Matthew J. Clemente

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.

Aug 17, 2018
5 minutes

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.

Aug 06, 2018
6 minutes

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.

Jul 15, 2018
10 minutes

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.

Jun 27, 2018
3 minutes

Ok, the title isn't entirely accurate. The process discussed here isn't so much "building" a module as "adding ColdBox functionality" to an existing ForgeBox package - boxifying it, one might say. I've never built a ColdBox application, but I've been increasingly interested in the framework, so this was a helpful and straightfoward first step toward better understanding it.

May 23, 2018
10 minutes

I was lucky enough to attend (and speak) at this year's Into the Box conference in Houston, TX. The event is organized by Ortus Solutions, the team that created CommandBox, TestBox, and all other manner of Box products. Ortus is undeniably the leader in creating cutting edge CFML tooling and features, and I left the conference incredibly impressed at the work they're doing.

Apr 26, 2018
3 minutes

ForgeBox.io, in case you didn't know, is directory of CFML packages - bits of code both large and small - written and shared by the developer community to make all of our lives easier. I've written a number of open source projects hosted on Github, so I figured it was time that I began adding them to ForgeBox. For posterity (or just my own reference), here's the process.

Feb 20, 2018
6 minutes

At Adobe's ColdFusion Summit (2017), I was able to attend Brian Klaas's presentation, "Level Up Your Web Apps With Amazon Web Services." Brian is an engaging speaker - he conveyed excitement, knowledge, and real-world insights into the often overwhelming AWS ecosystem. I was particularly intrigued when he explained that ColdFusion could interact directly with AWS, via the Java SDK.

Jan 18, 2018
3 minutes

I've recently begun working on a CFML project that involves interacting with AWS Lambda. I'll be posting more on that later, but one of the helpful bits of code that came out of the project was a small function to parse Amazon Resource Names (ARNs) into their component parts.

Jan 11, 2018
2 minutes

I'm flying home from my first CFSummit - what a great conference! I gave a ColdFusion-centric version of my send.Better() - Giving Email a REST presentation (slides here) in the first slot of the first day, so I was able to focus on and enjoy the rest of the sessions.

Nov 17, 2017
2 minutes