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Entries for month: January 2007

At the Frameworks Conference

January 31, 2007 ·

Room 616 if you need to contact me. Great to see so many familiar faces here. Sat and chatted with John Farrar over dinner. Also on the same table: Kurt Wiersma, Chris Scott, Matt Woodward, Peter Farrell, Adam Wayne Lehman. Off down to the bar in a few, now that I've plugged in... :)

Tags: coldfusion

Where are you with Flex?

January 29, 2007 ·

CFLEX, the Community Flex website, is running a survey about your level of Flex usage and your plans for Flex. The survey will help "Evangelists (both independent supporters of Flex, Flex activists, Community Experts, and Adobe employed Evangelists) to focus their efforts".

Tags: flex

My Frameworks Conference schedule

January 27, 2007 ·

It's been a hard set of choices but I think these are the sessions I'm going to be attending at the Frameworks Conference next week:
  • Thursday, February 1st 2007
    • 8:00 AM 8:40 AM Michael Smith Welcome/Keynote
    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Advanced Matthew Woodward Building Sustainable Software with Frameworks
    • 10:15 AM 11:15 AM Other Jon Rowny SAM for Humans
    • 11:15 AM 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Other Steve Nelson CFCs ARE the Framework
    • 1:45 PM 2:45 PM Other Peter Bell Application Generation - Beyond Scaffolding
    • 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Other Simon Horwith When and Why to use a Framework
    • 4:15 PM 5:15 PM Advanced Jeff Peters Tools for faster Fusebox Development
  • Friday, February 2nd 2007
    • 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Advanced Sean Corfield Extending the language of Fusebox
    • 9:15 AM 10:15 AM Other Oguz Demirkapi Frameworks Development Teams Pragmatism
    • 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Advanced Matthew Woodward Mach-II in Action: Anatomy of a Blog
    • 11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch
    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Beginner Nat Papovich Making the Jump from FB3 to FB5
    • 1:45 PM 2:45 PM Other John Paul Ashenfelter Rails for the Ruby-Impaired
    • 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Beginner Christian Ready Using FLiP as a sole developer
    • 4:15 PM 5:15 PM Advanced Elliott Sprehn Smart Frameworks: Utilizing Rich Metadata and Code By Convention

Tags: coldfusion

Transfer 0.6.1 Released

January 26, 2007 ·

Mark Mandel released Transfer 0.6.1 while I was away in Montana so I'm a bit late to the party with this news. In addition to the documentation enhancements I mentioned earlier, the official 0.6.1 release includes improvements to the caching engine and a variety of bug fixes and performance enhancements. It also removes the earlier Model-Glue integration files because support for Transfer has now been added directly into Model-Glue itself.

Tags: orm · coldfusion

SkypeOut - Unlimited Calls

January 26, 2007 ·

Not sure how many of you are using the SkypeOut part of Skype's service but I thought I'd point out that for a (very) limited time, you can get unlimited US/Canada calling for only $14.95 for a year. I've started using SkypeOut more and more lately because it's just so darn convenient and this seemed like a good deal to me. You also get just over an hour of additional international credit when you sign up for the unlimited calling plan.

Tags: personal

CFEclipse 1.3 is available!

January 26, 2007 ·

After much hoopla (and a Herculean development effort from the amazing Mark Drew), CFEclipse 1.3 is available for download. I've already updated. So should you :)

Tags: coldfusion · cfeclipse

Friday fun: Developer persona

January 26, 2007 ·

Tim Buntel start the developer persona meme (for a serious purpose so please check out his blog and comments) but it's inspired several people to blog about their own persona using his data points. Since it's Friday, I figured I'd waste some electrons by doing the same.
  • 44 years old.
  • Married for 7 years, no children (but lots of cats!).
  • Drives a 2005 Toyota Prius, gold.
  • Bought a house five and a half years ago, "ranch" style on a quarter acre... of suburbia. Decorations are non-existent (unless you count cat trees).
  • Loves Macs (a Macaholic since the early 90's). Hates Windows with a vengeance.
  • Thinks the Oscars are a waste of time because fun stuff like Over The Hedge never wins.
  • Into Heroes, Medium and CSI and tries hard to hate Dancing With The Stars but still watches it.
  • Likes snowboarding, but since he moved close enough to the mountains that he could go any weekend, hasn't been snowboarding even once!
  • Food? Sushi, curry (hard to find good curry in America).
  • Music? Still loves The Fall but thinks most modern music is rubbish.
  • Doesn't get videogames or video websites at all. Occasionally gets sucked into a Sudoku website.

Tags: personal · coldfusion

Should I podcast?

January 19, 2007 ·

I've been toying with the idea of doing a podcast for a while and over the last week I've been actively soliciting feedback on the subject. I'm thinking of doing something that is primarily interview-focused but short (under 20 minutes). The (excellent) ColdFusion Weekly already covers the news so I'd mostly steer clear of that but I might wax lyrical about certain technical topics near to my heart. Would folks be interested in a podcast from me? Would you like to be interviewed by me?

Tags: blogging · podcast

Dead Blogs?

January 19, 2007 ·

I just culled my blog roll, unsubscribing from anything that hasn't posted a new entry in the last six months. I was surprised that my total blog count went down from 226 to just 167. That's nearly 60 blogs that have fallen by the wayside over the last year. Have other folks noticed a decline in blogs this year? I was sad to see some very good blogs had stopped posting but most of the 60 I removed had been fairly half-hearted - some blogs had existed for less than two months (as active blogs). There are a few "dead" blogs that I've stayed subscribed to in the hope that the authors will come back from hibernation. I'd be interested to hear if you have any blogs in that category...

Tags: blogging


January 19, 2007 ·

I'm taking a few days off to help some friends in Montana - we'll be working on their house. Any comments on the blog will have to wait for approval until I get back.

Tags: personal · blogging