Installing CF 7 on W2K3 SP 2

I was having some problems trying to install ColdFusion 7 on Windows Server 2003 SP 2 last week. The installer would complete with errors and ColdFusion wouldn't start. Looking at the installation log I was seeing a few ANT script errors plus the following:

Web Server Connector Configuration Error
Status: ERROR
Additional Notes: ERROR - JNDI port 2902 for server coldfusion is not active

I found a blog post and a TechNote that seemed close to what I was experiencing, but the solutions seemed like a pain. Then I remembered DEP. I was able to run the ColdFusion installer after changing the DEP settings as follows:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
  3. On the Data Execution Prevention tab, click "Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only" to select the OptIn policy.
  4. Click OK two times.

Just to be on the safe side I would recommend changing this setting back to the default OptOut policy after completing the installation. You can do this by using the steps above, only select "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select" for step 3.

Getting Spry's Auto Suggest Widget to Hover in IE

Yesterday Dan Vega posted an entry about an issue he was seeing with Spry Auto Suggest widget in IE 6. Well it turns out I was investigating the Spry Auto Suggest widget just last week because I needed the cause of this bug. Let me explain.

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Why Doesn't ColdFusion Have a Virtual Appliance?

My company is in the process of putting in a pretty large virtual environment and this got me thinking, why doesn't ColdFusion have a virtual appliance? I remembered Jim Priest had a blog post asking pretty much this same question earlier this year. ColdFusion 7 did not officially support virtualization so I didn't really expect to see Adobe come out with a ColdFusion appliance at the time. Now however, ColdFusion 8 now supports virtualization so I guess the next big hurdle would be the appliance OS. Any appliance would have to be on a supported OS and, as far as I know, ColdFusion doesn't support any free, redistributable OS. (I could be wrong here. For example, I know you can get Solaris for free, but I'm exactly sure how it is licensed.) Anyway, I'm sure there are tons of other legal and technical issues, but I would really like see a ColdFusion virtual appliance on the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, or anywhere for that matter, so I hope someone at Adobe can figure this out...

CF Debug Copy for Firefox 3

I've just updated my CF Debug Copy for Firefox extension to work with the Firefox 3 Beta. To install just click the link below.

Install CF Debug Copy for FireFox

I've labeled this version 1.1b1. Once Firefox 3 is released I'll remove the 'b1'. I also added the source to RIAForge SVN if anyone is interested.

(Note: Although I haven't tested on Firefox 1.5, this version of the extension should work with any Firefox version between 1.5 and 3.)

You Know What They Say About The Man Who Wears Two Watches...

... He never knows the correct time. I just heard this saying for the first time earlier this week, and today it definitely rang true for me.

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Adding CFAkismet to BlogCFC

Adding CFAkismet to BlogCFC

The other day I posted about some mods I made to BlogCFC. A few people have asked me to share the code so I thought I'd walk through the changes in a couple of blog posts. For this post I'm going to show how I added Brandon Harper's CFAkismet to my BlogCFC installation.

This post is going to assume you are making the changes to the default download of BlogCFC 5.9.

Note: To make applying this mod a little easier I've posted a .zip with diffs of all the files I modified. (Click the download link at the bottom of the post to get files.)

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Blog Updated

Comment spam sucks. I have had captcha enabled for a while now to try to prevent it, but I've started getting anywhere from five to ten spam comments a week. I had been running version 5.5 of BlogCFC which doesn't have the comment moderation feature, so in an attempt to ward off this scourge I updated my BlogCFC installation. Now, I don't really want to enable comment moderation so I decided to integrate Brandon Harper's CFAkismet component. It turned out to be a pretty straight forward mod and I'm pretty happy with the results so far. Any comment that the Akismet service labels as spam now gets sent to my Moderate Comments queue. At this point if I approve the comment it gets sent to the Akismet service as ham.

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Troubleshooting ColdFire

A few people have reported that they are unable to see debugging in the ColdFire Firebug panel. I've been unable to reproduce these issues so I thought I put together a quick post on how ColdFire works in hopes that it may help people debug their issues.

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ColdFire 1.001

Ray just posted version 1.001 of ColdFire over at Riaforge. This version should now work when you open Firebug in a new window.

Application.cfc and ColdFire

While working on the latest version ColdFire I "discovered" the following: If you use the onRequest method of the Application.cfc the page's variables scope is not available to the debugging template. Not a big deal most of the time as the built in debugging templates don't output anything from the variables scope. This is a problem for ColdFire however because it renders the variable dumping functionality basically useless.

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