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March 11, 2018
5 Things to Know About MuraCon 2018

The other day, I had a great conversation with Jason Long at Blue River about the upcoming MuraCon 2018.  Historically MuraCon has been the “conference for Mura CMS”.  I say “historically” because this year things are a bit different. If you’re expecting MuraCon to be just (or mostly) content for Mura CMS users, you’re in for a big surprise!  Yes there’s Mura content, obviously, but that’s not the only thing; heck, it’s not even the main thing! Need to learn Docker? There is almost an entire 1-day track worth of Docker content. Are you more of a marketing person and less of a developer? They’ve got you covered there too. Here are some other things you may not know about MuraCon 2018…

February 12, 2018
Beginning JavaScript Training in San Francisco

We're partnering with the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco to provide a 2-day on-site Intro To Programming With JavaScript class this spring.  Do you have some non-techie coworkers that have always wanted to learn basic programming? Know someone needing to shift careers and learn more about the web? This is an excellent starting point for any people in those positions.

February 11, 2018
Speaking at Into The Box 2018

It’s official, I’m speaking at Into The Box 2018!  This year I’ll be giving a new (for me) talk titled “Connecting Vue.js and CFML with ColdBox”.

February 3, 2018
SacInteractive is Back!

Our SacInteractive user group is back! Technically it never went away. But we had a bad run of logistical problems (several speakers dropped off at the last minute, both my co-manager and I had health issues that delayed things too).  Last night we had a long meeting, set up a gameplan, and I’m proud to say we have several great presentations in store for 2018!

November 19, 2017
ColdFusion Summit 2017 Recap

The ColdFusion Summit 2017 ended on Friday and as best I can tell it was a big success for everyone!  This year’s conference was held at The Mirage (a first for CF Summit).  Hotel staff were all very nice, everything I needed was available, no complaints from me.  (My personal favorite is still The Aria.) All the conference staff were very helpful, answered any questions I had, no major logistical issues, etc.  Everything was well labeled, easy to find.  The food was good - it was wide variety of otherwise pretty standard conference foods.  (Lots of vegan and vegetarian options that were well labeled, and my friends that had food allergies were well taken care of — thank you, Adobe!)

November 13, 2017
My ColdFusion Summit 2017 Schedule

Plane ticket, check! Luggage, check! Hotel, check! Tomorrow I jump on a plane and head to Las Vegas for the ColdFusion Summit 2017!

November 5, 2017
Speaking at ColdFusion Summit 2017

The ColdFusion Summit is almost here!  This year I’m teaming up with Carl Von Stetten to teach the “Migrating Legacy Applications Into an MVC Framework” workshop.  This is part of the pre-conference all-day sessions that happen on Wednesday November 15.  Carl and I are building an all-day class to help bring legacy CFML applications into the 21st century.  Are you still stuck writing CFincludes? Been scared to try an MVC framework? Don’t have much experience with OOP but know you need to get started ASAP? This is the workshop for you.

October 19, 2017
NCDevCon 2017 Recap

NCDevCon 2017 wrapped up last week and was another great success! I know I’ve said this before, but NCDevCon really is a great not-to-miss conference!  The price, location, weekend schedule and amazing content all make it an obvious event to schedule every year.  2017 was no exception.

October 16, 2017
Not Speaking at CFCamp 2017

This really bums me out to post.  Due to various flight and travel issues making it very unsafe, I had to cancel my trip to Germany and I won’t be speaking at CFCamp this year. :( I’ve spoken at over 30 conferences and this is the first one I’ve had to cancel.

September 29, 2017
My NCDevCon 2017 Schedule

Next weekend is NCDevCon 2017, the premier web/mobile development conference.  And I don’t just say that because I’m giving 2 talks there.  It’s a weekend; there’s no need to ask the boss for PTO.  It’s super cheap; you get access to all 5 tracks of content for mere 200 bucks.  The conference is big enough to have something for everybody, yet still has a great personal feel in how it’s organized.  With so much good content, I need a game plan for the weekend. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

September 12, 2017
Speaking at NCDevCon 2017

The registration form has been completed and the “Speaking Engagements” pod on my website has been updated, I guess that makes it official: I’m speaking at NCDevCon next month in North Carolina.

September 12, 2017
Intro to Programming With JavaScript Training in San Francisco

Bay Area folks, who wants to learn programming? Or JavaScript? Or both?!

Once again we’re partnering with Bay Area Video Coalition to offer a 2-day Intro to JavaScript class in San Francisco on September 16 and 17.  This is the perfect class for anyone brand new to programming, or just new to JavaScript.  Want to build websites or mobile apps?  This is where you start!  

September 6, 2017
SEO Optimization: Class Notes

Last week I took a class on SEO Optimization; here are my class notes:

September 5, 2017
Changes at SacInteractive

Lots of new stuff happening at SacInteractive!

September 4, 2017
PHP Training in San Francisco This Weekend

Bay Area folks, who wants to learn PHP?! I’m teaching a 2-day Intro to Web Programming With PHP class this Saturday and Sunday (Sept 9 and 10) in San Francisco at BAVC. There are still a couple slots left in the class; I can get you a discount on the price if you book through me. More info at the link in the comments section; any questions, just ask.  Hope to see you there!

August 30, 2017
Mura CMS: Display Objects Inside Display Objects

Among other changes, Mura 7 includes several new updates to Display Objects. One of the new features we learned about (and helped QA with Blue River while working on a project with them) was the ability to add Display Objects inside other Display Objects. It's actually quite simple, and gives you a lot of flexibility for more advanced UI options.

August 18, 2017
SacInteractive Needs a New Co-Manager

Local techie friends, I'm in need of a co-manager to help run my SacInteractive monthly meetup. The current co-manager is moving out of state next month. Anyone interested?

July 26, 2017
SacInteractive presents: Docker For Developers

This August SacInteractive will have Dave Jones back to give his talk "Docker For Developers".

July 22, 2017
CF.Objective 2017 Recap

Greetings from 30,000 feet in the air!  I never used to “splurge” for airplane wifi. These days there is just too much to do to lose 5 or 6 hours being disconnected, especially after a conference.

CF.Objective 2017 wrapped up last night.  There were quite a few changes from previous years. In no particular order:

July 22, 2017
CF.Objective Notes: Docker In Production, Geoff Bowers

(I didn’t take a ton of notes while Geoff was speaking, I was busy trying to focus on what he was saying.  Docker is one of those tools that hasn’t “clicked” completely for me yet.  I use it pretty regularly, but mostly via instruction from other people on my teams.  Mark Drew’s talk on Docker was great, as was Geoff’s other talk on Docker. Hopefully they present again at future conferences for others to learn from.)