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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Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Bruce

  • CF_SQL_DATE Issues with MS SQL Server 2005

    Posted on Apr 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Thank you posting this and for your blog. I finally found this blog entry using Google and switching the cfsqltype from cf_sql_date to cf_sql_timestamp solved the problem I was having querying a MS SQL Server 2000 table.... read more »

  • ColdFusion CFPOP - My First Look

    Posted on Nov 27, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Ben - as always great explanation. I'd read your blog even if you were writing about CFPOOP and instead of CFPOP.... read more »

  • Learning jQuery By PACKT Publishing

    Posted on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Ben - I trust your recommendations and ordered a copy today. I'll let you know what I think. I've been heavily into Flex 2 development but am relooking at ajax and DTHML widgets for enhancement to some existing web pages.... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Upload And Email File Using ColdFusion

    Posted on Jul 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Ben: I don't think the file is actually uploaded to the server until the cffile upload is executed. I did a test of commenting out the cffile delete in that cfelseif block and instead just logged the form.resume value. I reloaded the page, filled in the form with a bad email address, but s... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Upload And Email File Using ColdFusion

    Posted on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Ben: In the code below why do you need to delete the file if the <cfelseif ArrayLen( arrErrors )> is true? The way I read your code, the file is never actually uploaded to the server if there are any errors found in the form field values entered by the user. <cfif NOT Len( FORM.resume ... read more »

  • Sandra Clark Rocked My World

    Posted on Jul 11, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Sandra: We're doing a complete redesign of our company's website. I need to brush up on my XHTML and CSS skills. So if you do an online class, I'd attend it.... read more »

  • Updating In-Memory (Temporary) SQL Tables With UPDATE / DELETE Clauses

    Posted on May 30, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Ben - Thanks for posting this. I always enjoy reading your blog since I always learn something. I've never thought about using in-memory sql tables. What would be some good reasons to use them?... read more »

  • Passing Users From One ColdFusion Application To Another

    Posted on May 29, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Ben - To avoid some confusion you may want to change your first paragraph to clearly state what you're testing and change your last paragraph to clearly state your conclusion from running this test.... read more »

  • Passing Users From One ColdFusion Application To Another

    Posted on May 29, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Ben - Your intro paragraph "pass users from one ColdFusion application to another and are able to maintain session information" led me to believe that what you were going to attempt was to display session variables created in the first application (AppA) after transferring the user to the second app... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Displaying A Simple Event Calendar Month With ColdFusion

    Posted on May 1, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Ben - the "our blog" above should of course be "your blog." (must have been wishful thinking on my part ;)... read more »

  • Ask Ben: Displaying A Simple Event Calendar Month With ColdFusion

    Posted on May 1, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Ben - it's posts like this one that make our blog one of the top 2 or 3 CF blogs on the web. Your code, comments, and explanations are just awesome!... read more »

  • Nylon Technology Presentation: ColdFusion Query Object Primer

    Posted on Mar 30, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Ben - thanks for posting this. I did learn something new. Didn't know you could use ArraySum to sum all the values stored in a query column. I've been doing it manually.... read more »

  • Why NULL Values Should Not Be Used in a Database Unless Required

    Posted on Feb 21, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Ben: You are missing a critical step in your discussion of null values: validating user input. You can either set up the database so that there is a constraint (SQL SERVER) to not allow an empty string to be stored in the per_middle_initial field or you could set up a validation check in ... read more »

  • Why NULL Values Should Not Be Used in a Database Unless Required

    Posted on Feb 20, 2007 at 9:03 PM

    Ben - If you feel nulls should be rarely used, what about these types of columns? per_middle_initial - per_fax_number per_name_suffix I could list several other examples where I've allowed nulls. I've designed hundreds of tables and believe allowing null values is perfectly valid where appropria... read more »

  • Required Changes To My RSS Feed Format

    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Ben: Can you explain in more detail how MXNA can crash your web server? I had not heard before that MXNA was a problem.... read more »

  • My Sincerest Apologies To Brian Simmons, CentraSoft.Com, And To The Entire ColdFusion Community

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    I believe that you made an honest mistake. You are a blogger who is constantly investigating new and better ways to use CF (eg, your series of articles on CF-Excel). Beng so active and taking risks, you are bound to make a mistake. Your apology and quick action shows that you take responsibility ... read more »

  • Reading Excel Files With ColdFusion And POI

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Ben: Can you clarify that that POI library you are using is not the one that comes with CF? If so, I'm assuming you had to load this library into CF's class path. For my work sites, I have access to the server. But for my personal site, I'm hosted by a web hosting company that doesn't allo... read more »

  • Christopher Walken On ColdFusion

    Posted on Dec 16, 2006 at 12:37 PM

    I love that skit! Walken played that so well. If you're not familiar with the reference, googel more cowbell snl... read more »

  • Creating And Streaming Simple Microsoft Excel Files With ColdFusion

    Posted on Dec 15, 2006 at 10:32 AM

    Ben - nice example. I've been using the creating Excel file code provided by Nate Weiss in chapter 33 of CF MX7 Web Application Construction Kit. His example code shows how to use a query's results to create tab-delimited output and then return the output to the user in such a way that the browse... read more »

  • Fusion Authority Quarterly - Issue 2 - Most Excellent

    Posted on Dec 1, 2006 at 2:53 PM

    Ben - thanks for posting this. I didn't know the issue was available. I ordered it based on your recommendation. If I'm not 100% completely satisfied, I know you'll pay me back the subscription fee :)... read more »