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 ;-)

Look what we found in the office

October 27th, 2009 by max » (0) » this&that

This is what happens when you don’t clean up for a long time, don’t clean out moving boxes (actually take those boxes unopened into the next office) and then do the mother of all clean-ups!

Allaire ColdFusion Floppy

Allaire ColdFusion Floppy

Does anybody know: did ColdFusion ever get on one single floppy??

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.