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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


Introducing ColdFusion MX 6.1
Introducing ColdFusion MX 6.1

It's been over a year since Macromedia released the most important and ambitious ColdFusion ever, ColdFusion MX. Considering the scope of the undertaking, ColdFusion MX has been an incredible success.

Reengineering and rewriting a mature product from scratch is not a task undertaken lightly, but the customer feedback we've received has affirmed that we did the right thing. The enhancements in ColdFusion MX have given developers important new capabilities, and the move to the Java-based architecture has helped us increase performance and provide developers with exciting new deployment options.

But as with all ambitious projects, there were things we couldn't get done and there were things we didn't get quite right the first time. And that's what brings us to ColdFusion MX 6.1, an absolutely vital update to ColdFusion MX. It's faster, simpler, and much more powerful than even ColdFusion MX. And so, for the first time in printed form, it is my pleasure to introduce you to ColdFusion MX 6.1.

Simplified Installation and Migration
Installation and migration have proven to be the primary gotchas for CFMX users. ColdFusion MX 6.1 features a brand new cross platform installer that:

  • Provides clear instructions and explains options in detail
  • Gracefully handles the non-plain-vanilla installations (the ones that gave CFMX a hard time)
  • Works out-of-the-box with multihomed systems
  • Includes an advanced Web server configuration wizard
  • Provides improved upgrade and migration tools
  • Continues to support silent installation for those who need it

    ColdFusion MX 6.1 also features increased backward compatibility. Thanks to all the feedback from early adopters of ColdFusion MX, we were able to identify dozens of areas where we'd inadvertently broken compatibility. As a result, it should be much easier to bring forward your ColdFusion 5 and 4.5 applications.

    New OS Support
    There have been several important operating system upgrades since ColdFusion MX shipped, and many users have been clamoring for support for these operating systems. New to CFMX 6.1 are:

  • Windows Server 2003 (and IIS6)
  • RedHat Linux 8
  • RedHat Linux 9
  • SuSE Linux 8
  • Solaris 9
  • AIX 4.3.3 and 5.1

    Of course, all currently supported platforms and operating systems remain supported.

    Faster Development
    By now just about everyone knows that CFMX is a compiler - it compiles CFML code to Java bytecode. Actually, that is almost true; what it actually does is generate Java source code corresponding to the original CFML, and then compiles that generated Java to bytecode.

    I'm not going to explain the benefits of ColdFusion being a compiler (this has been covered before extensively). What I do want to point out is what many of you have already discovered: ColdFusion the compiler improves execution speed at runtime, but it hurts performance at development time. Why is this? The initial code generation and compile process is time consuming, and each time you tweak a CF tag and then try your change, ColdFusion has to go through that entire process again.

    ColdFusion MX 6.1 comes with a brand new compiler, one that compiles from CFML to Java bytecode directly (without needing to generate Java source code and spawn another compiler). The result? Blinding fast execution, so fast that you'll likely not even notice the difference between the initial compile and subsequent requests.

    In fact, the compiler is so fast that you may not want to bother saving the compiled .class files anymore. CFMX compiles to disk, the CFMX cfclasses directory contains a .class file for each .cfm file, and once compiled, ColdFusion accesses those .class files directly so as to not have to recompile the CFML source again. But in CFMX 6.1 the compiler is so fast that you'll likely find that there is no real value in storing the .class files. Instead, ColdFusion can compile to memory and execute the bytecode directly from there (this will also solve the problem that some of us ran into where .class files were left over or went out of synch). Of course, this will mean that if the server restarts, ColdFusion will need to recompile your .cfm files, but this process is so fast that it may be worth it (after all, checking file time stamps and reading .class files from disk takes time too).

    ColdFusion MX 6.1 supports both compiling to disk (CFMX behavior) and compiling to memory. The ColdFusion Administrator lets you define how you'd like the compiler to behave.

    Faster Runtime
    The new compiler has no real impact on runtime, its job is to improve development time. But ColdFusion MX 6.1 improves runtime performance too. While exact numbers were not available at press time, initial testing using example application testing (identical applications on identical hardware) has shown significant performance gains even over ColdFusion MX (which was already faster than ColdFusion 5, which was already faster than... you get the idea).

    Improved Protocols
    The protocol tags are a very important part of the CFML language, and ColdFusion MX 6.1 improves and enhances them all. Key improvements include:

  • <CFHTTP> now supports all HTTP operations (GET, POST, HEAD, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS).
  • <CFHTTP> now provides access to all headers and content, and provides explicit control over timeouts and proxy support.
  • <CFPOP> now supports the retrieval of multipart e-mail messages (those with text and HTML parts contained within a single message).
  • <CFINVOKE> now supports secure connections (via https).
  • <CFINVOKE> now provides control over timeouts and proxy support.

    Improved <CFMAIL>
    The most used Internet protocol tag has to be <CFMAIL>, and <CFMAIL> has been dramatically enhanced too. For starters, in ColdFusion MX 6.1 (Enterprise) it is possible to allocate multiple mail delivery threads, and also keep SMTP connections open. The combination of these two features introduces mail delivery throughput that exceeds anything possible in prior versions of ColdFusion. On test boxes <CFMAIL> has been clocked delivering over 1,000,000 messages an hour!

