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The Blog Is Dead. Long Live The Blog.

June 20, 2014 ·

I've become increasingly frustrated with blogging software. I use MangoBlog here. I used BlogCFC before that. I used WordPress before that (a long time ago - but I've worked with it for a few friends more recently). I just don't enjoy using any of it. Back in January, I toyed with the idea of using my Google+ account for blogging but that hasn't really worked out - because I don't much like Google+, even with all its improvements since I last tried using it. So I'm starting a new blog that doesn't need software to publish anything!

I'll keep this site running since there's a lot of legacy material here that is heavily linked but I won't be posting here any more. I'll probably add redirects to the new blog (with a link back here for Google-friendliness). The new blog probably won't have any CFML stuff on it since, well, I don't really do that any more. I'm still committed to maintaining and enhancing FW/1 - Framework One so don't worry about that but my blog is not really the best place for announcements about that: I'll continue to post to the mailing list and Twitter, and I'll probably set up a I have also set up as a blog and documentation site now that I've seen how is going to work.

Tags: blogging · coldfusion

Top Ten Blog Entries of 2012

January 02, 2013 ·

Just saw Ray Camden's Most-viewed blog entries of 2012 post and it made me curious about the most-viewed posts on my blog over the last year. A little bit of SQL and some regex query and replace produced this list:

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Tags: blogging · clojure · coldfusion

Migration (almost) complete

April 12, 2010 ·

This weekend has seen a complete migration of An Architect's View from a very old version of BlogCFC (3.5.2) with a custom Fusebox 4.1 skin to the latest Mango Blog (1.4.3) as well as a complete migration of all of the content of the non-blog portion of (my personal stuff, my C++ stuff and a bunch of stuff about CFML, Fusebox and Mach-II) from Fusebox to FW/1. I've moved from a VPS on HostMySite to an "enterprise cloud server" at EdgeWebHosting and I think it's all gone pretty smoothly although it's been a lot of work.

Hopefully I haven't broken too many URLs - I spent quite a bit of time working on Apache RewriteRules to try to make sure old URLs still work - but it has given me the opportunity to streamline a lot of the files on the site (can you imagine how much cruft can build up in eight years of running a site?).

What's left? Just the "recommended reading" bookstore portion of my old site. I store the book details in an XML file and process them in a CFC as part of the old Fusebox app (converted from Mach-II before that and from PHP before that). It's late and I can't face it tonight. Then I need to build out a Mango skin that looks like my old site (and eventually re-skin the non-blog portion of the site).

The underpinnings of the site are Apache, Railo ( at the time of writing), Tomcat (6.0.26 at the time of writing), Red Hat Linux, MySQL. I still have some fine-tuning to do but this is pretty much an out-of-the-box WAR-based install of Railo on Tomcat for this one site on the server. Over time I'll probably build out a home for FW/1 here under another domain, with examples and more documentation than is currently maintained on the RIAForge wiki. That's the plan anyway.

If you find any broken links, let me know (the Contact Me! link is in the right hand column, near the bottom).

Tags: blogging · coldfusion · fusebox · fw1 has moved!

April 11, 2010 ·

If you're seeing this entry, you're looking my new server at EdgeWebHosting, running Mango Blog 1.4.3 and the rest of the site is powered by FW/1. I'm still wiring things up and restoring content and design (which is why this looks so different!). Do not adjust your browser, everything will be back to normal soon.

Tags: blogging


January 30, 2010 ·

Recently quite a few people have been asking me whether the DevWebPro site is "scraping" my blog or somehow stealing my content. Clearly we're all very touchy about this subject (in light of the outrageous behavior of a certain nameless publishing company)! So I want to reassure everyone that I have an agreement with DevWebPro that they can republish any of my blog posts that they find interesting - they only publish a fraction of what I write. Here's my author archive with selected blog post re-prints. As you'll notice (I hope) the "comments" link at the bottom of each post on their site links directly to my blog so any comments are always on my blog, not their site (yes, I know they have their own comments tab too). They choose which blog entries to syndicate, they choose the categories, they choose the title, I get links back to my site on every entry.

