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BACFUG - Under new management

June 21, 2007 ·

Last night I took over as manager of the Bay Area ColdFusion User Group. First off, I'd like to thank Jennifer Larkin, the outgoing manager, for four and a half years of stalwart service! Last night she was the speaker, covering the recently released Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). Nathan Dintenfass, the previous manager, also turned up to witness the passing of the torch. Second, I'd like to appeal to all the Bay Area ColdFusion developers out there: I know there's a lot of CFers in the Bay Area - what can I do to make the user group more appealing to you so that more of you come to meetings? We meet every month on the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm in the Adobe building in San Francisco (601 Townsend St). Would other times, dates or locations appeal to you more (knowing we can't please everyone all the time)? What about topics? What would you like to learn about? Would you like to speak? Perhaps you (or your company) would like to sponsor refreshments at meetings in return for having your promotional material available to attendees? Feel free to leave comments or contact me privately with your thoughts!

Tags: bacfug · coldfusion

7 responses

  • 1 charlie griefer // Jun 21, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    hey sean... congrats on (what i assume was) a landslide victory :)

    don't have any suggestions (yet), but just wanted to say i'm looking forward to being a part of this group come Sept!
  • 2 sue levy // Jun 22, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    I wonder if Adobe would consent to having every other meeting in San Jose?
  • 3 Sean Corfield // Jun 22, 2007 at 10:15 AM


    That's up to the BACFUG members, not Adobe. If the members want meetings to alternate between San Francisco and San Jose, I can make that happen. I don't know whether Adobe could provide meeting space in San Jose but New Horizons have a San Jose location and they are pretty good about providing facilities for user group meetings. Perhaps your company might like to get involved Sue? Meeting space, refreshments sponsorship, whatever is appropriate?
  • 4 Mark Drew // Jun 22, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Do you think if I showed up, every month it would increase the attendance?? ;)

    Ok, the bus fare might be a bit much from London to San Fran, but I would love to go!
  • 5 Gary // Jun 22, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Sean - Congrats...

    SF is a little far for us, so we tend to miss many of the meetings - which I would like to attend. If there is a possibility to have some meetings in San Jose, that would be huge for us. Additionally, if there is any chance of having recorded playbacks of meetings available - that would also be extremely helpful. Also, it might be fun to allow BACFUG members tha ability to code parts of the new BACFUG site - and make this more of a community project, in an effort to generate an open-source like atmosphere (just a thought).

    Gary Herman
  • 6 Sean Corfield // Jun 22, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    @Gary, all the BACFUG meetings are recorded (where possible) and the URLs are posted to the listerv and on Jennifer's blog. I will make sure they all get posted to the BACFUG site (which we'll overhaul shortly since it really doesn't work very well). I've posted most of them on my blog too:

    I think you can find them all on Charlie Arehart's UGTV site as well.

    As for location, I'll run a poll to see what folks think but having some meetings in San Jose sounds like a good idea to me - Silvafug (the Flex group) does that and gets good attendance, albeit with a different group of people attending in SF and SJ.

    @Mark, you'd be very welcome at any of the BACFUG meetings you can attend! :)
  • 7 Mike Brunt // Jun 22, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    This nice news Sean congratulations as Jefferson Starship sang...

    We built this city on ColdFusion..sorry that is wrong it's...

    We built this city on Sean Corfield.