ColdFusion Community Rumbles in the Jungle

You'd have to be entirely shut off from the ColdFusion community to have completely missed that there's been a bit of an ummm... internal ruckus. This community discord has been over a whitepaper published by Adobe that Adam Lehman posted on his blog regarding "differences" between Adobe's ColdFusion Builder and the open source ColdFusion IDE, CFEclipse.

I seem to have managed to write a blog posts worth in comments on two of the resulting blog posts, so I decided that perhaps I should post them to my blog and round them off a bit with a few thoughts.

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Moving MangoBlog Database entries to BlogCFC

Ray Camden got asked recently if it is possible to migrate database entries from MangoBlog to BlogCFC.

Ray kindly pointed them to my "Return to BlogCFC" post where I talked about my trials and tribulations of moving from MangoBlog back to BlogCFC.

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ColdFusion 9 ORM : newbie error - component not found

I'm tinkering with a little project and having moved my blog to HostmediaUK I've decided to have more of a play with ColdFusion 9 features.

I've looked at ColdFusion 9's ORM stuff a couple of times, but I've never actually used it properly, so I thought I'd write the database access functionality using ORM.

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I'm speaking at Scotch on the Rocks!

Today the Scotch on the Rocks Speakers list was release by Andy Allan and his motley crew.

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Truly mixing your components

I've recently been looking at different ways to extend and reuse code within various frameworks with a couple of the guys at work. We looked a all aspects of the systems that go to make up a web application and the content management that is involved.

One of the area's we looked at was data definition, how it could be made more intuitive, more convention based, more extensible and more reusable. We talked around a lot of concepts. One of those concepts was something called data streams from the Fedora Content Model.

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AJAX Longpolling with ColdFusion and BlazeDS - Subtopics and building a messaging app

I'm sorry to say that I've been putting this post off. Why? Well to be honest I've been struggling with getting my head around how to actually use longpolling. Its all very well understanding the mechanics, but how can you use it effectively.

Part of the problem I've been having is the nature of sending messages and filtering them with BlazeDS. What I keep forgetting is that long poll messaging is "fire and forget". You don't send a message and expect an immediate response. You send a message and a response might be broadcast to all event listeners with a specific filter. If you want a request and response, call a webservice or a make an ajax request. Don't use long polling and event gateways.

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Blog Roundup 7 May 2010

I'm on fire!! A blog round-up two weeks in a row!!

I read and pick the entries for the blog round in Google Reader. There are currently 101 subscriptions listed there, but I'm always happy to add more if someone would like me to consider their blog posts for inclusion in these sporadic updates. You can see the 101 already added listed on my blog roll page.

Lets crack on with the round-up.

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CFOverflow and my Twitter Favourites

I've been tinkering with a couple of bits and pieces with Twitter for a little while, but I've never really put them out there or publicised them.

The first, and most importantly, is the twitter account CFOverflow. The second is my list of twitter favourites.

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Blog Roundup 30 April 2010

I'm rubbish! I really am... I promise and I promise to keep on top of Blog Round-ups, but I never seem to quite manage it.

I would really like to keep writing this round-ups ever week, but its quite an effort. Can I persuade anyone to co-author these posts with me? Leave me a comment. Drop me an email. Shout me on Twitter.

Anyway, on with the round-up.

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APR and IRR Calculator Component - Code Review please

Ten days ago I post my first project to RIAForge. Its a pretty simple project as it only consists of one CFC and I would appreciate some feed back on the code. Hence the request for a code review.

This CFC is based on research and work that I did to be able to create a finance calculator for a client and works quite nicely. I'm also pleased to see that at the time of writing this post my project has already been viewed 700 times and downloaded 23 times. I hope you're finding it useful.

The CFC is, as the title of this blog post suggests an APR and IRR calculator and you can download it from RIAForge here : http://aprcfc.riaforge.org/.

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