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Newsletter Archive: 2007
Rackspace: Two Weeks left On Our December Offers
We take on the day-to-day burdens that bog down your IT department, so it can get back to focusing on the important things. That means that you'll never have to implement, update, troubleshoot, patch, monitor, administer, backup data or worry again. That's what managed hosting means at Rackspace.

Date: 2007-12-20


5 Free SEO Tools For Web Developers And Marketing Professionals
There are a lot of tools out there for web developers and marketers that do all kinds of different things. It is hard to know what is important and what isn't important when you are using some of the tools available.

Date: 2007-12-19


Sun Controlled FOSS Communities Grant
Simon (Chief OSS Officer at Sun) talks about Sun's $1 million dollar grant to Sun controlled FOSS communities. Net/net: Sun will take $1M and divide it amongst six Sun owned/controlled FOSS communities. The communities will propose how to use the cash to award contributors. Sun will approve these proposals with modifications as required. The program seeks to reward innovation.

Date: 2007-12-12


When Is It Application Development?
An interesting post caught my eye recently - Should we still call it Application Development? This seems like an interesting question, particularly when you start considering the decomposition of the application that has taken place over the last decade.

Date: 2007-11-28


Rackspace: Two reasons you should host with us before 2008
We take on the day-to-day burdens that bog down your IT department, so it can get back to focusing on the important things. That means that you'll never have to implement, update, troubleshoot, patch, monitor, administer, backup data or worry again. That's what managed hosting means at Rackspace.

Date: 2007-11-15


Preventing Software Spoiling
One of my favorite sites on software development - Coding Horror - had a great post on how software spoils. Jeff's focus in his post was on how feature bloat can kill commercial software products.

Date: 2007-11-14


Event-Driven Model Framework?
As folks start adopting more AJAX and Flex for their applications, I see a lot of questions about "how to use <insert favorite HTML framework> to handle AJAX/Flex calls?"

Date: 2007-10-31


Rackspace: Discover the value of Fanatical Support
Starting with Fanatical Support™, Rackspace is about one thing and one thing only—supporting you. It goes way beyond just your box or configuration. What's outside the box? Our people, Zero-Downtime Network™, data centers and technical expertise backed by our guarantees which all exist to make your IT life easier. It's what makes us the hosting experts and everyone else just hosting providers.

Date: 2007-10-18


OSI Certifies Microsoft Open Source Licenses
OSI made an expected move Monday, approving the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL). Michael Tiemann noted that Microsoft followed the process, the discussion on the whole was constructive and the licenses satisfied the 10 criteria of the Open Source Definition.

Date: 2007-10-17


MAX 2007 - Day Two
The day's general session kicked off with Bruce (Chizen, CEO) telling us how much it inspires Adobe to see 4,000 people at the conference (after he told a funny story about going backstage at a rock concert, only to have the lighting and sound guys mob him and enthuse about Adobe software!).

Date: 2007-10-03


Feature-Driven Development
At the IASA ITARC event in Atlanta I listened to Don Browning, Principal Architect at Turner Broadcasting, talk about Feature Driven Development.

Date: 2007-09-19


Delivering the right tools for your website
Sure, we can watch to make sure that your site can be found. But we can go even further. We can actually go into the content of your site every 10 minutes to make sure your site isn't acting up and that your visitors can actually do what you want them to do. You'll know if content isn't loading, links aren't working or other little glitches are happening on your critical pages. And with checks happening every 10 minutes you'll know sooner rather than way too late.

Date: 2007-09-17


Exporting From CFGRID In Coldfusion 8
A user asked me today if it was possible to export data from the new HTML-based grid in ColdFusion 8. While there is no direct support, you can roll your own. Let's take a look at one solution to this problem.

Date: 2007-09-05


How Fanatical Support(TM) can work for your business
No more worrying about web hosting uptime. No more spending your time, energy and resources trying to stay on top of things like patching, updating, monitoring, backing up data and the like. And no more wondering if there's a better way to go about it all.

Date: 2007-08-23


Interesting Bug With Query Columns
An interesting bug (not a ColdFusion bug, but a user bug) cropped up in a discussion last week in the ColdFusion IRC channel. Unfortunately I don't remember his IRC name, but after we worked together on this for an hour or so, he was kind enough to send me a real nice and simple code sample to replicate the issue.

Date: 2007-08-22


Vista, IIS7 & BlueDragon
I'm trying to set up a full-blown development environment on Vista, just to see how I get on and to compare it with my regular development environment on OS X.

Date: 2007-08-15


ASP.NET - Trackback Spam Fighting
Recently, I joined the Subkismet project which is an open source stand-alone comment spam filtering library for ASP.NET web applications founded by Phil Haack.

