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Dan Mackey On ColdFusion Development

ColdFusion, Java and DHTML development Blog. Dan is owner and Administrator of and works for an Application Development Company called Digital Crew. My interests cover all areas of programming in multiple languages with a particular interes


Getting JSP files compiling in Railo

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:44:00 GMT

As part of the code samples we are writing for the Teamwork Project Manager API, I needed to get JSP pages compiling. As I have switched mainly to Railo for all my ColdFusion development, I wanted to use that servlet engine and resin to test my work My knowledge of Resin is pretty poor so this took me a while to figure out (especially the Class Path to JDK bit) but it may help someone else in the same position. Open up c:\railo\conf\resin.conf Add in the following to (image) (image) (image) (image)

Adobe AIR Flex 3 HTTP Basic Authentication

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 10:10:00 GMT

I am a week into Flex 3 development building an AIR app to test the new API for Teamwork Project Manager and thought I would share an issue with HTTP Basic Authentication that I ran into. To be honest it has been itching away at me all day today and half of yesterday and I finally solved it. What I am trying to do: Connect to the API Pass my URL, Username and Password to be authenticated Catch the HTTP Status code in the response Catch any IO errors if .....[READ MORE »](image)

CompareHTMLComponent : JAR to compare two HTML fragments

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 07:57:00 GMT

After my initial post yesterday CFX_CompareHTML ColdFusion HTML diff custom tag I got quite a bit of feedback and one of the items raised was that some people dont like CFX tags and I should use JavaLoader to use the JAR file from within ColdFusion. (Thanks Dan Vega) I have uploaded a JAR file called CompareHTMLComponent which allows you to do this. To call the diff component use the following: (image) (image) (image) (image)

CFX_CompareHTML ColdFusion HTML diff custom tag

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 02:29:00 GMT

Following on from my last post I have released Version 1 of my ColdFusion HTML Diff Custom Tag, CFX_CompareHTML. When we wrote Teamwork Project Manager one of my jobs was to compare versions of Notebooks which were marked up using HTML. I did lots of searching and found Diff.cfc which did a line for line comparison but did not represent the changes in HTML format, it only output the differences line-by-line with all the HTML viewable. Diff.cfc is perfect for text or source code but we ne.....[READ MORE »](image)

Railo 3 : Adding Java CFX Tags

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 02:58:00 GMT

I have a small project that I am working on that needs a Java custom tag that I'm writing. I need this running on ColdFusion 7/8 and Railo 3. Adding the CFX to CF is fine and I had no problems, except that its laborious. Having to place the file in the right folder, adding that folder to the Java Classpath and restarting CF Application Server. Railo is a little different. Infact, its a bit easier once you know. Everytime Railo starts up it runs through the Railo/lib/ folder and adds all JAR.....[READ MORE »](image)

CFOrgChart : Download Available

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 05:52:00 GMT

Just a quick post as I havent posted in ages due to the considerable committments from Teamwork Project Manager My CFOrgChart demo has gained a huge amount of interest from people and I have unexpectedly been flooded with requests for the code so here it is ;-) DOWNLOAD ZIP FILE I'll be updating this soon to: Use Prototype for the AJAX Use functions instead of Custom Tags for the recurrsion Add more functionality .....[READ MORE »](image)

3G iPhone Push Technology may be the answer to apps running in background

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:19:00 GMT

I upgraded to an iPhone 3G recently and love it. I am doing this one legally and have not Jailbroken it so I dont have all the cool 3rd party apps from Installer App. The main app I miss is an IM service app. I used to use Fring but now can't so I was delighted when I found Palringo. Very nice app but due to the restrictions on iphone apps, it cant run in the background. This morning, a new chat app called MobileChat from Twenty08 was released which promises support built in for Appl.....[READ MORE »](image)

FeedDemon is now free. I'm happy and dismayed at the same time

Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:50:00 GMT

I was checking my RSS feeds (using a paid version of FeedDemon) and noticed on Nick Bradbury's blog that FeedDemon (and all newsGators non-enterprise RSS products) are being released free. While I appreciate why they are doing it, something inside me felt disappointed. Why? Cause I paid for quality software and feel like our exclusive little club is letting in free members ha ha Its hard to explain, maybe I am just paranoid. Along with HomeSite (originally from Nick also), FeedDemon is one.....[READ MORE »](image)

Silverlight Vs Flex - Good article from a developers point of view

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 04:08:00 GMT

I found a very interesting article today on a subject that is of particular interest to me at the moment. I am in the need of a good gantt chart component (for integration with and after searching high and low, have come to the conclusion that it may be worth building one myself. The nature of the component means that AJAX is out (I want it to be extremely functional and fast) My problem is that I am not very good at flash. I tried Flex Builder 3 but I have a whole load of e.....[READ MORE »](image)

Allow people to IM you from your blog - no software required!

