QuackFuzed.com is the personal ColdFusion coding blog of Matt Quackenbush. It exists primarily as a place for the author to learn, and hopefully to assist others in learning and/or avoiding some of the same pitfalls and mistakes. (Quack certainly makes enough mistakes daily to make up for the entire ColdFusion community.)

I am Attending OpenCF Summit

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM in General, ColdFusion

Living here in West Texas is kind of remarkable in a lot of ways. The savage beauty of the desert plains is remarkable. But nothing is more remarkable than the fact that out here you are 6 hours from anywhere, yet 3 hours from absolutely nowhere.

Albuquerque - 6 hours
El Paso - 6 hours
San Antonio - 6 hours
Austin - 6 hours
Dallas/Ft. Worth - 6 hours
Oklahoma City - 6 hours

But drive 3 hours in any direction, and you're still in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

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if ( obj.returnVoid() ) { throw("NullPointerException"); }

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 4:29 AM in ColdFusion

Okay, so this is relatively elementary, but since I did it _again_ I decided to go ahead and write a short post about it. Hopefully writing it out in paragraphs instead of simply fixing the screwup will help me actually remember it and think of this first the next time.

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Humbled and Honored: Speaking at cf.Objective() 2011

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM in ColdFusion

Hot off the presses (I think it's still hot after a couple of hours?) is the schedule for cf.Objective() 2011. Over its history, cf.Objective() has proven itself as the leader in quality speakers and content. This year's schedule is just over the top. Unbelievable.

I am deeply humbled and honored to be among such a distinguished group of speakers. While I am no stranger to public speaking, this will mark my first presentations at a programming-related conference. I hope to not drag down the reputation of the other speakers. At least not too much. :-)

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cfUniForm v4.1 - Minor Release Update to Uni-Form 1.4

Posted on June 27, 2010 at 6:21 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

I just released cfUniForm 4.1 on RIAForge. As far as cfUniForm is concerned, this is a minor release done for the specific purpose of updating cfUniForm with the latest release (1.4) of the Uni-Form markup and CSS spec. On the other hand, for those who have been seeking themed CSS with cfUniForm, you will be happy to know that this release is for that exact purpose.

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cfUniForm: "Rate Me"

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

jQuery's star rating plugin makes it simple to add a "Rate Me" interface to your application. Combine it with cfUniForm v4.0, and now it's ridiculously simple to add a star rating field (or ten) to any form.

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cfUniForm Quick Tip: Struct or String

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 6:32 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

One of the improvements in the latest cfUniForm release is a change in behavior for the 'pluginSetup' attribute on the field tag. Even though this change does not break any old code, I still wanted to write a brief explanation of what the change is, why I made it, and how to make use of it.

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cfUniForm v.4.0 - Leaner, Meaner, More Features - Just Plain Ol' Better

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 4:44 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

WOW! It has been a year already since cfUniForm v3.0 was released. I guess it's about time I made some serious upgrades, eh? Well, after a year of a few minor updates, I present to you cfUniForm v4.0, a major release with a number of new features and other updates to make it leaner and meaner.

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Integrating cfUniForm and ValidateThis

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:16 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

As noted in the cfUniForm documentation, Bob Silverberg's ValidateThis validation framework plays quite nicely with cfUniForm. However, there is one "gotcha" that I have been meaning to blog about for awhile now, but keep forgetting.

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cfUniForm v3.5 Released

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 3:39 PM in ColdFusion, Uni-Form Tag Library

I have just released cfUniForm v3.5, which can be downloaded from the riaforge project page. This latest version includes a couple of minor bug fixes as well as a new 'enctype' attribute for your form tag, which allows you to create your own upload fields without relying on the built-in type="file" field.

Be sure to check out the new multiple uploads demo as well as the updated FAQs page.

A big "thank you!" goes to Byron Raines for providing the use case for the multiple uploads (one I had not thought of) as well as submitting a couple of patches for bugs (related to providing an ID for individual fields).

dynamicField: My First "Official" jQuery Plugin

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 1:48 PM in ColdFusion, jQuery

Anyone that knows me knows that I hate doing UI work. Why? Because I suck at it. Graphics, design, and layout are definitely not among my talents. Which is why I love jQuery so much. I can write a little bit of JavaScript - very little, in fact - add a plugin or two, and voila! I have a nice looking user interface for my application.

After using a few very handy form-related jQuery plugins and integrating them into my cfUniForm library, I decided it was time I go ahead and release a plugin of my own.

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