ColdFusion Summit East 2019 Recap
I walked in the front door at about 2am on Thursday morning and am not moving at the fastest pace today, but that’s because the ColdFusion Summit East 2019 was a big success! (Other than one of my thumb drives walking off anyway. :) )
This year’s Summit East was similar to previous events — one day of preconference workshops and one day of regular sessions. Pete Freitag (with help from Charlie Arehart, I believe) ran a class on security and related topics; I wasn’t there but, c’mon, it’s Pete, I’m certain it was outstanding. (I’m scheduled to take his workshop next month at Into The Box).
The entire prerequisites was also revamped, throwing everything into a preconfigured VirtualBox VM. This was a big improvement over previous classes and made the setup process much more efficient! Fixing issues during the labs was also greatly improved. A few Windows laptops needed to have the “Hyper V” settings adjusted, and that was about it.
Wednesday started off the the Adobe Keynote. It began as they usually do, with Elishia giving a few bits of info about the state of ColdFusion, etc. Most of the Adobe-centric info came from Ashish Garg, during which he mostly talked about other Adobe products he’s responsible for, not ColdFusion; I’m still unclear why that info was delivered at the ColdFusion Summit Keynote, it seemed out of context to me. The rest of the session included what were essentially case studies from Dan Fredericks of ICF and Chason Hecht from Retensa to talk about their TalentPluse app and how quickly they are able to add features thanks to the ColdFusion platform.
(I didn’t take notes during the keynote, but had there been more of a “state of ColdFusion” portion, I suspect the content would be very similar to that discussed at the ColdFusion Roadshow a couple months back; you can read my notes from the San Francisco meeting here.)
The rest of Wednesday was the traditional 1-hour sessions, and every one I attended was well worth the trip!
Eric Cobb’s talk on writing faster queries in SQL Server was excellent. I’ve never been able to attend his entire session before, always having to duck in and out for something. Very glad I was finally able to catch the whole thing — you can read my notes from his preso here.
Giancarlo Gomez gave his talk on using WebSockets, which I’ve watched 2 or 3 times now. He’s always my favorite speaker for this talk. The info is clear, the demos are fun to watch, the code samples are easy to follow, and he includes info for several versions of ColdFusion, not just the most recent (and explains how they’re different). Giancarlo’s talk also covers bugs in different versions of CF, what to watch out for, when things broke, which ones have been fixed, and so on. If you need a crash course in using CF WebSockets, I highly recommend watching his presentation. You can read my notes from the session here.
Pete Freitag did what he always does when giving a talk on Security in CFML apps — scared the audience. :) Easily the highest percentage of attendees that were frantically scribbling down notes in any session happened in Pete’s talk. He does such a great job of showing how easy it is to not just inadvertently have a security hole in your code, but also how easy many of them are to fix. You can read my notes from the session here but do yourself a bigger favor: sign up for Pete’s all-day workshop happening next month at Into The Box.
Brian Klaas gave the last session of the day an delivered another excellent presentation on using Amazon Web Services with CFML. I always make it a point to attend Brian’s sessions and he never disappoints; plus, he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet at a conference. His preso includes so many code demos and is so well put together that I got sucked into just watching and didn’t end up taking many notes, but you can download his code demos from GitHub.
Overall a very well put together event! It was a quick trip for me, packed with meetings in every spare moment I had, and not nearly enough time to say hi and properly catch up with everyone. We’ll all just have to catch up more at Into The Box next month. :)