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ColdFusion 9, Apache, Xampp

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Running Apache with ColdFusion should be relatively simple; install ColdFusion and Apache, and then run the Web Server Configuration tool. I tried this recently with the developer version of ColdFusion 9 and got an unhelpful error about the jndi.properties file. I’ve also heard fro a couple of other developers having similar issues.

Rather then trying to figure out whats wrong with the ColdFusion install, you can set this up manually. On the following site, the author has detailed how to do this step by step: http://www.codecurry.com/2010/01/coldfusion-manual-configuration-issues.html. It takes only a few minutes, and is simpler than it looks.

There are a few minor things in the steps to watch out for. You need to set the jrun proxy server property called ‘deactivated’ to false (the article says true). There are some minor typos with white space and numbering (so if configuring for apache use ’1′ for everything where you see a ’2′).

These instructions were designed for a standard Apache install; if you have an Xampp install (to get a lamp stack with mysql php etc), the above instructions will also work for xampp, provided you modify the pathnames to the xampp apache server.

BTW  Whilst Xampp is an easy way to get a flexible development setup, it is not something I would consider for a production environment.

Acrobat 9

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Adobe have released the public beta of Acrobat 9 and Acrobat 9 Reader. There are three great new features very relevant to the work we do.

  • Acrobat 9 has the flash engine built in. Flash and therefore Flex, can be embedded into PDFs. 
    This means there is now a third way to distribute flex applications: by emailing PDF files.
  • Video can also be embedded in a PDF: both H264 and flv formats.
  • And finally PDF annotation support has been added for both flash and video.

For a media  company like Tag: that has large TV and interactive capabilities, this makes the PDF format even more compelling and useful.