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COAL is neat

posted under category: ColdFusion on August 22, 2005 at 1:00 am by MrNate

In case everyone hasn't seen Ryan Guill's little project COAL (stands for the ColdFusion Open Application Library), I suggest you check it out. If for nothing else, then just for the sake that it houses the entire UDF library, in an easily digestable component model. There's a couple extra little treats in there too, none of which interest me nearly as much.

Ryan, if you're out there, keep it going! Add more components, diversify a bit. See if you can get Mossimo Foti's great CFCs embedded into COAL, or hook up with the OpenXCF project to package a lot of their projects into an easily digestable COAL form.

I'd love to see COAL as a standard thing you install with any new CF server, you know, install, enter serial, setup dsn entries, install COAL, register custom CFX tags, etc.

Seriously, I think there's potential here.

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On Aug 22, 2005 at 1:00 AM Ryan Guill (ryanguill who dances with said:
Thanks for the kind comments! COAL is an idea thats been in the back of my head for a long long time and is just now starting to get some feet under it. For anyone that is playing with it currently, it is definately still in an infant state, but with some more community support I think it can really start to take off. Eventually I hope to have hundreds (if not thousands) of different components in there that could cut your development time down, while letting you standardize on your components. Plus just think of the time you can save if you are having trouble, you just tell fellow coal user your problem, which service you are using and they are instantly on the same page. Anyone that is interested, I recommend signing up for the email list from the coal home page. Not much activity there currently, but should be soon! Thanks again!
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