FFK10, here we come!

I wasn’t fast enough to get an Earliest Bird Ticket, but at least a Super Early Bird Ticket!!

FFK10 on April, 14th+15th in Cologne
ffk10.flashforum.de
» @flashforum

Looking especially forward to artist Joshua Davis, Serge, Mario Klingemann (Mr. Picture Disko) and Mr. No-Speakingtime-Limit-for-me ;-)

Workshops and Congresses, Part 2

November 26th, 2009 by max » (0) » Conferences and Events

ColdFusion 9 Upgrade Workshop

My boss forced me asked me kindly to attend PHP World Kongress and the very next day the ColdFusion 9 Upgrade Workshop. There’s a natural rivalry between two worlds, but I don’t want to talk about this here.

Although It was talked about this at SotR09, I decided to attend this workshop, mainly hold by Sven Ramuschkat. Along was Claude Englebert.

The workshop got deeper into the new features, especially ORM.

Furthermore: Verity vs. Solr, licencing, marketing-features like <cfpresentation>, ColdFusion Builder, ORM and SQLite.

On the raffle I won two times, sadly not the eBoy-CF-Guy T-Shirt (envy), but at least a »Mr. McBagpipes serves cold scotch on the rocks« T-Shirt ;-)

Workshops and Congresses, Part 1

PHP World Kongress

My boss forced me asked me kindly to attend PHP World Kongress and the very next day the ColdFusion 9 Upgrade Workshop. There’s a natural rivalry between two worlds, but I don’t want to talk about this here.

Although PHP is not my playground, it was kind of interesting for me: Tobias Schlitt introduced me to Unit-Tests and Stephan Schmidt gave me some of the greatest inspirations I had in the past years (besides that, he had the best concepted and designed presentation – although I hate hate hate Powerpoint)… maybe because of this topics: Software Design (together with Holger Rüprich) and 23 Things you should know about teamwork.

As good as Stephan was Christian Wenz. His presentation about Secure Webapplications in the 2.0 age caught my attention.
He and his collegue Tobias Hauser also showed a usability-test on a random site from one of the attendants: very valuable knowledge (e.g the country-selection looks/feels like a search-field, look/feel of the login on the left underneath the pic, no jumping between categories, …), thank you.

So: if you have the chance to listen to Christan Wenz or Stephan Schmidt on the topics security, usability, software-design and teamwork, I would strongly recommend to.

Scotch on the Road 2009 Munich

October 20th, 2009 by max » (0) » Conferences and Events

#SotR09

On October 19th, the famous Scotch-On-The-Rocks conference swapped over the channel to Europe: Andy Allen and his bunch of experts gave the honor to tell the german CF-community about ColdFusion9, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, Flex and a whole lot more.

It was an informative, enlightening, delighting and well organised event, I would recommend every one in or near Zurich (sold out), Milan, Amsterdam (sold out), Brussles and London (sold out) to register – it is even free (Update: see below for Gary’s post)! Unfortunately a nasty headache kept me away from an after-event-beer :-(

The sessions in detail:

  • Keynote by Terry Ryan, Platform Evangelist for ColdFusion (Blog / Twitter)
    Terry talked about new features and CF9 (some of them aren’t thaaaat new, some of them aren’t thaaaat helpful (but cool).
  • »ColdFusion with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange« by Terry Ryan again
    Super interesting for all those corporate peope out there, that had problems with a MS infrastructure in the past.
  • »Flash Professional, Flash Catalyst, and Flash Builder: Facts, Features and (Work)Flows« by Serge Jespers, Platform Evangelist for Flash (Blog / Twitter)
    Funny and enjoyable as every time Serge presented how designers, interaction designers and developers could easily cooperate using Flash Catalyst.
  • »CSI: Who killed ColdFusion?« by Darren Pywell, CTO at Intergral Information Solutions
    Darren showed how development-fails can bring servers to an end, how to (stress-)test correctly and gave interesting insights into the admin-problems, that developers like me (luckily) never have to deal with.
  • »CF Envy – Sharing the love with AIR and Flex« by Andy Allen (Twitter)
    Amusing as ever, Scotsman Andy presented his very funny but informative slides and »live«-coded (actually »clicking-on-snippets«) some Flex. Bonus: mocking on some of Adobe’s products.
  • »ColdFusion 9: Server Administration« by Claude Englebert, EMEA ColdFusion Product Specialist (Twitter)
    Again a session more for admins than for me.
  • »Taking ColdFusion Applications Off-line with Adobe AIR« by Sven Ramuschkat, CTO of Herrlich & Ramuschkat
    Sven showed an example for an On/Offline synchornisation of an AIR app with a CF-Server. He became ecstatic, when he told us about the Platinum Support, which is so much cheaper with ColdFusion, than with other products (but don’t forget, he is a reseller ;-)
  • »Introduction to ColdFusion ORM« by Terry Ryan again
    In the last session, Terry (who was severly jetlagged) showed examples of the new ORM-feature that would have impressed me even more, if the Cossack king behind by forhead would have stopped hammering against it for a few minutes.

As soon as the presentations and slides are available, I will post the links here.

UPDATE: Gary writes about the free conference as a double edged sword in his blog.