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Post-MAX BACFUG Double Bill recording posted

January 08, 2009 ·

I finally got around to adding the recording URL to Charlie Arehart's UGTV. It's a bit of a wild ride: it's two hours long with a 5-10 minute pizza break in the middle (sorry, Connect doesn't let you edit out the middle of a recording, only the start / end). If I'd known how limited the Connect editing was, I'd have made two separate recordings. Anyway, here is Unit Testing Improves Your Love Life - and - Groovin' To The Fusion: Marc Esher and Bill Shelton of MXUnit fame kick off the first hour and then Joe Rinehart of Model-Glue fame carries the second hour, explaining why a mixed language technology stack can make ColdFusion even more productive.

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2008 in review

January 04, 2009 ·

As "usual", I start the year with a round-up of the highlights of last year, based on things that I blogged. It's been a strange year for me. After (seven) years with Macromedia / Adobe and most of 2007 spent freelancing, I took a full-time job with a startup and hired some amazing CFers to be part of my team. I (finally) learned Flex (and AIR). I learned a new language (Groovy) and did a lot less CFML programming than I've done in years while at the same time joining first the Open BlueDragon Steering Committee and then the CFML Advisory Committee, as well as attending more ColdFusion-related conferences than usual (cf.Objective(), Scotch on the Rocks, CFUNITED, Wee Dram of Scotch, MAX).

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More Flex?

December 14, 2008 ·

I just received my final evaluation forms from MAX 2008. With the exception of one person who "Fell asleep during presentation. It was offensive.", the comments were mostly positive. There was, however, an interesting undercurrent...

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BACFUG on Adobe Groups

November 18, 2008 ·

Now that Adobe Groups has been announced - in today's general session at MAX - I can encourage everyone to visit BACFUG on Adobe Groups and join the group - and any other groups you might want to be part of (e.g., San Flashcisco, Fire On The Bay, Silvafug...). At present, Adobe Groups does not support RSVP so we'll continue to use the old BACFUG website for that but we will transition fully onto Adobe Groups once RSVP capability has been added.

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MAX and BACFUG November 19th

November 16, 2008 ·

Important: you must RSVP via the BACFUG website. We have a hard limit of 47 attendees - if you do not RSVP, you may well be turned away. If we get close to 47 RSVPs, I will post again on my blog! MAX 2008 will be upon us soon and this year it coincides with our regular 3rd Wednesday for BACFUG. Accordingly, we have a special meeting with two presentations by speakers who are in town for MAX! Bill Shelton and Marc Esher - creators of the awesome MXUnit testing framework - will be presenting "Unit Testing with MXUnit". Unit testing talks have proved very popular at BACFUG in the past and MXUnit has really raised the bar in terms of features and tools so it will be great to have the framework's creators speaking at MAX. Our second presentation will be related to Model-Glue 3 "Gesture" and will again be the framework's creator, the amazing Joe Rinehart. Joe has hinted that he will be tailoring the talk toward integration with powerful Java technologies, along the lines of what we have achieved at Broadchoice. BACFUG is free and open to everyone - both regular locals (who may or may not be attending MAX) and all those CFers who are in town for MAX! However, we need you to RSVP on the BACFUG website so that we can figure out numbers and book a large enough room!

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BACFUG - Recording of Subversion talk

October 15, 2008 ·

The recording of my BACFUG presentation on Subversion is now available on Charlie Arehart's User Group Television website. With post-talk demos, it's an hour and a half - the slide-based preso is the first hour. Big thanx to the University of Santa Clara for sponsoring pizza tonight - sponsorship is very important to BACFUG since it means we don't go home hungry from a meeting! Thanx to my co-manager Sid Maestre for securing sponsorship tonight.

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BACFUG - October 15th - Sean Corfield - Subversion: Better Living Through Branches

October 12, 2008 ·

I'll be reprising my Wee Dram talk for BACFUG this week:
By now you've heard a dozen times that source code control is good for you. Perhaps you're already reaping the benefits of tracking code changes in a separate system that is nicely backed up. You've heard about tags and branches - most talks touch on them - but you haven't really figured out how to leverage these features to improve your life. Come and find out how the engineering team at Broadchoice use branches and tags in Subversion as part of their daily life to manage parallel development, automate deployment across multiple environments and deal with the complexities involved. At the end of this talk, you should be prepared to introduce more advanced use of Subversion into your own workplace to help streamline team development.
Barring technical problems, the talk will be both broadcast and recorded - details on the BACFUG website. Please RSVP via the BACFUG website!

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BACFUG - Recording of Image Manipulation with ColdFusion 8

September 18, 2008 ·

Tonight's recording of Seth Duffey presenting Image Manipulation with ColdFusion 8 is now available on Charlie Arehart's UGTV.
Updated: the code samples shown in the presentation are available from Seth's website.

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BACFUG - September 17th - Seth Duffey - Image Manipulation

September 11, 2008 ·

From the BACFUG website:
Image Manipulation in ColdFusion 8 - Seth Duffey
9/17/08 6:30 PM
Adobe San Francisco - Kojak Connect URL: Seth Duffey will walk us through what's possible with and the dozens of image manipulation functions introduced in ColdFusion 8. Location:
601 Townsend St, San Francisco, California 94103 The Kojak conference room is in lobby but you still need security clearance (so you must RSVP!).
We have a copy of the ColdFusion 8 WACK Volume 3 to raffle off as well as three of the Teratech/Adobe CF8 tag posters and the usual swag!

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My MAX Schedule

September 09, 2008 ·

I just made another pass over my MAX schedule to finalize my choices and thought I'd post my planned list of sessions so folks will know where to find me:
  • Monday
    • Opening General Session
    • Adobe Roadmap: Enterprise
    • Flex Architecture Face-Off - panel
    • Real-Time Collaboration Apps with Flex and Cocomo - Nigel Pegg
  • Tuesday
    • Mixing Open Source and Commercial Software
    • General Session
    • Adobe@Adobe: IT Innovation
    • Developing Rich Applications with jQuery and Adobe AIR - John Resig
    • The REST of SOA
  • Wednesday
    • Advanced Patterns for ColdFusion Test Automation - Bill Shelton / Marc Esher (MXUnit)
    • Building Real-Time and Collaborative Applications with Flex and BlazeDS
    • Event-Driven Programming in ColdFusion - an updated version of my session from Scotch on the Rocks and CFUNITED
    • Cocomo Deep Dive: Building Social RIAs with Flex + Adobe Hosted Services - Nigel Pegg
    • Developing Enterprise ColdFusion Applications - Joe Rinehart
As I was updating my schedule, I noticed that several of the ColdFusion and Flex workshops are already sold out - good to see so much interest in those! I was originally going to Dave Watts' "High Performance ColdFusion" but decided to give up my seat when I saw it was sold out (hopefully someone else will get in now!). There's a lot of excellent ColdFusion sessions at MAX this year but my focus right now is on Flex, AIR and real-time collaboration so that has driven most of my session choices. Also a reminder that BACFUG meets on the Wednesday evening immediately after MAX ends and I am pleased to announce that we are having a double session with some MAX speakers:
  • Bill Shelton and Marc Esher will present on Unit Testing in ColdFusion with MXUnit
  • Joe Rinehart will present on Model-Glue 3: Gesture
We hope to have a good turn out with MAX attendees taking advantage of this (free) user group meeting in the evening! Since the meeting is inside the Adobe building, you will need to RSVP for security purposes. See you there!

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