- August 26, 2021
- Managers, You Need To Include Agendas In Your Meeting Invites
(I posted a smaller version of this on my LinkedIn profile yesterday, and thought I’d expand it a bit here.)
Managers, when you schedule a “surprise” meeting with an employee, and don't put an agenda in the calendar invite…I am here to tell you that the odds of that employee freaking out and wondering if they should start updating a resume is MUCH higher than you'd like to believe.
- By Nolan Erck
- May 28, 2021
- Object Oriented Programming with CFML Video Series
Want to learn Object Oriented Programming with CFML? Are you still struggling with Components? No idea what they do or how to use them with confidence? Then you’re in luck! South of Shasta has partnered with Ortus Solutions and we’ve just released the “Object Oriented Programming Series” training videos on CFCasts. This is a collection of 35 videos, designed for the CFML developer that is still struggling with how to use Components. Each video is a bite-size bit of information about Object Oriented Programming using CFML.
- November 16, 2020
- Speaking at ColdFusion Summit 2020
How's 2020 treating you? ;) I haven't been posting much on here of late, for all the same 2020-quarantine reasons that everyone else has. Everything is behind, and going sideways, and all the other crazy things that have been happening. Fortunately I've got a few bits of good news starting to come in that I can share. Like this one:
- May 7, 2020
- Speaking at Into The Box 2020
This week I'm speaking at Into The Box 2020, giving an updated version of my talk "Testing My Non-ColdBox Site With TestBox". If you were at CF Camp last year and saw my preso, this is similar content, but with several updates.
- October 22, 2019
- CFCamp 2019 Recap
Sixteen hours in planes. Twenty-two hours of overall travel. And a 14-hour nap. I’m now back in Sacramento and somewhat right-side up after CFCamp 2019, the quintessential CFML / ColdFusion conference for Europe!
- October 21, 2019
- CFCamp Notes: Lucee 5.4 & 6, Gert Franz and Michael Offner-Streit
Gert and Micha kicked off day 1 of CFCamp with several demos of new things planned for Lucee. We saw code, we heard plans. There were demos, there were jokes, and there was lots of entertainment watching people try to use a German keyboard. :)
- October 15, 2019
- My CFCamp 2019 Schedule
Greetings from Munich! I’m in town for CFCamp 2019. This is the tenth anniversary of the conference and should be an amazing event. I was lucky and they selected my talk “Testing My Non-ColdBox Site With TestBox”; this talk was given once for Ortus Developer Week well over a year ago and has been changed quite a bit in the interim; lots more new content for everyone!
- October 9, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit 2019 Recap
Last week was the 2019 ColdFusion Summit in Las Vegas. This year brought the conference back to The Mirage (last year’s event was at The Hard Rock Cafe). and by all accounts was a big success!
Who are these jokers that keep spouting off about how “ColdFusion is dead”? Clearly they’ve never been to the ColdFusion Summit (or any recent CF conference for that matter).
- October 8, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: Please Pass the Salt: Serve Up Passwords With a Side of Entropy, Brad Wood
Pro tip: when Brad Wood is giving a talk at a conference, make attending said talk a priority -- you'll learn a lot. But also take notes, because he'll throw a ton of info at you in rapid fire succession interspersed with jokes, delivered just as quickly. I think it's all the Mountain Dew. ;)
- October 7, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: SQL, I Learned Enough to Break Everything - Dave Ferguson
SQL performance is important regardless of what type of application you're building. Whether it's written in legacy CFML, ColdBox 5, Framework-1, or even some other stack entirely, every tip Dave mentioned in this talk can be put to good use on your project.
- October 7, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: GET cfml - A Guide to Writing API Wrappers, Matthew Clemente
Matt gave this talk at Into The Box a year or two back, and it was one of the stand-out sessions for me. So much so, that I had to attend it again this year and see what new information he'd added to the preso.
- October 5, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: Testing - How Vital and How Easy to Use, Uma Ghotikar
Uma has given her talks on testing at several conferences recently, and I've never been able to catch it until now. There's a reason she continues to get asked to give this presentation: it's packed full of useful info about testing your web applications. FYI, none of the info is ColdBox specific (despite her mentioning TestBox and MockBox in the examples). And several bits of info (such as the portion about JMeter) could be used to test any web application, even if it's not written in CFML.
- October 4, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: Making Modules - Utilizing Reusable Code through ColdBox Modules, Eric Peterson
Modules are one of those ColdFusion things that often get interpreted as ColdBox-specific. While there are advantages to using them with ColdBox, you can build and use modules without having ColdBox anywhere on your server. Eric Peterson did a great job of explaining both scenarios and the pros and cons of each.
- October 3, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: ColdFusion For the Next Decade, Rakshith Naresh
Rakshith showed a taste of what's being planned for ColdFusion 2020 and the version coming after that (I'm guessing it will be called ColdFusion 2022). Additionally, new features were added in the Update 5 that recently got released for version 2018, which Rakshith explained as well. There are some nice looking new features coming to the language!
- October 3, 2019
- ColdFusion Summit Notes: ColdFusion And Vue, Matt Gifford
Fresh off a 20+ hour journey from Europe, Matt Gifford gave an excellent presentation on using Vue.js with ColdFusion. Had he not mentioned it, you'd never have guessed he was extremely jet-lagged. Matt is is as professional of a speaker as they come, and a dear friend to boot. It was great having him join us this year.
- September 25, 2019
- My ColdFusion Summit 2019 Schedule
Next week is the ColdFusion Summit 2019. As always it’s being held in Las Vegas. New this year is the location (The Mirage) and the previously mentioned new ColdFusion Certification Training! And of course a ton of new sessions from a variety of speakers. Way too much variety. Seriously, picking what sessions to attend took more brainpower than I was prepared for.
- September 24, 2019
- The New Adobe ColdFusion Certification Training
Now that the videos are live, people have signed up, and all the wheels are in motion, I’m officially allowed to talk about it:
There is a new Adobe ColdFusion Certification program available!
- September 19, 2019
- My WordCamp 2019 Sacramento Schedule
This weekend I’ll be at WordCamp Sacramento 2019.
“Hey Nolan, I didn’t know you’re a WordPress developer?!”.
While we’ve done some WordPress and PHP apps for clients over the years, that’s not really the reason I’ll be at this conference. Take a look at their schedule: 3 tracks, only one of which is WordPress specific. Nearly everything else is pretty general, modern web development. Plus it’s over a weekend so no time off work, and tickets were a mere 40 bucks. Also, it’s local — no hotels, no flights.
- July 29, 2019
- Speaking at CF Camp 2019
The sessions have been announced, I’m officially allowed to talk about it now: I’ll be speaking at CF Camp 2019 in Munich Germany later this year!
This is the tenth CF Camp and the plan is to make this the best CF Camp yet, and celebrating the 10th anniversary. Based on the session list, I think they’ve succeeded! My biggest challenge will be figuring out which sessions to attend — there are a bunch of excellent speakers and topics to pick from!
- May 31, 2019
- What I Listen To While Coding
It’s Friday morning, time for a more light hearted blog entry. Plus, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged anything except conference related things. :) Several folks lately have been discussing what they listen to while coding, I thought I’d jump into the fun.