Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2018

I was very fortunate to attend my second Adobe ColdFusion Summit this year. Prep for speaking at the conference is one of the reasons I haven’t been able to blog recently - I presented an updated version of a previous talk: send.Better() - Giving Email a REST (slides here).

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Install Lucee Extensions on CommandBox Docker Containers

One of the issues you need to tackle when deploying Lucee containers is automating the installation of server extensions; there are a few methods, each with its own tradeoffs. To the current list of approaches, I’m adding docker-lex-install, a CommandBox module I wrote to handle this process.

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Using PDFBox with ColdFusion

This post started as an investigation of how best to extract text from a PDF; it then turned into an exploration of PDFBox, lead me down the rabbit hole of PDF sanitization, and ultimately resulted in developing pdfbox.cfc.

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Scripting Docker Host Creation on DigitalOcean

This is the first post in a series about setting up and deploying Docker Swarm for production. We’ll lay the foundation for future work by using a simple shell script to set up our servers on DigitalOcean.

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It's containers all the way down

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently. Why? In a word: Docker. At work we’re moving toward a fully containerized stack, from development to production, so I’ve needed to spend every free minute trying to learn the ins-and-outs of container orchestration. Two initial takeaways: 1) it’s still not as easy as it could be, and 2) it’s not as hard as some make it out to be.

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