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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Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2008 (Washington, D.C.) with:

Charlie Arehart

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Charlie Arehart

  • ColdFusion Threads Hanging On JDBC Pool CheckIn / CheckOut

    Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    @Mike, just to help readers, are you saying that (that the settings were implemented after load testing) with respect to having turned on the GC interval settings? If so, some may wonder then how they could have been the source of a problem. (I was never quite sure who had turned them on at Invisi... read more »

  • ColdFusion Threads Hanging On JDBC Pool CheckIn / CheckOut

    Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    @Tim had asked above, "If you disable the automatic collection what is the recommended solution for doing collection manually and how often? Is this best suited to a scheduled task that runs during off peak hours?" That points up something that I think was not quite clear from Ben's post:... read more »

  • ColdFusion CFQueryParam Binding vs. SQL Execution

    Posted on Mar 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Revisiting this older thread, I have some additional suggestions on the subject of clearing CF's query cache (which is enabled via the CFQUERY attributes CACHEDWITHIN or CACHEDAFTER). While one approached offered for clearing it will work, it requires access to the CF Admin. There is in fact a littl... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Reading In A File Using CFFile And CFInclude

    Posted on Mar 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    @Vivek, I would assert that your errors that worked in 5 but fail in 7 are due to a known issue in CF 7 (though not really discussed much until CF 8 was said to have fixed it.) The good news is that there is a fix, and/or also an Admin setting that may be your issue. First, to clarify, in CF 7 (m... read more »

  • Handling 404 Errors in ColdFusion (via IIS Throwing 404)

    Posted on Feb 13, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    To Dave and others who like the idea of instead just putting a CFML-based error handler into the IIS custom error handler for 404's, beware. That now takes control for filetypes other than just .cfm,meaning GIFs, JPGs, etc.. I saw one situation where a site had lots of missing files, and they used t... read more »

  • Charlie Arehart On ColdFusion 8's Hidden Gems

    Posted on Nov 18, 2007 at 1:02 AM

    Hey Ben, thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it. I should say, though, for those who may be motivated to look at the presentation, that while Ben says it has "a laundry list of all the awesome features available in ColdFusion 8 that you need to know about", it actually is *just* ... read more »

  • jQuery Reference Guide By PACKT Publishing

    Posted on Oct 21, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Wow, Ben, great review. And thanks. Hopefully you've posted it to Amazon as well (just checked and it's not there, but maybe it's in the process of being approved). Saw John Farrar's review there. Go CF community! :-)... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Hiding / Encrypting ColdFusion CFID And CFTOKEN Values

    Posted on Jul 6, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Thanks again for the indirect plug. I couldn't agree with you more about the value of having someone guide you through the rich waters of CF. :-) Of course, all your readers will gladly thank you for the many, many tours you yourself have been offering on your blog here. Now, as for HTMLEditFormat,... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Hiding / Encrypting ColdFusion CFID And CFTOKEN Values

    Posted on Jul 6, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Thanks, Ben. Why, yes it is. :-) I presented it at CFUnited and am thinking of offering it as an online class. People often are amazed to learn of new things (and there are over a hundred) that came in 6, 6.1, 7, 7.01, and 7.02. I list them all. But I will say that most (though not all) of it is al... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Hiding / Encrypting ColdFusion CFID And CFTOKEN Values

    Posted on Jul 5, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Ben, no one has mentioned another option that your reader(s) may want to consider, when concerned about the security (relative insecurity) of CFID/CFTOKEN. It's not quite what he was looking for, but it is indeed true that they're both really short values which could be rather easily guessed by a bo... read more »

  • GetPageContext.Include() DOES Parse Files And More (Thanks Charlie Arehart)

    Posted on Feb 19, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    I think what Ethan meant is that he's using the Include method to call a CFM template (instead of using CFINCLUDE) so that the execution of that page causes the application.cfm to fire. As such, I'm not sensing he's doing it to include the application.cfm itself, but rather indirectly. That said, I... read more »

  • GetPageContext.Include() DOES Parse Files And More (Thanks Charlie Arehart)

    Posted on Nov 1, 2006 at 9:56 AM

    No, Ben, sorry. I'm afraid I don't. If you can't find an answer elsewhere, if you get a chance, try it on BlueDragon (which supports the getpagecontext function as well). If you get the 500 there, you could ask on the BlueDragon intere4st list (free support from BD engineers). I'm traveling and have... read more »

  • GetPageContext.Include() DOES Parse Files And More (Thanks Charlie Arehart)

    Posted on Nov 1, 2006 at 8:05 AM

    Glad to help, Ben. :-) As with that other entry (and all my contributions), I just enjoy sharing what I've learned, whether on my own or from this great CFML community. Cheers.... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Reading In A File Using CFFile And CFInclude

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 at 7:45 AM

    If it's not obvious, I was writing my note at the same time Steve was writing his, and posted it before reading his which made a similar point. :-)... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Reading In A File Using CFFile And CFInclude

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 at 7:43 AM

    Hi, Ben. Another couple of reasons to use this are when CFFILE is restricted (as it may be in the CF Admin), or even when the Java approach to reading a file is also restricted (as can be done when CFOBJECT/createobject are restricted). Indeed, I may hold at least some responsibility for a recent i... read more »

  • I Got Mentioned On The ColdFusion Weekly Pod Cast! (And A Note On Debugging)

    Posted on Oct 8, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    Sure, and sorry. I didn't mean to take away from the value of the aspect of the tip you were sharing: that use of the CFABORT did at least permit seeing the output within a CFC/function with output=false. Cheers.... read more »

  • I Got Mentioned On The ColdFusion Weekly Pod Cast! (And A Note On Debugging)

    Posted on Oct 7, 2006 at 7:24 PM

    Hi Ben, hope folks enjoy the podcast. I'd like to respond to your point: I would only argue that sometimes doing an abort is itself troublesome. Because it stops the request cold, it could keep the output being generated from being complete, which could keep the browser from rendering it. I could im... read more »