ColdFusion Support Site Goes Blogging

    June 7, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Michael Dinowitz runs the ColdFusion web site House of Fusion and assorted mailing lists associated with the development product, and has recently expanded into blogging.

Although well known enough within the core ColdFusion community to merit a mention on Adobe’s ‘Team Macromedia’ web site, Dinowitz’s knowledge of ColdFusion has not been represented in the blogosphere until recently.

That changed in May when he noted on his House of Fusion web site that a blog could help him place some of his approaches to certain tricky problems where more ColdFusion users could benefit from them:

I’ve experimented with ColdFusion for years, finding the best settings and solve the worst problems. The problem is that I rairly have a second to write most of the information up for Fusion Authority or one of the other ColdFusion magazines. I’ve since decided to try to post some of my thoughts up to an experimental multi-user blog. Hopefully this will get me to write more and retool the blog for better multi-user support.

His early entries track an issue with CFABORT, a discussion on Macromedia’s Flex technology, and most recently, when to use the Variables scope:

By default, any standard variable set in ColdFusion is set to the Variables scope. This means that other than a single exception, there is never a reason to declare the Variables scope when setting a variable

The only exception I make to this rule is when setting ‘Global’ CFC variables.

Normally, any variable set within a CFC is set to the ‘global’ Variables scope (the Variables scope for the entire CFC). If the variable name has been VAR-ed in a function, then it’s set to the local Variables scope of that function and disappears when the function is finished running. You MUST ALWAYS VAR local variables. Must, must, must.

Being a new blogger, Dinowitz hasn’t hit a flow of posting regularly yet. That’s probably due to his active participation in the mailing lists, and a hinted-at change to House of Fusion’s architecture.

One mailing list, CF-Talk, also appears as a compiled version on another Dinowitz site, Fusion Authority. Articles from the CF-Talk list and the ColdFusion Podcast Roundup can be found on the site’s pages along with other ColdFusion resources.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.