Bringing on Visuals w CFlickr CFC


I recently decided that it was about time to start adding some imagery to my Blog. I am the first person to go to bat for Content being the King on the web, but straight text content can at times be a little boring to look at. So I went on the hunt for a simple way to add life to my blog.

I found an API called CFlickr, that is written in ColdFusion and provides the ability to work with Flickr's REST API. There are some really cool examples of the things that you can do with the API over at SixFive.

CFlickr's developer, (Chris Blackwell), gives some very good examples of how the API can be used to develop dynamic pages through working with the API. He has even gone through the trouble of setting up the CFC's Documentation.

If you haven't ever worked with ColdFusion Components, there are a few things that you have to do to make sure that the component works correctly. If you are in a shared hosting environment, you will have to ask your host to provide a mapping to the directory where CFlickr is under your web root. Make sure you are careful to get the mapping right … if you aren't … you will find out really fast.

I'm not going to try to go in to a tutorial on using the API just yet, but if you are interested in learning more about it, you can get more at the CFlickr Site.

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Edward J. Beckett is a passionate software engineer, web developer, server administrator and polyglot programmer with nearly a decade experience building desktop and web applications ranging from simple personal web sites to enterprise level applications on many technology stacks including Java, Java EE, Spring, Spring MVC, Spring Data, Hibernate, SQL, JPA, JMS, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ColdFusion, PHP, Node.js and more...