CFUNITED 2007 - Day Three
July 5, 2007 ·
Several nights of poor sleep and long, information-filled days got the better of me and I accidentally slept in, missing Eric Goodlad's session on XML, Rob Gonda's session on Flex and AJAX and Adam Wayne Lehman's session on security and ColdFusion 8. In other words, I got up just in time for lunch (which was, again, very good!). After lunch, I went to Rob Rusher's session on Flex charting. He seemed to be having some problems with Flex Builder and ended up fielding so many questions from the audience that he didn't get very deep into the charting machinery. I was a bit disappointed by that. My plan was to attend John Paul Ashenfelter's pragmatic ColdFusion session but I lingered in the room after Rob's talk and Joe Rinehart took the stage to talk about AJAX and ColdFusion frameworks so I stayed put. If you haven't heard Joe present, you really, really need to make an effort to attend one of his sessions. I think he is probably the best speaker on the CF circuit today. He is well-paced, clear and engaging. He makes sure everyone understands his agenda and he manages his time in a very professional manner. I'd probably go see him present the phone directory, based on the last few talks of his that I've attended. He really is one of the "must see" speakers these days. He talked about the challenges of AJAX development, the proliferation of frameworks, then he zeroed in on a couple of frameworks and showed how easy it is to use them with a ColdFusion framework like Model-Glue. He also covered how ColdFusion 8 will change the playing field - essentially making it even easier to use AJAX with Model-Glue (and other CF frameworks). In the evening I went out for dinner with a small group of CFers and their partners and then just hung out in the bar and in people's rooms getting a sense of the conference and geeking out about ColdFusion. The networking that the event is so good for.