Jul
13

ColdFusion 9.0.1 Released

Posted by Aaron West at 10:02 AM in ColdFusion

As of a few moments ago, Adobe released the first major update to ColdFusion 9.0, which itself was released in early October of 2009. This new release, brings ColdFusion's version number to 9.0.1. So what's in the updater? The short list of my favorite features include: Amazon S3 support, caching enhancements and an upgrade to Ehcache 2.0, and logging enhancements (you can now generate log files for HTTP, FTP and other services).

Let me reiterate that's my short list of features to call out. There's many more enhancements and fixes included in the updater that you might find useful.

For more information on what's new and to download the updater, please check out the links below. NOTE: There is not a full installer for 9.0.1. You must first download and install 9.0 and then download and install the 9.0.1 updater.

ColdFusion 9.0.1 new features list is here.
ColdFusion 9.0.1 release notes are here.
Download ColdFusion 9.0.1 here.
Download Updater SOLR installer and Dreamweaver extensions here.

Jul
8

Must Have Android Apps

Posted by Aaron West at 7:42 AM in Android, Mobile & Devices

In preparation of switching to Android next week I've been compiling a short list of must have applications. Some of these apps were mentioned in a Mashable article while others have been mentioned on Twitter, blogs, or elsewhere.

This list is a decent start but I need your help. What are your favorite Android apps? Which do you use every single day that you can't live without? Chime in by posting a comment after the break.

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Jul
6

I was super excited to learn the folks at Agile Web Solutions have released a beta version of 1Password for Android. As a new user to the Android platform and a long-time user of 1Password, I'm glad I won't have to convert my password database to something other than 1Password just for use on Android.

For the time being the only information on this beta release is in the Agile Web Solutions forum. There you'll find information on installing 1Password from the Android Marketplace and copying your password data from your computer to your Android device.

Jul
4

Tab Key Trick in OS X and Linux

Posted by Aaron West at 10:56 AM in Hacks, Linux, Mac

I recently stumbled upon a little tab key trick in Mac OS X. I already knew you could press the tab key to autocomplete directory names, but I didn't know you could press the tab key additional times to resolve directory name ambiguity. How does it work? When you are typing directory names and paths, which you do with the change directory (cd) command, you can press the tab key to autocomplete the directory names. If two directories have similar names OS X and Linux will complete what you type up to the point one or more additional directory names match. If you continue to press the tab key a list of all possible directory names will display. This lets you determine what you are looking for and continue typing a directory name to resolve the ambiguity.

I'm stunned I didn't know about this neat feature of OS X and Linux, the two platforms I tested.

Check out the quick video demo below to see exactly what I'm talking about.

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Jul
3

Android guy on skateboard

I've been an Apple iPhone user since the first version was released in 2007. I upgraded to an iPhone 3GS when it was released and I've been immensely happy with the device for three years. But that's all about to change as I'm switching to Android.

I ordered an HTC Incredible nearly a month ago and have been patiently awaiting its arrival. With the Droid X announcement I decided to cancel my Incredible order and wait a little bit longer for a device with a 4.3 inch screen. While I continue to wait for July 15 - the date the Droid X becomes available on Verizon - I want to talk about why I'm switching to Android.

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May
6

House Flood Update - 5/6/2010

Posted by Aaron West at 10:22 PM in Personal

Hey everyone, here's a video where I talk about the last two days in our flooding saga.

May
4

House Flood Update

Posted by Aaron West at 10:04 PM in Personal

Apr
27

A few weeks ago I started using Chrome on Mac OS X as my main Web browser. I had grown tired of Safari 4 chewing up nearly a gig of RAM after leaving it open for a week or more. Don't get me wrong, Safari is a fantastic browser and I wasn't happy about switching. But I can't have any browser chew through a gig of memory even if it takes it a week to do so. Chrome is nearly as fast as Safari (for me) and I've left it open for two weeks without any tab hogging memory. Each opened tab spawns its own process allowing a single tab to fail without affecting other tabs. In general I've found each tab occupies 25 MB to 40 MB of RAM. If you do that math you'll realize I can open around 25-40 tabs before Chrome takes up a gig of RAM.

