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: Adobe Flex, Java IoT, ColdFusion

Adobe Flex: Blog Feed Post

How O'Reilly Helped Me To Come Out Of The Closet

Who are these animals? Pheasants?

When O’Reilly’s sent us a book cover design for approval, it was a no brainer. Three authors hence three chickens. Anatole immediately said that he recognized Victor and myself, but was not sure if the third birdy looked like him.  No biggies.

We’ve approved the cover, but somewhere in the back of my mind I still had unanswered questions:

Who are these animals? Pheasants?

After watching the behavior of my co-authors in various business situations (meetings with perspective clients, training gigs, conference talks) I found that they do look like pheasants once in a while. But what about me? Do I also look like a chicken at times?

Finally, O’Reilly published the description of our book Enterprise Development with Flex , which had a section titled with a new for me word “Colophon”.

Below, I’ve included the quotes from that colophon (production notes) in italic with my comments in regular font.

The animals on the cover of Enterprise Development with Flex are red-crested wood-quails (Rollulus roulroul), more commonly known today as crested wood partridges or Roul-roul partridges.

Mama, I found my roots! I’m not a pheasant – I’m a red-crested wood quail! And I’m not alone – Anatole and Victor are also quails living in the woods!

The birds live in small flocks in the lowland rainforests of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. They forage on the ground for fruit, seeds, and insects, and often follow wild pigs through the forest to feed on any leftovers.

I guess, O’Reilly researchers didn’t know that some of the red-crested wood-quails can live in Eastern Europe – I’m originally from Ukraine. As to the food, I tend to agree with everything but insects, which us, Ukrainian species don’t eat. Yes, we follow pigs - people from Ukraine are well known for eating pork’s fat (a.k.a. salo).  When Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union, there was deficit of everything. The Communist Party nomenclature had special closed supermarkets with good products, and my PS94 in Kiev was located nearby the food store,  which periodically had some products that those big shots didn’t want. We used to call this supermarket “Leftovers”.

If disturbed, these plump birds can fly for short distances, but, as is common in many quail species, they tend to run instead.

By 1992, I was not only disturbed, but sick and tired of all this deficit and inability to grow as a professional. I’ve flown not for a short but for a very long distance and settled down in the USA.

Male and female red-crested wood-quails have vastly different appearances.

True. My wife doesn’t look like me.

Males sport a white spot at the base of the bristling red-crested head for which the bird is named, as well as iridescent blue-green plumage and a dark blue underbelly.

My hair is getting grey, and at the base of my head too. I’ll consider making my bristling head red-crested to be recognizable more easily. Please let me not disclose the color of my underbelly tattoo.

This bird's call is a plaintive, whistled si-ul, most often heard at dawn.

The work on this book was a moonlight job for us, and no wonder people could hear us whistle and curse in the wee hours.

In 2004, the red-crested wood-quail was listed as a near threatened species due to heavy logging activity in Southeast Asia.

See guys, we may extinct if you won’t treat us nicely by purchasing our book in bulk quantities. By the way, chapter 4 will show you how to facilitate the heavy Flex/Java logging activity with an open source product Log4Fx.

Thank you, O’Reilly for publishing the book and helping in finding my identity! I'm coming out of the closet! I'm a red-crested wood-quail!

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Yakov Fain

Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to great conferences, helping you discover new conferences and increase your return on investment.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Silicon India has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Published in Silicon Valley, Silicon India magazine is the premiere platform for CIOs to discuss their innovative enterprise solutions and allows IT vendors to learn about new solutions that can help grow their business.
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. ...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "IoT Now" was named media sponsor of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...