Date: 2007-07-30


Preventing Direct Access to a CFC
I am using a CFC for an AJAX-based shopping cart and it works great. But along comes a customer who is behind a proxy. The proxy is trying to request the CFC through a GET request (instead of a POST). Of course, when you try to access a CFC directly, it redirects the browser to the ColdFusion Component Browser. I have tried everything I know to keep the proxy from trying to access this page directly, but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

Date: 2007-07-19


A Hosting Environment for the Environment
There's a problem with our planet's environment. We realize that we contribute to the problem with our datacenter emissions. While Rackspace doesn't claim to have the answer, we are committed to doing our small part toward the larger picture. It's going to take industry leaders like Rackspace to step up and admit there are much more environmentally friendly ways of doing things.

Date: 2007-07-17


Testing Your Code
I was asked to write a post about my views on unit testing because it is a hot subject at the moment. I'm very ambivalent about unit testing and always have been for many different reasons.

Date: 2007-07-11


Money - A Good Measure Of OSS Success?
This comment from Stacey (Hyperic) got me thinking…is money a good measure of OSS success? Before I go on, let me clear something up. My 1.8% comment was not meant to minimize the importance of OSS to the software market or to customers.

Date: 2007-06-27


ASP.NET Security: Remove The X-AspNet-Version Header
I’ve always been a little annoyed by the fact that ASP.NET websites sends the version number as a HTTP header. For an ASP.NET 2.0 application this is added automatically to the headers and you cannot remove it from code.

Date: 2007-06-20


$800M Elephant In The Room?
As Mr. Matt (when you're this big, they call you Mr ;-) writes, IDC published a report estimating the growth of the OSS software market. IDC estimates OSS software revenue growing from $1.8B in 2006 to $5.8B in 2011.

Date: 2007-06-06


A Scorpio Gem
Back in September last year, I listed my top four Scorpio wish list items. I couldn't come up with five at the time. Those four were: sftp support, proper command-line invocation of CFCs, the ability to archive CAR file settings inside a CAR file (making the archive settings portable) and finally the ability to have some sort of missing method handler.

Date: 2007-05-23


Developing At Google: Podcasts And Code Sessions
Some developer-oriented news items emerged from Google about their forthcoming Developer Day, and a pair of new podcasts just for fans of code.

Date: 2007-05-16


Monitoring Your Server's Availability and Your Visitors' Website Experience
We've bundled together Rackspace Platinum Monitoring and Urchin Web Analytics Software so you can now have two easy and thorough ways to watch over the performance of your Rackspace web environment. And they're from two completely different perspectives — monitoring your server's availability and reporting on your visitors' website experience.

Date: 2007-05-14


Windows Live Commercial API Details
The Windows Live Dev news site details the new usage of the Windows Live API, which will let larger websites use the API beyond typical restrictions by paying for it.

Date: 2007-05-02

Contributor Agreements & Code Scrubbing
What happens when you read that "GPL Code Found In OpenBSD Wireless Driver" and "Google used rival's database ‘inadvertently‘" within a few days of each other?

Date: 2007-04-17


Interesting CFTIMER Problem
A few days ago I was working on an update to ColdFire (mainly support for CFTIMER), when I ran into an interesting problem. When you use CFTIMER, you have a few options for how to display the timer information.

Date: 2007-04-03


Quick Application.cfc Review
A user sent in a request for me to look over some code he would like to use for his Application.cfc file. (As an aside, don't forget my online Application.cfc template you can use.)

Date: 2007-03-21


Rackspace: Start Working with the Hosting Experts
Starting with Fanatical Support™, Rackspace is about one thing and one thing only—supporting you. It goes way beyond just your box or configuration. What's outside the box, our people, technical expertise, Zero-Downtime Network™, data centers and guarantees all exist to make your IT life easier. It's what makes us the hosting experts and everyone else just hosting providers.

Date: 2007-03-16


Dynamic Blogroll For ASP.NET
The blogroll has become a standard element on most blogs today. If it is an ASP.NET blog, the blogroll probably contains links to other ASP.NET blogs and that gives the visitor an opportunity to surf to other related websites.

Date: 2007-03-07



Programmer Or Coder?
Are programmers and Coders the most neglected link in the Software Development Chain? Coders are like smart assembly line workers as opposed to programmers who are plant engineers.

Date: 2007-02-21



Would Everyone Even WANT To Write Software?
Like many of you, I suspect, I found Awaiting the Day When Everyone Writes Software (you may need to register) in the New York Times interesting.

Date: 2007-02-07



Implementing PICS And P3P In ASP.NET Headers
PICS (Platform for Internet Content Selection) and P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences) are two really nice things to be aware of when developing web applications.

Date: 2007-01-25



Integrating W/ (Future) Competition
Alex Fletcher has a nice list of hypothetical new year's resolutions for the open source community. I started thinking about his first resolution: "Enable ease of integration into enterprise stacks".

Date: 2007-01-10



Interested in a Free Credit Card Processing Terminal?
Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS) is a Merchant Service Provider who offers Low Rate ECommerce or Retail Plans, Easy Set Up and Free 24/7 Customer Support.

Date: 2007-01-08



Software Test Automation And Strategy
Companies are turning to automated testing tools more often than ever before to ensure that their applications are working properly prior to deployment.

Date: 2007-01-03


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