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21
January 2014

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotcha - SSL Certificate Problems with Apache and Issuer Chain

Apache, OpenSSL, Server Admin, Techie Gotchas

I am sure SSL Certificates are not new to most Web Developers, unless you have the luxury of an Admin team. I have been using them for years, most of those years admittedly on Windows, but the last several years we have been migrating all of our windows boxes over to Linux (as you could tell from the majority of my posts). Just recently though, something new came up, which I had not seen before, so I thought I would share my experience, for anyone else looking for a solution out there.

27
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

To Init or Not to Init - CFC Component Init Function

CFML Language, Techie Gotchas

In a comment on my Unit Testing on TDDSean Corfield mentioned that I did not need to explicitly call .init() on my object creation when using the new syntax... because the new syntax called it implicitly for you, if it exists, and fails silently if it does not exist. I know I had heard this somewhere, but I knew there was a reason why I was used to putting .init() on all object creation calls, but I had forgotten. Getting older, that time of the year, not sure what the excuse is, so I decided I'd do a little testing and try and jog my memory.

21
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

FusionReactor - A little help from my friends and my Blog is up to Full Speed

CFML Server, FusionReactor, Techie Gotchas

If you have been reading my blog over the last few weeks, you might have noticed a few things change this week. I have been running this blog on ContentBox, for a few reasons, one to check it out, and two because I was having trouble deciding, and I knew more about ContentBox via ColdBox Developer Week videos than the other CFML options out there. So far, I have quite liked using it, although I haven't themed it myself, or added any GAVIN styled modules to it, but there has been one BIG issue for me, SPEED. I wasn't sure why there was a speed issue, but I was determined to find out, before just giving ContentBox a "speed" black label. This week, I looked into it deeper, and if you didn't notice, the site is flying now, much like it should have been, so if you thought my site was slow, please don't attribute it to ContentBox... there was something else at fault... read more, and you'll find out what, and how I found it.

19
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotcha - CFML Server - Coldfusion 9 WSConfig vs JNDI - Web Server Connector Issues

CFML Server, Techie Gotchas

After installing ColdFusion as many times as I have, usually, you can plod through it, and there isn't too many really weird things that pop up… until this week. Yes, this is another bang your head on the desk story. One of our developers is stilling using Windows 7, and we're setting up ColdFusion, Railo, and Apache to round it off. We get ColdFusion Installed, get Railo and Apache installed, and its time to connect using the WSConfig tool, and ta-da, a big fat error.

18
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotcha - CFML Server - Follow up to Upgrading your Java JRE / JVM - Do Not Forget

CFML Server, Techie Gotchas

After posting my last post... about wiping the dust off your JRE and updating it, for your CFML Server, I thought, there are a couple more things I better highlight. One of the issues you might find when updating (there aren't many really) is that all your java settings that the JRE stored in the old folder, are no longer in the new folder, the most important one I think, is the Java certificate keystore. 

18
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotcha - CFML Server - Wipe the dust off your JRE and Trade it in for a New One

CFML Server, Techie Gotchas

Ok, everyone is all excited about ColdFusion 11 coming out soon, the public beta must be getting very very close to being available now, CF Summit raved about all the cool new things that Adobe is aiming to put into ColdFusion 12 (here is Adam Cameron's blog Entry where Micha from Railo discusses some of Coldfusion 12's new features http://cfmlblog.adamcameron.me/2013/12/micha-offers-railo-centric-feedback-on.html )

So what am I doing? I'm upgrading a box still running ColdFusion 8. Yup, its EOL… well, Jrun which is it running on is, and Adobe no longer support it with Security Updates etc, but I have to support it still… if only for just a little bit longer. So, I decided I should probably update the JVM, its been a while, and looking at some blog entries, there are a lot of good reasons to update JVMs, so thats what I am doing. 

18
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Techie Gotcha - All Hell Breaks Loose, at the End of the Line

FusionReactor, Techie Gotchas

The blog posts halted for a couple of days there, I apologize. The good news, my slackness will pay off… because its been a few days where I have been banging my head on the desk, and although I didn't make time to get the blog posts out, I've learned a few things, and that means I'll share them with you.

First thing on the list, all hell breaks loose, at the end of the line. This is a interesting story, with lots of Christmas Characters. Well, maybe not Christmas Characters, but big CFML community characters all the same. We visited the world of Twitter, Google Groups, and then finally, the light went on, and I felt like a complete idiot, because, it was not the first time, this caught me.

11
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

IOS App Problem - Interesting Solution for End User

Techie Gotchas

Hi everyone... last few days has been a little tough on my Challenge, but blog posts are going well, I missed one day, but I'm going to make that up with a couple of bigger more intensive ones soon. I was going to try and bust one of those out tonight, but I have spent the better part of the evening scratching my header, pulling my hair out, and getting frustrated, when, in the end, there was a SUPER SIMPLE solution. Isn't there always one of those... yup, so I thought I'd share my experience.

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