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  ::   April 30, 2004

CFC Bean Generator Extension for Dreamweaver MX
Adam Crump, one of the guys on my team has released a Dreamweaver MX extension he created called CFC Bean:

"CFC Bean is a command extension to generate a java style Bean implemented as a ColdFusion MX Component. You simply add the properties required for your bean, and CFC Bean will generate an init method, get and set methods for each property, and if selected getInstance, and setInstance methods. CFC Bean is very useful for creating beans for use with the MachII framework and bean work in general."

We've been using CFC Bean here for a few months now, and it's saved us a ton of time in the creation of our Mach-II beans.

If you don't use Dreamweaver, there is also a web based bean generator with similar functionality:

Jonathan Block's JavaScript bean generator

And a Homesite version by Christopher Bradford here:

Christopher Bradford's Bean VTM

  ::   April 30, 2004

Going to San Diego - Mach-II at SDCFUG
Adam Crump and I are heading to San Diego next Tuesday (5/4) to visit the SDCFUG. Sean Corfield, Macromedia's Director of Architecture is giving a presentation on the use of Mach-II at Macromedia. We're particularly interested in what Sean has to say as we've recently adopted the Mach-II framework for CF Development within our company.

  ::   April 29, 2004

Mach-II/qForms Gotcha
My team has been in the process of moving/porting a suite of ColdFusion applications to our new data center. The current apps were originally written using CF 2.0, and updated bit by bit through ColdFusion 4.5.1. We're now migrating them to CF MX 6.1 and have decided to adopt Mach-II as our framework.

We're pretty heavy users of Dan Switzer's qForms JavaScript API and have been integrating it nicely within Mach-II. One gotcha we did run into, however, was discovered by the team (Adam Crump, Jim Bambrough, Ray Ragan, and Steve Rittler). It seems if you have debugging enabled for the request scope, qForms does not work. The problem has to do with the page content being stored in the request scope, so when the page executes, it gets output normally within your view, but it also gets output in the debug code. This results in duplicate form fields and duplicate qForms code, which basically breaks functionality. Not the end of the world, but it can mislead you into believing there's an issue with qForms when there really isn't.

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