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July 2008 Blog Posts (11)

More On Prototyping

I received an email yesterday that asked this: "My boss is hassling me about prototyping. He thinks it's unnecessary. He used to be a developer of sorts and 'remembers' how easy everything was. Help! What do I do?"

My response:

Ask him what the biggest risk in software development is. If his recollections are something other than pure fantasy, he'll acknowledge the greatest risk lies in determining what clients want. He may call it scope creep or some other phrase, but… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 30, 2008 at 18:05 — 1 Comment

We Do It All?

I've found that one of the most common and one of the worst mistakes companies (or consultants) can make is to adopt the "We Can Do That!" strategy.

You need ecommerce? We Can Do That!

You need an intranet? We Can Do That!

You need a decomfrobulator? We Can Do That!

In fact, we can do anything!

But can we do it well? People who adopt this "strategy" do so often because they confuse what their real deliverable is. They think it's code. Can we write the… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 26, 2008 at 9:50 — 2 Comments

Working with CF-Nuke

I've gotten hold of a version of Cf-Nuke and have decided to "rebuild" it. The major problem with CF-Nuke is security. I ran a version a couple of years ago, and was hacked almost immediately. I also want to rebuild the interface so that's it's more intuitive and easy to use...

I've gotten alot of the data exchange out of the main pages and into components, and I'm applying cfqueryparams to all of the queries as needed.

I'll keep folks posted if you're interested.

Added by Scott Stewart on July 21, 2008 at 14:07 — 2 Comments

A Murky Way to Do Business

A bit of a brew-ha-ha (bad pun...ugh) has been stirred up by the owner of D.C.'s "Murky Coffee" and his blog post over a customer who wanted an iced espresso. Read about it here: It's worth reading.

Reading it made me think about my last post, "In Defense of Bad Customers". Over at the Murky Coffee blog, amidst the majority "You're… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 20, 2008 at 5:31 — 2 Comments

MVC + IOC + ORM (At One Time)

Three different frameworks implementation at one time: .


Very important to understand webroot, cf-mapping, context-root concepts when developing applications.


MVC framework: Building application with mvc actually have two aspects.

1: This is something that totally depends on personal experience, which one would be best in terms of how much knowledge we have for a good/solid implementation.

2: Developer's… Continue

Added by Sana Ullah on July 18, 2008 at 11:47 — No Comments

In Defense of Bad Customers

I couldn't believe it.

At my own company, I heard a designer say "This customer...", then shook his head in disgust. That caught my attention. I've been preaching, "There are no bad customers" for so long -- and no one had disagreed with me, but here it was.

What made the customer bad? We had done a logo as part of a branding effort. The designer had shown the proposed logo to me and I thought it was brilliant. Of course, I'm not a designer. Or the customer.

The… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 14, 2008 at 5:22 — 3 Comments

Two Months with Axure

About two months ago, I started working with Axure Pro RP ( (Just for the record, I have no financial interest in the company.) The software allows non-programmers to create medium-fidelity prototypes. I've written and spoken extensively on how important I consider prototyping to be, so I thought some folks would like to hear my impressions of working with the program after two months.


* Very easy and fast to create… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 9, 2008 at 20:51 — 1 Comment

A Coming Revolt?

A little while ago, a friend of mine, Ben Nadel, who's an expert developer decided it was time to see what this Object Oriented (OO) stuff was all about. He has a very popular blog ( and began discussing his journey.

Some well-meaning developers began to suggest he incorporate such things as Transfer, ColdSpring, and service layers. I was thinking about what all this "stuff" that he needs to learn (in… Continue

Added by Hal Helms on July 8, 2008 at 15:49 — 6 Comments

UK - My contract is comming to and end - Are there any Contract Jobs coming up soon?

I've been contracting down in Bristol for the last 9 months and alas my contract is not being renewed.

The UK Coldfusion contract market seems a bit slow at the moment, maybe its due to the economic slowdown.

If there is anyone out there who knows of contracts that maybe in the pipeline, please drop me a line.

Added by Phil Porter on July 8, 2008 at 13:30 — No Comments

Looking for Deaf and HoH CFers In DC Metro Area

I'm looking for other deaf and hoh ColdFusion programmers in the DC Metro area. Interested in getting together and possibly forming a group where we could do presos and study sessions in order to keep up with what's new in the ColdFusion World. Feel free to drop me a note . . .

Added by Lola J. Lee Beno (KnitGal) on July 7, 2008 at 17:57 — No Comments

ColdFusion 8 Tutorial book shipped today!

It has been a road to get my first book out on the market. Over a year ago I spoke with the great hero of ColdFusion, Ben Forta about Rob's book and his publisher. Ben said he wanted to see more CF books on the market. Then I read a review of the Promoting CF outside the community BOF Brian held… Continue

Added by John Farrar on July 2, 2008 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

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