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ColdBox Update-Dashboard Preview

Posted by Luis Majano
22 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

Well, it is almost a week since my announcement of ColdBox and here are the updates on my progress.

  • The dashboard is complete with the framework auto-update feature included
  • i18N support via resource bundles is complete, you can now internationalize your applications via the config.xml and one simple getresource method. It takes more time to create the resource bundles than to actually enable multi-language support.
  • Samples gallery application finished in both English and Spanish
  • Quick Start Guide almost finished.

What is keeping me back from opening the source is the Quick Start Guide. I want to be able to provide some decent and abundant documentation, so from now on, that is the only task I am doing. This guide will give you an overview of the framework, how to use it, why use it, why not to use it, and more.

Now to the Dashboard preview. Below you can see some thumbnails of the sections of the Dashboard and brief descriptions:

I got Advanced Certification!! Hooray!!

Posted by Luis Majano
18 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

Just a note that i took my ColdFusion 7 Certification friday at 4:00 PM.  Well, got an 88%!!  The studying payed off. My only material for studying was Ben Forta's Macromedia ColdFusion MX7 Certified Developer Study Guide which is a great study aid.  However, the best tool is actually using ColdFusion in you daily work.

 I can now upgrade my certification, Hooray!!

Introducing ColdBox. An open source Coldfusion Framework

Posted by Luis Majano
16 Jun 2006 12:00 AM
Well, I am finally opening the lid on a project I have been developing since August of last year: ColdBox a ColdFusion Framework. I am just releasing the specs for this framework for now as I complete all the documentation and sample applications. If you want to see how it works, well you are already using it. This site, its blog (Raymond Camden's BlogCFC by the way), and its forums (Raymond Camden's Galleon Forums) are all running via ColdBox.

ColdBox is a proven event-driven CFC based ColdFusion Framework, specifically designed for high availability web applications. The purpose behind ColdBox was to create a fast & stable development methodology that could be shared among several developers. It makes use of an MVC (Model View Controller) design pattern implemented via CFC's. I introduce the concept of event handler CFC's that hold all the code necessary to prepare views, call model CFC's, use ColdBox plugins, and redirect requests through the ColdBox Controller.   You can consider the event handlers to be all that code that you had on top of your templates, but now moved to an Object Oriented pattern.  You can look at the MVC Design Pattern diagram below:

ColdBox uses both implicit and explicit invocation methods.  You have one single xml file: config.xml, from where you can configure your entire application and plugins.  You can use ColdSpring, Reactor, Remoting, CRUD, Bean/DAO Factories or any other technology and/or pattern that you can think off with ColdBox. However, ColdBox does make you adhere to an application directory structure and some naming conventions.  This is done with the purpose of creating a standard for all developers in the same team to share and for ColdBox to find what it needs. You are only limited by your ingenuity.ColdBox also uses a request collection where all variables can be shared among an execution request. The Request Collection is a central repository of information that is refreshed on every user request.  This is how data gets moved around from event handlers to views and layouts.Another important feature is the use of a plugin library of CFC's that extend the normal usage of ColdBox to application specific tasks but without hindering system performance.  These plugins are reusable components that your applications can use for application-specific tasks and can be loaded on demand via a Plugin Factory. Thus, your plugins are not utilized or loaded into a scope, they are just invoked. Some samples are: i18n, resource bundles, refresh a webservice stub, Bug Reports, java file utilities, etc.  This is a major difference between ColdBox and any other framework, in that it gives you a set of reusable on-demand components for tedious or repeatable application-specific tasks.Below you can see an overview diagram of how ColdBox works, you do not need to install special software on your web server or radically modify your coldfusion installation. You can explore this site to find more information about ColdBox. If you need to contact me please use the Contact button in the navigation bar.

ColdBox Overview:

 

ColdBox Capabilities & Features

  • MVC Design pattern
  • PROVEN & TESTED for high availabilty and mission critical applications
  • Multi-Layout & View concept (Can be programmed at runtime if needed)
  • One Centralized Variable Collection for data
  • One config.xml for implicit invocation and setup
  • Event Handler CFC's
  • Event Chaining
  • Support for Child Applications

    • Supports as many as you want child applications
    • No extra configurations, just point to the parent's system folder
    • ColdBox auto-senses if it is in a Parent or Child Application
    • ColdBox auto calculates the distance to its parent if parent code is neededBug Reports

  • Event Handler Execution Profiling
  • UDF Library usage (Optional, for legacy)
  • Small footprint controller
  • Optimized for high traffic sites
  • Incorporated ColdBox Dashboard (Optional)

