Still managing to maintain this series with issue #3. A couple of new interesting projects have been released, from a static site generator to a secret Santa web application. New releases for existing projects as well, including the mighty Railo 4. A sprinkling of some security news and of course the GitHub report. Enjoy…
Unforunately missed out from last weeks update. This is a new project aimed generating a static blog from JSON / Markdown files. From what I can tell, you use the Coldfusion application to generate a static version of your blog, meaning you wouldn’t need anything dynamic on the server for hosting (e.g. github pages free hosting).
fubar is a CouchDB application for storing, exploring and aggregating logs which is available on github. The developers behind it, “Daemon Internet Consultants”, has now released a client library for use in any CFML applications.
Someone who is already in the festive spirit, Miles Rausch, has created a repository called “secret-santa”. A simple little ColdFusion application for anonymously exchanging holiday gifts. “Ho, Ho, Ho!”
A plugin for Mura designed to make removing spam comments a lot easier.
A ColdFusion application designed to quickly create a FW/1 based application with CRUD funcationality (services, daos, models etc…).
Not something that I’ve seen much of in the CFML community, a project aimed at gaming. Meet Kathune, a multi-threaded CFML-based spidering engine for farming World of Warcraft recruitment information from Battle.net and other sources.
This is a new CFML application for the purpose of profiling a single table or all tables in a database. The profile will show column names, data types, column sizes, default values, primary keys and the nullable flag.
The Open Source CFML engine, Railo, has made it to version 4 with its latest release. Congratulations! There are a slew of features included for which just follow the title link to see a list. I’ll leave you with the release video and a link to a post by Paul Klinkenberg explaining the upgrade process.
A project focused on protecting online forms from spam, offering a wide range of tactics to pick from and configurable weights to each detection method. This release contains bug fixes for older versions of ColdFusion.
DI/1 (“Inject One”) saw a 0.4.0 release this week. It contains a number of bug fixes and also has moved pretty close to the feature set that Sean Corfield has been aiming for with the dependency injector.
Sean has also been busy with a release of FW/1. It’s just hit beta for the planned 2.1 version which includes a new debugging feature for tracing the framework and seeing what it queuing up / executing. It also includes a bug fixes as well, including compatibility fixes for Adobe ColdFusion for the new tracing feature.
Billy Cravens is still tinkering away with his Vagrant Railo effort. He’s mentioned on the Railo mailing list he’s updated it to use the new Railo 4 release.
Moved to github, changed developer
Providing an alternative to the cfexecute tag for capturing the standard and error output streams, the project appears to have moved away from RiaForge, to github. Also noting that the developer “Kevan Stannard” looks to have passed the project over to “Joshua Rountree” as part of the transition.
Over on the Railo blog they show off their ideas for a CFRetry tag, allowing you to attempt to re-execute code from a CFTry. Currently planned for Railo 4.1.
A post on the FarCry blog previews their new documentation prototype. They provide a little information and also ask for any thoughts on what they’ve got so far.
Latching onto the “24PullRequests” site. Adam Tuttle devles into the idea of CFML developers making 24 little pull requests to different projects in the run up to Christmas.
Not really an “open source” news item but since it’s security related, I figured I’d share it. The Adobe ColdFusion 10 Lockdown Guide by Pete Freitag, has been published.
Along with the above, Adobe ColdFusion has received a new update, number 5 codename “Johnny”*. It fixes an issue on Windows with IIS (other Operating Systems / web servers are safe), where an exploit could crash the application pool. * The codename is a lie (just like the cake).
The 3rd week of the github reports looks a little odd. I’m guessing the past 4 weeks (github definition of a month?) has been a little quiet for ColdFusion. Both monthly charts are below the normal 5 entries that they list, but there was activity in the weekly charts this week (weren’t present at all last week).
Entypo pictograms by Daniel Bruce – www.entypo.com