New Poll: Do you use RDS?

July 21, 2005

I have added a new blog poll titled Do You Use RDS? I'm just curious how many people use it. There are lots of reasons not to use it, but I think its still pretty popular.

Here's why some people might use it:

  • Easy way to edit files on a remote server. Yes even though making changes to a live web site is generally bad idea, there are times when it comes in really handy. Suppose one of your old clients needs you to update one line of code. You can do this really fast with RDS.
  • View database structure. Maybe your developer doesn't have access to the db server, they can use RDS to check out the schema. Yes this can also be a security problem.
  • Secure File Editing - Did I just say secure? well yes, if your using it over HTTPS/SSL port 443 then it is secure. Most people use it over port 80 which is not secure. If your using RDS, but not over HTTPS then I suggest you change the port to 443 in your settings.

Please vote on the bottom left of my site. And if you want to leave a comment about why you do or do not use it feel free.

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i dont/have never used it as ive never been able to get it to work :) not too sure what it REALLY does? tony
i used to use RDS all the time in homesite for database browsing and inserting table & field names into my code. i found the implementation in dreamweaver very slow so i stopped using it. and now ive lost it all together in cfeclipse...but bring it back i say!
RDS in Homesite/CFStudio - damn i had forgotten that. Like Pat i mainly used it for DB browsing and getting field names. so so so handy. I did use it a couple of times to edit live files (but i never said that :o) ) I'm with Pat, bring it back - but not the DWMX version!
I used to use it a lot, especially when the only way I could test my code was on a remote dev server (before the days of free developer edition of CF). Eventually, I was able to install CF and my database locally without any real issues and RDS was pretty much irrelevant. Yes, it does allow access to the files over HTTP, but I have found nowadays that all my files are local and I use source control to save files remotely... no real need for RDS for these things. The one area that RDS is handy for nowadays is its interaction with the CFAdmin API through DWMX.
I use it all the time as i need to manage over 300 sites on 3 servers not local... I find it fast, but not so reliable as homesite+ gets out of synch quite often..
Now that we have moved away from homesite+/cfstudio to cfeclipse we do not use rds. For database browsing we use an eclipse plugin call SQLExplorer with this you have to have access to the database server via JDBC. I think RDS, while convenient can encourage/facilitate various bad practices of tinkering with live code/dbs.
Love it. can't live without RDS.
We have it disabled here at work, so I've never used it. I have it enabled on my laptop with the development version of CFMX, but I haven't really had the chance to really get into it, since I don't like Dreamweaver and have installed CFEclipse, which I'm exploring these days.
Nope, don't use it. I never really saw the point of it. For DB browsing, I just use the likes of Navicat, Enterprise Manager, or whatever. And SFTP and SCP are what I use for file transfer.
we use it a lot for remote development (developer works from his home) , and drag and drop of fieldnames. But only on simple applications where only one developer does the programming.
I think it would be very useful to poll, for those who do not use it, why not. we see from comments above that some don't because they work on a shared server and are concerned about security. But if they work on their own machine, that should be less an issue. And some of those would argue they don't because they use alternatives for DB browsing, or perhaps they say "no" because they use an editor that doesn't support it (but they would if it did), or some don't even know how to use the features in the editor that rely on it (something I often find with both Studio, HomeSite+, and DWMX users). Or it could be that they couldn't get it to work for them (just failure to configure things properly, an understandable challenge). Without knowing why folks say "no", it's hard for editor creators (MM, open source, or others) to properly evaluate what it means when a majority say "no" they don't use RDS). As a long-time fan and evangelist for it, I'd like to see it in all editors (and indeed documented as a protocol so any editor creator could implement its support).
We just started using Eclipse and CFEclipse in the last few months, and file access through RDS is one of the major aspects that we miss. Many of our servers are locked down to SSH and HTTP only, so RDS really helped allow us file access without having to configure a new protocol or service. I'm sure there's a good alternative, we just haven't found it yet. *grin*
No. We do not use. When a developer have bad habits, than it would be a big problem. RDS would be good for a developer but when you think a team enviroment, it is against standards. If you have ability to change something easily, you can forget RULES that is really important for a team work. I personally used RDS for years but I have seen that after editing a file I just forgotten to update my local ones etc. This is a trouble for a team enviroment.
I use it all the time for quick updates especially since we have many virtual directories i am able to navigate through all the drives
I just downloaded eclipse and installed the cfeclipse plugin. The first thing I looked for was RDS support, so yes, I think it's important. I don't use RDS for db browsing or editing production files, but rather use it to deploy code to other servers. FTP is not allowed on those servers, so using RDS to deploy is our only option. Also, our production server is not on the same network as our development environment (we do both internet and intranet work), so we can't just copy the files.
I use it. Slow, pointless and incredibly annoying when you want to edit something in Textmate because I'm basically using it as a glorified RDS client now.
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