Oct
3

When I read on Engadget that Big Red was finally releasing Android 2.2 Froyo I was really excited. That excitement continued through installation and four days after installation. The excitement quickly changed to frustration as my Droid X began exhibiting all sorts of issues that rendered it unusable. More information on what problems I was seeing and how I fixed them are after the break.

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Sep
12

During session breaks at BFlex yesterday I put together an OS X Automator workflow that works with the bit.ly URL shortener. I use bit.ly all the time and I wanted an easier way to create bit.ly shortened URLs in any application on OS X. Sure there are bit.ly tools available but none of them span the entirety of applications on my computer.

After whipping up my Automator workflow I can now shorten URLs by copying them to my clipboard, activating the workflow from the menu bar, and then pasting the contents of my clipboard into e-mail, Tweetie or any other app. The Automator workflow simply uses the contents of my clipboard to send a curl-based HTTP call to the bit.ly REST API, and replaces my clipboard contents with the returned API result.

Click the image below for a quick demo. It's pretty basic so far and some long URLs with unencoded URL parameters fail to create shortened results. I'd love your feedback and suggestions on the workflow, so feel free to download it and submit a comment on this post. You can be using it in less than a minute. NOTE: This requires a free bit.ly account.

In case you missed the download link above, click here to grab the script.

Sep
11

If you're planning on attending my BFlex session tomorrow on creating AIR application updaters, please click here to download the lab assets we will be using. I will have the files available on USB drives tomorrow but grabbing the assets now will get you all prepared. Be sure to also check out the prerequisites and software requirements on my session page on the BFlex Web site.

If you aren't attending my lab but you are interested in working through the content yourself, you can also download the assets. I've included my slides, a 30-page step-by-step instructions doc, and all the source code.

Update: September 12, 2010
Thanks to Joey from Nashville for pointing out I forgot to include the instructions doc in the download. I've fixed this and uploaded new download assets.

Sep
6

There's been a lot of talk about Git in the ColdFusion community recently. And rightly so, it's a really nice source control management system. But there's more to Git than source control. To find out other uses for Git I recommend folks read or listen to the interview with ProGit author and Git evangelist, Scott Chacon. Scott discusses how GitHub uses Git and describes a few other uses you probably haven't thought of. It's all right here. If you want to know what I think about Git, I wrote up my thoughts back in March.

Aug
23

Quick Update on BFlex 2010

Posted by Aaron West at 8:24 AM in Presentations, Adobe AIR, Flex

A few things have changed with BFlex over the last week that have led me to pick up an Adobe AIR session I wasn't originally slated to teach. Other than the illustrious Simon Free's AIR session on mobile development, my session will be the only one focused on Adobe's Integrated Runtime. The downside (if there is one) to this schedule change is I don't have a specific session prepared yet. If you are going to be at BFlex I would love to hear your ideas for a hands-on session written for intermediate developers.

Here are a few ideas from myself and my twitter followers, feel free to provide your thoughts in the comments:

--creating an awesome AIR application updater that includes a force update feature
--creating screenshots of specific parts of an app and providing drag-and-drop to desktop functionality
--using the file promises API in AIR 2 to write remote files to disk
--something else AIR 2 related (native processes, etc.)

Finally, if you haven't seen the new BFlex/BFusion site (powered by Mura) released today, go check it out.

Aug
20

Push My Tweet Buttons

Posted by Aaron West at 12:42 PM in Site News, Blogging

I've added Twitter's new tweet button to all posts on this blog. If you are reading a post that you like or that you think others will find useful in some way, I'd very much appreciate it if you'd use the button to tell your Twitter followers. All you have to do is press the tweet button and a pop-up window will display with twitter.com loaded. If you are signed into Twitter's site you'll be able to submit the tweet immediately. If you aren't signed into Twitter, you'll need to enter your username and password first.

Aug
19

BFlex and BFusion Registration Open

Posted by Aaron West at 9:00 AM in ColdFusion, Flex

Hey folks, this is just a quick post to let everyone know registration for BFlex and BFusion 2010 is now open. Having spoken at both of these events for the past two years I know what high value these two days of hands on training offer participants. And you will participate as BFlex/BFusion is not you run of the mill event. You experience hands on training from seasoned ColdFusion and Flex developers.

I'll be there helping out the crew again this year. If you are anywhere near Bloomington, Indiana I hope to see you there. But don't forget to register here: http://bflex.info.

Aug
10

If you weren't fortunate enough to attend CFUnited this year you've been given a second chance so-to-speak. Tim Cunningham has posted videos of many of the sessions he attended. You can check out all the videos here, or go straight to my caching talk here.

Aug
9

Image of Logitech Anywhere MX mouse and Flash Builder

Over the past few months I've found I use the heck out of the debug feature in Flash Builder 4. And when working on really complex Flex applications sometimes the only way to see whether my code is doing what I need is to run the application. Why? Because design view in Flash Builder 4 doesn't know how to work with popular Flex frameworks such as Swiz. At least, I've not been able to get it to work quite right for me.

Sometime last week I grew tired of pressing the debug button so I configured my Logitech Anywhere MX mouse so it initiates debugging sessions for me. It's pretty rocking. Click the image after the break to see a short video demonstration of how it works. If you want to learn more about the Anywhere MX mouse, I blogged my experience with it last year.

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Aug
6

How To Fix Missing Plug-in Issue in Chrome

Posted by Aaron West at 12:28 PM in Mac

Back in April I blogged about an issue I found with the Chrome browser where the Flash Player debugger wasn't working properly. That post has received a number of views and has helped a few folks get around the issue. I recently ran into a similar issue where viewing PDF files in Chrome caused the following screen to display. NOTE: I believe this issue only pertains to the dev channel version of Chrome.

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Jul
29

My CFUnited 2010 presentation materials (slides and code) have been uploaded and are ready for download. If you are interested in learning about new caching features in ColdFusion 9 feel free to hit the download link and view the slides after the break.

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Jul
23

ColdFusion Page Added to Ehcache Site

Posted by Aaron West at 11:01 AM in ColdFusion

I just received an e-mail from the founder of Ehcache, Greg Luck, letting me know they have added a new page to their Web site that includes information on how ColdFusion uses Ehcache. Included on the page is information about which versions of Ehcache ColdFusion supports, how to enable and use distributed caches, and a short list of community resources on using ColdFusion and Ehcache together.

If you want to learn more about Ehcache and ColdFusion I recommend you check out their new page and the ehcache.org site in general.

Jul
20

Interesting Site Statistics

Posted by Aaron West at 10:05 AM in Site News, Blogging

Yesterday, Dan Wilson blogged about his Web site statistics and how Linux was less than 1% behind Macintosh in his visitor stats. He asked what trends others were seeing so I thought I'd post the same stats he did. After the break you will see a screenshot from Google Analytics of the operating system statistics for aaronwest.net from June 19 - July 19, 2010.

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Jul
19

Yesterday I posted some random thoughts on my experience with the Droid X over on the GDGT Droid X page. I'm reposting my thoughts here, after the break. This isn't my full review or take on the Droid X. I will post some more in-depth thoughts later this week.

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Jul
18

Golf at CFUnited 2010

Posted by Aaron West at 11:21 AM in ColdFusion, CFUnited 2010, Golf

I'm turning what's normally a short two hour flight to D.C. into a two day trek from Nashville to CFUnited by car. I should be arriving at the Lansdowne resort on Monday, July 26 and am interested in playing golf sometime on Tuesday the 27th. I might play an additional round on Saturday too. If you are into golf and you want to play, hit me up by e-mail or post a comment below.