16 Feb 2015
I've released a wrapper library to send email with SendGrid that is also packaged as a ColdBox module. Checkout sendgrid-cfml. It's on ForgeBox too! From inside CommandBox, you can do
install sendgrid-cfml and install the module and add it as a dependency to your project in the
box.json in one go! I still have to write documentation but there are a few examples for working with it.
11 Feb 2015
Recently, I've been putting thought into scalability and redundancy for Railo application servers. Some of the thoughts came out of my previous post on nginx and load balancing from the web server. Session management is often the elephant in the room. Some load balancers offer sticky sessions so that users get assigned to a server and stay there until session expiry. I think the ideal scenario is round-robin where requests can hit any server in the pool so load is spread evenly across the system. If you need to take down a server for maintenance or something crashes, it'd be really nice to not inconvenience your users by losing what they were working on and needing to log back in.
20 Jan 2015
Nano Breither wrote up a really great post on using nginx with Railo and Tomcat. I recommend reading that post first if you're looking for info on Railo and nginx as your webserver. I wrote up a lengthy-ier comment thought I'd toss it up here too as I haven't seen much info on Nginx and applying it to Railo. I've been running nginx having it proxy to Railo for years. To be honest, I've never missed Apache and I certainly don't miss IIS (I've only ever used it with Adobe ColdFusion anyway).
04 Aug 2014
I've released my Arduino code and (not yet complete) documentation for my R2-D2 remote control system on GitHub. I'm calling it Padawan360 as it is based off of another club members control system he called 'Padawan,' name used with his permission of course.
02 Aug 2014
The prototypical "hello, world" post. Going to give a blog and site another go. This site is built with Jekyll. It's pretty cool and simple. It's a static site builder ruby gem. Write up your posts and pages in Markdown, run a build command and it churns out HTML with links. Has some basic layout and templating. Pretty nifty. The source for this page lives on my GitHub.