    • Online System Update
    • Online API

    • Main Application Config.xml Editor

    • Online Backups

  • Framework extensions through Plugins

    • Logger (Bug Tracking, Tracers)
    • Renderer (Render Logs, Views, Layouts,etc)
    • FileUtilities (Java Utilities, File Utilities)Webservices (instantiation, refresh, etc)
    • ClientStorage (Permanent variable storage for clustered environment uses WDDX)Messagebox (Universal Error/Warning/Information messagebox)
    • Settings (ColdBox metadata and dashboard utility)Zip (A great zip utility plugin by Arthur Kordowski)
    • cfcViewer (A cfc metadata retriever by Oscar Arevalo )

 

Hope this can give you a better insight into what ColdBox is and what it can do.  I will start posting more information as I progress.

 

 

'Mind over matter' no longer science fiction

Posted by Luis Majano
09 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

I just read this incredible article on digg. please check it out. It will blow your mind!!

Controlling your source code with your mind. hmmm that might be possible in the near future.

Mind Freak 

Germany 4 : Costa Rica 2

Posted by Luis Majano
09 Jun 2006 12:00 AM
What an exciting first world cup game.  The tension was high and the game was amazing. Germany played incredibly!! I am afraid of them now!! Costa Rica played awesome too, but their defense was shabby.  What an exciting world cup, I hope all the games are this intense. Gotta go, game 2 is on now.

World Cup 2006!!

Posted by Luis Majano
09 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

Finally, after four years of waiting we get the World Cup.  I am excited just like a little kid. I bought my stickers album like I have since Spain 1982 and have it almost filled out.  I am wearing my Argentina Jersey today in preparation for tomorrows game against Ivory Coast.  For all you "Futbol" fans, hope you are ready for an exciting month!!

 

Viva Argentina Boludo!! 

 

I upgraded to Ubuntu Dapper 6.06

Posted by Luis Majano
09 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

I finally got some time to upgrade my ubuntu 5.10 installation to the latest release, Dapper 6.06.   It was as some as a baby's buttocks!! Just updated my sources in /etc/apt/source.list to point to dapper, run my synaptic manager to mark my upgrades, apply and that is it.  Wow!! What a great way to upgrade an entire operating system.  The system now boots up much more faster than it did, the screens look sharper, and overall the system responds more snappier. I still have to check that everything is running as it should, but from what I can see it was a seemless upgarde.

If some of you have still not messed around with this Linux Distro, you have to check it out. In my opinion, it is one of the best I have used in over 10 years.  Easy to install, maintain, operate. And now the released the server version which includes a pre-configured LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) Server.

In about 15 minutes, the time it takes to install Ubuntu Server Edition, you can have a LAMP server up and ready to go. This feature, exclusive to Ubuntu Server Edition, is available at the time of installation. The LAMP option saves the trouble of installing and integrating each of the four separate LAMP components, a process which can take hours and requires someone who is skilled in the installation and configuration of the individual applications. You get increased security, reduced time to install, and reduced risk of misconfiguration, all of which results in a lower cost of ownership.

 

They also offer a Live CD option, where if you just want to test it out you can.  I highly recommend this distro and you can download the binaries from here:

Do you use CVS or Subversion?What do you Think?

Posted by Luis Majano
08 Jun 2006 12:00 AM
I have only been exposed to using CVS for version control and find it pretty straightforward and useful. The server was easy to setup on Linux and the maintenance of it has been pretty good.  However, I have been told and reading that Subversion is CVS on steroids and just wanted to get a public opinion before I start messing around with it.  Has anyone used both and can comment on the pros and cons of each?

Is it easy to setup on Linux? Does it mesh well with Eclipse, any Mac GUI? 

The usual questions!! Thanks and have a great day today.

RDS Eclipse Plugin Errors When opening files??

Posted by Luis Majano
07 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

Has anybody experienced errors when trying to open a file through the RDS plugin?? I have, and don't know why. Here is a screenshot of the error with the Error Log open so you can see the errors. Please let me know if this is my error or a bug.


Viewing the Error Log in Eclipse

Posted by Luis Majano
07 Jun 2006 12:00 AM

This is a simple entry, mainly directed so I never forget, but it might be useful to eclipse newbies. If you need to see the eclipse IDE error log all you need to do is the following:

1) Click on the Plugin-in Development Perspective

2) Click on the Error Window tab

WALLA!!!

 You can also reach it by going to Window >> Show View >> PDE Runtime >> Error Log

Hope this helps 

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