Matthew J. Clemente

I'm speaking next month at Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2017 in Las Vegas. In preparation, I was reading the documentation for cfmail and was surprised to learn that it had a boolean debug attribute. While it might not be a hidden gem, if you're sending emails via STMP, you might find this option helpful to, yes, debug email issues.

Oct 20, 2017
3 minutes

Admission: I've only recently started using tags to version my Git repositories. I had the (mistaken) idea that the process was difficult and never bothered learning the specifics. Working more with open source projects eventually lead to the realization that tags and versioning provided a developer-friendly road-map for interacting with the codebase. When I decided to familiarize myself with Git's tagging workflow, I was pleasantly surprised how simple it was.

Oct 13, 2017
2 minutes

This past weekend I had the opportunity to present at NCDevCon in Raleigh, NC. The title of my session was send.Better() - Giving Email a REST.

Oct 09, 2017
2 minutes

My latest side project has been developing SendGrid.cfc a CFML wrapper for the SendGrid API (v3). This post isn't about the API or SendGrid.cfc though; it's about the Builder Pattern. Apparently this approach to handling complex objects is well-known in the Java world, but I had not encountered it in ColdFusion before. So, if you're new to this design pattern (like I was), or you just want to see a real-world application of it, read on...

Aug 20, 2017
6 minutes

This is the third in a series of posts about getting started with Docker. In the first I set up Docker on my machine; the second covered running ColdFusion on Docker (with Lucee). My next step was to tackle Adobe ColdFusion (ACF), which turned out to be easier than anticipated.

Jul 27, 2017
4 minutes

I just got Docker up and running, and now I want to use it to run some of my actual ColdFusion code. I've primarily worked with Adobe ColdFusion (ACF), but at this point, the most prominent Docker development for CFML is being done with Lucee, so I'm going to use that for my initial attempt.

Jul 26, 2017
4 minutes

Our team is planning on moving to Docker in the coming months. After attending a number of Docker-related sessions at cf.Objective() this past week, it seemed time to get my hands dirty and actually start working with it. The following is a painfully simple walkthrough of the steps I took to go from zero-to-Docker.

Jul 25, 2017
2 minutes

Well, they say that all good things must come to an end, which turns out to be the case for Mailgun's free email address validation API, a service about which I've spoken highly in the past. In a June 27th blog post, along with new features, they announced a usage based pricing model. So, what's changed? Should you still probably be validating your email with Mailgun? The answer, as usual, is that it depends.

Jul 08, 2017
6 minutes

I'm frequently digging up documentation for various CFML functions. The key, for me, is the convenience and ease with which I can integrate these lookups into my workflow. There are a few ways to do this, depending on your preferences, but I'm happy with the process I've settled on, as it provides fast access to both Adobe's ColdFusion documentation and cfdocs.org.

Apr 08, 2017
3 minutes

What's the name of that function? The one that converts the opening numbers of a string into a numeric value? I always forget. For the record, it's val().

Feb 24, 2017
2 minutes