are you waiting for? Go check 'em out!!!

ColdFusion 8 Security Bulletin Has Been Posted re: FCKEditor Security Vulnerability

As Ben Forta has posted on his blog, a Hotfix for the ColdFusion 8 FCKEditor Security Vulnerability has been posted. You can read more about it in the accompanying security bulletin available at Please take time to read this security bulletin--as Ben notes in his post, this is must-read material!

Adobe ColdFusion eSeminar in Dutch - Wednesday, July 7, 2009

Join us as we present our first (well, if it's not the first, it's the first in a very long time!) Adobe ColdFusion eSeminar in Dutch! The topic is "ColdFusion Powered Flex Application Development" and you can find more details and register at

Note: if you are unable to attend or if you read this post after the eSeminar is over, be sure to check the Adobe ColdFusion OnDemand eSeminars listing to see if we have posted the recording there (no promises as to how quickly, but hopefully we will get the recording posted there when it is available).

Adobe eSeminar: UCF (Ultimate ColdFusion) for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

The UFC is red hot--and so are their online applications powered with ColdFusion! Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM PDT for a customer showcase where we'll hear all about how the UFC, the New England Patriots, and other sports giants use ColdFusion to power high-traffic applications. The eSeminar is called Ultimate ColdFusion: High Performance, Scalability and Features and you can find more information and register for it at

Note: if you are unable to attend or if you read this post after the eSeminar is over, be sure to check the Adobe ColdFusion OnDemand eSeminars listing to see if we have posted the recording there (no promises as to how quickly, but hopefully we will get the recording posted there when it is available).

Questions about the FCKEditor Vulnerability in ColdFusion

Adobe Platform Evangelist Terry Ryan has a new post in regards to Questions about the FCKEditor Vulnerability in ColdFusion. Be sure to read it!

ColdFusion 8 Enterprise or Standard?

How do you decide between ColdFusion 8 Enterprise and ColdFusion 8 Standard? Start by attending my Adobe eSeminar "The Right Fit: Adobe ColdFusion 8 Enterprise or Standard" to be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM PST. I hope to see you there!

Learn about ColdFusion + the Flash Platform (including Flex & AIR) LIVE in DC!

Want to learn more about ColdFusion + the Adobe Flash Platform? If you're in (or can be in) Washington, D.C. on this Thursday, February 10, 2009, check out the Adobe Day we're holding @ Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C. starting @ 10:00 AM. For more information and to RSVP, visit this URL:

Unfortunately, they don't have the schedule at that URL but good news: I have that information! Here is what is currently planned:

  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Kickoff and Introductions
  • 10:15 AM - noon - Adobe Flash Platform - Overview and Demos
  • noon - 12:30 PM - Lunch
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Leveraging ColdFusion and Flex To Create RIAs
  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM - ROI of Rich Internet Applications and Success Stories
  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM - Q&A and Best Practices

Adobe Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart is currently scheduled to be driving the content of the event.

Adobe eSeminars for 2009 Quarter 1

One of my roles at Adobe is to present eSeminars (online seminars via Adobe Acrobat Connect) related to ColdFusion. Join me, won't you? I will be presenting the Adobe ColdFusion 8 eSeminar Series for 2009 Quarter 1 over the next couple of months; details for dates, times, and topics can be found via this URL:

Speaking of eSeminars: you might also be interested in the Adobe Flash Platform eSeminar series for Adobe AIR and Flex developers; details can be found via this URL:

If there are any topics you'd like us to consider for future eSeminars, please let me know via a Comment on this entry.

ColdFusion @ Adobe MAX 2008

Adobe MAX 2008 figures to be the best MAX ever. But did you know that there are a ton of great ColdFusion sessions on tap? I don't know specifics, but I know there are more sessions planned this year than in at least the recent past. So...hopefully you have heard only good things about Adobe MAX, but if you instead heard something about there not being enough ColdFusion content, put that thought to rest! But don't just take my word for it, check out the Adobe MAX 2008 North America Session Locator and see for yourself (as Charlie Arehart pointed out to me, it's important to notice that the tool includes a Product selection and by choosing "ColdFusion" you will see over 30 distinct sessions, not including repeats, pertaining to ColdFusion)! Then check out all the great information and register on the Adobe MAX 2008 North America website. Speaking of registration: for the best possible price, you need a special code--and I may be able to provide one; contact me for more information.

Unsupported ColdFusion Configurations

I guess you could say this is the unofficial thread on unofficial ColdFusion configurations. :)

But before we get to that, I need to make this statement: I recommend running ColdFusion in a supported configuration as specified here:

ANY deviation from these System Requirements is strictly at your own risk! Among the risks is a lack of support from Adobe--Adobe only supports configurations meeting the System Requirements!

Now, let me explain things a little further: the System Requirements information indicates tested and supported configurations for ColdFusion; it does not (at least necessarily) contain definitive information on what configurations will run ColdFusion. That is to say, there may well be configurations not listed that will run ColdFusion, but Adobe cannot and will not make any comments about these and again I must stress that, most importantly, Adobe will not support such configurations.

I hope the information I have just shared is enlightening in and of itself; I think it will be because I'm regularly asked questions on the subject, usually in the form of "will xxx work with ColdFusion." But for those questions to which I have to answer "it is not supported, but as to whether or not it will work, I cannot say" my hope here is that others will be able to share their experiences with these unsupported configurations. My intention is in no way to encourage the use of ColdFusion with unsupported configurations; my only desire is to help those who choose to use such configurations knowingly and with a full understanding the implications of using such configurations.

So...if you have a question about an unsupported ColdFusion configuration, ask away in a comment! If your experience has been that ColdFusion either does or does not work with a certain unsupported configuration, please note it in a comment! When commenting, please specify as much information as possible about your configuration, certainly including your version of ColdFusion.

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