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ColdFusion developers are faced with lots of choices when trying to find a ColdFusion hosting service that meets their needs. It can be tough locating a host that offers the right combination of features, service, and support at a price that's right for a variety of developers. In the March 2003 issue (CFDJ, Vol. 5, issue 3), we conducted our first interview with a ColdFusion hosting provider. This month, we interview CEO Vlad A. Friedman for the skinny on his company's ColdFusion hosting services. CFDJ: Tell us a little bit about your company. How did you get started in the hosting business? Friedman: was started almost 5 years ago as a division of ACS&S, Inc., a 12-year-old systems integration and consulting firm. As our consulting arm grew into development of Web technologies, we started utilizing the services of several hosti... (more)

How to Find a Good ColdFusion Hosting Company

Finding a good ColdFusion hosting company is a challenge for many ColdFusion developers who don't have access to their own servers. This month, CFDJ interviews CFDynamics partner Jason Egan for the scoop on the company's ColdFusion hosting services. CFDJ: How did CFDynamics get started? Egan: CFDynamics is a division of Konnections, Inc. - we've been in business for over eight years. We have been hosting CF applications for that entire time on a limited basis, and started hosting CF publicly as about two-and-a-half years ago. CFDJ: Why ColdFusion hosting? Egan: We ... (more)

CFFTP: Dispelling the Myths

If I had to pick the most underutilized and most misunderstood of all the ColdFusion tags, it would have to be the CFFTP tag. The CFFTP tag has been around since version 3.x of ColdFusion and allows ColdFusion applications to interact with FTP servers anywhere in the world. The CFFTP tag gives us the ability to perform a whole range of FTP commands from our ColdFusion applications. Everything from file uploads and downloads to remote directory and file manipulation can be handled by the tag. The power of the CFFTP tag opens up a whole host of possibilities for applications -- fro... (more)

Forging Custom Tags

Why Allaire ColdFusion® is HOT! No doubt about it -- ColdFusion is HOT! What makes ColdFusion such an attractive development platform for Web applications is the fact that it is completely extensible. Since version 2.0, ColdFusion has allowed developers to extend the platform's capabilities using custom tags created in Microsoft Visual C++. Although a powerful feature, it requires a decent knowledge of C++ as well as Microsoft's Visual C++ compiler - putting it out of consideration for a lot of developers. Version 3.0 of ColdFusion introduced CFML-based Custom Tags. These Custom ... (more)