Welcome!

You will be redirected in 30 seconds or close now.

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

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
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. 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 development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...