Quick Note on CFLib

I haven't blogged about ColdFusion, or CFLib in a while, but I wanted to give folks a quick update. I migrated CFLib to Node, and then static, years ago. Due to me not really working with ColdFusion anymore and a general slowdown in submissions, I thought it was best to convert it to a static site. My intent wasn't to "retire" the site of course. While submissions slowed down, they still trickled in and folks found bugs from time to time.

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Run Visual Studio Code Insiders from WSL

A quick tip that is 100% thanks to the Visual Studio Code twitter account. For a while now I've been able to run Visual Studio Code from WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) by simply doing code . in the directory I'm working in. However, a few months ago I switched to the Insiders build. I was hesitant to do so as it seemed like it would be risky, but after one of Microsoft's engineers assured me it was safe I gave it a try.

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Microsoft's Edge Web Summit 2017

This past week I spent a few days in Seattle for my first Edge Web Summit. I was also invited to spend a day extra for some discussions with various teams at Microsoft involved with the web and engineering in general. I'd like to share some thoughts about the event and Microsoft's web efforts in general. If you are ignoring Edge as a browser, you are definitely making a mistake, and even outside of that, Microsoft's efforts here should be of interest to developers across the board.

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Quick Web Dev Tip Everyone Knows

This is something that's been on my mind to write up for a few weeks now. It is strongly in the "I'm sure everyone knows this" category, but I've always felt like the things everyone knows are precisely the kind of things that everyone doesn't know. This particular tip may be a bit too obvious, but here goes. Imagine you're working on something involving forms. Let's say a basic Ajax-based search where you take user input and on a button click, you load in remote data to render on screen.

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Very Cool Update for the OpenWhisk CLI

I was a bit behind on updating my WSK cli (see details on how to do that here) and was incredibly happy to see an important update. It may not be critical for everyone, but it was certainly important to me. First, you can browse commits to the CLI repo here - https://github.com/apache/incubator-openwhisk/commits/master/tools/cli - and I recommend checking it out as there are a few other things interesting there as well.

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Another Vue Example - Image Recognition Service Tester

This weekend, I did some work updating my little Node-based image recognition service tester testing tool. The back-end is built in Node with a front end using vanilla JavaScript and Handlebars. I thought it would be interesting to see what it would be like to re-write the code in Vue. To be clear, nothing was broken so this was a completely arbitrary decision, but as I wanted an excuse to write some more Vue, I figured it was a good idea.

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Update to My Image Recognition Service Tester - Amazon Rekognition Support

A few months ago I wrote up a quick little demo to help me test multiple image recognition services at once (Testing Multiple Image Recognition Services at Once). This morning I was bored so I thought I'd quickly add a new test to the suite - Amazon Rekognition. As before, I'm not trying to test out every aspect of the service, but rather hit the high points so it's easy to see - in comparison - how it handles the same input image as other services.

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Building a No Man's Sky Utility with Node and Vue.js

Nearly a year ago I blogged my review of "No Man's Sky", a game that garnered near universal hate or love, with not many people in the middle. Since that time, the game has been updated a few times and it has become incredibly rich. I'm now on my second play and I see myself dedicating all of my game playing time on it for the next few months. (This is also the first game I bought for both console and PC.

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Quick OpenWhisk Utility - Activation Reporting

I've already written a few things to help me get access to my reporting data (for example, see My Own OpenWhisk Stat Tool) and while debugging something today I ran into an issue with how the wsk CLI reports activations. Currently it just shows a name and ID. Consider this input: wsk activation list dotweet. To get details about the activation, you then need to copy the ID and get details for just that particular activation.

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