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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.

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - Installing Railo on Linux - Centos

CFML Server, Server Admin

Installing Railo on Linux - Simple Guide, part of my Multi CFML Engine series

15
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

Multi CFML Engine Install - speaking at cf.Objective() today

CFML Server, cfObjective, Conferences, Server Admin

Today is the day, I do my large presentation at cf.Objective(), why do I say large? Well, I bit off a lot when I submitted this topic... so trying to fit all of it in, in 50 mins, with time for questions, is almost impossible, so I am going to release a lot of the information on my blog, and I have made a mini website tacked onto my blog, so everyone attending my session have a great reference for after the session. Installing CF 9, CF 10, CF 11, Railo, and then getting them all to work through Apache, if you have that installed, if not, installing Apache, on Mac Linux or Window, is a large chunk of information, so I'm going to try and provide as much assistance with those topics, but my session will focus on how to bring them all together, while just highlighting items to be aware of while installing.

13
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

CFML Conference - Into the Box - Keynote Goodies

CFML Language, cfObjective, ColdBox, Conferences

If you did not know, today, the day before cf.Objective(), Ortus Solutions' very own 1 day ColdFusion Conference is going on at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, across the road from the Radison Blu. The event has a large number of community sponsors, speakers from Team Coldbox, and other community members, plenty of goodies, its not hard to believe the conference sold out. I've talked about the event several times on my blog, because I'm speaking today, but also because I have been eagerly awaiting some ColdBox announcements at the keynote, and it did not disappoint.

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