Welcome!

You will be redirected in 30 seconds or close now.

ColdFusion Authors: Yakov Fain, Jeremy Geelan, Maureen O'Gara, Nancy Y. Nee, Tad Anderson

Related Topics: ColdFusion

ColdFusion: Article

CFUNITED is still Fun

It's bigger and better

The crowded auditorium was abuzz with anticipation. The snatches of conversation from around you were meaningless jargon to those not in the know. A hush fell over the crowd as the moment they were waiting for arrived - Ben Forta walking on stage. Okay, he's not rock star, but the closest thing to it in the ColdFusion community.

If you didn't attend the CFUNITED (www.cfunited.com) conference this year (formerly known as CFUN), you should go ahead and put it on your schedule for next year now. CFUNITED has grown from a weekend event with 40 sessions to the premier ColdFusion conference with over 60 sessions and keynote speakers from Macromedia, Microsoft, and New Atlanta. The attendance has also skyrocketed with 887 attendees this year. It's hard to relate the kind of excitement and buzz that occurred at the conference. Where else can you walk down a hall and overhear conversations about the best uses of CFCs, or hang out in the hotel bar until 1 a.m. discussing the benefits of the various ColdFusion frameworks. If you're a ColdFusion developer, this is the conference for you.

The conference actually started earlier in the week with full-day preconference classes given by some of the leaders in the ColdFusion community. Hal Helms taught a class on object-oriented programming using ColdFusion, Simon Horwith taught a class on creating APIs and Design Patterns, and Charlie Arehart taught a class on leveraging .NET in ColdFusion. There were also several other great classes. The preconference continued the next day with MinMax2, in which many of the conference speakers provided 15-minute overviews of their topics or of other topics.

I arrived bright and early the first full day of the conference. I was there as a sponsor and had to make sure our booth and the community center were set up properly. The registration was quick and easy and I received my conference goody bag. The goody bag was really…well, good. It included a very nice CFUNITED backpack, a conference book with the slides for the sessions (which I found useful for taking notes in during the sessions), a technical book, and various handouts from the conference sponsors. The technical book was on ASP.NET, which is a point of contention for many conference goers since it is a ColdFusion conference. However, I can't really fault Microsoft for pushing their products and, despite the many wonders of ColdFusion, it's good to know more than one development language. (No flames please.)

I had time before the morning keynote to explore the sponsor area. Several companies had a strong presence. Of course, Macromedia was well represented at the conference and I was surprised to see they had sent their entire ColdFusion development team. This is a good sign that Macromedia recognizes the growing importance of this conference in the ColdFusion community. Microsoft had a large booth; of course, they spent the whole conference pushing the .NET and Visual Team system. Next to Microsoft was New Atlanta, maker of the Blue Dragon ColdFusion server. It may have just been a coincidence, but I thought it was interesting that Microsoft and the company that makes a version of a ColdFusion server that runs natively in .NET were next to each other.

There were many other companies represented and I can't list them all, but I thought I'd mention a few that I found interesting. CFDynamics and HostMySite do ColdFusion hosting and I've heard good things about both. Interakt was promoting their Dreamweaver plug-in, which has some nice features including a much nicer query builder and code templates. PaperThin and Savvy Software both have nice content management systems, though PaperThin is targeting a higher-end market with a feature-rich product. SeeFusion had a very cool tool that allows you to remotely monitor your ColdFusion pages in real time and see which pages are running, the run time for each query, and other statistical data. It also has the ability to kill a page remotely in case you see a page that is taking too long to run.

Ben Forta and Tim Buntel gave the opening keynote. They discussed how ColdFusion 7 was doing in the marketplace (quite well for those of you who were not in attendance) and some of the lesser-known features of CF7, and talked about the upcoming update that will provide better support for additional platforms, especially Mac OS X. The big announcement at the keynote was that Macromedia would be supporting the CFEclipse project, a competing IDE to Dreamweaver.

The opening keynote was followed by sessions, lots of sessions. There were so many really good sessions it was hard to choose which one to go to, as there was usually another one I was interested in at the same time. I'll mention a few I liked here, but they were all good. My favorite sessions were: all the CCS sessions by Sandy Clark, Simon Horwith's "Design Patterns," Robi Sen's "Advanced Scaling and Tuning," and Hal Helms "Creating a Domain Model."

Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to as many sessions as I wanted because I had to spend time at the booth and the community center. Not that it was bad. The community center turned out quite well, though my opinion may be biased. About Web ran several contests for the community area. There was a ColdFusion trivia game with new questions every hour. "Shoot the Guru" in which you used a Nerf gun to shoot targets of famous ColdFusion gurus, such as Simon Horwith and Hal Helms. There was also an X-box, provided by House of Fusion. Of course, all of the contest winners got to spin the "Wheel of Fusion" to win fabulous prizes. Well, some of the prizes were not that fabulous, but thanks to Macromedia we had copies of Dreamweaver, ColdFusion 7 Standard, and ColdFusion 7 Enterprise to give away. I also want to thank CFDyanmics, Interakt, HostMySite, and House of Fusion for providing prizes.

The keynote speaker at lunch was Joel Spolsky, author of "Joel on Software." Joel is a very entertaining speaker. The keynote wasn't really ColdFusion related but it made it you laugh and, in many cases, made you think about what makes good software design. I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend his session on software management. It wasn't so much a methodology, rather he presented some of the things you should be doing. Of course, Joel had his typical humorous real-work examples, which are all the more funny because you know they're true.

More Stories By Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown is the CTO of About Web (www.aboutweb.com), an Internet solutions provider in the Washington, DC, area. He has a BS and MS in computer science and is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Pulzze Systems was happy to participate in such a premier event and thankful to be receiving the winning investment and global network support from G-Startup Worldwide. It is an exciting time for Pulzze to showcase the effectiveness of innovative technologies and enable them to make the world smarter and better. The reputable contest is held to identify promising startups around the globe that are assured to change the world through their innovative products and disruptive technologies. There w...
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple…
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts? As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.