Friday, October 11, 2002

Running the updater

Well, I've waited a few weeks to install the updater and while I've heard of some problems none seem so grave so I've installed the updater (

It went well, though while it reminds you to stop the CFMX service and the release notes tell you to also stop the CFMX ODBC Services as well as restart all of them after the updater is done, it's easy to forget to start those ODBC Services which could lead you to think something went wrong with the install (I did, and none of the datasources were working correctly until I figured that out).

I was disappointed to see that the udpater did not fix the problem I raised in my June 2002 article on the new server-side redirect, with the getpagecontext().forward() method. It still does not work if a forward is attempted from a form action page. Grr.


Thursday, October 10, 2002

Looking for Some Verity Docs?

Are you looking for more info to understand how CF's underlying Verity Search engine works? Whether for creating or searching them, there's lots more to it than is discussed in the CFML Reference or Developing CF Apps books in the CF docs.

I've come across some sites with interesting extended documentation. If you've not seen these they may be useful.

Before that, though, some may have noticed that in CFMX there is a new manual "Working With Verity Tools". That's certainly worth a look, particularly for the coverage of using Verity Spider searching. See it at

But beyond that, there is also a complete set of HTM-based Verity docs at This is just the docs at a particular site that's posted them. There are other places that have posted them, in case these every disappear. Do a google search for "Collection Building Guide" to find such links. This particular link offers several docs related to Verity processing.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

New Search Feature for My Blog

You can now search my blog. Been wondering where I talked about how to edit the web.xml file? Or how to make the most of Studio? Or whatever? Now you can find the topic of interest to you. Notice the available "Search" form on the right above the archive links. Go to town!

BTW, I enabled this using Google's feature allowing creation of a search form on my site using their indexed data about my site. See to sign up to allow searching of your own site.

For bloggers, you may wonder how to get your site content searched by google. It won't just find it on its own. I found the solution was to create a page on my site (which is often spidered by Google) that linked back to all archive pages on my blog site. After a few days, Google found that page and began indexing the blog pages.