Ben Nadel
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Ben Nadel at the jQuery Conference 2010 (Boston, MA) with: The jQuery Community
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Jeremy

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By Jeremy

  • CFUNITED 08 - Early Bird Special

    Posted on Nov 2, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    This is one of a handful of reasons I miss working for a big company. They paid to send me out to one local (namely cf.objective here in the Minneapolis area) and one out of state conference a year. I was at the 2005 CFUnited, and thought that overall it was the most useful conference I had ever bee... read more »

  • The Shield Start Tomorrow!

    Posted on Apr 2, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Hands down one of my favorite shows on tv. It's one of those shows that consistently has me doing a double take and thinking, "Holy s***! Did that just happen?!?" It is what The Sopranos should have been. I just wish it was broadcast in HD. :-(... read more »

  • Did You Know That "000" Equals "00A" In ColdFusion?

    Posted on Mar 7, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    I recently had a somewhat similar problem with some floating point values in CF. I was comparing values from records in two different sets of SQL Server query results, values that when cfdumped to the screen were exactly the same, yet the EQ comparison always evaluated as false. I tried doing a java... read more »

  • My Wrists Are Killing Me

    Posted on Mar 1, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    I had wrist problems less than a year out of college when I was 22 (I'm now coming up on 31 in a couple months). By that point, I had been typing on non-ergonomic keyboards and playing the piano for hours a day for over a decade already. The doctor gave me wrist support braces to wear, and I switch... read more »

  • ColdFusion Method Definitions Can Come After The Code That References Them

    Posted on Feb 20, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Ben, I think you're right. I know that is the case with functions in CFCs, so I would think it would be similar for plain ol' CFM files.... read more »

  • ColdFusion Method Definitions Can Come After The Code That References Them

    Posted on Feb 20, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    That should be "your call will execute." I haven't had my coffee yet this morning. :-)... read more »

  • ColdFusion Method Definitions Can Come After The Code That References Them

    Posted on Feb 20, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Right you are. In fact, even if you put a cfabort after your udf call and before your udf definition, I believe your call well execute successfully under most circumstances. Obviously if your udf references global variables defined after the cfabort, that probably wouldn't be the case.... read more »

  • Stripping XML Name Spaces And Node Prefixes From ColdFusion XML Data (To Simplify XPath)

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    You can search for an xml element regardless of whether it has a namespace using local-name() in an XPath search. i.e. find all elements named "Response" regardless of namespace and location in the document's parent-child hierarchy: <cfset MyArray = XMLSearch(MyXMLDoc, "//*[local-name()='Resp... read more »

  • Using Verbose Regular Expressions To Explain Url Auto-Linking In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Thinking about the whole natural language conversion of regex's more, I realized that in addition to code commenting, it might also be useful for automatic generation of error messages. Then if the validation criteria changes later on, the error messages automatically change instead of having to rem... read more »

  • Using Verbose Regular Expressions To Explain Url Auto-Linking In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Sweet. I'll check it out. Although I was thinking of it more as a fun project to try. :-)... read more »

  • Using Verbose Regular Expressions To Explain Url Auto-Linking In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Tangentially related, but I'm curious if anyone has written a parser that converts regular expressions to plain English. I admit to getting perverse pleasure from documenting my code, but I'm sure not everyone is in that boat. You could build a vocabulary along the lines of... \^ = "starts with" \... read more »

  • Creating Microsoft Excel Documents With ColdFusion And XML

    Posted on Jan 8, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Yes, they were fairly complicated documents. The scaling issues came into play with the repeatable sections of the spreadsheets. There were placeholder markers for the beginning and end of the repeatable sections. Within these sections were placeholders for the data from the database. How many times... read more »

  • Creating Microsoft Excel Documents With ColdFusion And XML

    Posted on Jan 8, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    In a previous gig, we had very picky requirements for some financial reports for a government agency in the UK (alas, I was never sent over there like so many of my coworkers). The formatting, tabs, and formulas were a pain in the butt to create dynamically, so I created the files in Excel, saved th... read more »

  • Post-Christmas Raffle Winners

    Posted on Jan 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    I better have won, because if I didn't...(shakes fist Homer Simpson style)... read more »

  • Bravo To FireFox's Restore Session Feature

    Posted on Nov 13, 2006 at 3:52 PM

    I love it. I am a multi-tab browser hog. I usually have at least a half dozen tabs open in an given browser session and it's not uncommon for me to get several dozen going while I'm searching for something in particular and want to open a few links to return to read later. The restore session thing ... read more »

  • Andy Matthews Counters My FireWorks Rant

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 at 3:05 PM

    Sure. It's the GNU Image Manipulation Program, and it's available for free at http://www.gimp.org... read more »

  • Andy Matthews Counters My FireWorks Rant

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 at 2:33 PM

    I brutally dangled some participles or something in that last comment. I meant that I had quit using Photoshop because I felt like it had bogged down my system, not FireWorks.... read more »

  • Andy Matthews Counters My FireWorks Rant

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 at 2:31 PM

    I can't say I've ever been a huge FireWorks fan, and while I've given it a couple of tries over the years, I'll be the first to admit I probably didn't give it a fair shake as I was so used to Photoshop (I used Photoshop exclusively for the better part of a decade). Whether it was perception or fact... read more »

  • Project HUGE : Week 3 / First Cycle Completed

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 at 3:45 PM

    Don't pull a groiny, shooter! :-) Are you doing machines or free weights? I invested in a set of Powerblock free weights a few years ago. They're a bit expensive, but it's a solid product, take up hardly any space, and their <a href=" http://afterglide.blogspot.com/2005/12/powerblock-rocks-plug-a... read more »

  • Finding Available Java Constructors / Methods For ColdFusion Objects

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 at 11:17 AM

    Oops...well so much for using the <pre> tag. :-)... read more »