Ben Nadel
On User Experience (UX) Design, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Node.js, Life, and Love.
I am the chief technical officer at InVision App, Inc - a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers, built by designers. I also rock out in JavaScript and ColdFusion 24x7.
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Rich Rein

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Rich Rein

  • ColdFusion 8's OnMissingTemplate() - So Close To Being Good

    Posted on Jul 1, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Maybe I missed this (and I don't have the setup handy at the moment to give it a try), but if your default document for a given website is index.cfm (and only index.cfm), then does OnMissingTemplate() get triggered for a url like http://mysite.com/no_such_directory/?... read more »

  • Tracking Delta-Only Data Audits In ColdFusion Using XML

    Posted on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    @Ben- Again, I am not trying push a specific agenda or say that any one solution is ALWAYS any better than another - I was specifically taking issue with the statement that I quoted in my initial reply. Only you can be the final judge of what is best for your situation, I was just trying to encour... read more »

  • Tracking Delta-Only Data Audits In ColdFusion Using XML

    Posted on Jun 27, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    At the risk of opening this can of worms again (I really am doing it to help you learn/think, not just to poke holes), I don't agree with your statement that "No doubt about this, when compared to my previous example, there is a lot more overhead to preparing the audit data. Because of this, it is c... read more »

  • Tracking Data Audits In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    @Ben- I would say that I am going to play devil's advocate with you, but since you called that role, I will go for the guy in white on your left shoulder :) What are we talking about here? Your solution mentions storing the data that used to be in a given record, so that the record itself can be ... read more »

  • Tracking Data Audits In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jun 25, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    We have the need to do the same for many of our tables as well - but chose to go the database route (let it do what its good at, right?). For any table that we wish to track changes to, we create a complimentary table (using a standard prefix, and then the name of the table being tracked - i.e. cha... read more »

  • ColdFusion CFLocation Only Passes Referrer Of The Referring URL

    Posted on May 16, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    (forgot to add this in my above response) CFLocation does not send a full page to the browser, it only sends the header with the new location. What this means is that technically, the client might have asked for page A, but in reality they only got a header response pointing them to page B. The a... read more »

  • ColdFusion CFLocation Only Passes Referrer Of The Referring URL

    Posted on May 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    @Ben Might be worth looking at a javascript solution instead (something along the lines of an onload script that performs a document.url = pageB). I believe that then you would have the expected referrer value (pageB actually came from pageA, even though the user was automatically forced there).... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Tracking File Downloads In ColdFusion

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    @Ben- One of the (few) benefits of having 99% of your code goes towards a very targeted audience :) Like I said before, our solution might not work for everyone (or even every case), but for our site (which is accessed by internal employees and employees of our clients) we have control over who ac... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Tracking File Downloads In ColdFusion

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    @Ben- For super-secret, super-large files, we do have additional functionality in place. When an authorized users request a file designated as super-secret and super-large, we simply display a page letting them know that we will sending them an email soon when the file is available for them. At t... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Tracking File Downloads In ColdFusion

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    The final page (once you have confirmed on the preview page that you actually want to download the file) has a javascript that attempts to do a javascript document.url to the actual file, and then the following html of the page is "If the file does not begin to download please click here", with here... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Tracking File Downloads In ColdFusion

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    We have taken kind of a hybrid approach to this problem on our internal website. A dynamic page listing files available for download, grouped by category (I will save the admin side of this functionality from the explanation, but suffice it to say that each file is listed in a db table, along with ... read more »

  • Building A ColdFusion XML Document From Scratch

    Posted on May 14, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    I can understand that (for teaching purposes). When actually writing something to use this, it seems easier to me to just do it in one line and not have to worry about value/reference issues and remembering to assign things back to your xml object in a second line. One other note (maybe this is mo... read more »

  • Building A ColdFusion XML Document From Scratch

    Posted on May 14, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Is there a reason why you are assigning things to a variable, and then putting them into your xml document? Why do 1) xmlRoot = XmlElemNew( xmlGirl, "", "girl" ) 2) xmlGirl.XmlRoot = xmlRoot When you could just do 1) xmlGirl.XmlRoot = XmlElemNew( xmlGirl, "", "girl" ) ??... read more »

  • ColdFusion CGI Variables, Hot Linking, And Poor Documentation

    Posted on Nov 20, 2006 at 1:54 PM

    Thanks a ton, this post just saved me after banging my head against the wall for a good hour!!... read more »