The brand new Nashville ColdFusion User Group Web site has launched! Here's an excerpt from my official announcement...

I am completely, unbelievably, indubitably, fantastically excited to announce and SHOW you the brand-spanking new Nashville ColdFusion User Group Web site!!

Launching a new Web site has been "in the works" in one way or another for over two years. Not long after I took over the group from Tony Bradshaw (January 2005) we all decided it was time for a new Web site and thus started a journey that took much longer than anyone anticipated. In some ways it's embarrassing how we didn't buckle down and just get the job done. But when I think of all the things that have taken place over the last three years, from the babies, job changes, contract and consultant work many of us do etc., I'm not too surprised. And after spending most of my waking hours over the last week working on the new site with J.J., I'm even less surprised.

Read the full announcement here:


Search Engine Safe URL's (often abbreviated SES) are attractive to Web developers and business owners because they "pretty up" the browser address bar, help search engines crawl through site content, and generally make it easier to share URL's to content deep within a Web site. The advantages to using SES URL's are covered exhaustively throughout the Web if you want more reasons why you should use them. For information on how to set up and configure Apache's mod_rewrite including the creation of SES URL's for a Mach-ii site, read on...

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Mach-ii Web Application Framework

Posted by Aaron West at 12:08 PM in Mach-ii

Those who know me are aware of my general indifference regarding the Fusebox methodology. I've used it, mainly for editing Web applications built by other companies and/or ColdFusion teams. However, when building applications where I'm the "one-man-show" I prefer to roll my own framework. This practice works for me and it has proven to help me develop dynamic Web sites (in ColdFusion) faster and more effectively. Having said that, I've been hearing a good bit about Mach-ii. Several discussions have erupted on the CFDJ list concerning the Mach-ii framework and I've spoken with some other developers who are starting to take a look at what Mach-ii has to offer.

So, I've decided to lay aside my general dislike of Fusebox (Before Mach-ii was Mach-ii, it was slated to be the latest release of the Fusebox methodology. Discovering there were more differences that similiarities the team decided it was best to create a "new" methodology.) and take an in-depth look at Mach-ii. Over the next couple of days I plan on giving the framework a complete review and will also take a stab at converting some of my own applications to Mach-ii. Check back here for information regarding my findings, and particularly likes and dislikes.

If you haven't already taken a look at Mach-ii and you would like to, you can visit the official Mach-ii Web at: http://www.mach-ii.com. If you would like to e-Mail me regarding your take on Mach-ii, feel free to do so. You can e-Mail me at trajik210 AT Google mail.