Flash forms and how not to upgrade CFMX7

When the honchos at work decided to put some business processes on the intranet, I felt it was the best time to start putting flash forms to it’s paces. Process automation could be fiendishly difficult with so much validations. I hardly use javascript because some dude could have its browser saying capital NO. And server side is not the easiest stuff to do and the roundabout trip could make the sanest man go schizo!With AS2, and some codes stolen from Flex, client side validation in flash forms is so lovely. Work get’s done fast, server side codes are more compact and reusable.

I did some work at home over the weekend and it worked beautifully. I was impressed and couldn’t wait to wow my colleague. Now, time for the production server to play host, and duh! The application fell flat on it’s face. One, the <cfformitem type="text" and type="htm" refused to show. Two, clock icon continues ticking forever and three, worst of all, data wouldn’t load into the forms.

The honchos didn’t waste much time asking for my head on a platter. I started looking for answers. Didn’t get much except for a clue from Ray Camden about bad CFIDE mapping. I compared my settings with the dev servers but it was fine. Along the line, I discovered that only servers that were upgraded from CFMX6.1 have same problem (oh, my app was tested on all the servers in the world!). I did a double take; sent out an outtage report and downed the production server. Copied my settings, uninstall the CFMX7, deleted every trace, and reinstalled and presto, life came back to me. The app worked, the honchos smiled and I had a pizza.

The trouble came from a ‘wonderful‘ trick of replacing your CFIDE in wwwroot (default settings for Windows/IIS6 install) with the old one from CFMX6.1 when you upgrade to CFMX7. Because we are one of the early adopters of CFMX7 around my end, I just looked for what seemed to be the smartest upgrade method on fullasagoog. Only God knows who thought it was smart but I did it.

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