Transfer Going POSS, Powered by Compound Theory

From the end of February 2008, Transfer will be become Professional Open Source Software.  This means that Compound Theory will start selling services that are based around Transfer, while still retaining its free, Open Source licence.

The idea behind all this is such that I can do more for
Transfer than I am currently doing, both in terms of being able to
write code, as well giving me more freedom to present, and travel to
conferences to physically talk to people.

Not only will Compound Theory be providing a series of services
based on Transfer ORM, it will also be offering project based
consulting, training, and mentoring.

To that effect, if you are interested in Compound Theory's services, please feel free to contact me directly.

On the Transfer front, understandably, things are moving forward pretty fast. 

Right now, I'm taking Expressions of Interest in the following areas:

  • Transfer Support
    A subscription and/or per incident model for support as pertaining to Transfer installation, use and/or any overall issues.

  • Transfer Training
    Transfer curriculum that will come in a series of short courses, as
    well as single/multiple day training programs, covering both on-line
    training, and in-person training.

  • Transfer Developer Certification
    like ColdFusion Developer Certification,a Developer certification give
    you a listing on the new Transfer site as certified, as well as a
    spiffy certificate.

  • Transfer Training Certification
    much like ColdFusion Training Certification, this would give you a
    listing on the Certified Trainers page on the Transfer ORM site, as
    well as access to the training materials.

If you are interested in any of the above programs and/or services, please send me an email either on my contact form, or via the Transfer Google Group.  Once we have launched these programs, I will be in contact to let you know of the specific details.

If anyone wants any more information on Professional Open Source Software, 'The Beekeeper' article by Pentaho Commercial Open Source Software is one the best descriptions of POSS I have ever read.

So with all that, what are the specific plans for Transfer in the near future?  Lots of things!

First of all, the SVN version of Transfer is currently in feature freeze.  I'm only fixing bug fixes at this stage, to prepare for a Release Candidate of 0.7.

This release candidate will coincide with the new Wiki that will power
and house the extended documentation, both for the new features of
Transfer, and expansion on current feature sets.  This Wiki is
currently under development, and you should be seeing something on it

The Wiki will be a new part of the new Transfer site that I have been
promising for a long time.  The design for this has been done, and it
looks fantastic.  This will consolidate things like bug tracking,
project and knowledge management into a single space, which will be
very useful in the long run.

Once that is all up and running, we're going to be moving as quick as we can towards a Transfer 1.0!

I have revised the road map, and pushed out several pieces to be implemented post 1.0:

Included in the 1.0 Roadmap

  • Binary Data Support
    Currently Transfer doesn't support being able to insert or retrieve binary data from the database.

  • Programmatic setting of the data source details through the Configuration Bean
    This will give a developer the ability to programmatically set the
    details of the data source, which is particularly useful when the
    datasource name is dynamically generated.

  • Generated methods all have hints on them, for TransferDoc and/or if displaying the object meta data in any way
    Currently some, but not all methods that are generated have a populated
    hint="" on their <cffunction> definitions. This will be expanded
    to include all <cffunctions>, to enhance generated documentation

  • Ensure hashing is unique for all changes to the transfer.xml, by
    ensuring that changes to any parents, flow through to generating new
    definitions for children.
    There are currently a few rare occurrences where Transfer .transfer
    files won't be regenerated when a change is made to the XML file. 
    These rarities will be fixed.

  • Finalise CLOB support across all DBs.
    CLOB support has a few issues across some DBs, specifically Oracle.  This will be resolved so that it is no longer an issue.

  • Cascading insert, updates, delete and saves
    This is what it says it is.

  • Programmatic reloading of the XML file.
    The ability to be able to programatically reload the XML configuration file from within Transfer, to aid in development.

Pushed out to post 1.0 release

  • Soft Deletes
    I have some more flexible ideas on how
    to go about this, that will provide soft delete functionality, as well
    as some other far more extensible possibilities.

  • TQL on conditions
    This will allow you to use TQL on <condition> declarations,
    however, I'm not sure if <conditions> are  necessary any more, as
    it may be superseded by some other ideas I have

  • Transaction based caching that discards objects inside a transaction if the transaction fails. 
    The way I wanted to implement this was not actually possible with
    ColdFusion, but I have some other ideas on how to facilitate at least
    something similar

From here there is also a strong plan to be releasing on a regular and
frequent schedule.  I am fully aware of the fact that it's almost been
a year since the last release, but for those of you who haven't
followed the SVN version of Transfer, will be pleasantly surprised at
how much we've managed to fit into this new release.

The goal is to have the 1.0 of Transfer at least at Release Candidate stage by cf.Objective() this year.  Even though it's going to be a lot of hard work, I think that is is truly possible.

All in all, this is a pretty exciting time for Transfer, so I want to
thank all those who have participated up until now, we've developed a
great community, and 2008 is looking to be a very fun, and exciting
year for all involved.

Leave a Comment


  • Peter Bell | January 21, 2008

    Great news – very exciting indeed. Best wishes for the venture. 2008 should be a pretty cool year!

  • Roland Lopez | January 21, 2008

    Great News Mark! Thanks for the great job you’ve done with Transfer. Look forward to see you at the conferences.

  • Felix | January 22, 2008

    Does that mean you have to quit your day job Mark? Congratulations on the move btw!!

  • Mark | January 23, 2008

    @All – thanks for the well wishes! Much appreciated.

    @Felix – this means this * is * my day job! :oD