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08
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

When A Boolean is a Boolean and when it isn't - CFML Language Headaches

CFML Language, Techie Gotchas

As usual, ColdFusion has the ability to make me look like a talent developer one minute, but can make me look like crazy fool the next. Am I surprised... no, not in the fact it can do it, but this time, in the way it did it. As the title suggests, I was working with some Booleans, and like most languages, ColdFusion treats a 0 as False, and everything else True. This is not what got me... what got me is, that ColdFusion does not always hold that true.

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.

01
May 2014

Gavin Pickin

CF Online Meetup - Meet the Into the Box Presenters

CFML Language, cfObjective, ColdBox, Conferences

Today Charlie Arehart hosted several of the Into the Box Session Speakers in a Special edition of the CF Online Meetup. With cf.Objective() and Into the Box coming very fast, less than 2 weeks away, time is running out to get your tickets, and book your flights and participate in the best week of Cold Fusion in 2014. Into the Box has only a few tickets left, with all the sponsor giveaways, the value is obvious, and tickets are going to be gone any day now. Read for more info

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

19
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

Cold Fusion Builder - A seriously destructive bug makes it into Version 3

CFML Language, CFML Server, Techie Gotchas, Tools and IDEs

I mentioned in a previous blog post about some Bugs in CF Builder, although, overall, so much happier with the product than I was with previous versions. The quick file closing is amazing, something I would always dread, but that is gone now, so thats a big plus. I am also seeing less drag on the intellisense like features and lookups, so speed is improving on the whole, but some lil editor bugs here and there.

The big items that I hated in 2, is still in 3... and has caused some headache, heartache, and seriously pissed off several devs I know. I updated the bug today, since Adobe couldn't reproduce it, and I put a video on Youtube to explain the process and show the bug itself, at its destructive best.

13
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

CFML Language - Talking to Elishia Dvorak from Adobe + ColdFusion about the Edu + Intern Program

CFML Language, CFML Server, Online Interactive Learning

Recently on Twitter, there was some talk about today's ColdFusion evangelist, and who that is. Eventually we tracked down Elishia Dvorak @elishdvorak, who is Adobe and ColdFusion's US representative, who deals with Sales, and the new Education Program, as well as support and everything else. Once we had identified her, we gave her a few jabs about her number of tweets, and then let her be. Elishia posted a tweet

11
March 2014

Gavin Pickin

Mobile Development - JSON vs JSONP with Ajax calls and ColdFusion CFC Components

Android, CFML Language, Cordova / Phonegap, IOS, jQuery, Techie Gotchas

I had mentioned that I am getting setup and writing some HTML5 / Javascript / CSS / Phonegap / Cordova Apps, and along with these types of apps, you will start to use Ajax to make server api calls to keep your fresh and up to date. I ran into a hurdle today when making some Cross Site Ajax calls, and decided I would share my findings.

First, you might ask, if I'm making a native app, why are you worrying about Cross Site Ajax calls? And you would be correct, with the app deployed on a Android or IOS device, those Cross Site Scripting issues do not exist. I decided I wanted to develop my apps to be deployed on our dev servers during development and testing, and wanted them to work as well as they could (obviously certain device api's would not be available), so I wanted to look into using JSONP to solve my cross site scripting issues. Using json a lot, and with most of my sites calling the same server for api calls, I have heard of JSONP, but not actually implemented it myself… so here goes.

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.

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