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When I started using ColdFusion, one of the tags that piqued my curiosity most was . At the time, I had only a vague idea what LDAP was and when I started to write applications that extended beyond single pages, I realized I needed some kind of authentication. I tried the tag but wasn't thrilled with the idea of storing usernames and passwords in a table. At the same time, I was setting up Netscape's Messaging Server. While it can use a local file for user information, it prefers an LDAP directory. I immediately saw the advantage of using the LDAP server for both Messaging Server and my ColdFusion applications. So I set about putting up Netscape's Directory Server. I quickly learned that LDAP directories are significantly different from SQL databases. An LDAP directory is a specialized database for storing information about people and places. As s... (more)

Spectra Calamari

Allaire's Spectra provides a terrific solution to the ever-growing problem of content management. It boasts a number of other features as well, but its content management features are what sold us. The solution comes at a price, though, both in monetary and resource terms. Even though it's less expensive than its competitors, it's not cheap. Allaire's white paper on server capacity recommends at least two dual-processor front-end servers, with the appropriate licensing, of course. Working on a very tight budget forces me to find alternative solutions to daily challenges. When I w... (more)