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Loading “Extra” Queries for a Form in CFWheels

Many times, you’ll see this sort of situation when writing a form, where you need to load "extra" queries for things like state and country selectors:

There are many ways that you can load the data that this view template is requiring, each with their pros and cons. I’ll cover 3 different approaches.

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Balancing a day job and starting a business

Many (lucky) entrepreneurs like myself need to work a day job while trying to start their business. A start-up doesn’t usually rake in the money immediately, so the bills need to be paid somehow.

I’ve made a few observations lately about where I’ve gone wrong in balancing my priorities over the past few years and how I want to adjust the course. I need to get this thing going!

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Restrict Key CFWheels URL Variables from Google Analytics

Here’s a little tip to keep anyone in your organization using Google Analytics from accidentally reloading your CFWheels application in the wrong environment.

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The need to document your business with policies and procedures

One of the most influential business books of all time, The E-Myth Revisited,¬†extols the virtues of documenting your business extensively. If your business doesn’t have an operations manual, then it’s not really a business. A business without documentation depends on the owner’s presence in order to run. That means no vacation, no sick days, and no retirement for the founder. The business owner basically becomes a slave to his customers.

At first glance, I am intimidated by the idea of documentation of this type. Web design and development changes rapidly. It’s insanely hard to keep up. Sometimes it feels like once I’ve finally mastered a technique, a new tool or technique comes along to replace it. But then again, this very problem makes me a slave to those very things.

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Another Bug Fixed in ColdFISH on Wheels Plugin

Russ Johnson reported a bug with my ColdFISH on Wheels plugin. The bug affected the formattedCode() function’s wrapperElement and wrapperClass arguments, which were being ignored accidentally.

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Presentation Tomorrow: Migrating Existing Applications to CFWheels

I’ll be presenting about migrating existing applications to the CFWheels framework tomorrow night, February 10, on the Online ColdFusion Meetup.

I’ve been working on a plan for migrating a Fusebox application to CFWheels, and it’s been a pretty challenging task to think through it all. I don’t care what framework or platform you’re migrating to. It;s not easy. It’s much easier to start anew, but most of us do not have that leisure.

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Epic battle of the lizard brain

In Seth Godin’s Linchpin, he describes our own “lizard brain.” I battle mine on a daily basis. This video reminds me of this struggle and describes the concept well.

Read on for more about the lizard brain.

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The opportunity in blogging

At this point, no one can deny that Facebook and Twitter are huge. And they often can help you reach out to people who share interests in your products and services (but not always). Facebook and Twitter are great for sharing quick links and quick thoughts.

I love this, and I love what this does for blogging.

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How to Build an Admin Section in CFWheels

Every now and then, someone asks how to build an admin section into their CFWheels application. If they want for it to be in an admin folder, does that mean that you can only have an admin controller that stores everything needed?

Fortunately, one approach allows for you to split your admin section up into as many controllers as you need using CFWheels routes. Let’s discuss how.

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Updates to CFWheels PluginManager and Others

I spent some time last night making some security updates to the PluginManager plugin and making sure that all of the plugins that I’ve submitted to cfwheels.org are compatible with the newly released CFWheels 1.1.

Read on for links to the plugins and descriptions that I entered in their change logs.

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