Thoughts on objective oriented programming, design patterns, cool technology, my view from the trenches, and just stuff I’m learning.

Hubspot Date Formatting function for ColdFusion

I am doing a Hubspot integration and they require a very specific format for dates. Their API documentation states: Date properties will only store the date, and must be set to midnight UTC for the date you want.  For example, May 1 2015 would be 1430438400000 (01 May 2015 00:00:00 UTC). If you try to set […]

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A handy git trick for ignoring local config

I am sure every developer has run into a case where they have accidentally overwritten a config file that worked great on their local development environment, but blows up a live or staging instance. This happened to me recently and I found there are some cases where ignoring a file isn’t an option, so that […]

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Rendering HTML as ColdFusion on IIS 7.5

Today, I had a client that had an existing site that was designed with the idea that obfuscating the fact that ColdFusion was being used made the site more secure. To this end most of the pages were HTML but needed to be rendered by the ColdFusion 9 server. I found lots of documentation on […]

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Google Syncing on iCal

I am a diehard Apple and Google user, but where the two meet in iCal has been a constant source of frustration for me. I had seemingly no control of which of my shared calendars showed up in iCal (I hate getting other people’s notifications). This is a problem no longer, I found a link […]

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Upgrading to jQuery 1.9 removes $.browser function.

I had a mysterious thing happen when I upgraded my site to the latest version jQuery… a several cool UI features stopped working. I started getting the follow error message: It turns out that the problem is caused by the $.browser function that has been deprecated for a while has finally been removed. I found […]

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ModelGlue 3.2 Scaffolding

Time to be honest. Up to this point, ModelGlue scaffolding was a cool trick, but for me the code that was generated requires a lot of styling to make it presentable to a client. Last night though, something changed for me. Dan Wilson (@DanWilson) and I were talking and he asked if he could send […]

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ColdFusion 7 and the PayPal Web Payments Pro API

After working happily for a year or so, a client’s donation engine that uses the PayPal Web Payments Pro system started throwing errors. Upon closer inspection it was giving a “Connection Failure” error and not even completing the SSL handshake. After talking with PayPal and digging around on the Internet I found the solution. Go […]

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Reflections on ColdFusion Builder

I have been using CFBuilder now everyday since it was in beta and have a few reflections: 1. OBVIOUS – It is not as developed as CFEclipse and as such has some irritating bugs that will be worked out in time. 2. Needs to have tighter Aptana tie in. 3. Should include a SVN client. […]

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Microsoft SQL Script to update BlogCFC 5.92

I just upgraded tonight to the latest release of BlogCFC, and realized that there is not an upgrade script for mssql. I edited the one provided for mysql and here it is:

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