ColdFusion, URLEncoding and RFC 3986

On November 19, 2011, in ColdFusion, by Anuj Gakhar

ColdFusion has an inbuilt function for encoding URL vars. URLEncodedFormat – which does the job well, but it does not follow the RFC 3986 , the Internet standards document that describes the encoding of URLs, very strictly. This does not cause problems 98% of the times but I recently found out while working with some […]

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Amazon Simple Email Service API ColdFusion Wrapper

On November 17, 2011, in ColdFusion, AWS, by Anuj Gakhar

Amazon Simple Email Service is one of the services provided by Amazon Web Services. Directly quoting from their website :- Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or […]

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Designing a RESTful API

On November 16, 2011, in REST, by Anuj Gakhar

I have been working on designing/architecting/developing an API recently as part of my job. That has given me the opportunity to read a lot about REST API’s best practices, how things should be done, what are the common mistakes people do and what are the pitfalls you should be looking for. One thing I have […]

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Tracking empty directories with Git

On November 13, 2011, in Git, by Anuj Gakhar

Those familiar with Git, will know that Git only tracks files and not folders. What that means is, if a folder is empty (does not have any files in it), Git will totally ignore it, as there is nothing to track as far as Git is concerned. Now, sometimes, we do run into situations where […]

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PandaStream API ColdFusion Wrapper

On November 11, 2011, in ColdFusion, Railo, by Anuj Gakhar

In my recent project, one of my tasks is to encode videos in multiple formats. And we decided to use PandaStream for the job. PandaStream is a flexible and highly scalable cloud video encoding API. Here is en entire list of their supported file formats. They seem to have a fairly decent REST API, which […]

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WordPress, Apache, Pretty URLs and .htaccess

On November 11, 2011, in Web Development, Miscellaneous, by Anuj Gakhar

In this post, I will try to cover all the steps required to enable pretty URLs in your wordpress enabled site/blog. I will be assuming that you already have wordpress up and running and if you are having issues with your Custom Permalinks, the following may help you. First of all, make sure mod_rewrite is […]

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Giving access to a single S3 Bucket using Amazon IAM

On November 9, 2011, in AWS, by Anuj Gakhar

I have been using Amazon S3 storage for well over an year now and I totally love the service. However, today I had a situation where I had to give access to a single S3 bucket (the AWS account has a lot more S3 buckets) to a particular user. So, turns out, you can use […]

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How I got started in ColdFusion

On August 2, 2011, in ColdFusion, by Anuj Gakhar

After a really long time, I spent some time this week on reading some of the blogs I used to read on a regular basis. And one thing I noticed is a series of “How I got started in ColdFusion” posts by most of the CFers. So here is my go at it :- It […]

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Passed the Flex 4 ACE Exam

On May 5, 2011, in AIR, Flex, Adobe, by Anuj Gakhar

I am happy to say that I have passed the Flex 4 ACE Exam today. This is something that has been on my list for quite a while but I never really got around doing it. This time, however, I actually booked the exam few days ago to give myself a firm deadline. My score […]

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Introduction to Present.Me

On April 15, 2011, in Web Development, Railo, Miscellaneous, by Anuj Gakhar

For the past several months, I have been involved in the technical development of a new startup Present.Me. Simply put, PresentMe lets you share your slides with the world while recording your video at the same time. It uses your webcam to capture the audio/video stream and then puts it together with the slides and […]


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