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ColdFusion in 30 Minutes or Less

ColdFusion in 30 Minutes or Less

Tim Buntel, the ColdFusion Product Manager for Macromedia, started a new blog about Blackstone (the next release of ColdFusion) that's well worth reading and bookmarking over at

In it, he makes reference to something that we've talked about here and elsewhere before, but puts it so brilliantly, talking about the goals for Blackstone, that it's worth mentioning again: "If we can get someone to install the product and, within 30 minutes at their desk, create a basic dynamic Web page, we will win them over to CF."

That's certainly what attracted me initially to the world of ColdFusion a few years back, as well as the majority of developers that I've spoken to. Now, granted that those first few applications that I, and many others, made were absolutely awful, the point was that it was done fast, and easily, and without a wealth of knowledge. The basics of ColdFusion represent one of the least steep learning curves out there in the world of Web development, and I'd naturally put it at the top of the list.

That's a point that I hope Macromedia will push, and push heavily because it's the sticking point that should be helping to drive new developers over to the world of CF in droves. With today's economic and corporate realities, cutting down project time is essential, and there are few faster ways to get up and running than with our dear CFML.

Back to Tim for a moment. His blog is already interesting, and I'm sure it will continue to grow as time goes on.

We'll be discussing Blackstone and lots more at the CFDJ author's panel at CFUN 2004 this June, and we'll be providing full coverage in an upcoming issue. I hear the numbers for this year are stronger than ever, which is another great sign for our community.

2004 Readers' Choice Awards
Speaking of communities, I am proud to announce that nominations are now open for our 2004 Readers' Choice Awards program at As we wanted to include the rest of the Macromedia product line, and didn't want to leave ColdFusion out of the MXDJ Readers' Choice Awards, we've started a brand-new awards program combining categories from both magazines into one mega-awards program.

Nominations are now open, and voting will start shortly in what I'm predicting will be our biggest Readers' Choice Awards program yet with the combined support of both leading publications. Categories include all the usual ones, such as: Best Book, Best CF Web Service, Best Consulting Service, Best Content Management Tool, Best Custom Tag or Component, Best E-Business Software, Best Education and Training, Best Web Application, Best Web Development Tool, Best Web Hosting, Best Web Site or Community, and Most Innovative Application. There'll be some new ones too, so check it out and add your favorite products and services if you haven't already done so.

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at

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