Alan Williamson's personal output as a Java Champion, BlueDragon Founder, J2EE Architect,
Large Scale Cloud expert, Author, Speaker, and Internet Guru

Future of CFML is at OpenCF Summit

Next months OpenCF Summit is coming up fast and we are looking forward to getting there and speaking with you all. Our sessions are shaping up very nicely
Friday, 13 January 2012

Have a happy new CFML year as OpenBD 2.0.2 is released

OpenBD 2.0.2 has been released to celebrate the coming of a new year. Lots of great new additions to it that will help the CFML develop excel
Sunday, 1 January 2012

Does Adobe really care about ColdFusion? Doubt it

Adobe is chipping away at ColdFusion 10 apparently. Is this the last swansong of a dying company? Of course it is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

OpenBD v2.0 is released

OpenBD v2.0 is released with over 250+ additions/fixes/improvements. Lots going on with this release.
Friday, 11 November 2011

Amazon S3: Server-Side Encryption .. a completely pointless feature

Amazon recently updated their S3 product with another feature. Though this one is somewhat of a lame duck and should be used with caution.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Amazon spinning a right old yarn with Silk. Here's why

Amazon Silk is more than just a browser. It is the preparation of something much bigger.
Friday, 30 September 2011

Living with the Blackberry Playbook - 2 month review

After nearly 2 months with the PlayBook here is my 20 points of note about it
Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Dear Google+, you had your chance, you blew it

Google+ betrays the trust of its Picasa users, auto sharing private photos that have been tagged. Completely unacceptable
Saturday, 23 July 2011

A few OpenBD goodies - catch all email and JQuery like Selector

Use the power of the JQuery like selection and manipulation model at the server side in CFML. CFMAIL gets a new feature to let you catch all outgoing emails.
Saturday, 25 June 2011

BestBuy BlackBerry PlayBook Quest #fail

Our quest to find and touch the hallowed PlayBook is thwarted by BestBuy
Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Small update on OpenBD 2.0 progress

OpenBD 2.0 is just around the corner. We've been working hard on the last remaining issues with the Google App Engine integration then we will be blessing it and sending it out in the wild
Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Amazon Black Thursday (and some of Friday)

Amazon EBS suffered a major outage this week. This was a wake up call to those that relied too much on Amazon and not taking enough care, attention and responsibility for their cloud requirements.
Friday, 22 April 2011

Adding Java Logging to CFML via logger()

CFML now gets access to log directly down to the core Java Logging framework through the new logger() function. Get contextual logging complete with level attributes.
Sunday, 27 March 2011

OpenBD CFMAIL gets call back handler

OpenBD gets a callback handler to CFMAIL to identify when emails are successfully sent or failed
Thursday, 3 March 2011

OpenBD Desktop; the easiest way to develop CFML web apps ever

Developing CFML web apps for both standard and Google App Engine just got the easiest it ever has. Point'n'click execution with our unique Desktop App.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Jetty Desktop Launcher

JettyDesktop is a simple Java GUI to easily and quickly run up Java Web Apps within the Jetty environment
Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Integrating MongoDB with CFML:Java on OpenBD

Using MongoDB from within CFML has just got a whole lot easier thanks largely to the efficiency and speed offered by the new 'cfscript lanaguage=java' interface layer in OpenBD
Sunday, 5 December 2010

Writing CFC's using pure Java

You can write CFML CFC using tags and cfml-script, but now, you can also write them in Java, straight on the page. Added a whole bunch of extra goodies to the cfscript language="java" support.
Saturday, 6 November 2010

OpenBD CFML with inline pure Java with cfscript

I've updated the core OpenBD CFML CFSCRIPT implementation by adding support for pure Java to be used. If you can hit refresh on a browser then you can do Java development!
Sunday, 24 October 2010

Top 10 Recruitment Tips for Software Graduates

Recruiting graduates can be an interesting and yet frustrating thing any company can do. With unemployment in the graduate world rising, there are things potential sofware graduates can do to help themsevles.
Sunday, 4 July 2010


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