Matt Woodward’s recent HOWTO on setting up your Intel Mac Development Environment and Mark Andrachek’s CFMX on Intel Macs – The Definitive Guide are valuable resources for the growing number of Intel Mac-based ColdFusion developers. If you are a part of this group, they should definitely be among your required reading.
One thing I recommend you do in The ACME Guide is use the JRun Multiserver configuration to allow multiple instances of ColdFusion. This is particularly useful for a number of reasons:
- it allows you to have several differently configured servers (good if you have different clients with different server setups you want to emulate)
- it allows you to have a server where you can experiment without causing potential chaos in servers you have that are configured and working
- it’s just good practice
As an addition to the guides from Matt and Mark, here’s another (hopefully helpful) guide on getting just such a multi-instance environment set up on your ACME-based Intel Mac development environment. It’s a bit of a preview of some of what’s coming in version 4 of The ACME Guide, which I hope to have ready for webDU 2007 in late March.
Of course, you could go the whole hog and have multiple EAR instances on a full-blown Java server like JBoss running on your development workstation, but that’s probably overkill for most people and definitely a story for a whole separate guide!
So, without further ado, please download and use Configuring a Mac Intel Development Environment with multiple ColdFusion instances.
It’s a touch over a megabyte in size. Easily consumable over lunch.