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Aborting AJAX Requests Using $http And AngularJS
Ben Nadel demonstrates how to abort AJAX requests in AngularJS using the timeout property of the $http service method....
(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:55 GMT)
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Computer Know How - Sponsors ITB

We are very excited to announce that Computer Know Howwill be sponsoring Into The Box this May! We have been partners with CKH for several years now and they are an amazing web application crew. If you want something done, they do it fast and awesomely!

CKH was born in 1997. Our talented and experienced team of 11 has a combined total of 67 years of experience in computer repair, network monitoring and maintenance, website design, and website development.

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:49 GMT)
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CFDUMP, and how I'm a bit thick
This isn't even a case of me not RTFMing and then discovering something I didn't know. I knew this already. But am just a bit dense.

I'm perennially doing this sort of thing:

private function logArgs(required struct args, required string from){
savecontent variable="local.dump" {
writeDump(var=args, label=from);
fileWrite(getDirectoryFromPath(getCurrentTemplatePath()) & "dump_#from#.html", local.dump);

(As case in point being: I just wrote that code for a new blog article that I should have done and dusted by this evening)

However I don't need to do that. I can just do this:

private function logArgs(required struct args, required string from){
var dumpFile = getDirectoryFromPath(getCurrentTemplatePath()) & "dump_#from#.html";
if (fileExists(dumpFile)){
writeDump(var=args, label=from, output=dumpFile, format="html");

I'm so accustomed to only every using the var argument, and occasionally the label one, I tend to forget there's a bunch of other options on <cfdump> / writeDump() as well (from the docs):

varRequiredVariable to display. Enclose a variable name in number signs. These kinds of variables yield meaningful cfdump output
  • yes: in Internet Explorer and Mozilla, expands views.
  • no: contracts expanded views.
formatOptionaltextUse with the output attribute to specify whether to save the results of a cfdump to a file in text or HTML format.
hideOptionalallFor a query, this is a column name or a comma-delimited list of column names. For a structure, this is a key or a comma-delimited list of keys.
If you specify a structure element that doesn't exist, ColdFusion ignores it and does not generate an error.
keysOptional9999For a structure, the number of keys to display.
labelOptionalA string; header for the dump output. Ignored if the value of the var attribute is a simple types.
metainfoOptionalyes for query
no for persistence CFCs
For use with queries and persistence CFCs. Includes information about the query in the cfdump results, including whether the query was cached, the execution time, and the SQL. Specify metainfo="no" to exclude this information from the query result. For persistence CFCs, if metainfo="yes", returns property attributes such as getters and setters.
outputOptionalbrowserWhere to send the results of cfdump. The following values are valid:
  • browser
  • console
  • filename
    The filename must include the full pathname of the file. You can specify an absolute path, or a path that is relative to the ColdFusion temporary directory. You can use the GetTempDirectory() function to determine the ColdFusion temporary directory.
showOptionalallFor a query, this is a column name or a comma-delimited list of column names. For a structure, this is a key or a comma-delimited list of keys.
  • yes: includes UDFs, with the methods collapsed.
  • no: excludes UDFs.
topOptional9999The number of rows to display. For a structure, this is the number of nested levels to display.
abortOptionalfalseIf this attribute is set to "true", it stops processing the current page at the tag location.

Perhaps everyone else in the world remembers all this stuff and uses it all the time. I'm simply not that clever.

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:25:24 GMT)
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My new favourite SQL function SUBSTRING_INDEX
So I needed a quick way to convert a list of authors from “Joe A. Bloggs” into “Bloggs, Joe A.” –  i.e, not separated out into firstname and lastname fields, just one field called ‘name’. I then needed another field to return a single column with the first letter of the lastname for display purposes. […]
(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:41:24 GMT)
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Creating CFMobile Application using AngularJS
In my previous blog articles I had explained how to create CFMobile applications using JQuery, Bootstrap/JQueryMobile. Here are links to sample (CFMobileExpenseTracker) applications using the two UI frameworks - CFMoibleEpenseTracker using Bootstrap . Blog article. CFMobileExpenseTracker using JQueryMobile. Blog article. I wanted to … Continue reading
(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:01:02 GMT)
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Varnish with Apache and WordPress on Centos
Reading time: 12 – 20 minutes Varnish is wicked! It works on your webserver as a reverse proxy to cache HTTP requests. According to their website: Varnish Cache is really, really fast. It typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 – 1000x, depending on your architecture I have only just installed it on […]
(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01:03 GMT)
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Logs from Open PhoneGap Session
Thank you to everyone (especially the PhoneGap team!) who showed up to the open session that Holly and I ran today. We had a great size crowd and a very interesting set of questions. Between Holly and I and other PhoneGap members we were able to co...
(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01:03 GMT)
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NCDevCon 2014

As a previous attendee of NCDevCon, we'd like to let you know NCDevCon 2014 will be held September 13-14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. We'll maintain our focus on Web / HTML5 / CSS, Mobile, Javascript / jQuery and ColdFusion.

To get an idea of what NCDevCon is like, look at the 2013 schedule here: You can also watch the all of the 2013 session recordings for free here: 

Register Now

Ticket sales have already begun, you can purchase your ticket here:

Vote Early, Vote Often

Ticket holders as of June 1st will be asked to vote on which sessions should be at NCDevCon. Each ticket holder gets one vote. There are a limited number of discounted early bird tickets, so if you know you'll attend, buy early and save.

Call for Speakers

Also, we've opened the call for speakers. If you are interested in speaking at NCDevCon 2014, please submit your ideas here:


This year, we'll have 5 or 6 concurrent tracks:

  • ColdFusion
  • Tools/Techniques
  • Mobile
  • Web
  • Hands On
  • Design (given sufficient interest)

Along with admission to all session, we'll also provide lunch for you each day (vegetarian options provided) and a fancy conference T-Shirt.  Come and network with other development professionals and learn the newest topics and techniques from the leading technologists in the field.

Sponsor NCDevCon

We are also looking for sponsor partners to help make this event the best it can be. If you or an organization you know is the kind of organization that would like to support NCDevCon 2014, please let us know. Our sponsor information page can be found here:


Here are some important dates for NCDevCon 2014:

April 24th

  • Opened call for Speakers:
  • Early bird registration open: 

June 1st

  • Close call for speakers
  • Open session voting by Early Bird ticket holders

June 16th

  • Speaker notifications given
  • Schedule announced

September 13-14

  • NCDevCon 2014

We do hope you will join us this year for NCDevCon 2014, North Carolina's Premier Web & Mobile Conference .

-Dan and Jim

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:01 GMT)
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(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:50 GMT)
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ColdFusion cfinvokeargument bug
A coworker and I were debugging some old code yesterday and couldn't believe what we came across. Say you have a component and and in a method for whatever reason you were using cfinvoke to call another method. In this case we have a variable called ...
(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:36 GMT)
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