Past Meetup

"Leveraging RDS in Eclipse, DW, and HS+: Secure, Useful", with Charlie Arehart

This Meetup is past

40 people went


When: Thursday, May 1, 12:00pm US EDT (GMT-5) (What time is that for you? See this link ( which shows the time as US EDT and you can choose your city from the list offered to see it in your own time.)

Meeting URL:
Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at

We'll have 2 speakers for Thursday, May 1. I'll discuss the 2nd talk in a later entry.

First up, at 12pm (US EDT) we'll have yours truly, Charlie Arehart, presenting "Leveraging RDS in Eclipse, Dreamweaver, and Homesite+/CF Studio: It's more secure and more useful than you may think".

Description: (provided by the speaker)

Are you using the RDS-enabled features in Eclipse, Dreamweaver, or HomeSite+? If not, you could be missing out on a lot of increased productivity, from the query building tools it enables, to the component browsing tools, to enabling file access across the web, and more.

Perhaps it's been disabled on your server, or people may argue that it's insecure. If you could be shown how it could be secured, might you (or your admin) reconsider it? I think it's a tragedy how many developers suffer without leveraging RDS, certainly on their own machines, and even on shared servers.

Whether you think RDS evil or a blessing, or are unaware of what it enables in your favorite CFML editor, and whether you use CF 8 or earlier, there may be more to RDS than you realize. And there are solutions to security concerns, especially in CF8 but even beforehand.

In this talk, frequent CFUG speaker Charlie Arehart will show you all the ways that RDS can be used to make you more productive in Eclipse, Dreamweaver, or HomeSite+. He'll also address (and in some cases resolve) common security concerns, especially the multi-user RDS security available in CF 8 (and CF 4 and 5), as well as how to enable it if it's been disabled (assuming you have the right to make configuration changes, of course).


A veteran ColdFusion developer and troubleshooter since 1997, Charlie Arehart is a longtime contributor to the community and a recognized Adobe Community Expert. He's now an independent contractor providing high-level troubleshooting/tuning assistance and training/mentoring for CF teams ( A certified Advanced CF Developer and Instructor for CF 4/5/6/7, he also runs the Online ColdFusion Meetup (, an online CF user group), and is a contributor to ach of the 3-volume series ColdFusion 8 WACK books by Ben Forta. Living now in Alpharetta GA, he's frequently invited to speak to developer conferences and user groups worldwide.

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