Software Development, Web Design, Training


May 16, 2023
My Into The Box 2023 Schedule

Into The Box 2023 starts tomorrow! After a flight that included several delay, I finally arrived at the hotel a few minutes ago. As per usual, there is a ton of great content this year; deciding which sessions to attend is like the techie equivalent of Sophie’s Choice! Here’s my best guess as to where you can find me:

May 13, 2023
Speaking at Into The Box 2023

It's week I'll be speaking at Into The Box in Houston!

April 7, 2023
ColdFusion Summit East 2023 Recap

The 2023 CF Summit East Conference wrapped up yesterday — it was a fun, albeit short, trip. I’m already on a flight back hope; sadly no time for tourist things on this trip (tho my sushi dinner with Minh Vo yesterday was fantastic so I’ll take that as a win).

April 5, 2023
My CF Summit East Schedule

Greetings from the Chicago Airport! I'm currently waiting on my flight that's been delayed several times. This place becomes even more of a zoo every time I'm here. Anyway, assuming they find a way to get me to DC before morning (cross your fingers!), I'll be speaking at the CF Summit East tomorrow.

March 17, 2023
Speaking at CF Summit East 2023!

Conference season is here again!  And I'll be kicking it off by speaking at Adobe ColdFusion Summit East 2023 in Washington DC!

January 6, 2023
CFML Developer Wanted

We're looking for a CFML Developer to help with a new project. It should be pretty steady work for at least the next 3 months, possibly longer if all goes well.

November 28, 2022
Sample Code for the ColdBox Master Class

Are you taking the ColdBox Master Class on CFCasts? Some folks were asking where to find the Vandelay Forum app that I used in the video training.

November 4, 2022
Free ColdBox Training For The Rest Of 2022

CFML developers that still say "I don't know how to use ColdBox", your excuses are now officially invalid. ;) The ColdBox Master Class video training series that I produced for Ortus Solutions is FREE for the rest of the year!

October 7, 2022
Adobe CF Summit 2022 Recap

The Adobe CF Summit 2022 is done! I'm down in the hotel lobby waiting for my ride to the airport which means it's officially time to work on my conference recap! Honestly I can't think of any reason that this conference wasn't a huge success for everyone involved. I saw no clunker sessions, no tech issues, overall a very smoothly run event!

October 5, 2022
CF Summit 2022 Notes

Sometimes I take notes during the conference sessions. And to my surprise people are actually reading them. :) Here's everything I jotted down during the Adobe CF Summit 2022 presentations. Enjoy.

October 2, 2022
Speaking at CF Summit on Monday

FYI for anyone attending the Adobe CF Summit this week, there's been a small schedule change. I'll be giving my talk "Web Components and CFML" on Monday at 2:45. Some of the material says Ray Camden (or somebody else that Ray was pinch-hitting for, I don't who) was going to speak in this time slot; that's now out of date.

September 23, 2022
My CF Summit 2022 Schedule

Hotel confirmation is in hand, plane ticket has been booked, it’s official…I’m going to the Adobe ColdFusion Summit in Las Vegas! Much like Into The Box earlier this month, the CF Summit is a must-attend event for anyone looking to stay up on CFML development practices. And the agenda includes enough content for non-CFML developers, that I’d also encourage Engineering Managers and other techies to attend. (Really, this is true of most tech content — a lot of it is easily applicable to different environments.) Not registered yet? You can sign up at this link.

September 9, 2022
Into The Box 2022 Recap

Into The Box 2022 is a wrap! My first in-person conference since this pandemic madness began two years ago. While the attendance level was a bit smaller (but expected) I think the event was a big success overall.

(Before we get into the recap…a brief reminder: this is not a ColdBox-specific conference! While yes there are many sessions related to ColdBox, I count at least 10 sessions, some of the workshops, and most of the pre-conference virtual sessions that have nothing to do with ColdBox. Seriously, if you’re a CFML developer of any kind, this conference will add value to your development experience.)

September 1, 2022
Speaking at Into The Box 2022

(In my best comedian voice) so, the pandemic…am I right?! Next week I’m flying out to Texas for my first in-person conference in WAY too long! I’ll be giving 2 talks at one of my favorite events: Into The Box in Houston Texas!

July 17, 2022
Speaking At Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week 2022

Slides are done, code is written, demos are working. It's official: I'm speaking at Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week 2022! This is a FREE week-long virtual conference, featuring a bunch of amazing presenters covering not just ColdFusion specific talks but also things like Alpine.js, CI/CD pipelines, Amazon S3 and much more!

June 16, 2022
Part-time CFML developer wanted

South of Shasta is looking for a part-time mid to senior level developer that can assist with some projects for our clients over the next few months, possibly longer.

Requirements are like so:

March 31, 2022
Using Hazelcast With CFML

Recently I’ve been experimenting with Hazelcast, trying to wrap my head around various uses cases and how I might take advantage of the technology in some of our projects. If you’re unfamiliar, Hazelcast provides a very high speed in-memory storage and processing system that can be connected to many different types of systems. It’s commonly used in things like fraud detection for credit card transactions, when a lot of data and calculations have to be processed as quickly as possible.

March 4, 2022
Why Do Some CFML Jobs Require Degrees?

Earlier today in the ColdFusion Programmers forum on Facebook somebody asked (I’m paraphrasing a little) why do some ColdFusion jobs require a Computer Science degree when they don’t teach CFML in college? I have 2 answers...

By Nolan Erck
February 2, 2022
ColdFusion Summit 2021 Notes: Tackling ColdFusion Security, Pete Freitag

We’re all impacted by security hacks. Even the smartest devs will have security vulnerabilities in their code. Sometimes as devs we try to chase the idea that we can have things that are perfect but there will always be bugs in code. Not likely that your code will never have security issues but you can’t ignore it. Probably a good time to take action on it if you’ve been ignoring it.

January 17, 2022
ColdFusion Summit 2021 Recap

Last month was the ColdFusion Summit 2021 Conference. Like many events lately this one was virtual (as opposed to the usual meetup in Vegas) but I'd say this was still worth attending for anyone near the CFML space.