Tags: blogging · coldfusion

Republishing ArgumentCollection posts

April 17, 2009 ·

Just a heads up that I plan to republish a number of my ArgumentCollection blog posts here as Broadchoice plan to reuse the domain name for an upcoming support / corporate blog to accompany their new support documentation wiki and support forums. That means your RSS feed may show a number of articles that you have already read on their original dates. I will republish each article using the original date but I can't guarantee they won't show up new for you :)

Tags: blogging · broadchoice · coldfusion

Converting to Railo

March 28, 2009 ·

As you might imagine at this point in my Railo for Dummies series, I'm ready to try it on a real website such as my own. I've been running on CFMX7 Standard Edition for a long, long time and never upgraded to CF8. Trying to run on Railo has been on my 'todo' list for a long time as well and now seemed like as good a time as any. Here's how it went...

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Tags: blogging · coldfusion · railo

Do not adjust your aggregator...

August 04, 2008 ·

Here comes The ArgumentCollection! That's the Broadchoice engineering team blog we've been hinting at over the last few days. If you subscribe to ColdFusionBloggers, you'll already be getting the new feed. We'll try to get it on AXNA shortly. So what does it mean for me, Joe, Brian, Ray and Nico in terms of our personal blogs? Well, posts that relate specifically to what we're doing at Broadchoice will appear on The ArgumentCollection and posts that are more general - or more personal - will continue to appear on our own blogs. We may also post additional commentary on our own blogs, referring to a core technical post on The ArgumentCollection. We're hoping that the Broadchoice engineering team blog becomes a valuable source of technical information for folks building complex, large-scale systems with ColdFusion, Flex and other complementary technologies. We're also hoping that you all continue to read our own blogs too of course!

Tags: blogging · broadchoice · coldfusion

Blog Ethics

May 14, 2008 ·

Someone who commented several times on one of my blog entries has been bombarding me with email because I criticized them in comments on that entry and then refused to approve any more of their comments. Now they're demanding that I delete all their comments from my blog and they're starting to threaten me. What would you do if you received an email like this?
The impossibility you imply does not exist. I didn't request that you delete my comments from the public record; I requested that you delete them from your blog. Running a blog comes with some responsibility. Read up on authorship on the World Wide Web. It is my right to demand that you no longer carry my comments on your blog. You have given more than enough reason to justify my decision. Oh, and you make a mistake in assuming I'm going to be waiting a long time. I'm giving you the opportunity to do the right thing. Of course, you may continue to ignore it if you want. Then you will learn the hard way.
Here's the blog entry in question that started the exchange with this person.

Tags: blogging

Thank you Apple and Google

January 16, 2008 ·

Some people were not very excited about Apple's keynote yesterday but the 1.1.3 firmware update for the iPhone is plenty enough for me, along with Google's updated mobile apps. I use Gmail a lot on my iPhone and one of my clients has standardized on Google Mail/Docs for their communications so I'm constantly reading mail and documents on my iPhone. Gmail was OK on the iPhone and Google Docs was bearable but Google Reader was a nightmare. At the weekend, I noticed Gmail suddenly got a lot nicer with a very iPhone-style UI, sliding panels between labels and mail. Great... now what about the other apps? Tuesday night, I got home from said client's site and eagerly updated my iPhone firmware. The new "location" feature in the Maps application is very sweet (and seems sufficiently accurate for my needs). Then I started reorganizing my home screen. Screens. That's when I noticed that Google had updated most of its apps to be iPhone-friendly. Google Docs makes a great reader now, even for fairly large spreadsheets. Google Reader is a huge improvement! So now my iPhone has:
  • 43actions - a great little GTD (Getting Things Done) task manager
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock - with 10 cities
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Stocks
  • Weather
Followed by: Then my menu bar is:
  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Safari
  • Settings
On screen two, I have a row of games: Then my multimedia tools:
  • Camera
  • iTunes
  • iPod
  • Photos
  • Text
  • YouTube
And, yes, they are in alphabetical groups. Call me anal retentive and see if I care! Anyway, a big thank you to Apple and Google (and those games companies) for making my iPhone an even more lovable and addictive little toy!

Tags: blogging · hosted · iphone · osx · personal