This is a selection my conference and user group talks, from 2011 to 2013, roughly in reverse date order. Most of my talks have been aimed at a CFML audience, even when discussing Clojure. I used to list about two dozen talks on my site, but a lot of those are outdated now, and even that list only went back to about 2008.
I stopped speaking at conferences after 2013, preferring to just enjoy attending them, without the stress and effort involved in creating talks. I figured I’d been a regular conference speaker for about a decade by that point – I deserved a break.
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ORM, NoSQL, and Vietnam
This plays on blog posts by Ted Neward and Jeff Atwood to put Object-Relational Mapping under the microscope and look at where the mapping breaks down and how it can “leak” into your code, making your life harder. After that I take a quick walk thru the general “No-SQL” space and then focus on document-based data stores as a good (better?) match for OOP and provide examples based on MongoDB and cfmongodb, with a quick look at how common SQL idioms play out in that world. See the code on Github. Presented at cf.Objective() 2013. ORM, NoSQL, and Vietnam slides (95Kb PDF).
Essentially a follow-on to the ORM, NoSQL, and Vietnam talk above, this looks at replica sets, sharding, read preference, write concern, map/reduce and the aggregation framework, to show how MongoDB can scale out to support true “Big Data”. The talk featured a live demo of setting up a replica set and using it from CFML, including coping robustly with failover, and a live demo of setting up a sharded cluster (and using it from CFML) to show how MongoDB handles extremely large data sets in a fairly simple, robust manner. See the code on Github. Presented at cf.Objective() 2013. Humongous MongoDB slides (136Kb PDF).
Clojure and CFML Sitting in a Tree
Created primarily as a case study of World Singles' use of Clojure alongside CFML and presented at CFML User Groups in San Francisco, CA and Melbourne and Sydney in Australia in mid-2012. Since I can’t share the code shown during the live talks, I’ve added slides with notes about what the code was examples of. Clojure and CFML Sitting in a Tree slides (736Kb PDF).
Doing Boring Things with an Exciting Language
A forerunner to the above talk, this is a 25 minute talk that I gave at Clojure/West 2012, talking about how World Singles uses Clojure and why it works so well as a general purpose scripting language that isn’t just for solving hard problems at large scale. It doesn’t go into any depth - it’s a short talk - but I hope it gives a taste for what Clojure can do. Doing Boring Things with an Exciting Language slides (3Mb PDF).
Functional Programming: What is it and why should I care?
An introduction to functional programming, showing techniques that you can use to make your CFML easier to test, safer with concurrency and more reusable - using examples from Clojure as well as CFML. Created for cf.Objective() 2011. Functional Programming slides (400Kb PDF).
FW/1 - The Invisible Framework
This talk introduces my lightweight MVC framework. It covers the principles, the conventions and refers to the examples that ship with FW/1 as demos. This version is from Scotch on the Rocks 2011. FW/1 - The Invisible Framework slides (319Kb PDF).