The State of Cutter

Well, it's been a busy year already. I've been working on the largest code rollout in the history of our company. 250+ templates in all. I'm thankful that we hired another senior developer in Andy Matthews, a great guy whom I already knew from our Nashville ColdFusion User Group. Although the initial project was in support of a new project relating to statistical usage reporting, encompassing user and session management, we have also begun a full scale rewrite of our session and application initialization. No small task with our system, and something that will be further enhanced in the coming year as we finalize our migration from ColdFusion MX 6.1 to 7.

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Ben Forta is coming to Nashville

So, Aaron told me about some exciting news from Adobe today. On May 9th, Ben Forta, ColdFusion Evangelist at Adobe and tech author extraordinaire, will be giving a special pre-release peak into Adobe's upcoming release of the newest version of ColdFusion, codenamed 'Scorpio'.

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Beginner SQL Tricks: NULL Value Defaults

OK, I'm not a beginner with SQL. After 7 years of hammering away at web apps I've picked up a little bit here and there. But I also try to remember how difficult it was for me to wrap my head around certain things that didn't necessarily have to do with programming logic. Things like design, layout, and database calls.

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Developer Persona: Cutter

Per Tim's suggestion:

  • 37 Years Old
  • Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Former Army
  • Drives a 2006 Chevy Cobalt
  • Rents an apartment, while working towards a house
  • Married to SuperWife, Teresa, with 5 year old Diva Girl daughter, Savannah
  • Likes to read Stephen King, Tony Hillerman, murder mystery thriller mayhem and things that go bump in the night. Gets to read fiction maybe twice a year.
  • Battlestar (with the wife), Smallville (with the daughter), Heroes (for me)
  • Loves to sing, misses fronting 'The Band'
  • Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Favorite Musician: Jimi Hendrix
  • Loves movies, but rarely goes to the theater
  • Listens (and sings) to everything from Nickelback to Nat King Cole, with strong leaning towards classic rock and the blues
  • Captain and Coke

It's here

CFEclipse 1.3 Released

But, you already knew that. (Sorry I'm late to the party, I've been busy studying for my exam, etc.) The suspense was killing everyone, it seems, on what all of the mysterious banners were that popped up on several key blogs (including mine? Now how did that happen?) Then came 'the hunt', that cool programmer's puzzler leading to the video. Finally Version 1.3 of CFEclipse is out of beta and available for download.

Over the coming weeks Mark and the crew will be putting out some info on the new features of CFEclipse. Most of the changes aren't very evident to those who've been on the beta, but one of the immediate enhancements I noted was the template introspection when I began to reference variables I had previously defined. Nice time saver. What goodies have the rest of you spotted?

The entire CFEclipse crew has been hard at work over the last year knocking off the bugs that had been reported, doing some fine tuning, plus cranking out a new site (which is still a work in progress). Truly great stuff from Mark Drew and everyone else on the CFEclipse project. So A) donate to their various 'conference' donation setups, and B) buy them lots of drinks at said conferences. Last I checked Mark was heading off for a well deserved trip to the pub. Someone buy that man a JD and Coke.

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CFMX7 and Apache 2.2.4

So, in my infinite wisdom, and much to the dismay of my wife, I decided to replace my server with a new (used) one. A slightly more powerful machine that a friend of mine was going to put on FreeCycle (Thanks Patti!), I thought it was perfect to go ahead and make some changes to my dev environment. I want to begin using Subversion, plus I figured I would go ahead and switch to CF on top of Apache (since IIS Sucks!), not to mention setting up CF on the multiserver install. Hey, why not.

Stephen Collins has a fine document called the ACME guide (for the uninitiated) that thoroughly covers setting up a basic, free development environment: Apache, ColdFusion, MySQL, (CF)Eclipse. I thought this would be a good place to start, but didn't realize that Apache had upgraded their server before AcidLabs could update the ACME guide. Whoops! ColdFusion install completes but Apache won't restart!

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Making The View: Part 7

OK, so let's get interesting. We've covered creating a base template in XHTML, properly divided our display declarations from our content by using Cascading Style Sheets, and pinpointed some areas within the base template which should be dynamic. Finally, in our previous tutorial, we brought all of this together in a reusable template, which we demonstrated by using it as a custom tag. Now we're going to really start having some fun, by redefining our view within some frameworks. Now, I'm no expert. There are probably a few dozen ways to properly handle the view within the different frameworks, so any other suggestions are welcome as always. We're going to start off with Model Glue:Unity, while I catch up on the changes to Mach II and Fusebox.

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