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Want to learn about BDD and TestBox?

Posted by Luis Majano
Jan 26, 2014 13:12:00 UTC

This Tuesday 28th I will be doing a ColdBox Connection about BDD and TestBox.  So if you are interested in sharpening your testing skills with behavior driven development with the new Box framework TestBox, then come and join us at noon central time:

How do you do deployments?

Posted by Luis Majano
Apr 06, 2011 16:56:14 UTC
This is an open question to bring in your comments about source code deployment.  There are several ways and tools and I am very interested in your approaches.  What are your deployment flows? What tools do you use? How do you integrate git/svn into the mix? How do you deal with tiers?

Anyways, I will write about my personal experiences, but wanted to kick off a conversation on deployment strategies for ColdFusion.

Time to Relax RESTFul style!

Posted by Luis Majano
Mar 21, 2011 17:57:05 UTC
ColdBox Relax v1.4 is now out!

Git: Remove a remote tag

Posted by Luis Majano
Feb 08, 2011 11:14:57 UTC
This is something I want to blog in order to save it for posterity so I don't go crazy looking for this.  I have a remote tag I committed but I need to remove it for whatever reason, how do I do this with git?

You do this in two easy steps:

  1. Remove the local tag either through your favorite GUI or via: git tag -d "tag name"
  2. Push the removed tag to the remote origin: git push origin :refs/tags/"tag name"
The key here is that you push a non-existent tag, so it basically removes it from the remote repository.  That's it!

Awesome Git client for Mac: Tower

Posted by Luis Majano
Jan 04, 2011 11:40:31 UTC
I am a huge fan of development tools as I am also a tool developer myself.  One tool that has been lacking in my arsenal was an awesome Git client for Mac, as Mac is my main development environment.  I, like any true geeky developer, love the console, however, there is something about having a UI that gives me a warm warm feeling.  I have used the eGit plugin for Eclipse and although it is usable, it is still quirky as it is still constantly in development.  No disrespect for the developers, but this project is still moving forward and I know it will be a great great plugin and most likely I will use it hands down as my unique git client as it is embedded in Eclipse/CFBuilder.

However, I recently have experienced two great git clients: SmartGit and Tower.  SmartGit is java and cross platform.  It is very very good, but its aesthetics are well, java like and not sparkly like Tower.  Tower is Mac only and it truly shines as a Mac application.  I have really like the inbox style approach where I can move between tags, remotes, branches and stashes.  Nice double click and I have switched branches!  I can even right click on a branch and publish it or pull, refresh, etc.  The graphical history is very very nice and you can even change it to a more github like commit view.

Overall, I would say SmartGit and Tower are two of my favorite git clients.  So give them a shot, it will truly change your outlook on the Git tools landscape.

Enabling iMovie 09 access to network drives

Posted by Luis Majano
Sep 06, 2010 11:23:31 UTC
I just got my nice little iOmega StorCenter and been working with it for the past few days.  I got the 1TB Raid 1 edition to see how long it will last me now that baby Alexia is on its way.

Anyways, I wanted to configure iMovie to see the movies in the NAS storage.  After much googling, I found something that worked.  Just fire up a terminal and type away:

defaults write -app iMovie allowNV -bool true

Also, remember that iMovie,iDVD searches the root of the volumes for the following directories:
  • iDVD Projects
  • iMovie Projects
  • iMovie Events
So I recommend either putting those directories on the root or creating symbolic links to them.

Enterprise Architect ColdFusion Generation Templates Released

Posted by Luis Majano
Aug 31, 2010 14:35:49 UTC
I have used Sparx System Enterprise Architect for almost 4 years now and absolutely love working with it for UML design and also for ColdFusion code stub generation.  The only problem with EA is that it has to run on windows, sorry but I hate windows, but anyways.  I am finally opening my templates to the world so I can get more collaboration on them.  I took a project from Mike Ranklin I believe and updated lots of the source to make it work with ColdFusion 9 script syntax and also ORM entities. 

It is really great to have a great UML model and stub out our ORM entities out of it.  So if you are interested, the project is here and help out.

Get your Pomodoro Focus on!

Posted by Luis Majano
Aug 12, 2010 09:48:01 UTC

If you are like me and have a thousand millions things to work on and lack focus.  This little app will help you out.  Its called Focus Booster:


It is a very simple focus timer that sits on your desktop and helps you do Pomodoro times.  If you are not aware of the Pomodoro Technique, it is a technique to help you focus on tasks.


The Pomodoro Technique™ is a way to get the most out of time management. Turn time into a valuable ally to accomplish what we want to do and chart continuous improvement in the way we do it.

They offer their book free in PDF format or you can order their full Pomodoro Kit.  I recommend you guys take a look at it.

The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique™ can be split in five simple steps:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

Need an eclipse ftp synchronizer, help!

Posted by Luis Majano
May 21, 2010 10:11:22 UTC

I just wanted to open a topic of discussion to see what are your recommendations for an FTP synchronization plugin for Eclipse.  I know Aptana has one and CFBuilder also, which is pretty sweet.  However, what if you don’t want any of those two IDEs for some reason.  What would you use?  Comments? Suggestions?  By the way, I use CFBuilder and it is fantastic.

A good MySQL GUI For Mac? Any ideas?

Posted by Luis Majano
Jan 10, 2009 00:00:00 UTC
I am sick and tired of MySQL Query crashing on me every 10 minutes. What other Mac software would you recommend for dealing with MySQL. I really like MySQL Query's simplicity, but I just hate its instability. What do you recommend?

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