    <CFMAIL> also now supports SMTP logins (required by many SMTP servers to prevent mail relaying). The <CFMAIL> attributes USERNAME and PASSWORD allow for the login information to be provided within the tag. (It is also possible to provide login information in the SMTP server definition in CF Admin).

    Another frequently requested <CFMAIL> enhancement is support for multiple SMTP mail servers (so that if one is unavailable an alternate may be used). This is now supported in ColdFusion MX 6.1 (Enterprise) at both the CF Admin level and the <CFMAIL> level.

    In addition, the new <CFMAILPART> tag allows developers to create multipart messages so that a single message may contain both HTML and text versions of the message body. The syntax looks like this:

    <CFMAIL ...>
    <CFMAIL PARAM ...>
    <CFMAILPART type="text">
    Text version goes here
    </CFMAILPART>
    <CFMAILPART type="html">
    <B>HTML version goes here</B>
    </CFMAILPART>
    </CFMAIL>

    Improved CFCs
    ColdFusion Components (covered in detail in CFDJ, Volume 4, issues 6 and 7) are the most important CFML language enhancement in ColdFusion MX. ColdFusion MX 6.1 fixes several issues with CFCs, and adds the single most requested enhancement:

  • Within a CFC it is now possible to use the "super" scope to access overridden methods.
  • CFCs can now safely be placed in a variety of scopes, and CFC code has access to all scopes.

    Other Bits and Pieces
    There are also all sorts of other little goodies. For example:

  • A new Wrap() function which inserts breaks into text to force wrapping (used internally by the new <CFMAIL> WRAP attribute)
  • Lots of COM improvements, and the introduction of a ReleaseCOMObject() function (which does exactly what its name suggests)
  • Improved <CFCHART> performance
  • An update to the Flash Remoting engine
  • The embedded AXIS engine has been updated to v1.1 (this provides numerous SOAP enhancements including better interaction with .NET Web services)

    Versioning Changes
    Even if none of what I have mentioned thus far makes you sit up and take notice, this next one will.

    With ColdFusion MX 6.1 we've changed the product editioning. ColdFusion Professional has been replaced by ColdFusion Standard, and ColdFusion Enterprise is now a combination of ColdFusion Enterprise and ColdFusion for J2EE (and we've even included a full version of JRun as well). What does this mean to you? As a ColdFusion Enterprise user you now have several different ways to install ColdFusion MX:

  • As a standalone: Like in CFMX (using the embedded JRun).
  • On top of JRun: You get a full JRun installation, and the ability to run multiple CF instances on top if it. This translates into better performance, greater security, superior scalability, and more control over specific applications (as explained in last month's column, CFDJ, Volume 5, issue 7).
  • On top of a J2EE server of your choice: For example, IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, and Sun ONE. In other words, you are getting CFMX, CFMX for J2EE, and JRun 4 - all for the same price and the same upgrade.

    Summary
    ColdFusion MX 6.1 is an important upgrade to an important product. If you are already using ColdFusion MX then 6.1 is free, and you'll enjoy greater performance and stability than ever before. And if you are not yet using ColdFusion MX, well, there couldn't be a better time to jump on board.

    About Ben Forta
    Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Technical Evangelist. In that capacity he spends a considerable amount of time talking and writing about Adobe products (with an emphasis on ColdFusion and Flex), and providing feedback to help shape the future direction of the products. By the way, if you are not yet a ColdFusion user, you should be. It is an incredible product, and is truly deserving of all the praise it has been receiving. In a prior life he was a ColdFusion customer (he wrote one of the first large high visibility web sites using the product) and was so impressed he ended up working for the company that created it (Allaire). Ben is also the author of books on ColdFusion, SQL, Windows 2000, JSP, WAP, Regular Expressions, and more. Before joining Adobe (well, Allaire actually, and then Macromedia and Allaire merged, and then Adobe bought Macromedia) he helped found a company called Car.com which provides automotive services (buy a car, sell a car, etc) over the Web. Car.com (including Stoneage) is one of the largest automotive web sites out there, was written entirely in ColdFusion, and is now owned by Auto-By-Tel.

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    "It is also possible to provide login information in the SMTP server definition in CF Admin" --I don't see where you can provide this in CF Admin 6.1...?

    We use ColdFusion 5 and 4.5 for internal web sites and for sites we build for federal government customers. In both cases we write COM components to support advanced capabilities, and we purchase third party COM software. For internal use we were very excited about the new features announced with MX, and immediately purchased the upgrades with plans to migrate. But down in the documentation it was explained that the new JAVA underpinnings did not play well with COM. Complex objects weren't supported at all, and even simple objects took so long to instantiate that performance was unacceptable. We went back to 5. I posted questions to all of the appropriate Macromedia web forms. Never heard a reply. Any chance that real COM support will become a priority, or has the "cross-platform" JAVA mentality destroyed it forever? We and our customers are faced with a dead end in the CF migration path. The COM stuff isn't generally available in a JAVA version. Only choice is to rewrite the stuff we can, so bye-bye ColdFusion. :(


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