CFUnited Speaker Q&A

CFUnited folks have asked the speakers to answer some questions regarding the conference and post on our blogs, here's my response:

Topic: Leveraging Basic Object Oriented Concepts in ColdFusion -

1. Have you spoken at CFUnited in the past? What would you tell someone who hasn't been to CFUnited before?
I spoke at CFUnited 2008, and I have attended every year since the CFun days. If you have never been to CFUnited, you are missing out in one of the best chances to trully make your job better in a number of facets. You'll learn from industry experts on the latest ColdFusion and Flex/Air trends, not only this gives you the power to build better apps but makes you more marketable when looking for a new job. You'll have a chance to meet and network with a great number of people who's day to day experiences are similar to your own, this is a huge resource when you stumble on a problem or if you are also looking for talent to help in your projects. The Expo hall is a great chance to checkout what products and services are there to make your day to day life easier and help achieve your development goals.

2. Why should people attend your session(s)?
If you are not yet doing Object-Oriented programming because you keep hearing all those buzz words like Singletons, Decorators, and other Design Patterns and can't find an example using ColdFusion to help you understand what they mean, you may want to checkout my "Leveraging Basic Object Oriented and Design Patterns in ColdFusion" session. This session is built to help you break into the OO world with a basic understanding of Design Patterns and how they help solve re-occurring problems.

3. Do you have any projects in the works that you will be revealing at CFUnited?
It's too early to tell...

4. Besides your topic, what other sessions are you looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to seeing some of the Coldbox sessions, more on Flex and AIR development with ColdFusion.

5. Where can people find you at CFUnited? (At the bar, networking, working, in your room, etc.)
AboutWeb booth, sessions, bar, networking, bar, pool, golf course and yes.. the bar!

6. What's the latest news with you? Has anything changed since last CFUnited?
My wife and I are expecting our first child, boy, due July 1st! He may be making his first appearance at CFUnited this year!!!

7. When you are not working what do you like to do in your free time?
Try out new technologies and frameworks, golfing and grilling with family and friends.

The CFUnited 2009 Topics Survey is now open, you can go there and vote for your favorite topics you'd like to see presented.

I have re-submitted my topic (you can find it under the "Please choose 4 from the list of topics that cover OO" section) from last year as it was well received and attended, and I'm hoping to make this year's presentation even better, so please head on over to the survey and voice your opinion and hopefully vote for my as well. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Leveraging Basic Object Oriented Concepts and Design Patterns in ColdFusion - Phill Nacelli

This session will introduce you to the basic concepts of object oriented development along with some basic design patterns by looking at real world code examples. Today's ColdFusion developers are bombarded by complex terms such as Singletons, Facades, Data Access Objects(DAOs) and other design patterns, making it hard for the novice to understand these valuable concepts without looking at actual code. This session will demystify those terms and give you the basic knowledge needed to build a foundation into the real advantages of Object Oriented programming.

CFUnited Presentations are coming, I swear..

For those of you that attended my session, my presentations are coming, I swear! I just found out that my recorded preso did not have any audio so I'm planning on recording another one soon and I'll be sure to add some of the stuff that we didn't have time to cover during the preso.

If you have any questions or comments or anything else you'd like to see, please feel free to post on this entry and I'll get back to you soon.


CFUnited 2008 - Pick your favorite Sci-Fi Movie!

My company AboutWeb is again sponsoring the community pit at this year's CFUnited. Every year we look at coming up with something new to make your experience more enjoyable. This year, to go with the Green/Sci-Fi theme of the conference, we are going to be having a movie theater showing the greatest Sci-Fi movies, ever!

How do we know that they are the greatest ever, you ask? Because you get to tell us what you want to watch!!! That's right, we are running a poll to get your opinion on what movies will make the cut. To vote for your favorite movie, please go the following link:

Presenting at CFUnited 2008.

I just received confirmation that I will be giving two presentations at CFUnited 2008.

The first is "Integrated ColdFusion Development Environment" which will cover the use of CFEclipse along with version control (using Subversion) and automated build scripts (using ANT) to help organize, maintain and simplify you and your development team's day to day tasks.

The second is "Leveraging Basic Object-Oriented Concepts in ColdFusion". This presentation's focus is to give the basic knowledge necessary to those programmers wanting to venture into using object oriented programming techniques in ColdFusion. If you have been waiting to make the move into OO, but were not sure where to start, this is the presentation for you.

Also, don't forget that Early Bird Registration prices end this Friday, November 30th!

For a more detailed summary about both topics:

Integrated ColdFusion Development Environment

Leveraging Basic Object Oriented Concepts in ColdFusion

FLEX 2.0, ColdFusion Mystic (7.0.2) Released

I'm pretty sure I'm late in blogging this, but here we go!

Adobe has released FLEX 2.0 and the ColdFusion updater codenamed Mystic (ColdFusion 7.0.2), coinciding with the first day at CFUnited Conference. I'm currently sitting at the FLEX Coding Kitchen getting ready to dive into the new goodies.. I'll be sure to blog about it later on today..

CFUnited News, Good and Bad

This is the first time I mentioned CFUnited in this blog.. let me first say that I have attended this event for the last 2 years and it has become the One Conference for ColdFusion developers, definately worth going!

I was not planning on attending it this year, my wife and I are finishing building a single family home and it will be ready for moving in on June 30th, also we close on our current home on the 29th. So with all the packing, moving, settlements, etc.. it wasn't feasible for me to attend even though I only live 25 minutes from the conference and work only 10 minutes from it!

Alas, some good friends of mine were able to get me a pass to attend on Wednesday.. so I'll be around then and maybe in and out throughout the conference.

No that was not the news.. the bad news is Hal Helms will not be attending the conference this year (see Hal Helms unable to attend in the CFUnited blog). I have seen Hal present many times and I have enjoyed his talks/lecturers very much, you'll be missed and we look forward to seeing you next year! The good news is that they are not cancelling Hal's sessions, instead they are having some great folks present in Hal's absence. One of them, my good friend Nic Tunney. Nic and I first met during a massive project I had architected at my last job and he immediatelly impressed me with his knowledge of CF and high standards of coding. I highly suggest going to see him present on Variables and Conditions

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