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December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Video is worth a million words - The Vendor Client Relationship

Chit Chat

It is strange how some people "get it" and others just don't, when it comes to our business, and technology as a whole. We constantly fight off the high school web designer competitor, and godaddy's $5 a month Million Dollar website, or you go to help a friend fix their computer, and they expect it for free, even though it just took you a whole day of your precious "spare" time. 

Some times, I show people this video, to try and explain to them how "crazy" or "unbelievably insulting" some of their comments / actions are, but usually, I use this, to share a few laughs with friends, who get it, and we laugh and tell our own stories. Days like today, you might need a laugh, so here it is. Its not new, its an oldie, but a goodie.

08
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Maria DB - Whats all this noise about Maria DB Replacing MySql

MariaDB

I have threatened to talk about my recent experiences with MariaDB, so this is the start of another small series on my blog, where we'll look at what is MariaDB, why should I consider using MariaDB, how to get Coldfusion / Railo talking with MariaDB, using the MySql Driver, and the MariaDB Driver, what possible compatibility issues might I run into, and is it production ready?

07
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Online Interactive Learning - TryCF - Submitting your First Tutorial Walkthrough

Online Interactive Learning

Yesterday I discussed a great new Coldfusion Community Project, TryCF.com, started by Abram Adams... and how I submitted my first Tutorial and got it published. TryCF is a Coldfusion version the learn by doing school of thought, in the same line as codeschool.comtry.github.comnodeschool.io and learnstreet.com (which I reviewed in a previous post here). Its a great little tool, that allows you to consume small tutorials, in a practical and interactive way on the site, and code CFML in the browser, without having to download, or install anything on your machine. CFLive.net is a similar browser based coding tool, but that is more of a scratch pad and playground, where this has a series of tutorials, to help you learn the language.

You can login / signup today and get a free account, and start creating your own tutorials to commit to the cause. Adobe has even got on board and has some great prizes for community members who submit tutorials to TryCF during their Tutorial Contest... so today I'm showing you how easy it is to sign up and submit your own Tutorial, just like me (click here to see my tutorial - its not great, but they all help, and if you give feedback, we can all make it better.

06
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Online Interactive Learning - TryCF - Submitted my first Tutorial - Have you?

Online Interactive Learning

Hello again, switching gears today, getting away from the Git for Dummies series for a moment, while I discuss a great new Coldfusion Community Project, TryCF.com, started by Abram Adams. TryCF is a Coldfusion version the learn by doing school of thought, in the same line as codeschool.comtry.github.comnodeschool.io and learnstreet.com (which I reviewed in a previous post here). Its a great little tool, that allows you to consume small tutorials, in a practical and interactive way on the site, and code CFML in the browser, without having to download, or install anything on your machine. CFLive.net is a similar browser based coding tool, but that is more of a scratch pad and playground, where this has a series of tutorials, to help you learn the language.

The best part about this? Anyone and everyone in the community can participate, and if we want the community to grow, and our developer base grow, we should get behind great projects like this. You can login / signup today and get a free account, and start creating your own tutorials to commit to the cause. Adobe has even got on board and has some great prizes for community members who submit tutorials to TryCF.

05
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - More about GitIgnore and Cleaner Alternatives

Source Control

After yesterdays post on 'Git for Dummies - Using GITIGNORE files to exclude certain files and folders', we got some great feedback from Jim and Peter, which you can read here. Today, we'll talk about their feedback, and explore a little more into GitIgnore and Cleaner Alternatives to the .gitignore file.

If you're new to the series, don't feel like you missed out, you can still go back and read some of the previous posts, where we covered the basics, and we're now getting into more nitty gritty. 

Why you should use Source Control, Not Using Source Control, amazingly you're not aloneInstalling Git on WindowsInstalling Git on Mac OSXInstalling Git on LinuxYour First RepoSetting up your first Remote Repo on BitbucketCreating your SSH Keys for BitbucketHow to set your Default Name and Email in Git, Converting a Project into a Git RepoPushing Code from Dev to Production with Git, and yesterday... Using GitIgnore to exclude and certain files and folders.

To save you some time jumping back to the last post here, I'll just post Jim and Peter's comments here, and we can build on that.

04
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Git for Dummies - Using GITIGNORE files to exclude certain files and folders

Source Control

After a little break, I am back with my Git for Dummies series. We've covered a lot so far, and we're starting to use Git now, and as we continue in this series, we'll start to see a few more day to day tasks, and we'll introduce some of the bigger concepts as we face a few hurdles. Thankfully, Git makes these hurdles into more of a speed bump, one of them that I was happy to get working, was GitIgnore, to exclude files and folders that I don't care about, or don't want polluting my repos.

So far we have covered Why you should use Source Control, Not Using Source Control, amazingly you're not aloneInstalling Git on WindowsInstalling Git on Mac OSXInstalling Git on LinuxYour First RepoSetting up your first Remote Repo on BitbucketCreating your SSH Keys for BitbucketHow to set your Default Name and Email in Git, Converting a Project into a Git RepoPushing Code from Dev to Production with Git, and today... using GitIgnore to exclude and certain files and folders.

03
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Thanksgiving - A Customer I am Thankful For

Chit Chat

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and most people make lists, or discuss all the things they are thankful for, and while I was doing that, I was thinking of customers, and projects that I am thankful for, and those I am not.

I thought I'd write a short entry today, to discuss one of the customers, that stand out with me, over all the years. 

02
December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Start of December - 30 Day Challenge - What are your Goals

30 Day Challenge

Thanksgiving has just come and gone, and like most people, I thought about what I was thankful for, but my thinking didn't stop there. A lot of people during the holidays spend a lot of time worrying about how much they eat, and what they're going to buy, and then New Years Eve they make up a plan for 2014 with their New Years Resolution, and usually file for Bankruptcy after all the credit card charges come rushing in. Well, I decided that instead of waiting until New Years, I'd get started now, but I was going to just do a 30 day challenge (Dec 2 - Dec 31)… and go from there.

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November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Team Coldbox wants your Input - Pre-Conference Survey

Chit Chat, Online Interactive Learning

Ortus Solutions and Team Coldbox asked for your input today, on their Pre-Conference Survey. Ortus Solutions and Team Coldbox are asking for feedback for a 1 day Conference they are planning, in addition to the full 1 Week Free Online Developer Conference (Coldbox Developer Week CBDW Links below) provided the last 2 years, which is a great free resource by the way. 

Here is your chance to give Ortus your opinions and help decide on the content, and they even have a question about Pricing... so if this is something you might be interested in attending, you really should spare a minute, and cast your votes.

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November 2013

Gavin Pickin

Free Sencha Touch and Ext JS 4 Training Tutorial - Free Online Training

Online Interactive Learning

Technology is always changing, and we have to do our best to keep up with the times... so as I find good online learning resources, I am going to share them here. Not every online tutorial or course is a good one, and free is even harder to find. I have not completed this one yet, but from what I have completed looked good, I have heard great things about the company, Fig Leaf Software, the Founder and President, Steve Drucker, presented at Adobe Coldfusion Summit in Las Vegas just a month ago on jQuery Mobile, so with that being said, here is a resource that might be useful for you.

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