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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Thomas Messier

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Thomas Messier

  • Apple iPhone 3G Has Been Extremely Frustrating

    Posted on Aug 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Wow, sounds really bad. Maybe there's a hardware problem. You might want to look into if other people are having these problems as often as you have. If not, maybe you should try to get an exchange, because like you say it's unacceptable.... read more »

  • A New Wrist Pain

    Posted on Aug 18, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    @Jason, Please refer to my previous post where I'm not simply stating that medicine is not perfect but rather that it's not an exact science. While it's far from astrology, it's also pretty far from math, and in some aspects probably not super far from some of the so-called pseudo-sciences.... read more »

  • A New Wrist Pain

    Posted on Aug 18, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    @Jason, Given the emphasis being put on science, it's worth noting that medicine is pretty far from an exact science. Granted, it mops the floor with astrology, but even doctors admit (often after a case gone bad) that medicine is as much art as science (and they're not referring to plastic surgery... read more »

  • Happy Medium Between Generic Getters / Setters And Property Methods

    Posted on Apr 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    @Ben "Yes, you have to provide the property methods, but they don't have to have any content! This means very little overhead in terms of typing." Hmmm... I'm really wondering on this one. Because really, how much content do you have in a getter/setter. If you're gonna type anything at all for the... read more »

  • DreamWeaver CS3 Slows Me Down

    Posted on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    There are a lot of people in the same boat. I myself took time to change to Eclipse and even then, I'm constantly asking myself whether it was a good move. I like a lot of features, but the app is heavy, there can be slowdowns, problems handling large files, etc. Who knows, if I recall well Adobe wa... read more »

  • They're All Just Text Files (Adobe ColdFusion IDE Survey)

    Posted on Jan 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    I LOVE the Eclipse features. What I like less is the performance. If I could get the Eclipse/Aptana/CFEclipse features in a product with better performance. Because in my experience, Eclipse often takes over 100MB of RAM, and there are some projects that I can't even run with it for some reason, the... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Printing Shipping Labels With ColdFusion

    Posted on Aug 24, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    I'll second the suggestion others have made, labels are pretty easy to do using the report builder, there are a bunch of pre-built ones, and if they don't fit your needs it's easy to create some with the specifications you want. Having said that, your solution is still pretty cool and probably acco... read more »

  • MySpace.com Is Retarded (I'm Sorry - It Is!)

    Posted on Aug 1, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    MySpace blows... I don't know how they could possibly get that popular. Sorry to hear you're on the spam list. You think the pics were worth it? lol... read more »

  • ColdFusion Application.cfc Tutorial And Application.cfc Reference

    Posted on Jul 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Just wanted to mention I copied your onError code as is and got an error that ARGUMENTS.Exception.RootCause.Type doesn't exist. I'm not sure you typed something wrong or my CF installation is different somehow, but RootCause doesn't exist as a key to Exception for me. There's Exception.Type, which i... read more »

  • Ignorance Rears Its Ugly Head Again

    Posted on Jul 13, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    @Ben, I think that the thing with CFQUERY is that while nice, when you become a more advanced developer your DB interaction functionality is wrapped in higher levels of abstractions and you have little use for it. Like, for example, if you use Transfer or Reactor, you don't have that much use for c... read more »

  • How Do I Offend You, Please Let Me Know

    Posted on Jul 5, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    @Adam, Some people used to think that black people were inferior and made them slaves, then others started thinking that black people were in fact equal. Should the latter just have concentrated on their own situation? The example is a bit extreme, but the logic is the same, sometimes if you have a... read more »

  • How Do I Offend You, Please Let Me Know

    Posted on Jul 4, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    I'm with Sean on this one. The reason women mostly appear in bikinis on Ben's blog and no other way is merely a coincidence. Ben's blog is a tech blog. I'm sure if he comes accross anything tech-related that a woman came up with (open source project, cool script/UDF, etc.) he will praise her for her... read more »

  • Why Do I Even Get Any Huge Ass Traffic?

    Posted on Jun 26, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Oops, somebody posted in the meawhile, I meant Al's comment.... read more »

  • Why Do I Even Get Any Huge Ass Traffic?

    Posted on Jun 26, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOL That last comment was priceless, I'm still laughing my ass off!... read more »

  • Fusion Authority Quarterly Update Filling In The Gaps

    Posted on Jun 3, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    I really don't think you have to worry about the outsourcing, code generators, etc. I think we're still not near the point where coders are gonna go away, and we might not get there any time soon. Maybe the stuff you're coding now will get handled, but new stuff will come up that will require coders... read more »

  • Passing Users From One ColdFusion Application To Another

    Posted on May 29, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    I guess if you want to pass session data between application you could probably just use the CFID/CFTOKEN to do it. You'd just need some logic and just before sending the user over to the second app you serialize the session scope to JSON, save the data to the DB and use the CFID/CFTOKEN as the key/... read more »

  • Am I A Senior Programmer?

    Posted on Apr 13, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    As others have said, it's a relative term. I've been considered a senior developer at past jobs, and yet I'm in awe of some people and what they do, and compared to them I feel quite junior. As for not knowing stuff, you'll find that there's a lot you don't know just because you don't dedicate any t... read more »

  • Happy Birthday To Kinky Solutions - One Year Old

    Posted on Apr 13, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Man, it's only been a year??? And yet every search about CF I do has a link to this place. You must be onto something... Congrats!... read more »

  • Thank You New York City Fire Department!

    Posted on Apr 9, 2007 at 8:53 AM

    I was in NYC during the blackout. I know, great timing... I was just spending the day, I stayed with a friend in Connecticut and came to the city by train. Needless to say, trains weren't running and we weren't able to contact anybody we knew in NYC, so we had to spend the night in the streets with ... read more »

  • My First Experience With Model Glue

    Posted on Apr 3, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    I don't think there's anything wrong with you not liking the way things are done. I personally had a look at Model Glue and other than the fact I'm not a fan of XML, I just didn't find it intuitive, it just didn't click like for example Rails did. Same thing with Mach-II. So I didn't spend much time... read more »