New website for my upcoming book

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on April 15, 2014 }
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This is just a quick update to announce that I have a new domain and temporary website up and running for SQL Server Tips for Everyday Programmers. Currently, the site is just promoting my Kickstarter project, but my plan moving forward is to have the site promote this book, as well as any future books I may write, and a new blog for database related topics.

You can view the website at http://www.sqlnuggets.com

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My Kickstarter: SQL Server Tips for Everyday Programmers

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on April 8, 2014 }
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Related Categories: Personal, SQL Server

Yesterday I launched a Kickstarter project for my book, SQL Server Tips for Everyday Programmers (http://kck.st/1h9n1KL). I'm super excited about this, and hope that you will take a minute to read through my project and consider supporting it.

To briefly summarize the project, my goal in writing this book is to help other programmers enhance their applications. When I was going through my MCSE training, I learned many new things about SQL Server, things that would have made my life as a programmer easier and my applications much more efficient. So, I compiled some of these into a group of useful tips specifically for programmers. I want to help programmers get beyond just creating tables and stored procedures, and use their databases for more than a simple container for storing information. Regardless of the programming language you use, if you use SQL Server I am sure these tips will come in handy.

To find out more about my project, you can view my Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/1h9n1KL
And please, feel free to comment here! I'm always interested in hearing your opinions.

New and Improved, now with Microsoft Certifications!

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on January 7, 2014 }
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Well, I may not be new, but I certainly feel I've improved professionally. I'm a little late on blogging this, but towards the end of last year I decided to get some Microsoft SQL Server certifications. I got my MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification around the beginning of October, and then I immediately dove in and got my MCSE: Data Platform certification a few weeks later in November. All total I took 5 certification exams within about 6 weeks, and I'm already setting my sights on the SQL Server 2014 certifications coming out in a few months.

Me being the database junkie that I am, I have to say I really enjoyed deep-diving into the features of SQL Server, and am amazed at some of its capabilities. I'm looking forward to becoming more involved with it and putting my newfound knowledge to good use!

First Glance at ASP.NET MVC for a ColdFusion developer

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on August 28, 2013 }
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One of the things we've been contemplating here at work is the possibility of switching our platform over to another programming language. We're planning a big rewrite of our main site in the future, and have decided to spend some time evaluating other languages to see if there is something else that we would like to use. At this point, we really don't have any specific criteria other than just picking a language and trying a few tutorials to see if we like it.

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Problem Using Database Defaults with ColdFusion ORM

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on October 4, 2012 }
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Related Categories: ORM, CFML, Databases

Today I was trying to convert a simple insert query over to ORM, and for the life of me I could not get the insert to work. Everything ran perfectly, there were no errors being thrown (that I could find), but the new record would not get inserted into the database. It took me a while to figure out what was going on....well, to be honest I still don't know what was going on, but I figured out how to fix it. Here is an example of what I was running in to:

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Using Var Scoper in Your ANT Builds

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on May 23, 2012 }
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Ok, I just found this earlier today, and while I'm sure there are tons of you out there that already knew about it, I am posting this for the ones like me that have never heard of it. The varScoper tool comes with a build file that will allow you to run varScoper as an ANT task. All I had to do was change the path to the files I wanted to scan, and the URL to my local varScoper install, and it ran perfectly.

I'm excited about this, as I think a varScoper check is an awesome thing to have integrated into a build. Plus, seeing how it is done has introduced me to some features of ANT that I was previously unaware of.

Now, after finding this, I can't help but reach out to the CF community and ask, what other cool CF tools come with pre-written build files?

What's in your build process?

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on May 22, 2012 }
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I've started working with ANT some recently. Like some of you, I'm sure, my foray into the world of ANT came out of necessity. As my duties here at work increased, I began to take on more and more responsibility in terms of managing code bases, sites, and servers. We've got 15 ColdFusion sites spread across 10 servers, and then our main site sits on a cluster of 8 CF servers. Factor in our testing and staging environment as well, and it's safe to say we've got a lot of code in a lot of places.

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Hey Man, Where have you been?

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on April 27, 2012 }
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Related Categories: Personal

Well, that's a good question. Obviously I haven't been blogging. Things have been super busy at work, and I really just haven't had the time to blog like I'd like to. But, to be completely honest, I really don't feel like I've had much worth writing about lately. Things have changed up at work and I'm not doing much day-to-day development anymore. When I do get to do some coding, it's usually just a quick fix on a CF site, or some SQL Server stuff. I've started playing with ANT some lately, too.

Nowadays javascript and mobile development seem to be on everyone's mind, but to tell you the truth I'm just really not that interested in them.

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Multiple Developer Positions Available In Nashville, TN.

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on August 11, 2011 }
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The company I work for (The C.A. Jones Management Group) has an immediate need for ColdFusion, .Net, SQL Server, Ruby, and jQuery developers in our Nashville office, with multiple positions available.

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How I got started in ColdFusion

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on August 1, 2011 }
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Related Categories: Personal

Today is "How I Got Started in ColdFusion" day per Steve Bryant's call . It's simply a day designated for us all to tell, well, how we got started in ColdFusion. So, here goes.

My story is probably a bit different that most of the other CF Developer's stories, at least the ones I've read anyway. When I got into ColdFusion I didn't have any type of computer experience or college degrees (at least not IT related, anyway). In fact, some might say it was the opposite. I had gone to college some, but after getting my Associates degree in Criminal Justice I decided not to pursue that any further and went back to work on the family farm in south Georgia.

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