Part 3: Railo on Fedora 20 on a Windows Host with VirtualBox

This is the third in a series of articles on how to install Railo (ColdFusion) and MariaDB (MySQL) on a Fedora virtual machine (VM) using VirtualBox.  The first post discusses the creation of a Fedora VM. The second post discusses the installation and setup of MariaDB. In this post we will cover the installation and setup of Railo including connecting to the MariaDB datasource.

ColdFusion: Less Code, More Results

The primary reason why I prefer ColdFusion over other web app languages is the efficiency afforded in the programming stage. ColdFusion is a genuine Rapid Application Development (RAD) language. For example, to run a database query and draw a pie chart using the Google Chart API, takes about 20 lines of code and does not require additional libraries such as jQuery. Here’s an image of the pie chart generated by the code below.   The following code […]

Quick Tip: Web Design Field Manual

The Web Design Field Manual (  might well be the only bookmark you will ever need as a web developer. Ok, maybe not the only bookmark, but certainly a very useful one. The Web Design Field Manual contains links to useful tools and inspirational sites. The site is divided into eight sections including: Inspiration, Style Guides, Process, Workflow, Toolbox, Grids and Typography, Best Practices and Accessibility. About the only thing missing is a general section […]