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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.)

June 21, 2016
Dev.Objective Notes: Lucee 5 - A Deep Dive - Gert Franz and Michael Offner

(This session was one of the highlights of Dev.Objective for me!   The idea of being able to contribute to Lucee is very exciting, and like many others, doing so with the version 4 codebase was pretty challenging.  The entire process of compiling Lucee 5 from the source code is noticeably improved in Lucee 5!  It was actually exciting to watch how easy it is! Wanna see for yourself?  Gert and Michael were kind enough to record that that portion of the session for everyone —

Nothing against Adobe (I still use ACF quite often for many of my clients), but I’m very glad to see this forward motion from the Lucee team and am looking forward to contributing back to the project!)

June 20, 2016
Into The Box 2016 Recap

Into The Box 2016 wrapped up last Tuesday evening; this was my second Into The Box, both as a speaker and an attendee.  I like that this year’s conference was at the same venue as Dev.Objective, it made for fewer logistics among both the attendees and speakers; registration and sessions all ran smoothly, etc.  Lunch was on par with NCDevCon (I skipped breakfast and ate at the hotel), and of course there was the obligatory mariachi band and snacks at the reception. :)

June 18, 2016
Into The Box Notes: Building Mobile Apps w/ Ionic and ColdBox - Scott Steinbeck

(Scott’s talk was very well done, and perfectly timed, as I was giving an Angular/Ionic deep dive the following day at Dev.Objective.  Not only was Scott’s talk well organized and full of useful information, it gave me a chance to sanity check the content for my presentation one last time.  As I did end up using a little of his content in my talk, I (voluntarily and happily) included his name in my slide deck. Thanks again, Scott!)

June 18, 2016
Into The Box Notes: Converting Legacy Apps into Modern MVC - Brad Wood, Scott Coldwell

Can’t convert a legacy app into structured MVC overnight

Implicit View Dispatch in ColdBox
can just have a CFM file in a view. can have ANY CFML you want in it (queries, whatever)
can drop that in the Views folder, if i hit it with the right URL it will work
don’t get any greatness from ColdBox that way, but it will at least ‘work’ as a base starting point

June 18, 2016
Into The Box Notes: Keynote

Here are the notes I took during the Into The Box 2016 keynote (given by Luis Majano except where noted) —

June 9, 2016
My Dev.Objective Schedule

Dev.Objective is next week! How did that get here so quickly?!  

I’m giving 2 talks this year.  The first is a 2-hour deep-dive version of “Crash Course in Ionic + AngularJS”.  This talk will use AngularJS 1.x technology. Sorry, nothing Angular 2.x specific in this talk.  It was just really unfortunate timing that version 2 came along when it did while I was working on this talk. It’s just way too much work to redo everything to be for Angular 2 (and I haven’t used that much anyway — my Angular / Ionic projects are all still on 1.x with no immediate plans to upgrade).

June 9, 2016
My Into The Box 2016 Schedule

Into The Box 2016 is next week!  My plane leaves in the morning for Minneapolis (spending a few days with friends before the conference).

May 16, 2016
Speaking at SacInteractive

This Wednesday night (May 18) I’m giving my “Crash Course in Ionic + AngularJS” talk for SacInteractive. This will be a somewhat expanded version of the talk, as I’m rewriting it for a “deep dive” version I’ll be giving next month at Dev.Objective.

May 9, 2016
Speaking at Dev.Objective!

Next month I'm speaking at Dev.Objective! It's always an honor when I get selected as one of the presenters. This year I'm giving two talks at the conference.

April 17, 2016
SacInteractive: Python Scripting With Blender3D

This Wednesday (April 20), join SacInteractive downtown at HackerLab, as Jon Nutting presents an introduction to Python scripting and how cool it is in the world of 3D, specifically the free open-source 3D editor Blender3D. He'll just scratch the surface, but will show how great Python is for creating dynamic 3D content/controls and also for creating custom tools/Blender features. Come check it out!

March 5, 2016
SacInteractive Meeting: Automate Web Testing with Selenium

This month at SacInteractive, Dave Jones will be presenting on "Automate Web Testing with Selenium".  Details are below. The meeting is Wednesday March 16 at HackerLab (17th and I streets, Sacramento).  It starts at 6:30, is FREE and open to everyone! See you there!


March 1, 2016
Speaking at Into The Box 2016

I’m speaking at Into The Box this year! I’ll be giving a slightly-shorter-than-normal 30 minute version of my talk “Best Practices Are Best Expect When They’re Not”. So obviously some content will change a bit due to time constraints, but I’ll do my best to keep the bulk of the important pieces in tact.

February 22, 2016
MuraCon Recap
MuraCon wrapped up on Friday night, the proverbial dust has settled, and I have a few minutes to type up some thoughts on the conference.
February 15, 2016
My MuraCon Schedule

MuraCon is this week! I'll be speaking on HTML 5 and attending as many of the other presentations as I can. Here's my best guess as to where you can find me.

February 8, 2016
Speaking at SacInteractive and MuraCon

Next week I'm earning an "overachiever" badge and speaking at both SacInteractive and MuraCon.

I'm giving my preso "HTML5 201" at both locations, but at MuraCon I'll be giving the talk with a bit more of a Mura-centric focus. Basically the info is the same, but we'll discuss (and show via demos) how these HTML5 features can work from within a Mura website.

January 12, 2016
SacInteractive meeting: Web Audio API

Next week at SacInteractive... Web Audio API

Jon Nutting will be presenting a primer course about working with the HTML5 Web Audio API. He'll do a code walk through on how easy it is to build your own audio player using HTML and JavaScript, and then how to stylize the player using CSS. Jon will also discuss some of the great audio filters and effects you can use too, which will allow you to essentially build your own web-based synthesizer...on your own time of course :)  Wednesday Jan 20th, 6:30pm at HackerLab.  FREE and open to everyone. See you there!

December 17, 2015
Part-time Office Manager Wanted

South of Shasta is looking for a part time Office Manager...

November 15, 2015
Speaking at Ortus Developer Week

Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm giving a my talk "Crash Course In AngularJS and Ionic" for Ortus Developer Week.  ODW is a week-long series of sessions being provided by Ortus Solutions.  The sessions are FREE and open to everyone.

November 12, 2015
ColdFusion Summit Recap

Another successful ColdFusion Summit!  I'm sitting at the airport waiting for my flight home, attempting to wrap my head around everything that's happened the last few days.  There was a metric ton of great content from both Adobe proper and all the presenters.  I saw absolutely no outright bad sessions, everything was top notch (a couple of very minor demo fails, but no real show-stoppers).  I didn't take as many notes as I usually do; all the slide decks were pretty informative and are available for download -- there wasn't much else for me to document.