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Archive for April, 2009

Need Recommendation: Solid Web Shop

Our company is looking to re-do our corporate website with a more marketing focus. We’re looking for a solid web shop, with tons of experience re-doing sites, and if possible, some level of ColdFusion experience.
Must haves:

  • Marketing experience (How to design sites, SEO, etc)
  • Great CSS Skills
  • Great Graphic Design Skills

Nice to haves:

  • ColdFusion experience

Are my requirements too basic?


Chambers calls Cloud Computing a "Security Nightmare"

Cisco’s CEO calls Cloud Computing a nightmare.
Read more @ http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131998&source=rss_news.

Oracle to Buy Sun!

Oracle will own Java, MySQL, Sparc, Solaris, etc! IBM lost this round!
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Sean Corfield Sucks! (jk)

C’mon, dude, how long have we known each other, like 5 and half years? (I love to create a little controversy, especially in times like these.)
But no, its nothing really, except that he stole my idea of comparing ColdBox with Mach II and Model Glue. Oh well, I’ll continue with some other documentation about my experience with ColdBox.
Check out his great preso @ http://corfield.org/blog/index.cfm/do/blog.entry/entry/Comparing_Application_Frameworks_recording.

Lousy ColdFusion Job Posting #3

Am I the only one suddenly receiving a massive influx of ColdFusion (and non-CF) related job offers and propositions?
Today, i received another one that made me wince. I’m going to paste it verbatim. The city is spelled wrong, the requirement are EXTREMELY generic, and the only reference to the actual job is that it has something to do with ColdFusion and Lotus Notes.
I don’t know where the recruiters get my information, I haven’t looked for a job since 2005.
Here it is:

Hi Sami,
I will appreciate if you can send me your updated resume and
professional references
Please send at least one reference from your present project.
Professional References:
Manager Name:
Contact # Off:
Official Email id:

Name of the Organization:
Manager Name:
Contact # Off:
Official Email id:

Name of the
Req. ID: Req-4969Cold Fusion Developer
Primary Skills: ColdFusion Experience with interface of LotusNotes 6-8 ,SQL and MS Access.
Description: Our client is looking for a Cold Fusion Developer.

Required Skills:
Strong ColdFusion Experience with interface LotusNotes 6-8 ,SQL and MS
Access. Excellent understanding of software development methodologies.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Strong problem solving
and decision making skills

Other desired skills:
Cold Fusion Developer

ColdFusion certification a plus.

Rate: DOE,
  Job Type: Contract,
  Start Date: ASAP,
  Duration: 6 Months,
  Number Of Openings: 1,
  Location: Huston, TX
Respond to this requirement.    
Please respond with Resume, Rate and Phone numbers of the Consultant. Make sure the Consultant’s skills match the requirement.
I will contact you, if I need more information.

and Regards,



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IE 8 Compatibility View – Meta Tag, User Agent

By now, you have probably had a chance to play with IE8. Couple things as developers to note:
First, if your website is having issues, add this meta tag while you figure out the problem.
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />
Next, if the problem persists, it may be related to code you put to purposely look for IE 7. Check those User Agent Strings.
For more details, see:

I especially like this explanation by Microsoft from the 2nd link above.

Update your site to render in IE7 Mode

You may experience one of the following issues when you use Internet Explorer 8:

  • Misaligned webpage layout
  • Overlapping text or images
  • JavaScript functionality issues and errors

issues may occur because Internet Explorer 8 displays webpages using
“Standards mode” by default, whereas most current webpages are created
and tested to work with Internet Explorer 7 Standards mode.
Getting Internet Explorer 8 to always render a site or page like
Internet Explorer 7 can be done by simply adding a tag. No additional
changes are required.
There are two options for doing this:

  1. On a per-site basis
    The site owner can add the HTTP header:

    <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″/>

  2. On a per-page basis
    The site owner can add a special HTML tag to each document, right after the tag:

    <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″/>

The meta
tag retains Internet Explorer 7 rendering behavior while still
accessing all Internet Explorer 8 has to offer. This allows your site
visitors who are using Internet Explorer 8 a seamless experience while
you work behind the scenes to update your web properties. When your
site is updated to render in Internet Explorer 8, you can remove the
tag or continue to leverage the tag functionality, as it will remain as
part of Internet Explorer 8 upon final release.
Adding the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag should address most
display issues. However, browser detection may also have to be updated
on your site. To learn more, please read about the User-Agent String and Version Vector.
For more information on this specific meta tag update please see Some Web sites may not be displayed correctly or work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 8. Other compatibility options are described in Internet Explorer Compatibility.

My Bio is Up

If you’re interested, my bio has been added to the “About Me” section.
Read more @ http://www.bytestopshere.com/page.cfm/about-me.