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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Robert Rawlins

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Robert Rawlins

  • Using SMS Short Codes And TextMarks To Send Text Messages With ColdFusion

    Posted on Sep 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    @Ben, we use a bunch of different providers skipping back and fourth between them, the service they provide all seems to be pretty much the same. http://www.txtlocal.co.uk/ have always been pretty good in the past, although they're a UK only service. Most of these providers give you a bunch of di... read more »

  • Using SMS Short Codes And TextMarks To Send Text Messages With ColdFusion

    Posted on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    I don't mind you asking at all. Generally it's for keeping users involved with the application whilst they're away from their browser, see, our product is a tool which will only give the customer a decent ROI if they use it regularly and so getting them to adopt the product into their daily routin... read more »

  • Using SMS Short Codes And TextMarks To Send Text Messages With ColdFusion

    Posted on Sep 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Hey great article Ben, I use outbound SMS all the time here using a similar kind of service but I've not really dealt at all with inbound messages to a short code like this. Nice stuff, may have to get my thinking cap on as to the practical applications for this kind of thing. Rob... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: Trying To Understand ORM Event Handling

    Posted on Aug 24, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Rick, there are a whole truck load of things you can do with this that can't be handled by DB triggers, namely, non-db related stuff ;-) Take my example for instance, we do work with a lot of multimedia files and content, lets take a vCard for instance. I have an object called vCard.cfc and it has... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: Trying To Understand ORM Event Handling

    Posted on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Another very good read Ben, I'm a big fan of these kinds of event handlers when it comes to placing hooks around database calls, I deal with quite a lot of objects that persist themselves in several different ways, for instance, in the DB but also a sort of Serialized version of the object onto the ... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: ORM Inheritance Mapping

    Posted on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Excellent stuff Ben! Thanks a great deal for taking the time to look at this, isn't it a simple implementation!?!? All of this ORM stuff really couldn't be any simpler to implement, really VERY exciting stuff. Your article doesn't really leave me with any unanswered questions, however, I do wonder... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: EntityNew() vs. The NEW Operator / CreateObject()

    Posted on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    @Ben, That's great to hear they have a few different options available, seems they're giving pretty extensive access to the underlying hibernate stuff which really does turn me on. @John, Thanks, that's certainly quite a clean implementation, I've used some hasked versions of single table inherit... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: EntityNew() vs. The NEW Operator / CreateObject()

    Posted on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Excellent stuff Ben, I'm enjoying all this new ORM stuff in CF9, I've not had the time or opportunity to crack it open and work with it myself just yet but it really looks excellent. During your time playing with things have you tried persisting inherited objects? This is something I've always want... read more »

  • ColdFusion vs. XYZ - It Finally Got Physical

    Posted on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    @Derek, unfortunately I think that would have given the game away, everyone knows .NET developers can't get girlfriends.... read more »

  • ColdFusion vs. XYZ - It Finally Got Physical

    Posted on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Hahaha Jesus, it's not even April fools, damn it, now I have egg on my face lol Kudos Ben... Kudos... read more »

  • ColdFusion vs. XYZ - It Finally Got Physical

    Posted on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Oh god, this is THE most incredible post I think I've ever read related to Coldfusion, what a nut case, I can't believe that he would hit you, just amazing, like you say, obviously a great deal of pent up emotion on account of his job stresses. I'm going to get me one of these I <3 ColdFusion sh... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: When Does An ORM-Enabled Object Get Persisted

    Posted on Aug 3, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    This new ORM stuff is really very cool, this is what I think I consider the 'killer feature' in CF9 which will coax me into upgrading, really enjoying watching you guys explore it. I wonder, has anyone yet done any performance testing on persisting / retrieving large record sets using the ORM featu... read more »

  • Learning ColdFusion 9: Resetting Applications With ApplicationStop()

    Posted on Aug 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    hey guys, Ben and I spoke briefly about this on twitter the other day but I thought I'd come and have another read through this post. I like the idea of being able to stop an application programmatically like this, however as a few other people have said plenty of us already mimic this kind of fun... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Brian I think you're dead right! that all makes a world of sense to me. I hadn't thought through the full benefits to using the CS remote proxies, but when you look at the points you make there it becomes very clear what it brings to the table. All excellent points. Rob... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Ah I get you Ray, that does make sense! It's getting the late in the day for me ;-) little slow on the uptake, I do apologise! In that case the remote proxies make a great deal of sense! :-) Rob... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Sure, I get the premise behind the dependency injection however I don't quite get why that's any different to just setting access="remote" in the cfc, you can still have ColdSpring serve it up for you, just means less XML. I don't know, perhaps you could tie different AOP advice to the remote proxy ... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Hey Ray, I just did some testing on that and you're totally right! I'd for some reason assumed that the remote methods were not available locally without create the object as a web service! This eliminates the middle-man argument in my case then as I can simply access my standard service objects di... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Hmm, Ray, I just did a little reading on access="remote" and think perhaps I've misunderstood it's use in the past, I was assuming that you couldn't invoke a 'remote' method locally without instantiating the object as a web service, is that correct? or can 'remote' methods be called in the same way ... read more »

  • Do Remote CFC Method Calls Add Any Value In ColdFusion?

    Posted on May 18, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Hey Ben, This is interesting. We use access="remote" extensively within our application to publish our API to the outside world and really do find it a pretty efficient way of doing so, it gives me a nice self-documenting API which also allows me to publish complex objects with a high level of ease... read more »

  • SQL Server NOLOCK / ROWLOCK Directives To Improve Performance

    Posted on Jan 13, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Wow, this conversation just changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes a great deal!!! We've a statistical database here which is growing itself a little on the chubby side of late and we're seeing a bunch of issues slowly rearing their head, from deadlocks through to slow performing queries. I... read more »