Archive for August 9th, 2011

At work, we have tried the initial version of the ntlmhttp project on RiaForge (see my post from last week as well). We’re (still!) on CF8, installed in a minimal way, so I had to install the .NET integration layer first. But that is fairly simple:

When that is done, you just download the ntlmHTTP component.

  • Put the DLL on your file system, and write down the path.
  • Now run this script to check your installation:
    <cfset NetRequest = CreateObject( "dotnet", "Com.Bluemini.CF.NetHttpRequest", "/path/to/your/NetHttpRequest.dll") />
    <cfdump var="#NetRequest#" />

So far, so good: calling a (secured) webpage worked too. From the almost non-existent documentation it isn’t clear to me how we might use this to issue a SOAP request – we’ll see about that later.

When trying out the component with a web service call, I need to remember not to add the domain prefix to the username required in the call parameters. That’s different from what we need for our CFHTTP calls, but not too hard to do. I just wonder: is it the component that makes it possible to skip the domain name, or is it the configuration of our Windows network?

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The last two months, I have been using the CyanogenMod 7 ROM on my San Francisco smartphone – because that seemed the best way to get Android 2.3 on the machine. Functionally, CyanogenMod is an excellent product: lots of tweaks and bells and whistles – just what a geek likes. But I am not too happy with the frequent crashes and reboots, especially when connecting and disconnecting the phone to the charger or to a USB port. I never lost any data, though, just lots of time.

A few days ago I found out that there is an alternative: Ginger Stir Fry (what a name!), supposedly based on an unreleased ZTE version of Android 2.3.4 . So I decided to take a deep breath and see what happens when switching ROMs… I’m happy to announce that I’m running the beta 19 of Ginger Stir Fry now, and I haven’t seen any problems until now. Apart from the standard launcher (which I have never used before, since CyanogenMod brings its own variant), the most remarkable feature of Ginger Stir Fry is the speed of the user interface: every click and swipe is immediately converted into action, maps are drawn and redrawn at lightning speed, and all applications (or at least the ones I have tried) feel snappy – just what you want in a smartphone. All in all, I’m a happy user – but we’ll see if that feeling remains after a longer period of using the phone.

What I do need to learn for the next time, is how to avoid having to reinstall all the Market apps I had downloaded manually… On the other hand: now I have only reinstalled those that I really use ;-)

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