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Delivering well-formatted reports through a web browser has always been a problem. Style sheets and cross browser compatibility are just a few of the many issues we, as developers, have to deal with when creating HTML based reports. Fortunately, with the release of CFMX 7 Macromedia has provided us with a great tool for providing end users with well formatted, browser independent reports: ColdFusion Report Builder. Now that we have the Report Builder, life is perfect (at least when it comes to delivering reports via the web) - right? We have one tool to create a query and a perfectly formatted report in a matter of minutes. Well, let's not get too excited too fast -there are some limitations to using the report builder to build your queries and deliver your web-based reports. What if your database table or column names change after you've created a report? What if ... (more)

AJAX Custom Error Handling: Enhancing the Interactive User Experience

AJAX has become an increasingly popular tool to develop RIAs. With AJAX, as with many new technologies, developers often overlook core application issues such as error handling. While many current AJAX frameworks come with ways to handle errors, the built-in error-handling methods might not be quite what you need, and it's possible that you might not even want to adopt a specific AJAX framework at all. So how do you handle errors in AJAX? This article will guide you through one possible way to implement custom error handling in AJAX using many of the same techniques that you'll li... (more)

Custom Error Handling Using AJAX

AJAX has become an increasingly popular tool to develop RIAs. With AJAX, as with many new technologies, developers often overlook core application issues such as error handling. While many current AJAX frameworks come with ways to handle errors, the built-in error-handling methods might not be quite what you need, and it's possible that you might not even want to adopt a specific AJAX framework at all. So how do you handle errors in AJAX? This article will guide you through one possible way to implement custom error handling in AJAX using many of the same techniques that you'll li... (more)