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Game created with jQuery

Last week I had published an application on facebook "Which smartphone is for you?" which was created with javascript and HTML. I have always tried to experiment things with jQuery and HTML. I thought of making a good use of my jQuery skills in creating a game (a simple one - but still fun to play). Today I'm launching this game and it is titled "Shoot your friends". This application (game) pulls the pictures of your facebook friends and you can shoot them. Once you have hit enough, it will allow you to publish the results. You can either let the shot ones know that they have been shot by you or just publish the story to your wall. Login to your facebook account and try it out.

Which smartphone is for you: http://apps.facebook.com/sagarganatra/
Shoot your friends: http://apps.facebook.com/shootyourfriendsapp/

Speaking at Scotch on the Rocks 2011

The title says it all. I will be speaking at Scotch on the Rocks (SOTR) conference to be held at Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3rd and 4th 2011. I will talking about the next version of ColdFusion Builder codenamed Storm. The speakers and sessions were announced a month back and I must say the session topics look very impressive. Of course there will be sessions on ColdFusion and related technologies, but one would also get to know more about HTML5, Regular expressions, Software Requirements etc,.

This is going to be my first ever ColdFusion conference and I'm very excited.

Audio in HTML5

I have been looking into HTML5 and it's capabilities to play audio and video content on the web without requiring any browser plug-in. In this post I will be explaining how one can embed an audio file into a web page and add controls to perform various operations on it.

Showing Notifications with HTML5/Webkit

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Most of us use popular twitter clients such as TweetDeck, Seesmic which are developed using Adobe AIR. One thing  I like about these clients is that they show notifications when the application is in the minimized mode. Now with browsers implementing webkit such as Google chrome one can use the notification API to send notification to the browser. In this blog post I will be explaining how one can implement webkit notifications in their web application. 

Server Monitoring in CF 9.0.1 - Multi Server monitor changes

Multi server monitor enables you to monitor multiple ColdFusion instances and at any point one can check the load on the added instance. If your remote server is running on the jetty (please refer to my previous post here) i.e. when the remote machine has monitoring server enabled then the cross-domain details are required to be specified in crossdomain.xml located under {CF_ROOT}/MonitoringServer/. 



ColdFusion 9.0.1 Server monitoring enhancements

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This post gives an Introduction to Server Monitoring Enhancements in CF 9 updater 1. Server Monitoring helps the user to monitor various statistics such as slow requests, load at any point of time, active requests,  requests with errors etc,. In the updater version of ColdFusion,  an embedded server - Jetty is added which listens to a different port: 5500. A page -  Monitoring Settings is added to the administrator where in the user can check the current status of server monitor. This avoids the step of launching and checking whether monitoring, profiling and memory tracking are enabled/disabled.
Configuring and starting Server Monitor: By default Server Monitor will run on the same port on which coldfusion is running (i.e. without Jetty). However, to improve the performance the embedded server jetty can be enabled. There are three ways of starting Server monitoring with Jetty on a different port: ColdFusion administrator: Sever Monitoring -> Monitoring Settings.Manually by configurin…

ColdFusion meets Photoshop

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I have been looking into Photoshop very lately and I must say it's the most amazing software that I have ever experienced. I have created a few Wallpapers using Photoshop with ColdFusion as theme. I have referred to few tutorials available on the web and have created these pictures. Feel free to download and use it.


ColdFusion Builder - A few tweaks

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ColdFusion Builder sometimes might take a lot of time during startup or when a large project is imported into workspace. This post explains how one can change Builder settings to improve the startup experience.

Server settings:
If you have added a server to CFB, then you can see at the bottom right corner of the IDE that the CFCs are getting indexed. CFB uses the server settings to provide code assist for datasources, CFCs. This might take a lot of time since it indexes all the files in the webroot. This setting can be disabled in the preferences section. Navigate to Window -> Preferences -> ColdFusion -> Server Settings. Mac users can find Preferences under Adobe ColdFusion Builder (standalone) or under Eclipse (plugin installation).

CFB indexes all the CFCs located under webroot and mappings directory for the servers defined. By default these options are checked. One can uncheck 'Build server settings' and can observe that the build is not initiated when the CFB is sta…

ColdFusion Builder - Project Support

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ColdFusion Builder is a brand new IDE from Adobe for building ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion Builder is based on Eclipse and can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion/buy/#cfb.

In this series I will be explaining about creating Projects/Applications in ColdFusion Builder. CF Builder provides wizards for creating projects. It also provides wizards for creating CFCs, CFMs and CF Interfaces. I would like to cover the latter in the next post. In this post I will be explaining the project creation with CF Builder.



To get started with creating Projects switch to ColdFusion perspective. The project creation wizard can be invoked from four places:

Start page -> ColdFusion project.File -> New -> ColdFusion projectClicking New ColdFusion project Icon on the toolbar.Right click Navigator view and select New -> ColdFusion Project.The 'New ColdFusion project' page is as shown below:

Enter your 'Project Name' as say 'ProjectTest'. By defaul…

Populating flex MenuBar items in mx:Script using the data retrieved from ColdFusion

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Couple of days back I was looking for a piece of code that would populate a Flex MenuBar dynamically. Googled a lot, but I was not able to find the right solution. However, I learnt that a Flex MenuBar can be populated using XML data; but the examples found declared the XML right within the client with all data. What I wanted is to retrieve an array of objects(MenuBar data) from my database and send that to the client. I used ColdFusion ORM to do this for me. It is so nice to see a few lines of code not just retrieve the data and present it very clean; but also save a lot of time.

Let's get started: On the server side I have two CFC's MenuBar.cfc and MenuBarManager.cfc.  MenuBar.cfc contains the mapping data:

T_MENU is the table which contains MenuBar data. MenuBarManager.cfc contains a method getMenuBarItems that retrieves all MenuBar data. The output of getMenuBarItems is as shown below:



The above dump shows the Column names, their parent and the action to be taken on the client …