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October 17, 2016
Speaking at CF Camp

Apparently I didn’t get enough excitement from CF Summit in Las Vegas.  I’m now in Germany getting ready to speak at CF Camp!

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Become a Security Rockstar with ColdFusion 2016, David Epler

Server update process -
always apply and test on development and test/staging env’s first
update as quickly and reasonably as possible

Notification of updates
blogs.coldfusion.com is the best place

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Testing Automation, Luis Majano

Most companies - do a little bit of tests, claim it’s automated, but in reality the test plan is pretty bad

why people don’t test
think they’re too busy
“you don’t have time to test, you need to deliver now”
sometimes it’s comfort - don’t feel comfortable applying testing methodologies
afraid
- it’s new
- new learned behavior

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: API Economy - Realizing The Business Value of APIs Through Adobe API Management - Elishia Dvorak

How to Monetize your API?
Analytics, expose the metrics
Charge customers by the metrics that we get
Can do it by Access Control
— list of services, expose just the access that the customer needs

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit Notes: Where is ColdFusion headed? - Rakshith Naresh

Been hearing “is CF still alive?” for at least 10 years

“ColdFusion is the best undead language ever.”

(Not all these features are guaranteed to be in CF next)

October 17, 2016
ColdFusion Summit 2016 Recap

The ColdFusion Summit wrapped up a few days ago; I meant to blog about it sooner (and post my notes from the sessions, which I’ll do later) but as soon as the conference ended, I headed straight back to work and had a mountain of client deadlines to tackle.

Overall I think the Summit was a huge success.  Not only was it the largest number of attendees yet (500+) but over 200 people were attending for the first time!  To have that many new people (whether new to CF or just new to the idea of attending a conference to improve their skillset) is great!

October 5, 2016
My ColdFusion Summit 2016 Schedule

Next week is the ColdFusion Summit 2016, in Las Vegas!  With four tracks of content, it was hard to narrow things down, but here’s my best guess as to where you’ll be able to find me:

October 3, 2016
Speaking at ColdFusion Summit 2016

Next week is the ColdFusion Summit in Las Vegas.  I'll be giving my talk "Dependency Injection: Why Is It Awesome and Why Should I Care?".  This is the same talk I've given at conferences before, with some updated code examples. The talk itself is really about the concept of "Dependency Injection" and isn't specific to any of the libraries available (DI/1, WireBox, ColdSpring, etc).  Typically when I give this talk, it includes pseudocode examples that are loosely based on ColdSpring.  Those will still be included, but I'm also adding some actual code samples using various DI libaries, so there is a bit more of a "real world" takeaway for attendees.  

September 21, 2016
Teaching a Git Class at CF Camp

Okay it’s official — I’ll be teaching a Git class at this year’s CF Camp in Munich Germany.  Typically at conferences I give a 1-hour talk called “Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us”, which is an intro to Git (and an intro to source control in general) with a GUI app instead of via the command line.  This class will be an extended version of the same thing.

September 19, 2016
Speaking at SacInteractive

Apparently I am a glutton for punishment. After spending all weekend in North Carolina for NCDevCon and giving to presentations, I’m also speaking this week at SacInteractive.  I’ll be giving my talk “Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us” that I gave at NCDevCon.  Exact same talk, exact same content.  Once for the east coast, once for the west coast.  Everybody wins. See you there. —nolan

September 19, 2016
NCDevCon 2016 Recap

At the airport to head home from NCDevCon 2016.  Yet again Dan Wilson and his crew put together a great event.  Each year I tell people NCDevCon is one of the best conferences to attend (especially for the price) and it never disappoints.

September 13, 2016
My NCDevCon Schedule

NCDevCon is this weekend!  Shameless plug: I’m giving talks on MVC in ColdFusion and Git for folks that don’t like command line tools.

The plane ticket is booked, the sessions are written, and as usual there is just too much great content at NCDevCon to make picking a schedule easy! But here’s my best guess as to where you’ll be able to find me at the conference.  (Many thank-yous to NCDevCon for recording the conference sessions; that’s saving me some stress.)

September 11, 2016
Speaking at NCDevCon

Next weekend I’ll be speaking at NCDevCon in North Carolina.  Going for another "overachiever" award, I’ll be giving two talks: "MVC With and Without a Framework" and "Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us".

August 10, 2016
SacInteractive -- Minecraft Plugins: Not Your Parent's Summer Job

Next week at SacInteractive, Caleb Brock is coming back to give a talk titled "Writing Minecraft Plugins: Not Your Parent's Summer Job".

July 30, 2016
Part-Time Office Manager Wanted

South of Shasta is looking for a part-time Office Assistant / Manager. EVERYONE that's worked for me in the past has gone on to find a better full-time job. Need more skills on your resume? Need a stellar letter of recommendation for your next full time gig? This job has been a great "launch pad" to get several people into the next phases of their careers -- it could be for you as well!

July 18, 2016
SacInteractive - Making Art With JavaScript

This Wednesday at SacInteractive, Bill Bead from the Art Institute will be presenting on "Making Art With JavaScript".

July 13, 2016
My Amazon AWS Summit Schedule

I’m attending the Amazon AWS Summit today, along with a handful of colleagues.  There’s a pretty massive amount of content, especially for a 1-day FREE conference! Assuming the trains are running on time (we’re coming in from Sacramento via Amtrak) here’s my best guess as to where you can find me. Probably.

June 22, 2016
Dev.Objective() 2016 Recap

Wow things have been busy lately! Giving 3 lectures at 2 back-to-back conferences on the other side of the country will do that. :)

Dev.Objective() 2016 wrapped up last week.  This is the 2nd year with a wider topic base and less of a ColdFusion focus (tho CF was still covered).  As a result of the switch in focus, attendance levels were lower than previous years, but anyone reading the conference handout already knows that, and knows it was expected as well.  It takes time to make such a big change; Dev.Objective() is a well run machine and I’m sure the team already has ideas for how to continue improving everything.  There was a brief mention of the conference happening again next year, it’ll be good to see what continued changes happen.  Personally I hope the content is about the same as this year: a good amount of ColdFusion as well as other related technologies.

June 21, 2016
Dev.Objective Notes: Automated Hybrid Application Development And Release - Trevor Brindle

(I had never seen Trevor give a presentation before this — it was a great talk full of useful content.  Shameless plug: he and I are both speaking in September at NCDevCon.  Hopefully we don’t have conflicting timeslots, I want to see his session on Vagrant for mobile dev! Dan, please don’t schedule us at the same timeslot! ;) )

 

June 21, 2016
Dev.Objective Notes: Take Home Your Very Own Free Vagrant CFML Dev Environment - Gavin Pickin

(I've seen Gavin speak several times and have worked with him on a project as well.  He is excellent at explaining concepts new to the audience/co-worker/whatever. I've seen several Vagrant related talks over the last year and this was easily the most well constructed of the bunch.)