I am hoping to redesign Raymond Camden's BlogCfc, a blog based upon ColdFusion first introduced by Raymond, around 2003. This particular blog engine was last updated in late 2012. My purpose is to use a popular ColdFusion related blog and to convert the UI into a Telerik Kendo UI. Suffice it to say- this blog is for geeks. That said, I'll still write this with the intention of making it comfortable for the non-web developer to follow along (just in case there is a lightning bolt chance that one such non-tech will want to follow along!).
I have been using ColdFusion since 1998? It was version 2.5 I believe... I started off using ColdFusion's built in UI, and quickly became disappointed. It was fine for beginners, but problematic when using it for enterprise web applications. The ColdFusion UI was brittle, you could not expand the functionality, and you had to purchase a new version of ColdFusion in order to update it- if you could at all. The overall consensus among serious developers was to use something other than ColdFusion's built in UI.
I personally settled on using Telerik's Kendo library with jQuery. I found this UI to be powerful, and beautiful. One of the problems with current front end design is that the method in which to beautify the page requires very long and complex style sheets. Often, the style sheets are almost as complex as the server side code. I wanted to use a library that was powerful, looked really good, but did not require a lot of fuss in the UI.
Kendo offers me dozens of predefined themes that I can use for generic enterprise class web applications, and allows the front end to look really good with minimal fuss. Kendo also offers rich HTML5 web widgets, such as a beautiful grid that supports editing data sets with millions of rows. It also forces the developer to use modern HTML5 code. Kendo is not without issues though. As we will see, it is complex, and getting it to work can be tedious at times. I hope to annotate some of the challenges using Kendo, but it is in my opinion, one of the most powerful and elegant UI libraries around.
In regards to ColdFusion, another major issue with Kendo is that It is also completely absent among ColdFusion developers. I can't find any body of information to go to when things go astray. Telerik does not offer any ColdFusion wrappers, and Telerik only markets and supports its product for .Net, PHP, and JSP. If at all possible, I hope that this blog can be a resource to ColdFusion developers to use Kendo, even if exploratively.
I have admired the original author of the code base that powers this blog, and use his own blog examples of ColdFusion and code for my own professional use. Raymond Camden is a legend in the ColdFusion community. His posts on the internet have literally saved my professional bacon many times. I am happy to try to re-engineer one of his own older applications to fulfill this purpose. I'm going to make decisions with his original open source code, and hope to thoroughly rewrite it. And ironically, I will likely use his new blogging layout at https://www.raymondcamden.com/ as an example how to best re-design his older original code.
This entry was posted on October 30, 2018 at 12:13 AM and has received 147 views.
We will replicate the steps used in the addComments interface in order to create a new Kendo window instead of using the original method of using a new browser window.
This entry was posted on October 29, 2018 at 8:21 PM and has received 127 views.
When an entry is added using the administrative interface, if the admin enters a '<div id="pagetitle">' tag that matches a tag in the code with the same id, the pods on the right side of the blog move to the bottom of the page. There is a workaround by using < and > HTML symbols in the entry editor interface, but it is still an error that needs a later fix and further testing.
This entry was posted on October 29, 2018 at 8:04 PM and has received 135 views.
Our goal is to try to make a single page application. Kendo windows will be used instead of Raymond's code that launches a new browser window. We will have a single page for the client application (the one that the public can view), and a separate single page application for the administrative interface.
To add the new kendo windows, I found all of the code that uses Raymond's 'launchComment(id)' function and replaced the logic in order to open up a new Kendo window, but ran into several issues here.
First, the new Kendo window code was placed at the top of the layout.cfm template, and it opened up in a 'modal' fashion and hid the contents of the underlying page. I am not surprised that I am having issues. The code was originally created in 2003 and it is using an old light box methodology which is not currently used in single page application design. To fix this, I had to play around with the placement of the window div container. Eventually I found the right placement, right under Raymond's <div id="pagetitle"> div container. This will be one of the many occasions where persistence pays off when solving a HTML 5 Kendo related issue.
Next, I had problems with Raymond's older jQuery library that is used for the 'AddThis' library (to make it easier to share the post on social media). It is critical that you only have one reference to the jQuery library. If you have more than one reference, the Kendo widgets will not work and will be 'undefined'. I removed the older jQuery reference and the undefined problem went away when trying to open a Kendo window.
However, this caused more errors. The 'AddThis' library relied upon an older version of jQuery, and it does not work with the newest jQuery version, so I had to remove it. I will try to replace it with a new version of AddThis later, when I am done.
The cfform protect logic on the addComments page is not working with jQuery or Kendo. Removed the cfformprotect/cffp.cfm include. I will have to remove this option in the administrator at a later time.
Finally, everything is working within the UI without errors. I will have to modify the logic later to save the comment and close the new Kendo window, but I am focusing upon the interface now and will work on the interface to deal with the post crud operations at a later time.
Now I will apply the same logic to the subscribe events.
This entry was posted on October 28, 2018 at 12:27 PM and has received 146 views.
1) It is vital that the first tag on the page is a simple <!doctype html>'. This is needed for HTML 5. I removed Ray's original doc type declaration and changed it to the html5 doctype in the /blogCfc/tags/layout.cfm template.
2) Included the Kendo and jQuery scripts and stylesheets via an include that I will use at the top the layout.cfm page. I am using an include in order to be able to quickly comment out the scripts for testing, and in order to put them on other single page applications, such as the administrative user interface. Note that I had to also remove Raymond's jQuery includes. Duplicate jQuery scripts cause problems with the Kendo widgets.
3) Changed all of the text forms to have the class 'k-textbox' and buttons have a 'k-button' class. This changes the behavior of the buttons and text inputs to the Kendo theme.
4) Found an error with tweetbacks when adding a new comment. Found that other blog owners had this error as well. Turned off tweetbacks in the administrative section. Problem went away.
This entry was posted on October 26, 2018 at 1:29 PM and has received 138 views.
I was not able to download BlogCfc the first time. I had to click on the download link repeatedly over the course of a couple of days to get it to work from RIA source forge. After downloading, I uploaded the unzipped folder as '/blogCfc/'.
After uploading using '/blogCfc', I noticed a root install directory of '/blogCfc/install/' and looked to install it from there per instructions. However, you should actually use '/blogCfc/client/install/' as the installation URL path. This was confusing.
Once I figured out to point to the '/blogCfc/client/install/' URL path, things went smoothly after I figured out the administration path ('/blogCfc/client/admin/') and the admin user and user name. Be sure to log into the administrative interface (using '/blogCfc/client/admin/') and change the default password (look in the documentation here).
This entry was posted on October 26, 2018 at 1:18 AM and has received 105 views.
This particular blog application was developed by Raymond Camden. Raymond is a ColdFusion enthusiast who authored thousands of ColdFusion related posts on the internet. Like every senior ColdFusion web developer; I have found his posts invaluable and have based many of my own ColdFusion libraries based upon his approach. This is his interface, which I will attempt to redo using Telerik's Kendo HTML5 library and document the process.
The purpose of this blog is hoped to be technical resource for other ColdFusion developers to move away from Adobe's based ColdFusion UI to another UI, such as Kendo, and to document the process. While this blog does not use ColdFusion's UI, I still hope to improve upon it or at least educate others on how to use ColdFusion with a Kendo UI.
This entry was posted on October 25, 2018 at 11:55 PM and has received 127 views.