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05
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

Did you turn it off and on again? Troubleshooting Gotchas with Cordova and WebSQL

Chit Chat, Mobile Development, Techie Gotchas, WebSQL

If you have not seen IT Crowd, you are missing out on some strange but funny geek culture... and one of the highlights of that show is the line, "Did you turn it off and on again". Sometimes with troubleshooting, the simple things can throw you off, and that happened with me recently, so I wanted to share my frustration. This might not be the most informative post, but hopefully it helps someone, so they don't shoot themselves, like I was tempted to do so.

18
February 2015

Gavin Pickin

Packt Publishing Encourages Customers to Learn New Skills with 18 free e-books

Books and Training, Chit Chat, Steals and Deals

As an avid techie, and a habitual learner, I love ebook publishers, and Packt Publishing is one of the top ones on my list. I have bought many a book, hard copy and e-book over time from Packt Publishing, and have mentioned that in my blog in a previous post. Today I'm writing this post to inform you of a great Promotion Packt Publishing has started, which includes 18 days of Free learning, with a different e-book available, for free, every day from Feb 16th, through March 5th.

Keep reading for all the details

10
February 2015

Gavin Pickin

Guest Blog Posts and Webcasts on CommandBox at Ortus

Chit Chat, CommandBox

With all my recent work and blog posts on CommandBox, the team over at Ortus Solutions, which invested a lot of time and money to bring us CommandBox, invited me to post a few guest blog posts on their Blog to celebrate the 1.0 release of CommandBox. They have several contributors, and will be posting a blog post daily for 4 weeks.

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? 

01
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

ColdFusion 11 Stumbles out the doors - CF 11 and CFB 3 are available

CFML Language, CFML Server, Chit Chat, Tools and IDEs

I know everyone has heard, ColdFusion Server 11, and ColdFusion Builder 3 have hit the shelves. I decided I wasn't going to make a big deal of it, because Friends don't let Friends use Beta QUALITY software in Production, right. I used the Betas, I installed them, heck, I'm even presenting on using CF 11 in my Multi Engine talk at cf.Objective(), but I feel like the Beta seemed a little rushed, and maybe the product could have spent a little more time cooking. Here's why.

10
April 2014

Gavin Pickin

Heartbleed - Heartbeats - and other Heart filling stories

CFML Server, cfObjective, Chit Chat, ColdBox, Conferences, OpenSSL, Server Admin

Yes, I still have a heartbeat, although my blog didn't have much of one for a while, that is true. The heart filling story, is that my mum and dad flew in the day after my last blog post, so I've been spending a lot of time with my parents, sharing experiences with their grandchildren. They live in New Zealand, so they do not visit too often, and my busy life got even busier. I have been busy, but you have to wait and see the fruit of my labor, more about that below. Of course, this week, you can't go far without talking about Heartbleed, so I have a few tips for those of you fighting Heartbleed too

22
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

Conferences - Amazon AWS Summit in San Francisco and Brackets Meetup at Adobe

Chit Chat, Conferences, Server Admin, Steals and Deals, Tools and IDEs

Its a busy week next week, driving to LAX and back Monday with my Family flying in to spend some time with the kids, Tuesday, I'm driving to San Francisco for an action packed Wednesday. If you didn't read the title, then I'll spell it out to you.. Wednesday, 26th of March 2014, Amazon has their Free Amazon AWS Summit. Its a day packed full of amazing sessions, so I can learn anything and everything I need to about everything AWS... and after that, I have to decide between Amazon Social and Brackets first Hackathon.

21
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

Conferences - 2014 NC DevCon - Have you say and make it the best NC DevCon yet

CFML Language, Chit Chat, Conferences

Conference season is about to go into full swing, especially for the ColdFusion community. cf.Objective() and Into The Box are coming up quickly in May, get your tickets and book your flights. Scotch on the Rocks is down to 14 tickets last I saw, so if you intend to go, snatch one up quick. Next in the line of CF Conferences I believe is NC DevCon, and they have released a survey, to get the community input, to make this years NC DevCon as good as can be.

They're asking for ideas on track ideas, and more specifics on given tracks to what type of content for those categories. They also want to know if there are certain sponsors you want to see there or not, and most importantly, whats days make it more appealing.

Take your time, and fill out the survey, the more information, the more the committee can do to shape it to meet our wants and needs.Its a short survey, well worth the time, so fill it out, and spread the word.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFdVcWhBb2xJWTVSZFIybHJxWEh1Unc6MA

10
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

Charity Corner - Diabetes and Fly a Foul Mouthed Fusioner Fund

CFML Language, cfObjective, Charity Corner, Chit Chat

EDIT - Please go to support Jared here instead

Tomorrow I have a meeting with one of my new Charity Corner businesses tomorrow. I have decided to try and help out the community by dedicated so many hours a month to help local charity and non profit groups trying to get up and running. Tomorrow, I'm meeting with a brand new Non Profit who's mission is to help run camps and events for young and old Diabetics (type 1 and 2), in our region, where there are no Diabetic groups currently running. With parents suffering from Type 2, and one of my Sisters a life long Type 1 sufferer, I thought it was a worthy candidate for this months project. While thinking about this Charity project, I thought of another one, that the ColdFusion community might be interested in.

In our small but powerful ColdFusion community, our currency seems to be based on Virtual Thank you's, and Beer… surprisingly, a lot of beer. I am saddened to say, one of our biggest contributors to the community of late was thinking about cashing in some of this currency, but was sad to know, that the Airlines, will not take a series of IOUs, even those IOUs for beer.

19
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

CFML Server - A Different type of ColdFusion Repo - Update on the Project

CFML Language, CFML Server, Chit Chat, ColdFusion Install Repo

Just an update on the ColdFusion Install Repo I set up not too long ago. If you do not know what I'm talking about, or what to refresh your memory, you can read the first post here. So far, its got a pretty good reception, I see a few people have signed up for new Copy Accounts, giving the repo plenty of room for anything we want to do in all reality. Several people have volunteered to help, which is awesome too. If I haven't responded to you yet, I'm trying to get as much of the stuff I have up there, and then I'll have you guys fill in the gaps. 

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