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COAL is neat

posted under category: ColdFusion on August 22, 2005 by Nathan

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.

Nathan is a software developer at The Boeing Company in Charleston, SC. He is essentially a big programming nerd. Really, you could say that makes him a nerd among nerds. Aside from making software for the web, he plays with tech toys and likes to think about programming's big picture while speaking at conferences and generally impressing people with massive nerdiness and straight-faced sarcastic humor. Nathan got his programming start writing batch files in DOS. It should go without saying, but these thought and opinions have nothing to do with Boeing in any way.
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