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Lion Server. The Little App That Should, But Doesn't.

I've Given Up on Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7... For Now.

As some of you may know, I run a small development server that I use for my clients. Today I thought I would try to upgrade it to the new 10.7 Lion Server and see if I could get Railo up and running. Well, eight hours and three clean installs later, I have utterly given up. I never got to a point where I could even start playing around with Railo. All of my time was spent trying to get the server up and running properly.

I'm not one to gripe much, but I'm slowly seeing a pattern with Apple that I don't particularly like. I'm not sure if it's management or their programming teams, but the famous Apple "polish" seems to be slowly diminishing on some of their projects. And by some, I don't mean everything. I've upgraded my normal work flow computers to 10.7 and so far I'm not having any issues. But the Server software, well, I can only describe it as a fancy dialog box, that hides a horrendously buggy, poorly thought out and lacking major features piece of software.

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I Appreciate It Guys, I Really Do!

CJBoCo Fan Appreciation Day!

I'm not sure if its my work or perhaps my extremely busy social life, but sometimes I forget why I do this whole "blog" thing. When thinking back to the day when I created my very first blog entry over 7 years ago, I don't think I really fathomed the warmth and sense of community I was about to give life too. It trully has been remarkable. You see, I started this blog for one reason and one reason only. To give back to the tech community that had been so generous and giving to me when I was struggling to figure things out in my early programming days. It was the only way I could think of to say "thank you" to the hundreds of the anonymous internet people that helped me out.

Over the years people have have questioned why I do a blog. They wonder why I don't fill my website with Google ads and make money off my traffic. They say, I should be making money for my time, work and advice instead of just "giving" it away for free. I try to tell them that I wouldn't be where I am today, if it wasn't for others that did the same thing during the early days of the internet, but alas they just laugh at me a call me a fool.

What they don't realize is that I get some satisfaction out of helping people out. Its one of those "Good for the Soul" type of thing. As I witness more and more "content-farms" taking over Google search terms for tech related information, I feel as if these types of sites are slowy fading away. Well, let it be known, I will keep doing this as long as I can!

I'm sure people come to this site and think that I'm some kind of anonymous wizard behind the curtain, but I always reply to queries and give help whenever I can. Over the years, the CJBoCo community has grown leaps and bounds and it hasn't just been a one-way streak. Messages, with warmth, love and intelligence, pour into my in-box almost daily. It's trully heart warming. Heck, just this evening I received this...

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HTML5 Drag And Drop File Uploader

Teaser: Drag and Drop File Uploads with jQuery and ColdFusion

I've been a busy little bee as of late, but I wanted to let you know I've been working on something that I think you might enjoy. A way to incorporate file uploads using drag and drop!

jQuery handles the UI and ColdFusion handles back-end magic. Drawbacks of course being that this only works with HTML5 enabled browsers (i.e. all modern browsers, accept Internet Explorer). It also uses the form "PUT" method, so I'm not 100% sure which versions of ColdFusion it's compatible with (I'm using the latest Railo and I've tested it on CF9).

Anyway, I've slapped together a quick video of it in action, so check it. Hopefully I will be able to get around to releasing the code on how I'm doing this soon, but I need to wrap a few things up first. Enjoy!

Click the "read more" link to watch the video...

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jQuery UI Dialog Stopped Working

A Fun Bug Hunt with jQuery UI and My JavaScript Libraries

As I was trying to wrap up a client's website this morning, I started getting some weird errors that took me the better part of the day to figure out. It all started when I began working on their contact <form>. As I began bulding out the validation checks, I noticed my nice jQuery UI dialog box was not triggering. I pulled up the console and saw the following errors...

Safar: TypeError: 'undefined' is not an object (evaluating 'this._handles.mouseover')
FireFox: this._handles is undefined

Not very helpful. And as you may know from your own experience, anytime you see generic messages like these, be prepared to scan through a lot of code and have some coffee handy.

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Problems Combining jQuery Draggable, Droppable and Sortable

Combining jQuery UI Draggable, Droppable and Sortable Functionality

I was having some issues trying to incorporate jQuery UI's droppable, draggable and sortable on a project I'm currently working on. I was receiving some weird errors and I'm still not 100% what was going on, but I broke out the code and simplified it to get it working and I figured I would share.

Essentially, my project calls for a navigation bar that has psuedo-buttons (div's) which need to be dragged upon multiple areas that in turn, need to be sortable. I've illustrated a layout, so you can better understand what I was trying to do (Fig. 1).

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