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Entries for month: August 2009

BACFUG - Living in the Cloud - Recording

August 20, 2009 ·

The recording of my recent Living in the Cloud presentation to BACFUG is now available (and posted on Charlie Arehart's UGTV). Enjoy!

Tags: bacfug · coldfusion · saas

CFPanel - ColdFusion Moving Forward

August 19, 2009 ·

This Friday, at noon Eastern, I'll be on the CFPanel show, created by Dan Vega and Todd Sharp. Myself, Ray Camden and Adam Lehman will be talking about how ColdFusion as a language is moving forward. All three of us are members of the CFML Advisory Committee. Two of us are on the board of 4CFF, the new non-profit corporation formed to promote the CF community and Open Source projects. Two of us represent CFML engine vendors. It should be an interesting and lively debate!

Tags: oss · adobe · coldfusion · railo

Speaking at CFinNC

August 19, 2009 ·

I just received confirmation that two of my submissions have been accepted for CFinNC, the ColdFusion, Flex, AIR conference in North Carolina in October. I think this will be a great event for the "East Coast Silicon Valley" and I'm really looking forward to speaking there. Here are the two sessions I'll be giving:
Design Patterns in ColdFusion Come find out what design patterns are really about and how they can make your life easier. (You're probably already using some design patterns, although you may not know it.) For this session, we have distilled decades of software engineering experience into a well-documented set of blueprints that can be applied to common problems to ensure clean, maintainable code.
This will be an updated version of the presentation originally created for the "Inspire" track at MAX 2007.
ColdFusion and the Open Source landscape Once upon a time, if you wanted to develop applications in ColdFusion, you had to pay for any third party tools you needed - and you rarely got the source code. Things have changed! These days there are free and open source options right across the board to help you get your job done faster, cheaper and with more confidence. Find out how the burgeoning open source community can help you - and, perhaps, how you can help the open source community in return!
This is a brand new talk that looks at the huge surge in Open Source projects and tools surrounding our community, including 4CFF, RIAForge and other resources.

Tags: oss · cfinnc · coldfusion

BACFUG - Living in the Cloud

August 18, 2009 ·

This week - tomorrow in fact - I'll be giving a re-run of my CFUnited talk "Living in the Cloud" at BACFUG. You can read about the talk - and RSVP! - on BACFUG's Adobe Groups website. See you there!

Tags: bacfug · broadchoice · cfunited09 · coldfusion · saas

Railo 3.1 Final Released

August 16, 2009 ·

In all the activity of CFUnited, I forgot to post that Railo 3.1 Final was officially released (at CFUnited). It's build and it's available for download right now - or you can easily upgrade your existing Railo Beta server by selecting Services > Update in the Server Administrator (as shown in these instructions on upgrading Railo on our community site). For folks who've been reluctant to run pre-release software on a production server, this is the build you've been waiting for :) I was so busy as CFUnited I didn't get around to upgrading my blog or local development server until five minutes ago. As usual, the update was fast and smooth!

Tags: coldfusion · railo

Living in the Cloud slides posted

August 16, 2009 ·

Where? On SlideSix of course! Created by Todd Sharp (using ColdFusion and Flex) and lauded by everyone who uses it, SlideSix was featured in Joe Rinehart's day two keynote as an inspirational example to all CFML developers about what is possible. So, here's my Living in the Cloud presentation on SlideSix.

Tags: cfunited09 · coldfusion

CFUnited is over - Wow!

August 16, 2009 ·

So it's Sunday and I'm back home after an intense four days in the Washington DC area at CFUnited 2009. Hard to believe it's over and I'm still digesting the presentations and the information I picked up during the (excellent) networking opportunities. If you missed it this year, do whatever you can to attend next year (especially if it returns to this fabulous location). I'll be collecting my thoughts later today and writing up a (very long) blog entry about my experiences at the conference. In the meantime, thank you speakers for the great sessions, thank you attendees for all those discussions in hallways - and the bar! - and thank you especially Liz, Nafisa and the rest of the Stellr team for an awesome event!

Tags: cfunited09 · coldfusion

CFUnited is almost here

August 11, 2009 ·

Since several people have asked, I get into CFUnited on Wednesday morning, hopefully in time for the keynote. I got a good deal on a red eye from San Francisco - it's non-stop and I hate burning daylight traveling. I've already posted my intended session schedule (PDF) so you can track me down easily although I do have a couple of client meetings to fit in and time on the Railo booth. Yes, Railo are sponsoring CFUnited and we'll be there at the Railo booth with schwag to give away, a sign-up sheet for folks interested in our consulting services and, of course, Gert, Mark, Peter and myself to answer all your questions about the Railo server as well. I'm giving my Living in the Cloud presentation on Wednesday afternoon (last session before dinner) and again on Saturday (last session of the conference). I'm also hosting a CFML Advisory Committee BoF on Wednesday night where you can hear what we've been up to over the last year since the committee was formed and hear about our plans for the future. There are going to be some interesting announcements at CFUnited that will affect lots of CF developers. See you Wednesday!

Tags: cfml-advisory · cfunited09 · coldfusion · railo

Application and Session Integration (and Mura Plugin)

August 08, 2009 ·

Bob Silverberg just wrote about testing application and session integration with FW/1 and provides the code he used for it. He also mentioned that he and Pat Santora (of Blue River) are working on a plugin for Mura CMS that would allow you to use FW/1 as a front controller for embedded applications within Mura. I'm looking forward to trying that as I'm doing quite a bit of work with Mura these days.

Tags: fw1 · coldfusion

Testing a ColdBox Controller that Redirects

August 08, 2009 ·

I'm working on a ColdBox project right now for a client and, as some may have gathered from my occasional tweets, I've set up Hudson as a Continuous Integration server that pulls the latest code from git, restarts the test server instance, reloads the test database and automatically runs the MXUnit-based test suite, whenever someone commits files to the main git repository. We have unit tests for individual components and we have integration tests for the ColdBox event handlers. Luis has provided pretty good documentation for writing such tests but one of the challenges I faced in getting some of the integration tests working was that they redirected to a new event!

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Tags: coldfusion · coldbox · tdd