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 - http://cfunited.com/2009/topics/295

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.

As promised, here are the slides and code examples for my CF.Objective() 2008 presentation. Feel free to post any comments or questions and I'll get to them asap.

As I mentioned after the presentation, I'm also going to be putting together an intermediate version of this talk covering more complex patterns. Also, I have been told that CF.Objective() 2009 will be tentatively scheduled for May 6-9. So now you have plenty of time to begin schmoozing your bosses to let you go. I have to say that this is THE conference for learning the high level skills needed to build enterprise level applications in ColdFusion.


Here's the link to download the presentation and code examples:

Leveraging_Basic_Design_Patterns_in_ColdFusion

CF.Objective() - Done Presenting

I'm done with my presentations on "Leveraging Basic Design Patterns in ColdFusion" talk at CF.Objective(). For those of you who attended, thank you very much for coming! I hope you have learned something useful that will help make your day to day coding better, and I'd love to hear from you on any feedback. I will be posting my slides and code examples as soon as I return home to Maryland. Also, I am thinking about making an extension to this intro talk with an intermediate session covering more patterns, let me know if you are interested in that as well.

I'd like to also thank our great hosts Jared Rypka-Hauer, Steven Hauer and Jim Louis for a great conference experience, both as a speaker and as an attendee. I'm looking forward to CF.Objective() 2009!

Capital Area Flex User's Group April Meeting Reminder

Just a quick meeting reminder that the Capital Area Flex User's Group is meeting this Wednesday night at 6:30pm at AboutWeb.

We have another amazing meeting lined up for you tomorrow night. To start off the night we'll have Ashish Jaiman from Microsoft present on Silverlight. This should be an opportunity to see where Microsoft stands with it's competing product and perhaps inspire some friendly rivalry.

After a break for food and drinks, Kelly Brown will be presenting on BlazeDS, an open source Flex/Air server initiative from Adobe.

Please arrive by 6:30pm at our Rockville office as presentations will begin promptly at 7:00pm. For directions and more information visit www.dc-flex.org.

As always, we will be broadcasting the event live on Adobe Connect. To follow the event online (sorry no e-food though!) go to http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/capfug0408/.

Capital Area Flex User's Group Meeting Reminder

Just a quick meeting reminder that the Capital Area Flex User's Group is meeting tonight at 6:00pm to celebrate the much anticipated launch of Adobe Flex 3.0 and AIR 1.0!

Adobe's RIA technologies enable you to rapidly build and deploy the most engaging applications across browsers and on the desktop. The DC Flex Usergroup is hosting a special live event to share exciting new information on Adobe's platform tools and technologies for building RIAs. You'll see an exclusive user group video presentation by Adobe Chief Software Architect, Kevin Lynch, hear some important product news, plus get your hands on some exclusive schwag and other giveaways. Be part of the fun and excitement and join the rest of the Adobe developer community by participating in this very special event

As always, we will be broadcasting the event live on Adobe Connect. To follow the event online (sorry no e-food though!) go to http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/capfug0308/.

Flex Camp Washington, DC 2008

Just want to pass on the word that tomorrow AboutWeb LLC and Adobe Systems will be hosting the Flex Camp Washington, DC 2008. This is one-day gathering with Adobe Flex experts covering everything you need to know about the power of Flex, the upcoming release of Flex 3, and a bit about the much anticipated Adobe Air.

Since we have already surpassed the registration capacity, we are going to be broadcasting the entire event live on Adobe Connect from 9:30am to 12:00pm and then after lunch break from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (All times are Eastern Standard Time).

To view the event go to http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/dcflexcamp08/, choose the "Enter as a Guest" option and click "Enter Room" after entering your name. We look forward to seeing you online!

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

Capital Area Flex User Group - November 07 Recorded Session

As mentioned previously we have started to broadcast live and record the Capital Area Flex User Group meetings. Last night we had a great turnout and special thanks to Danny Dura and Christian Cantrell for coming out and presenting.

Here are the recorded sessions:

Danny Dura, Adobe Evangelist
Adobe AIR Overview
http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/p26954584/

Christian Cantrell, AIR Product Manager
Deconstructing AIR Applications
http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/p41045993/

Capital Area Flex User's Group - Now Broadcasting Live!

Just want to quickly mention that tonight's CAPFug meeting will be the first of many that will be broadcast live using Adobe Connect.

Tonight's meeting with our special guest speakers from Adobe can be seen here:

http://adobechats.adobe.acrobat.com/capfug1107

Capital Area Flex User's Group - A breath of fresh AIR!

Just a quick note that tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 7th, the Capital Area Flex User's Group(CAPFug) will be hosting two special guest speakers from Adobe.

Danny Dura, Adobe Evangelist, will be giving an overview of Adobe AIR and Christian Cantrell, AIR Product Manager, will dive into some details with "Deconstructing AIR Applications".

The meeting will start shortly after 6:00pm here at the AboutWeb Office and as always, free pizza, sodas and snacks are provided during the social break between sessions.


Capital Area Flex User's Group(CAPFug)
AboutWeb Office
6177 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-9246

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