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(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:19 GMT)
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Running ColdFusion/Railo On The Command Line with ConEmu

Everytime I talk to Dan Wilson (who is quite smart) he mentions I should run my ColdFusion servers on the command line so I can see what's going on behind the curtain.

I've always been too lazy to actually do this but while troubleshooting a recent problem I finally broke down and setup ConEmu to run ColdFusion and Railo.

If you aren't using Conemu read this.

Setting up ConEmu was simply a matter of configuring a few extra 'tasks' as they are called in Conemu.

I setup the following tasks with these commands:

  • ColdFusion = C:\ColdFusion9\runtime\bin\jrun.exe -start coldfusion
  • Railo = C:\railo\tomcat\bin\catalina.bat run
  • CFML (see screenshot) Git bash, CFML and Railo all started at once

ConEmu ColdFusion

By default my ConEmu opens up with Git bash only but cranking up ColdFusion and or Railo is only a click away:

ConEmu ColdFusion

I have Conemu open all day so this isn't really the hassle I thought it would be!

If I need CFML I can click and wait a moment for it to crank up, and if I don't need it, or want to restart it, that's a click away too. No more waiting 5 minutes for the ColdFusion service to restart!


(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:45:45 GMT)
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EMCopy - A Robocopy Replacement

We have a mix of Git, Ant and Robocopy scripts for deployments at work.

I've been working on moving everything into Jenkins.

We have a few projects that have a LOT of files. And I quickly ran into an issue using Robocopy to move them to the server took forever.

Doing some research I found a few things...

Newer versions of Robocopy support a 'thread' option. This can dramatically speed up copying, but... it's only supported on newer servers (2008+).

Testing copies to my local workstation (Win7) were really quick but when I copied the same files to a Windows 2003 server things were much slower.

Ugh.

The next thing I ran into was Robocopy's total failure on doing differential copies.

I was expecting rsync and got a slightly beefier Xcopy instead.

Despite trying all sorts of flag options I could never get Robocopy to just copy files that had changed. Robocopy seems stuck to the date last modified of the file and while it appears it also checks for file differences the date always wins.

Ugh.

So I went looking for an alternative.

I stumbled upon a few posts that mentioned Emcopy, a tool created by EMC. The license is a bit vague but a few quick searches and I was able to find a copy.

The syntax is exactly like Robocopy:

emcopy.exe \\source\path \\destination\path

But several of the flags are different.

I ended up using the following flags:

emcopy.exe \\source\path \\destination\path /de /nosec /s /xd images /th 16 /r:3 /w:30
  • /de - this compares date AND file differences
  • /nosec - emcopy can copy permission but this flag ignores all that
  • /s - copies subdirectories/files
  • /xd - exclude directories
  • /th - threading
  • /r:5 - will retry X times if it encounters an error
  • /w:30 - how long it waits between retries

Doing some benchmarks I didn't see a huge increase in speed over Robocopy during the initial copy when the destination directory was empty.

Where Emcopy stood out was in subsequent copies:

[emcopy] File(s) copied                            : 1
[emcopy] Amount of copied byte(s)          : 188 Byte(s) (188 Byte(s))
[emcopy] Estimated copy bitrate              : 0.015 KB/s
[emcopy] Global copy duration                 : 11.865
[emcopy]
[emcopy] Elapsed time: secs: 12

Where Robocopy would have copied all the files over again, Emcopy simply copied the one file I updated.

Woot!

Again I'm not sure of the license of Emcopy but if you search you can find several posts on how to get it and it is easily found. The download includes 32 and 64 bit files and a well documented README file and of course there is help available at the command line.

I still want to look at some other options but so far Emcopy seems very promising.


(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:50:28 GMT)
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Introduction to jQuery
I’m happy to announce that today I’m releasing a new video series, Introduction to jQuery. It may seem a bit odd to be introducing something that most people already know, but in my day to day conversations (ok, emails) with folks and my experience helping people on Stack Overflow, it seems like it is a […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:17 GMT)
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The Glyndon Guys Podcast 2014 Special Session
Watch this 1-minute video, and see if you can guess who does the audio promo. Duh. You knew before you landed here. That’s The Illustrious Jason Levine. The Glyndon Guys Podcast is the love of my creative life, insofar as my “hands-on” producerial projects. The cast is made up of Matt Clark, Rick Atkinson, and […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:08 GMT)
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jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials, now only $5!
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(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:04 GMT)
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15 Days Ago I Was Not Writing a Book; Today You Can Buy My Book

So early on the morning of December the 4th that it was still the 3rd in my mind, I decided to write a book. Within a few hours I had drawn up a basic outline and an aggressive but accomplishable timeline for getting it written and shipped without wasting time trying to get every little detail perfect (a.k.a. not shipping)... That was almost two weeks ago to the hour, as I write this, and that deadline was noon today.

I've just delivered the final files —that is, the PDF, ePub, and Mobi (for Kindle) files— to be shipped today at Noon US-Eastern. It feels good to ship on schedule!

With literally hours left before the files are delivered to everyone that pre-ordered, this is your last chance to save 36%. At noon the price goes up to $19. I'm not complaining if you're holding off to pay full price (Thanks for that, Andy!), but as a fellow deal-lover, I can't help but want you to get a bargain too. Get a deal... Buy Now!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You to everyone that believed in me to get it done on schedule, and to deliver something worth some of your hard-earned money. Your support has been a huge motivating factor, so in a way you helped me finish on schedule too!


(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:15 GMT)
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Brackets 1.1 Is Here
Brackets 1.1 is out, featuring cross-browser live preview, stabililty and perfomance enhancements, and an update to the Extract extension. More details in the announcement blog post.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:05 GMT)
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Get jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials for Five Dollars!
From now until January 6th, you can pick up my jQuery Mobile book, “jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials” for the grand total of five dollars. That’s less than the price of a good beer at a hotel bar. Heck, that’s less than the price of a bad beer at a hotel bar. There are a […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:00:17 GMT)
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Creating Custom Script Tag Directives In AngularJS
Ben Nadel demonstrates why binding multiple compilation and linking functions to a single Directive can be quite powerful in AngularJS. Image, multiple Script tag directives that have completely different functions....
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:15 GMT)
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