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Steven Erat's Blog |

Helpful information about the Adobe stack of Software including ColdFusion, Flex, Flash, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more. I'm also a RHCE (Red Hat Linux Certified Engineer) and a Professional Photographer.

Published: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:05:05 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 18:00:00 -0500


ColdFusion Memory Tracking: Real World Performance Example

Thu, 24 May 2012 18:00:00 -0500

It is widely known that the built-in ColdFusion Server Monitor can in many cases cause a CF server to become entirely unresponsive if Memory Tracking is enabled. I've experienced this myself when I previously consulted with customers, and I was abl...

Presentation Files for Automated System Testing at CFObjective

Fri, 18 May 2012 10:43:00 -0500

Thank you to everyone that attended my presentation today at CFObjective conference on Automated System Testing with ColdFusion, CFSelenium, MXUnit, and Jenkins. I received a lot of positive feedback about the content, quality of material, and demon...

Automated System Testing for Web Apps at CF.Objective

Tue, 15 May 2012 07:53:00 -0500

I'm excited to to have the honor of once again presenting at the CF.Objective() Enterprise ColdFusion Conference. This year I'll be talking about Automated System Testing for Web Applications with CFSelenium, MXUnit, and Jenkins. I've been a Qualit...

Could not find ColdFusion component or interface Query

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 23:52:00 -0500

My best blogging years were when I worked in ColdFusion Technical Support, from Allaire and right on thru Macromedia then Adobe. Constantly fielding customer questions provided an endless source of fodder to investigate and blog about when a solutio...

No April Fools: Selenium Shipped Soon to Expire SSL Certificate

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 18:16:00 -0500

QA Engineers everywhere woke up today and rolled into the office with the usual dread that Monday morning's bring, only to find out their day just got even worse because all of their selenium driven, automated test suites all came crashing to a halt ...

How to repair an iPhone 4 LCD screen, or not.

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:03:00 -0500

A few months ago I laid my iPhone4 on the hood of a car in the garage, where it slid off and hit the concrete floor, face down, hard. I felt a wave of adrenalin and regret when I picked it up and found the glass screen shattered. The damage was mos...

ImageMetadata.cfc - Enhancement for ColdFusion's Functions

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:04:00 -0500

ImageMetadata.cfc is now available on It is a utility used to extract additional metadata than ColdFusion's built-in functions alone. Importantly, it can also set metadata, which is lacking in ColdFusion. ColdFusion 8.x and up has the...

Multiserver Monitor: Permission Denied and crossdomain.xml

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:12:00 -0500

While helping out with this issue on the Adobe Forums, I learned that the ColdFusion 9 Multiserver Monitor now requires /crossdomain.xml on target servers rather than /CFIDE/multiservermonitor-access-policy.xml. I was not aware of this change, so ho...

Validation Query for MySQL communications link failure

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 04:00:00 -0500

"That's probably the best answer to any forum question I've ever posted and/or seen" is what someone said in response to my reply on the Adobe ColdFusion forums. I always enjoy helping other with ColdFusion questions whenever I have time (a 2 year ...

Selective, Bulk CFEncode Wrapper

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:06:00 -0500

Just a quick post to share a utility I wrote to facilitate using cfencode on a batch of ColdFusion templates. The purpose was to enable a way to encode a subset of templates in a selective way rather than just encoding everything recursively. Exam...

JVM Memory Management and ColdFusion Log Analysis

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:24:00 -0500

The following is a document I wrote for knowledge sharing with some peers, but I feel that it might have some value to other ColdFusion Devs, Testers, and Admins out there. The purpose was to illustrate how I went about analyzing CF's performance du...

ColdFusion 9.01 Server Monitoring Enhancements

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:38:00 -0500

I began this thought as a comment to Adobe CF QA engineer Sagar Ganatra's blog entry describing the new Server Monitor enhancements in ColdFusion 9.01 updater, however, as it grew lengthy I decided my own blog post would be a more appropriate venue. ...

Issue with stopping ColdFusion after starting from Builder

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 07:12:00 -0500

With the release of ColdFusion Builder there is an option available that provides the ability to start and stop one or more ColdFusion servers from ColdFusion Builder. In fact, you can configure CF Builder to automatically start a CF server when Bui...

A ColdFusion Trick for Lost Datasource Password

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:15:00 -0500

Here's a quick trick if you don't have a datasource password when creating a new datasource but you do have another ColdFusion server with the same datasource.Imagine you have two production servers running ColdFusion, each one with different datasou...

Starting ColdFusion9 Solr: Using cfsolr in same directory

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 16:58:00 -0500

The cfsolr script for Mac, Linux, and Unix is written such that you must be in the ColdFusion9/solr/ directory when running the script. The script refers to the start.jar file without providing the full path. The problem is that if you are not in th...