Yesterday I ran into an interesting thing with Cordova and I thought I’d share. I assume most folks are aware of the benefits of adding a meta tag specifying viewport when building mobile-friendly websites. If you aren’t, here are a few examples demonstrating the idea. I created a quick Cordova application yesterday specifically to demonstrate this for the book I’m writing. Using the same base HTML, I made two applications and in one of them I used the meta tag.
Just a quick tip. I’m using AppFog for my Node.js version of CFLib.org and ran into an issue with their MongoDB2 support. When you use AppFog services, they document how your code can dynamically read configuration information from their server. This is required since things like MongoDB support is configured uniquely per deployed application.
I’ll be giving an online presentation tonight to a user group on ColdFusion 11. As I normally do when I present like this, I asked the user group manager if he minded me opening it up to anyone and he agreed it was ok. I’ll give priority to the user group for questions, but if you are free tonight and want to watch me present on ColdFusion, this is your opportunity. The presentation starts at 6PM Central and the link (requires Flash) is: http://experts.adobeconnect.com/raycffavorites/.
You’ve been warned – this video has no educational value.
This will probably impact about three people, but as I ran into it, I thought I’d share. In ColdFusion 11, you were supposed to be able to call pretty much any tag from cfscript. Unfortunately, cfwddx doesn’t work. And yeah, I actually need it. (I used it to store some complex data for CFLib and I’m working on a migration script to convert it to MongoDB.) Here is the bug report in case anyone wants to vote for it: https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=bug&id=3909707.
I believe I may have blogged this before, but a reader ran into this yesterday so I thought it might be worth sharing. If you are using CFHTTP to hit a remote and seeing java.io.ByteArrayOutputStream in the result, there is a simple solution around that.
Yesterday a reader contacted me asking for help sending SMS messages from a PhoneGap/Cordova application. I’ve made use of a nice plugin for this before so I thought I’d whip up a quick example of it for him, and my readers.
This is not necessarily a new feature, but one that really helped me yesterday so I thought I’d share it. I do not believe this exists in Firefox now (I’m using Firefox as my primary browser now), and I did not check IE, so it may be a Chrome-only feature at the moment. Yesterday I was trying to help a friend debug an incredibly weird problem with an incredibly simple bit of jQuery.
So while I (believe) I’ve tackled the uptime issues here, looks like I screwed up my RSS feed a bit. I just fixed it, so ColdFusion Bloggers will pick it up and anyone who subscribed to the feed will also get the last set of entries.
As a reminder, the feed is here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/raymondcamdensblog. If you want to subscribe to the feed to get email notifications simply use the form on the right hand side of the blog.
Earlier today the ColdFusion team released a big update for ColdFusion 11 and 10. You can read the juicy details here: ColdFusion 11 Update 3 and ColdFusion 10 Update 15 are available now. While looking over the release notes for ColdFusion 11, I saw this odd little gem: