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After many years of running, today I've launched a new version of my blog and a new name as well. Welcome to I wanted this change for a few reasons.

First, to be honest, it's fun to try a new blog theme every year or so. If BlogCFC made it easier, I'd probably change more often. This new theme (Saffron Spice) caught my eye and was pretty darn easy to implement. Whereas my last theme had about 500 nested divs, this has around 5, so, much easier to work with.

Secondly, I think it's obvious that I'm more than a ColdFusion blogger. I've been talking a heck of a lot on jQuery, mobile, and other topics too. It's not that I don't like ColdFusion (do I have to say that?) it's just that I'm trying to find time to expand my horizons, learn new things, and help bring them to others.

I don't think I'm the best coder around. I don't think I'm in the top half. But - I think I have some skill in teaching, whether in person, in blog entries, or in books. I've enjoyed bringing in some radical new topics here (guess what - I'll soon be blogging about a certain language that rhymes with tuby) and I hope to continue that through 2012 and beyond.

So outside of the new URL and the new skin, it should be business as usual here. Enjoy, and come back often.

By some miracle, the new skin still had room to fit my Amazon wishlist URL. I know folks were concerned about that. But don't worry - I made it work. (Now if I can just convince someone to get that XBox the week will end perfectly...)

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About Raymond Camden

Raymond is a senior developer evangelist for Adobe. He focuses on document services, JavaScript, and enterprise cat demos. If you like this article, please consider visiting my Amazon Wishlist or donating via PayPal to show your support. You can even buy me a coffee!

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Simon Romanski posted on 12/10/2011 at 1:00 AM

Ruby !! Et tu Camden !
... you should grab and point it here too.

Comment 2 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/10/2011 at 1:03 AM

Heh, maybe. I go by "Raymond" online to help with SEO. I go by "Ray" in person.

Hmm - have to turn off captcha soon.

Comment 3 by Craig Inman posted on 12/10/2011 at 1:32 AM

What, you've left the Dark Side? Nice new look!

Comment 4 by Chuck S posted on 12/10/2011 at 1:38 AM

Ray, like the new look. Keep up the good work and fighting the good fight.

Comment 5 by Jason Fisher posted on 12/10/2011 at 1:44 AM

Very nice, Ray! I like the look and good luck on the new explorations.

Comment 6 by Brian Lang posted on 12/10/2011 at 2:34 AM

Nice update!

Comment 7 by John Sieber posted on 12/10/2011 at 2:34 AM

After visiting your site earlier today, I'll have to admit that I was a little confused when I just came back. I like the new look and also the fact that the blog is covering not just cf, but other technologies as well.

Comment 8 by Adrian J. Moreno posted on 12/10/2011 at 2:47 AM

Looks great Ray. I recently updated my site with a new layout and the latest BlogCFC (and then a point release came out the day after. :P) and it feels great.

I debated going with my name as the primary domain, but I kept it as an alias after all.

Comment 9 by Brian W. posted on 12/10/2011 at 3:15 AM

Ahhhh! I don't like change!


Comment 10 by Christopher Chin posted on 12/10/2011 at 3:22 AM

Gawd no..not ?uby! I thought I'd be a team player and throw my hat into the ring and help them out with some static pages stuff on a ruby site we own. Good lord all things big and small, it's an absolute atrocity trying to figure it out. Forget being a flakey ruby that's out of date or missing kills your app. Let me not mention the error message is so vague. Our Sr. Rails developer on site has trouble diagnosing the issue with my VM Rails installation.

Sorry, I don't mean this as a hate comment. It's just that I really don't see the 'ease of use' it's supposed to bring. I look at CF code, shoot, even PHP code and everything is decipherable. Ruby? not so much. :(

Comment 11 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/10/2011 at 3:26 AM

Heh, sounds like you've had some bad experiences. ;) I'm mainly looking to complement my back end skills. I've done well on my front end (jquery, html5, etc), but I only know CF on the back end. I did some Groovy once, but it's been a while.

Comment 12 by Christopher Chin posted on 12/10/2011 at 3:50 AM

Can you throw CFWheels on your "backend knowledge" cramming? :)

Comment 13 by Tim Garver posted on 12/10/2011 at 4:18 AM

I like the new skin. As a plus it displays correctly on BB browser

Comment 14 by Alirio Boquín A. posted on 12/10/2011 at 4:58 AM

Wow looks awesome!

Comment 15 by David Buhler posted on 12/10/2011 at 6:42 AM

Hi Ray,

Hal Helms made the jump from extensive CF to extensive Ruby.

Perhaps he can add to any comparison and contrast or discussions around best practices?


Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/10/2011 at 6:47 AM

Well aware of Hal. He is an old timer like myself. :)

Comment 17 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/11/2011 at 12:33 AM

Hey guys, please pardon me but I noticed something odd with some comment text 'bleeding' off the right edge of the box. So I'm going to just blah and blah this x is to the y and now I'm blabbering.

Comment 18 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/11/2011 at 12:33 AM

I think the issue involved a long set of code.


This is a normal line with spaces.

Comment 19 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/11/2011 at 12:34 AM

Bam - that is it. It's not wrapping right. And I think one bad line breaks other lines. So this is anormal paragraph. I'm going to follow it with a long line.


Bam - that is it. It's not wrapping right. And I think one bad line breaks other lines. So this is anormal paragraph. I'm going to follow it with a long line.

Comment 20 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/11/2011 at 12:35 AM

And there we go. Will have to fix it later though - working.

Comment 21 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/11/2011 at 11:50 PM


Comment 22 by salvatore fusto posted on 12/12/2011 at 3:45 PM

Ray, my 2 cents about new horizons: what about server side javascript, nodejs an plugins such as nowjs, and in general in going deep into javascript (functional programming, closure,real time network programming etc)?
Applying this to mobile,for instance, would be great.
IMHO any discussion about this is very interesting.

Comment 23 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/12/2011 at 4:41 PM

Sal - I've taken a look at Node.js already. Not a deep look, but a look. I'm going to look at it more. My opining isn't very high of it after working with it a tiny bit, but I'm going to give it a bit more time.

Comment 24 by salvatore fusto posted on 12/12/2011 at 6:12 PM

Ray, have a look to nowjs: it's a node plugin with which you can define a scope, named now, for vars and functions, common to server and connected clients, so if a client define a var now.a='foo' , this is available on the server, and viversa, and the same for functions: if you define a funtion on the client, var now.a = function(){}, this is available on the server and can be used from it.
more, on the server you can define many of such scopes, grouping clients, just as rooms in a chat.

Comment 25 by Peter Tilbrook posted on 12/13/2011 at 2:40 AM

Under IE 9 (version 9.0.3 Win7 64-bit) the home page just keeps on reloading over and over until I click the stop button...

Comment 26 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/13/2011 at 2:49 AM

I'm on the _exact_ same platform (win7 64), same version of IE (well, for this test), and it works fine. All I did was add a cflocation on the web server. You should not keep bouncing since raymondcamden is a different server. I.e., I'm not just relocating on the same IIS server.

So... use Chrome? Or, - I don't bounce that.

Comment 27 by Gary F posted on 12/13/2011 at 5:00 PM

Nice fresh look, Ray. I like the text and arrow pointing to the RSS icon, just covering your back in case anyone is slightly unsure what the icon means! :-)

I think the speech bubble showing the number of comments should link through to the comments, such as this link:

Comment 28 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/14/2011 at 12:26 AM

Your the second person to suggest that. I'll give it a shot.

Comment 29 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/14/2011 at 7:07 PM


Comment 30 by TJ Downes posted on 12/30/2011 at 12:58 AM

Ray, you have a wishlist? How come I didn't know about this before?

Comment 31 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/3/2012 at 1:51 AM

I have a special wishlist JUST for you!