Musings of a Manchester Drupal guy

Drupal, Open Source, Analytics, Social Media.

Friday, July 29, 2005


No Need to Click Here - I'm just claiming my feed at Feedster

Friendly URL Servlet

Friendly URL Servlet: "The FriendlyURL Servlet is a pair of Java class files that allow you to create user friendly or search engine safe urls for any page in your site. You can use it to make multiple friendly urls that point to the same page, to hide url parameters from users, or to improve search engine compatibility.

There is no limit to the number of friendly urls you can create, so even if you have a huge number of dynamic pages, you should be able to use it.

This zip includes fu.cfc and index.cfm example file which you can use to test the system once you've set up the class files . Since I've been so busy over the last few months I've decided to release the full source of the Servlet under the Common Public License. This is about as non-restrictive a license as you're likely to find, so it shouldn't cause any issues for anyone wanting to use the Servlet in their applications. The only thing I ask is that if you modify or add to the servlet pass your changes and additions on to me if possible and I will make them available for everyone else to use. With full credit to the developer(s) responsible."

Thursday, July 28, 2005

CFQUERY Result structure - Blog: "If you have not tried this one yet, you must. Really. This is one gem that has, for the most part, slipped under the radar


n addition to the actual query, can return a structure containing query information (including the SQL executed) "

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Creating Your Very Own RSS XML Feeds with ColdFusion MX

Creating Your Very Own RSS XML Feeds with ColdFusion MX: "Have you ever wanted to create your very own RSS Feed? DO you have anything on your site you would like others to have access to?

Well, RSS (another form of XML) is easy to implement and can be very beneficial for your site and its users.

I implemented RSS/XML feeds in a few areas of EasyCFM to allow people to syndicate the tutorials, our news and more. This tutorial will guide you through the steps I used and teach you how to build the actual RSS feed.

Let's begin,

The first thing we will do is to strip out WHITESPACE from our page, this is so the pages load faster when generating the RSS feeds (Also, remember that XML must have no preceding SPACES before the tag. If it does, the XML will not be usable. To clear up whitespace, we use the tag below: "

Friday, July 22, 2005

Eyetrack III - What You Most Need to Know

Eyetrack III - What You Most Need to Know: "News websites have been with us for about a decade, and editors and designers still struggle with many unanswered questions: Is homepage layout effective? ... What effect do blurbs on the homepage have compared to headlines? ... When is multimedia appropriate? ... Are ads placed where they will be seen by the audience?"

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cold Fusion Wrapper for the Google API

Stumbled accross this cfc based Cold Fusion Wrapper for the Google API which is very simple to use. You just need to get a google seach api key and off you go.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Barmy sheep ring tone, The Lake District has its own ring tone!

Cumbria - the Lake District have launched a Lake Distict ring tone. No this is not a joke, well, actually, take a look, there is a video too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

How Do You Build A Who's On Application?

One question I see a lot of is folks wanting to build a 'Who's On' function into their web sites. In its most basic form such a thing is mostly just an 'oooh cool' kind of feel-good thing that doesn't accomplish a lot. However with very little effort you can store invaluable nuggets of information.

Exactly what those valuable things are for each individual site varies, and is beyond the scope of this article. However, we'll lay down the basic framework here and you can easily add your own goodies later on your own.

How To Enable Unicode in ColdFusion

How To Enable Unicode in ColdFusion: This article is an excellent step by step on how to enable application development with unicode characters in Coldfusion

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

google maps implimentations

Friday, July 08, 2005

Slider - CFForms examples - AS Fusion

Slider example in flash forms. This is superb!

The PageRank Algorithm

This site is a very informative source regarding The PageRank Algorithm and Google algorithms in general.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Code Charts - Scripts

Code Charts - Scripts: The Unicode Character Code Charts, useful for doing multilingual sites as a reference.

HTML Emails - 7 Fast Tips

HTML Emails - 7 Fast Tips: "Sending HTML emails can be a pain. You have to overcome more variables than a plain text newsletter but the rewards are worth it! If you send HTML emails, here are 7 fast tips that can help improve the quality of how well your newsletter is received. If you do not do the HTML coding for your email newsletter, pass today’s Ezine-Tips to your HTML coder."

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Google Maps API Documentation

Google Maps API Documentation: "

The Google Maps API lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages"

Practical CSS Layout Tips, Tricks, & Techniques: A List Apart

This article discusses Form layout with css amongst other css layout techniques.