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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Trying New Things....(work in process)

I've decided to give a few new applications a look and I may as well share my experience with everyone in the process.
  • Windows Vista: I'm actually installing the OS right now on my other computer. I'll let you know how it goes once I get a little farther along.
  • FireFox v2: The full version is not ready for release yet but they are up to Release Candidate 3. So far so good. They've added a built in spell cheker (I only have IE on this machine). An excellent feature for web developers too lazy to connect their web apps to google's spell check web service. Also, there's greatly enhanced DOM/W3C compliance for all you AJAX developers out there. I don't even like to look at the websites I'm developing in version 2 (even though they look sweet) since so few other people are using it. It just pains me to switch back to IE.
  • ColdFusion version 8: No, I haven't actually had a chance to check it out but I've been given a few hints as to the bonus features we can all expect. For starters, PDF web documents/forms will be multi-functional. People will be able to input the information on the screen and submit the data like a regular HTML form OR print it out like a plain 'ol PDF. Sadly, I don't think there's been any advancement on including digital signatures. Spry (Adobe's AJAX framework) will have some hooks in dreamweaver making it very easy to pass information back and forth between the client and server-side CFC's. I'll continue to probe my source for more info but hopefully this will get you thinking.

Gotta focus on getting Vista up and running. I'll update this post when I found out more.

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