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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Mat Evans

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Mat Evans

  • Creating A Simple ColdFusion Cache With Java Soft-References

    Posted on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    @Ben, Yeah the main thing I was thinking about was the actual memory footprint of mySql - this can be tuned, although performance can take a hit. Do you have any way of checking how many times your cache is filling up? Basically there can come a point when things are being added to the cache quick... read more »

  • Creating A Simple ColdFusion Cache With Java Soft-References

    Posted on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Yeah, I can see how it will be a slightly more complicated changeover. Also have you optimised sql? assuming you're using mySql there are loads of good articles about taming the memory usage for it, which might be a better way to go before thinking about the page cacheing. Mat... read more »

  • Creating A Simple ColdFusion Cache With Java Soft-References

    Posted on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    May be cacheing to memory is not the answer. You could argue that cacheing to memory is only worth it if you can't fit the db indexes into memory. Have you tried cacheing to disk? ie save a copy of the whole page and chuck it out when someone requests it. That'll remove your memory problems, and... read more »

  • Creating A Simple ColdFusion Cache With Java Soft-References

    Posted on Aug 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Hi Ben, Quick and dirty way of monitoring memory would just be to pipe the output of the free command straight into a text file. Cron that for every 5 mins for a day and you should be able to quickly see what is going on. Also do you have any backup scripts running at that time in the morning?... read more »

  • The New BenNadel.com - Same Content, Fresh New Look

    Posted on May 11, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Really like the new design, especially the picture section at the top, nice to have faces to names on a blog!... read more »

  • Experimenting With Flat-File ColdFusion CFML Caching

    Posted on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    @Ben, i'm gonna disagree with you a little bit about memory being rare - there will always be situations where people don't have enough RAM or situations where people don't have enough storage - but I think you'll find most webservers run with extra RAM available. This is why a lot of sites are u... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Flagging Threaded Discussions As New Or Unread

    Posted on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    @Ben, Sorry I used sessions in a fairly fuzzy way there. But your description was good. I think it's just a more efficient way of providing that sort of functionality. I've seen pretty massive forums, and with 10000 users and a million posts a table holding which posts have been looked at is gon... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Flagging Threaded Discussions As New Or Unread

    Posted on Nov 13, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Hi, I think on some forums they do it another way around. First, they assume only posts made since the last time you logged in should be marked as not viewed. Then they make a list of posts that you HAVE viewed during this session and it is from this list that they can then show you which ones yo... read more »

  • Intrinsic Goodness, Sex, Happiness, And Pleasure

    Posted on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Really enjoyed reading that, I definately see some of myself in there, Thanks for sharing! Mat... read more »

  • SQL Join Table vs. SQL Entity Table And When To Switch

    Posted on Jun 6, 2008 at 4:18 AM

    Has there ever been an attempt to model life in a db? A real model would be infinitely big, but maybe a simplified model? Not sure what you would use it for but would be interesting to see how it worked. Mat... read more »

  • SQL Join Table vs. SQL Entity Table And When To Switch

    Posted on Jun 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    I reckon this is when you start to make words up.. relationshipper1 relationshipper2 easy! :) Mat... read more »

  • Do You Have A Permit For Those Guns?

    Posted on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    hehe, that's awesome! cool use of cfimage..... read more »

  • Attempting Switch To iTunes From WinAmp

    Posted on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    It's interesting how relatively small things can lead someone to love or hate a program. Maybe it's because so many programs do what itunes and winamp can do (basically play music) that the small things start to matter more. Anyway, in response to number 4, i think itunes only plays well with netw... read more »

  • CFFlush Does Not Work Inside ColdFusion 8's CFLayout Tag

    Posted on Oct 11, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    yeah, I have problems with cflayout working sometimes, I believe it is something to do with the point at which the CF javascript and css files are included in the page. I think the recent update to CF was supposed to address something like this.. Mat... read more »

  • New SPAM Leverages Amazing Brain Functionality

    Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    i've seen loads and loads of this stuff recently too.. seems to stuff our spam filters every now and then Never really bothered to read it till now, but yes i agree with you, it is pretty cool.. Mat... read more »

  • Creating Excel Files With ColdFusion, XML, And POI

    Posted on Aug 20, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Hi Ben, I had a little play with creating Excel spreadsheets with XML a couple of weeks ago and had some good results. Using the new XML stuff that came out with Office 2007 you can set everything including formulae from within the XML. Its quite useful to be able to set things like page layout... read more »