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26
August 2014

Gavin Pickin

ColdFusion Install Download Repo - New Home for all your Files

CFML Server, ColdFusion Install Repo

The ColdFusion Install Download Repo has been having some issues lately, with the main location, Copy.com. They shut down a shared folder, but not the whole account, and after no response, and a timely process to move all the files, I decided (with some input from Charlie Arehart) that its probably better off somewhere a little more independent, and more user friendly.

http://www.gpickin.com/cfrepo/

I have always intended to see how it grows, and maybe put up its own website, but everyone knows how time is, so while it was working. copy.com was fine. Since it stopped, I decided to make a mini website on my blog, available at http://www.gpickin.com/cfrepo/
This allows the user to get more information when they first hit the page, the shared folder itself is very plain, and confusing.

This also allows me to blackbox the location somewhat, so if it goes down, I can switch it to alternative locations easier, and there is always that one goto location.

We are going to update the tinyurl as well, but for now, it works, and hopefully this will make it easier for everyone.

Thanks for everyones support, and let me know if you have any issues.

Thanks
Gavin

11
June 2014

Gavin Pickin

The CFML Community's Cries for Help have Been Heard

CFML Language, CFML Server, ColdBox, Tools and IDEs

Talk about some link bait, but, to be honest its pretty accurate. For the longest time now, the CFML community has been asking for several things, to help bring CFML into todays standards for languages, and the call has been answered. What are these things I talk about, CLI Command Line Interface, REPL Read Evaluate Print Loop, a Package Manager, and a Command Line way to Access the Package Manager. For those of you who did not make it to cf.Objective() or Scotch on the Rocks, you might not have heard, but Ortus Solutions has created CommandBox, and even Adam Cameron has no problem with all the superlatives in the documentation, because even he agrees, CommandBox is AWESOME. Although Adam stated it as "This is possibly the most important innovation in #CFML since CFCs" - that's awesome

10
June 2014

Gavin Pickin

Viva Las Vegas - Roll the Dice or just Vote It Up

CFML Language, Conferences

Finally getting over cf.objective()? Maybe you're just recovering from Scotch on the Rocks last week? Don't worry, there are more great ColdFusion conferences coming your way soon, and it's time to help shape CF Summit in Las Vegas, October 16-17 at the aria. Our friend Matt Gifford, released an app for call to speakers and voting on submitted topics. Last year CF Summit had over 500 attendees, and is expected to be bigger and better than last year. So don't wait, submit a topic, vote, and get a ticket.

04
June 2014

Gavin Pickin

ColdFusion - Hide n Go Seek with Documentation + Update on the CF Install Repo

CFML Language, ColdFusion Install Repo, Techie Gotchas

Another interesting week in ColdFusion… other than the call for speakers (if you want to speak at CF Summit, go submit your proposal now), the big talking about over the last week, has been Adobe discontinuing all of the CF8 and CF9 live doc help files, and recommending users, use the new maintainable Wiki. So why is that big news? 

27
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

ColdFusion Install Repo - News and Updates and new Contributors

CFML Language, CFML Server, ColdFusion Install Repo, Server Admin

The idea started with a couple of tweets, and has been growing steadily since that day in Feb 2014, when I decided to make an online repo of any and all ColdFusion Installs I had, and open it up to the community too. Now, a few months later, with Adobe's ColdFusion 10's legal issues, the ColdFusion Install Repo might become a pretty popular item… and even Charlie Arehart is contributing to the repo, so you know its worth looking into right, well, here is some news and updates.

21
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotchas - Debugging Code - How important is it to a Programmer?

CFML Language, Chit Chat, Conferences, Dependency Injection, Techie Gotchas, WireBox

It seems as programmers, we're always writing code, but as Dan Wilson said in one of his great sessions at cf.Objective() last week, we spend only a small fraction of our time writing new code, we spend most of it debugging, fixing and reading code. Thats not something you normally think about, but it aligns with my thinking recently, about what makes a good programmer. Being involved with teams for some time now, albeit small teams, adding new members is something which is constantly on the horizon, and the more I think about it, one of the biggest signs of a good programmer is the ability to spot bugs and problems with code. If you're fixing, debugging, or just trying to read code, it makes sense that reading and understanding the code is the most important thing. Now, whether you agree or not, why am I writing this today? 

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - Extracting the ColdFusion 9 Connector for Apache

CFML Server, Server Admin

We are going to setup apache with virtual hosts to deliver multiple CFML engines.
To do so, we need to setup the cfml engine adapters / connectors, 1 by 1, and remove their connector code from the main httpd.conf and then include that connector string in the Vhosts themselves, while leaving any LOAD MODULE code in the main httpd.conf, because we only want to load the module once, and because you cannot load modules in a Virtual Host. This way, we can designate which sites use what connector. Lets do ColdFusion 9.

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - Extracting the Railo Connector for Apache

CFML Server, Server Admin

We are going to setup apache with virtual hosts to deliver multiple CFML engines.
To do so, we need to setup the cfml engine adapters / connectors, 1 by 1, and remove their connector code from the main httpd.conf and then include that connector string in the Vhosts themselves, while leaving any LOAD MODULE code in the main httpd.conf, because we only want to load the module once, and because you cannot load modules in a Virtual Host. This way, we can designate which sites use what connector. Lets do Railo.

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - Editing Server.XML for Tomcat VHosts

CFML Server, Server Admin

To make editing your Server.xml easier, I'm going to show you a trick, so you can include another file, into your server.xml, so you can add Virtual Hosts (or other settings if you like) so you dont have to edit your Server.XML file so often. This can be useful for automation, or just locking down certain pieces of the server.xml, or just convenience.

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - Installing CF9 on Linux - Centos

CFML Server, Server Admin

Installing CF9 on Linux, as part of the Multi CFML Engine Series, will show you how to install CF 9 on linux, keeping a couple of key pieces in mind, so we can have apache connect to each engine, based on the Virtual Host.

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