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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.

November 12, 2015
WordCamp Sacramento Recap

The first WordCamp Sacramento was yesterday.  This was also the first WordCamp I've ever attended (in any location).  I don't advertise myself as "WordPress specialist" tho I have done a few projects with it for clients (I try to be objective and pick the right tool for the job, rather than having a default go-to platform for everything -- though I will say ColdFusion ends up as my tool of choice way more often than anything else, but I digress).  So while I was an attendee and a speaker, I probably had a different mindset and perhaps a different level of expectation than many others at the conference.  Overall the conference was successful, though it was clear that this was the first one and not all the kinks had been worked out just yet. Hey, nothing's perfect.  

November 12, 2015
WordCamp Notes -- HTTPS is Coming: Are you Prepared?, Zack Tollman

(Zack's talk was easily the best one at all of WordCamp. He really knows his content and is an excellent presenter. I highly recommend watching this preso the next time Zack is presenting!)

November 12, 2015
WordCamp Notes -- Content Design: Getting The Most From Your Content And Images, Dawn Pedersen

How users read on the web?
don't read word for word
instead they SCAN

November 12, 2015
WordCamp Notes - Local Development with Vagrant and VVV, Jonathan Trujillo

Step 1 -- set up a VM
Works with Virtual Box (by default)
also works with VMWare and WorkStation
VMWare is more efficient than Virtual Box

November 8, 2015
My Adobe CF Summit Schedule

I'm in Las Vegas for the Adobe CF Summit, and will be giving my talk "MVC With and Without a Framework" on Tuesday morning. Below is my schedule for the conference. See you there!

November 6, 2015
My WordCamp Schedule

Here's my best guess as to where I'll be hanging out at WordCamp Sacramento. Given that the tracks don't use the same timeslots for all the classes, this isn't as accurate as I'd like it to be. But hey, there are only 2 tracks, it can't be THAT wrong. :)

November 6, 2015
Speaking at WordCamp Sacramento

It's definitely conference season! This is my third speaking engagement in the last month. Tomorrow I'm speaking at WordCamp Sacramento 2015, giving my talk "Git Source Control: For The Rest of Us".

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes -- API Management from the Trenches, Matt Gifford

APIs are where it's at .
We should all be building APIs for most things these days.

DISCOVERY --
is the API still active?
how strong is the community?
what kind of feedback is there on it?

try not to rely on ONE api to manage everything under your code

 

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes - How Not to Launch a Product, Andy Allan

Not that we're building the project badly, but when we go to LAUNCH it, we get it wrong over and over

Why does project launch keep falling when nobody wants it to fail?

various reasons...
miscommunication
designing for the wrong user group
etc

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes - The tale of performance and memory - Gert Franz & Michael Offner-Streit

(I took screenshots of some of the slides, but don't have a great way to get them off my phone at the moment. I'll add them into the notes as soon as I can.)

How do you solve your performance issues?
one by one.
try to analyze from a performance and bad coding perspective
have to define whether performance is/isn't important
if a task runes once a month at 3am when the server isn't busy, it doesn't matter
if "basic response time" is 2+ seconds, it might be worth looking at

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes - The value of your services: are you ready to break the time barrier? -- Jorge Reyes

Cost based pricing vs value based pricing

Cost base pricing
= hourly rates

Complexity of pricing
dev process, resources, time, budget, ROI, risk, etc, etc.

traditional pricing
Example: $75/hour

profit = revenue - cost
to increase profit either increase revenue or decrease cost

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes - Static Site Generation Using Node.JS, David Boyer

Not specific to node.js could use CF or whatever else to build a static site too.

the architecture (stuff you're hosting) is static
normal HTML, images, javascript, css

October 25, 2015
CFCamp Notes - Adobe Keynote, Rakshith Naresh

Adobe keynote -- Rakshith Naresh

20 years of ColdFusion
Differences in the average PC then and now:
250x more processing speed
1000 x memory

October 24, 2015
CFCamp 2015 Recap

CFCamp 2015 ended last night; I'm currently on the ICE train, on my way to Frankfurt, and finally have a few minutes to type up my notes on the conference!

Overall I'd say CFCamp was a huge success, and a big improvement over last year. Not to say that last year was a poor conference in any way, but there were several noticeable upgrades this year!