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 12:36:00 GMT

As I have posted before, Live Support is something that interests me greatly and I have been constantly on the look out for a good solution. A new addition to the Windows Live Messenger family of products is the Windows Live Messenger Control for blogs and websites. It allows anybody to contact you directly from your blog and you receive the message in your standard Windows Live Messenger client. You can dictate if only registered WLM users or annonymous visitors can contact you and there.....[READ MORE »](image)

Impressive Adobe AIR Application - Google Analytics Suite

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 05:41:00 GMT

Once again I have been impressed by AIR - Adobe Integrated Runtime. I can see massive advantages of an app environment like this even if I have some requirements that are not available. Anyway, we use Google Analytics for client projects and our own websites and I always found the interface a little bit confusing. The left hand menu was structured Marketing, Developer etc and I had no idea where anything was. The AIR Application Google Analytics Suite solves this problem by.....[READ MORE »](image)

ColdFusion Powered Teamwork Project Manager Released

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 09:42:00 GMT

We got there! After a gruelling few days hard work and an extremely long day yesterday, Topper and myself finally hit our launch milestone and Teamwork Project Manager went live Already the feedback has been excellent and a roadmap of features will be defined and uploaded today sometime. People really really like the UI and the Teamwork PM approach to Project Management Some of the features I cant wait for myself, such as: Project Notebooks - Like a mini version comparing word process.....[READ MORE »](image)

Very impressive and affordable live support application

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 11:56:00 GMT

We all have pet applications. The apps that interest us so much as programmers, users and benefiters that we want to write our own. Its that ingrained thinking of a programming mind that you want to write your own version. My pet application is a live support type application written in ColdFusion and a .NET C# Desktop Operator Console with popup notifications. I have had various incarnations of such a beast over the years and actually had one running that I developed for I have.....[READ MORE »](image)

Pandoras Box Running In Ireland Again!

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 11:14:00 GMT

Its been a while looking at Pandoras Box seeing as access to Ireland (and Europe) was cut off. I have got a shed load of emails from people but there was nothing I could do. This really bugged me and I have had to listen to FineTune which while good was never my favourite and the repeats made me want to shoot myself in the head. The player is cool though : Using Adobe AIR. Kudos to the programmer who actually contacted me recently! Now European Pandora fans can get access to the service.....[READ MORE »](image)

Securing Your RSS Feeds Using Basic HTTP Authentication and ColdFusion

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 05:35:00 GMT

We are working on a project at the moment that requires secure RSS feeds. We need it to be secure in both browsers and Feed readers such as FeedDemon so decided that Basic HTTP Authentication was the best way forward. The snippet of code below demonstrates how to force the user agent (browser/feed reader) to prompt for a username and password which in turn ties into our existing users table without messing around with IIS permissions and users etc (image) (image) (image) (image)

Navicat 8 for MySQL Released

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 04:46:00 GMT

We have just upgraded our copies of the fantastic Navicat 8 in the office from version 7 and first impressions have left me disappointed. The upgrade process was fast and easy and I had it installed and activated within minutes. The most important thing to me and the bit I was looking forward to was the code-completion when writing queries. Sometimes you have so many field names you cant remember the exact name of all of them so the code-completion would be a God send. Its there alright but not.....[READ MORE »](image)

Setting IIS Maximum Connections To More Than 10

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:00:00 GMT

Every project I am working on, I test against 5 different browsers: Safari, Mozilla, IE7, Opera and IE6 on the same machine. Since Safari has entered the browser lineup, I have been receiving an annoying "HTTP 403.9 - Access Forbidden: Too many users are connected" message. To solve this issue, do the following: Download the Administrative Plugin MetaEdit from Microsoft : Install Application (Comes with ol.....[READ MORE »](image)

Apple Safari 3 PC Version Beta 3

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 12:31:00 GMT

I am so happy today! Last night I found out Safari 3 was released for Public Beta for both Mac and PC. Download Link : Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en) AppleWebKit/522.11.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Safari/522.11.3 Finally, after years of waiting, I am able to test my work and products on Safari and by all accounts what you see on PC is what you'll see on a Mac. The browser is XP and Vista compatible and uses the familiar Apple c.....[READ MORE »](image)

Initial thoughts on Apollo

Tue, 08 May 2007 12:19:00 GMT

Just back from Edinbourgh and a load of emails and blog comments to catch up on tonight but something that sprung up out of necessity was Adobe Apollo, specifically FineTune Desktop Player. Since Pandora no longer allows access to listeners outside of the US, I was tipped off to another similar service called FineTunes. Its quite different to say the least and I am still getting used to it. I kinda preferred Pandora with the rating and interface but I thought I'd give it a whirl! The.....[READ MORE »](image)

Pandora Shuts Its Doors To Non-US listeners

Thu, 03 May 2007 04:45:00 GMT

I was guessing the day would come when I would no longer be able to enjoy I dont know how this is going to affect development of Pandoras Box but hopefully the service will resume for listeners outside of the US in a couple of months. I dont know what I am going to do for finding new music while programming now :-( More information can be found here : As of 16.45pm GMT I can access the.....[READ MORE »](image)

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