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Apr
6

I'm three days late blogging about this, but if you haven't seen Christian Cantrell's blog post of the same title you need to check it out. He shows an application he wrote that runs on five screens including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, and Android. I'd argue it's more like seven screens given the different device operating systems. Christian says he wrote the application code once and different wrappers for each operating system. I know this is supposed to be possible given the Flash Player runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux and Flash Professional CS5 can compile a Flash app to native iPhone code. This would get his app onto iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. But Christian says his app is able to run on all the devices because it's built with AIR. Ok, cool. I want to see /how/ though.

Christian promised to release his code as open source so inquisitive developers like me can learn more about this.

Mar
31

My Thoughts on Git

Posted by Aaron West at 9:59 AM in Git, Source Control

As a programmer I've used all kinds of source control management solutions. From Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe, to CVS, to Subversion (SVN). I even wrote a 60 page whitepaper detailing the use of Apache, ColdFusion, and Subversion in a development environment. And I've been known to blog about source control from time to time.

Recently I began reviewing the Git source control system for the startup I'm working with. It was a good opportunity to investigate solutions beyond Subversion since there wasn't any previous repositories or "code baggage" to worry about. I began my review by talking with Russ Johnson, the first person to ever recommend Git to me. Russ highly recommends Git and was more than willing to answer my dumb questions and discuss what he saw as advantages when using Git over Subversion. For my thoughts on Git continue reading after the break. Or, if you want to go ahead and download my Git cheat sheet click, here.

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Mar
16

Periods Go Inside Quotations

Posted by Aaron West at 12:28 PM in General

You'll never hear me claim to be a good writer or to understand all the rules of grammar. But there's one particular rule with periods and quotation marks that irks me when broken. You should always put periods inside quotation marks when the quotation is at the end of a sentence. Consider the following sentence. I was talking with Aaron the other day and he said, "Always place periods inside your quotations." Notice the placement of the period. I see this grammar rule broken all the time and it is one of the easiest to follow in my opinion. I suppose seeing the period used incorrectly has become a pet peeve of mine. If you're reading this post and you break this rule, you have no excuse for continuing to do so. For more information on this rule (and others), check out this site and Wikipedia.

Mar
15

Image of Amazon Kindle

I put off buying a Kindle for a long time as I wasn't sure I would like the device and I was worried about vendor lock in with Amazon. I regret that decision now. I should've bought my Kindle 2 sooner. Over the last few months I've been enjoying reading on my Kindle 2. I devoured Stephen King's Under the Dome, a massive book at 1,088 pages, as well as the free autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and the new release from the 37signals team, Rework. In addition to books I've loaded several PDFs onto my Kindle such as the definitive guide to Apache Hadoop and Google's paper on Bigtable. Since I've spent a fair amount of time with my Kindle I feel qualified to write about what I like and dislike. Continue reading after the break.

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Mar
12

Import MacHeist Licenses Into 1Password

Posted by Aaron West at 9:10 AM in Mac

MacHeist is known for providing low cost software bundles that let users save ridiculous amounts of money on up and coming titles. Over the last few years I've bought bundles from MacHeist that got me using great software such as 1Password and Snapz Pro X. Last week MacHeist offered their second nanoBundle which I also purchased. Shortly after the sale ended purchasers could log into the site and download their nanoBundle 2 software licenses as a 1Password interchange file. This allows users of 1Password to import all their new license keys into 1Password 3's new Software management feature. If you bought the nanoBundle and you also use 1Password be sure to import your license keys following the directions on the 1Password blog.

Mar
9

Rework by 37signals Hits Stores

Posted by Aaron West at 12:01 PM in Books, Personal

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37signals, had their new book Rework hit stores today. I heard about this book several months ago and setup an OmniFocus reminder to notify me of its release. I've already sent a sample of the book to my Kindle and will be digging into the text a little later today.

If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I'm investing in REWORK every time. A must read for every entrepreneur.

Mark Cuban, co-founder HDNet, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Mar
6

Welcome to My New Site!

Posted by Aaron West at 11:24 AM in ColdFusion, Personal, Site News, Blogging

Two weeks ago today I brought aaronwest.net live bringing all my content from trajiklyhip.com and trajiklyhip.com/blog to a brand new, consolidated interface on a new domain. Before I talk about my new site and what I like about it, I want to give a (somewhat) brief overview describing my sites evolution over the last 8 years. Keep reading after the break.

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