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December 2, 2016
Teaching Intro to JavaScript

Want to learn programming? Or JavaScript? I'm teaching a 2-day Intro to JavaScript class in San Francisco next weekend (Dec 10 and 11) and we have a couple seats still available.

December 1, 2016
Accessing Extended Attribute Images in Mura CMS

Because I always forget now to do this, I’m going to save it here for later reference.

Sometimes I have an Extended Attribute that is an image. Maybe it’s named “EventImage”, for example.  If it were just the regular Associated Image for a Page, I could do this:

<img src=“#pageBean.getImageURL()#” />

…and that would work. But Extended Attributes are a little different.

November 29, 2016
New Mura CMS Plugin - MuraGoogleNewsSitemaps

A few years ago Grant Shepert / Meld Solutions wrote the Meld-Google-Sitemaps plugin, for generating Google Sitemap XML files for Mura websites.  With Grant’s permission, I forked that project and wrote MuraGoogleNewsSitemaps for generating Google News Sitemap XML files (per Google, this is the XML file that stores only new “newsworthy” content added to the site within the last 48 hours).  You can find more info about the spec here and here.

November 29, 2016
Deleting Extended Attributes in MuraCMS

I’ve been working on some Mura plugins (more on that later), and a common thing that plugins do is create new Extended Attributes for a Page in a Mura site.  Mura being “non-destructive by design”, when you uninstall a plugin, the Extended Attributes don’t get deleted when the plugin goes away.  So if you’re (as I was) developing a plugin, and changing the names of Attributes, reinstalling, over and over, you can send up with “dangling” Extended Attributes on a Page that you’ll never use, are named wrong, could cause other problems, might be duplicates of other Attributes, etc.

November 25, 2016
Getting Started With The Mura 7 Feed API

I’ve been doing a lot of work with the new Mura 7 Feed API lately and have found it very useful.  It’s an easy way to get a custom query (or Mura Iterator) of different groups of content in the site.  I’ve been using the Feed API to build various Display Objects in Mura — e.g. a list of the 3 most recent articles published.  On a particularly larger site, I’ve had to build a few reports for the Content Manager, so they can filter out duplicate content, old entries, content that’s missing some data, etc.  

October 23, 2016
CFCamp Notes: Lucee Keynote, Gert Franz and Michael Offner-Streit

Lucee 5 took 4 years
too long

OSGI - jar file support is better
everything is an extension, very small core
if you don’t need PDF, or CF Admin or whatever, just don’t install that extension
keeps core small

October 18, 2016
My CF Camp Schedule

In a little while I’m getting on the train from Frankfurt to Munich for CF Camp. Looking forward to seeing everyone again, learning about a zillion new things. Here’s my attempt at a schedule for the week:

October 17, 2016
Speaking at CF Camp

Apparently I didn’t get enough excitement from CF Summit in Las Vegas.  I’m now in Germany getting ready to speak at CF Camp!

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Become a Security Rockstar with ColdFusion 2016, David Epler

Server update process -
always apply and test on development and test/staging env’s first
update as quickly and reasonably as possible

Notification of updates
blogs.coldfusion.com is the best place

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Testing Automation, Luis Majano

Most companies - do a little bit of tests, claim it’s automated, but in reality the test plan is pretty bad

why people don’t test
think they’re too busy
“you don’t have time to test, you need to deliver now”
sometimes it’s comfort - don’t feel comfortable applying testing methodologies
afraid
- it’s new
- new learned behavior

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: API Economy - Realizing The Business Value of APIs Through Adobe API Management - Elishia Dvorak

How to Monetize your API?
Analytics, expose the metrics
Charge customers by the metrics that we get
Can do it by Access Control
— list of services, expose just the access that the customer needs

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Where is ColdFusion headed? - Rakshith Naresh

Been hearing “is CF still alive?” for at least 10 years

“ColdFusion is the best undead language ever.”

(Not all these features are guaranteed to be in CF next)

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit 2016 Recap

The ColdFusion Summit wrapped up a few days ago; I meant to blog about it sooner (and post my notes from the sessions, which I’ll do later) but as soon as the conference ended, I headed straight back to work and had a mountain of client deadlines to tackle.

Overall I think the Summit was a huge success.  Not only was it the largest number of attendees yet (500+) but over 200 people were attending for the first time!  To have that many new people (whether new to CF or just new to the idea of attending a conference to improve their skillset) is great!

October 5, 2016
My ColdFusion Summit 2016 Schedule

Next week is the ColdFusion Summit 2016, in Las Vegas!  With four tracks of content, it was hard to narrow things down, but here’s my best guess as to where you’ll be able to find me:

October 3, 2016
Speaking at ColdFusion Summit 2016

Next week is the ColdFusion Summit in Las Vegas.  I'll be giving my talk "Dependency Injection: Why Is It Awesome and Why Should I Care?".  This is the same talk I've given at conferences before, with some updated code examples. The talk itself is really about the concept of "Dependency Injection" and isn't specific to any of the libraries available (DI/1, WireBox, ColdSpring, etc).  Typically when I give this talk, it includes pseudocode examples that are loosely based on ColdSpring.  Those will still be included, but I'm also adding some actual code samples using various DI libaries, so there is a bit more of a "real world" takeaway for attendees.  

September 21, 2016
Teaching a Git Class at CF Camp

Okay it’s official — I’ll be teaching a Git class at this year’s CF Camp in Munich Germany.  Typically at conferences I give a 1-hour talk called “Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us”, which is an intro to Git (and an intro to source control in general) with a GUI app instead of via the command line.  This class will be an extended version of the same thing.

September 19, 2016
Speaking at SacInteractive

Apparently I am a glutton for punishment. After spending all weekend in North Carolina for NCDevCon and giving to presentations, I’m also speaking this week at SacInteractive.  I’ll be giving my talk “Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us” that I gave at NCDevCon.  Exact same talk, exact same content.  Once for the east coast, once for the west coast.  Everybody wins. See you there. —nolan

September 19, 2016
NCDevCon 2016 Recap

At the airport to head home from NCDevCon 2016.  Yet again Dan Wilson and his crew put together a great event.  Each year I tell people NCDevCon is one of the best conferences to attend (especially for the price) and it never disappoints.

September 13, 2016
My NCDevCon Schedule

NCDevCon is this weekend!  Shameless plug: I’m giving talks on MVC in ColdFusion and Git for folks that don’t like command line tools.

The plane ticket is booked, the sessions are written, and as usual there is just too much great content at NCDevCon to make picking a schedule easy! But here’s my best guess as to where you’ll be able to find me at the conference.  (Many thank-yous to NCDevCon for recording the conference sessions; that’s saving me some stress.)

September 11, 2016
Speaking at NCDevCon

Next weekend I’ll be speaking at NCDevCon in North Carolina.  Going for another "overachiever" award, I’ll be giving two talks: "MVC With and Without a Framework" and "Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us".