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The Internet has become a scary and hostile place; can your Web applications survive? Although a lot of media attention has recently been paid to information security, surprisingly little has been published regarding ColdFusion security. Does this then mean that ColdFusion applications are immune to security risks? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Attacks may actually be easier to execute and much more prevalent than programmers would like to believe. Knowing the security risks are there is half the battle. This article is not meant to be a silver bullet or a complete reference, as that could easily fill many volumes. I hope instead to give a thorough overview of ColdFusion security coding practices - thorough enough that you will know what types of things to take into consideration as you write your applications. Making your applications secure is probably a lot e... (more)

Making The Most Of Verity

Search functionality has become the status quo for all major Web sites. The typical search box/button found on home pages across the Net is considered the ultimate in user-friendly design: users type in what they're looking for and the search engine finds it quickly and easily. By applying the tips and tricks illustrated in this article, developers can augment the Verity search engine that's packaged with ColdFusion to create a more robust - and scalable - search engine. All it costs is a little time and ingenuity. ColdFusion Server comes packaged with the Verity search engine, a... (more)

Structurizing Your Database

Using CF structures to store data allows you to access individual records without querying a database. Until now, successfully implementing a scalable, high-volume site has entailed five basic principles: 1. Write tight, efficient code. 2. Use cached queries. 3. Set up a proper network architecture. 4. Use top-of-the-line hardware. 5. Implement a properly designed database. This article suggests a new alternative to cached queries (principle #2): for some sites, using ColdFusion structures to store database data may reduce the bottlenecks caused by excessive database calls, thus impr... (more)