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Satisfy Your Thirst For Something Refreshing! Website Redesign website redesign

Yap, cool coftware and now a Cool website to go along with it!

Yap is a pioneer in cloud-based automated speech recognition. And when they needed to update their website, they came to the pioneer in web-design and development... well maybe not a pioneer, but I think we did a pretty nifty job.

I'm as proud of the design as I am as what we put under the hood. Of course, you can't see that aspect of it, but trust me, there's some pretty cool content management going on here. All the code is optimized to ensure a small footprint and quick load times.

Check it out at and let me know what you think.

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ColdFusion Error

Can not read response from server. Expected to read 4 bytes, read 0 bytes before connection was unexpectedly lost.

I recently started getting this error on most of my client's websites that were being hosted on a ColdFusion shared server. At first, I thought it had to do with something I was doing with a cfquery inside the application.cfc. Doing a little googling on the subject, I soon realized that this was my old friend "Java.lang.NullPointerException" in disguise.

The Solution

To fix this problem you need to have the server admin disable the ColdFusion admin setting "Maintain connections with the Coldfusion Admin". After that is set properly, you should no longer see this message.

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Help Speed Up Your Website Load Time Using GZIP!

Using GZIP Compression with ColdFusion

As some of you might of heard, Google recently announced they are factoring in site speed as a criteria in their web search ranking. I have about 30 websites being monitored by Google's Web Analytics and over the past month or so I have noticed a significant drop in all their traffic. Now, I'm not 100% sure if this has to do with the new ranking rule or the fact that most US schools are out for summer, but either way this has me a little perplexed and I'm starting to wonder if this has anything to do with my code.

Reading up on a bunch of speed enhancement tips, the one thing I kept coming across is to use HTTP Header Compression. Basically, if the web browser supports it, you can GZIP your Scripts and CSS files and serve them instead of the uncompressed text files. Typically you can save over half the normal file size by doing this. Since I use ColdFusion for most of my sites, I had to find a way to integrate GZIP with ColdFusion. Here's what I came up with.

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Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Install Railo Server 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

This week I went ahead and purchased a Mac Mini to replace my very old Apple G4 server. One of the first things I had to do was to get Railo 3.1 to run on it. You may recall, I already created a nice blog entry called Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), to help people get Railo running on Mac OS X 1.5. I really didn't think that installing it on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) would be that difficult, but I was wrong.

First of all, the original source of my guide was based off of another blog entry by Luis Majano. But apparently, his website had changed, and as of this writing, was not even working. I remembered he had a nice entry on enabling 64 bit mode when installing, but without his reference, I was SOL and on my own. But fear not my fellow Railo fans, because I spent a better part of a day figuring it out.

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Problem: ColdFusion and MS-SQL NTEXT Returning Empty String

ColdFusion Or MS-SQL Returning [Empty String] Value For NTEXT

Oh MicroSoft, why must you be the bane of my existence? Seriously, if it's not your buggy web browsers, then it's using another one of your products. And this time it's MS-SQL. Ok, in all seriousness, I'm really not 100% sure if this is MicroSoft's fault or perhaps Adobe's ColdFusion. But either way this one through me for a loop. (And on a side note, why does it seem like this crap always happens on a Monday)

If you have been forced to use MS-SQL on one of your projects. And perhaps you've been banging your head up against your computer monitor for the past three hour, because you've been trying to pull data from an NTEXT column and it keeps coming back as an [empty string], then boy do I have a solution for you.

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