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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!

October 19, 2015
My CFCamp Schedule

CFCamp is this week! I fly to Munich in the morning; let's hope the all-day travel isn't too crazy. I've got 2 talks I'm giving:

Dependency Injection, why is it awesome and why should I care?

Git Source Control: for the Rest of Us

There's lots of other great content as well. Here's where I plan to spend my days:

October 16, 2015
Speaking at CFCamp

There's been a lot of whirlwind traveling and such lately (I'm currently in a hotel in San Jose for a project) so I'm a bit behind on announcing this. But I'm speaking at CFCamp in Munich Germany next week!

October 13, 2015
Speaking at Michigan CFUG -- Crash Course in AngularJS and Ionic

I'm giving a talk tonight for the Michigan CFUG called "Crash Course In AngularJS and Ionic". The description is below, it's FREE and open to anyone that wants to log in and watch. I believe we're starting at 4pm west-coast time. All you have to do is click here and sign in.

http://adobechats.adobeconnect.com/r58luyvzw4h/

September 28, 2015
NCDevCon 2015 Recap

Another NCDevCon is in the books, this was definitely one of the more memorable ones! Sunday late morning, the power went off in the entire building (and we soon learned it was out for a large portion of Raleigh) right in the middle of a the sessions! We (the speakers) gave our remaining talks in the dark, using glow-sticks for some ambient lighting, thankfully provided by Virtual Solutions Group. Coincidentally they brought glow-sticks as part of their booth swag -- talk about great timing! Adding to the craziness, with one hour left on the schedule, a fire alarm went off, causing us all to evacuate the building. We were eventually able to reenter for the conference closing remarks and raffle prizes. Dan Wilson and the rest of the NCDevCon staff handled everything with great composure and professionalism; I can only imagine how aggravating this was to all the event planners -- they all seriously deserve a huge thank you and our utmost appreciation for handling the surprises as well as they did.

September 21, 2015
My NCDevCon Schedule

Next weekend is NCDevCon -- ack! How did that get here so quickly?! In the meantime I have a 3-day ColdFusion class I'm teaching and a handful of "minor" updates to my slide decks I plan to make.

September 8, 2015
Teaching a ColdFusion Bootcamp in San Francisco

I'm teaching a ColdFusion 11 Bootcamp in San Francisco on September 21, 22 and 23. We'll start from the beginning, reviewing what ColdFusion does, and how variables work. Then we'll cover logic, branching, writing functions and other features of ColdFusion. We'll also cover building a RESTful API that can be consumed by mobile apps. 

September 6, 2015
SacInteractive -- Minecraft Plugins and Java Basics

This month at SacInteractive we have a "father and son duo" teaching us about building Minecraft Plugins and some basic Java programming at the same time. :)