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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Chris Phillips

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Chris Phillips

  • Ask Ben: Changing The Root Node In A ColdFusion XML Document

    Posted on Apr 21, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Ben, Without running this, to me it looks like the first method will keep the "id" attributes with a value of "my-to-do-list" in-tact for the root node. But, it looks like since that attributes is not in the new root node that your are adding in the second that it will be wiped out. Is that the ca... read more »

  • Making My ColdFusion Tags More Consistent

    Posted on Feb 13, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    @andy, I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you. Not fundamentally, but, for the reason I'll explain below. For me it is easier to read code that has self-closing stand-alone tags. So, when I'm looking at: <cfif someConditions EQ true > <cfset somevar = 'a value' /> <cfs... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Securely Pinging One ColdFusion Application From Another

    Posted on Jan 16, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    The person in question should really look at Sean's article about using JMS messaging to do synchronization. http://corfield.org/blog/index.cfm/do/blog.entry/entry/Transfer_Cache_Synchronization_in_a_Cluster... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Maintaining Case Of XML Attributes In Manually Created ColdFusion XML Documents

    Posted on Jan 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    One more thing. Array notation is great for using struct keys that are not usually a valid variable name. Sometimes I'll build a struct where the key is a records PK. So, these won't work: <cfset refStruct.55873 = recordObj /> or <cfset refStruct.E63841A8-DA2C-4F6E-A50C-17624729E0C6 = reco... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Maintaining Case Of XML Attributes In Manually Created ColdFusion XML Documents

    Posted on Jan 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    The key thing to take away from this is: 'use array notation when you want CF to retain the case of your variable names' . A lot of people probably learned this about the same way I did ... which was working with a remote service (In my case a web service) that cares about case sensitivity.... read more »

  • Kinky Solutions Shop - Holiday Season Beta Launch

    Posted on Jan 6, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Ben, You really are a hero to the CF community! I truly don't know how you do it. I look forward to your stuff popping up in Reader. I guess I'll have to way in on topics more often now...... read more »

  • Soft References In ColdFusion

    Posted on May 7, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Ben, I too found this fascinating. I want to use it at work. So I ran some tests on caching CFC instances. I used lots of them and watched the memory monitor in CF8. After GCs, I was able to find missing ones. Check out my experiment. http://www.cfchris.com/cfchris/index.cfm/2008/5/7/javalangrefSo... read more »

  • ColdFusion RandRange() vs. Java Collections Shuffle()

    Posted on Jul 7, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Ben, I have often felt the same way. So, we are both paranoid! Running your tests in Scribble pad in CFE was good salve for my paranoia though. Thanks, Chris P... read more »