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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.)

July 22, 2017
CF.Objective Notes: Automate Thyself, Luis Majano

why most people don’t test

test harness — they start but they never finish

where do you start applying testing techniques

what to test?

what NOT to test?

July 18, 2017
CMD Office Hours: Get your hot consultancy here! at CF.Objective

Fun fact: South of Shasta splits a lot of projects with other agencies. A great one among them is our collection of friends from across the pond, Charlie Mark Delta.  

Mark Drew from CMD and I will be speaking together at CF.Objective, hosting “CMD Office Hours: Get your hot consultancy here!”.  Come ask us questions about the projects we do together at CMD, tools we use to manage projects, software practices, Mark’s favorite Aliens references, Nolan’s favorite guitar players, languages and frameworks we use, anything you like!

July 18, 2017
Moderating "Longevity In An Ever Changing Industry" at CF.Objective

Are you going to CF.Objective? Did you know there is a great panel discussion happening titled “Longevity In An Ever Changing Industry”?

As luck would have it, I’ll be moderating said panel discussion!  Come join Mark Drew (CMD), Luis Majano (Ortus Solutions) Dave Ferguson (Silvervine Software) and myself as we all talk about our experiences of writing software professionally for, well, a really long time!

July 13, 2017
My cf.Objective 2017 Schedule

Next week is cf.Objective 2017! Yes, they’re back to the original name, moved to D.C. and with more of a ColdFusion / CFML focus than the last couple of years.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the new take on the conference (and doing a bit of tourist stuff while I’m in DC).  Below is my best guess as to where you can find me at the conference.  Shameless plug: I’m giving 2 presentations this year on Dependency Injection and Best Practices (or lack thereof), come join us!

July 2, 2017
jQuery Class in San Francisco Next Weekend

Bay Area folks! Who wants to learn jQuery? I’m teaching an “Intro to jQuery” class July 8 and 9 at the Bay Area Video Coalition. There are a few spots left in the class; I may be able to get you a discount on the cost (if you're not already a member at BAVC). Drop me a message for more info.

June 20, 2017
SacInteractive: What you don't know about your own resume

This Wednesday at SacInteractive we have Josh Gurin from TekSystems coming to talk about "What you don't know about your own resume".

May 8, 2017
SacInteractive Show And Tell

For the May SacInteractive meeting we’re going to do something a little different. Rather than having 1 main presenter, we’re going to do a “show and tell” with our group.  Got something cool you’d like to show off for a few minutes? Bring it!  Found a new plugin, app or tool that’s making your development easier? Come tell us about it!  We’ll give everyone 10 to 15 minutes to show off something, and we’ll have some follow-up discussions as well.  Come join us!
 

May 4, 2017
Who Wants to Learn jQuery in San Francisco?

San Francisco nerds! Who wants to learn jQuery? I’m teaching an “Intro to jQuery” class May 20 and 21 at the Bay Area Video Coalition. There are a few spots left in the class; I may be able to get you a discount on the cost (if you're not already a member at BAVC). Drop me a message for more info.

May 3, 2017
Speaking at CF.Objective 2017

The calendar has been posted, I guess that makes it official. I’m speaking at CF.Objective 2017!  

I’ll be giving two talks: “Dependency Injection, Why Is It Awesome and Why Should I Care?” and “Best Practices Are Best, Except When They're Not”.   I’ve made some updates to both talks recently; if you’ve seen them at previous conferences, there will be at least some new (to you) content in each talk.  Card is subject to change, some restrictions apply. ;)

April 30, 2017
Into The Box 2017 Recap

Into The Box 2017 wrapped up last night, I’m currently on a flight home (coincidentally on the same flight as Gavin, Bill and Esme from the Ortus team).  Hands down, Into The Box 2017 was the best, most advanced, ColdFusion conference I’ve attended in a while. 

April 29, 2017
Into The Box Notes: Slaying the ORM Dragons with CBORM, Luis Majano

#1 - modeling is key
ORM relationship modeling is key
UML will be your best friend
stop thinking about the DATA
start thinking about object orientation: data AND behavior