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, Adobe Flex

ColdFusion: Article

How ColdFusion MX 7 Made Me A Hero In The Office

The topic for the essays was "How ColdFusion MX 7 made me a hero in the office"

Last month I announced a CFDJ essay writing contest; the topic for the essays was "How ColdFusion MX 7 made me a hero in the office." I received many great entries and thank each of you for your submissions.

I chose two winning entries, and the authors of each will receive free entry to CFUnited, the largest ColdFusion event of the year. The winning submissions were not graded on writing style or grammar, but on the merits of their content. I'd like to thank Michael Smith and Liz Frederick from TeraTech for working with me on this and for donating these great prizes.

Our first winner, Mike Markowski, is a Macromedia/Adobe Certified Professional who works for the Air Protection Division at the Environmental Protection Agency. Mike is relatively new to ColdFusion, having built his first application in 2004. His essay not only describes how ColdFusion and many of the features introduced in ColdFusion MX 7 made him a hero, but also illustrates ColdFusion's ability to allow relatively inexperienced developers to quickly achieve results.

Our second winner is John Baldwin. John is the Director of Information Technology at Riley Children's Foundation, a non-profit committed to improving the health and well-being of the children of Indiana. In his essay, John describes how ColdFusion has helped to automate and increase the processing of online transactions (donations) and its reporting and PDF generation has been essential for generating donor statement letters as Acrobat PDF documents.

Both of these wining entries have been reprinted in CFDJ this month. They are a good sample of the wide spectrum of entities using CF, from large government organizations to smaller charitable associations. Everywhere, in every size business and in every industry, more and more companies are relying on ColdFusion to drive mission-critical applications and to take the needs and data within organizations onto the Web.

There's good news for those of you who had high hopes of winning a free entry to CFUnited but didn't win our contest this month. CFDJ is holding one more essay contest to win free admission to CFUnited. I apologize in advance as I do realize that this issue may not reach many of our print readers until just prior to the actual conference start date. News of this contest certainly should reach those of you who read CFDJ online (www.coldfusionjournal.com/) and/or who follow my blog (www.horwith.com).

Our next contest is quite simple. It's another e-mail/essay contest and one that pretty much all of our readers should be qualified to enter. Write me an essay, or even just an e-mail ([email protected]), describing why you'd like me to send you to CFUnited. That's all. You don't have to write a novel - even something as short as a single paragraph will do if you feel that you can explain enough in one paragraph. I'm not judging entries based on length or grammar. The winning entry (or entries) will be selected based, once again, on the merit of their content. The author of the winning entry for this contest will receive free admission to CFUnited, but he or she will also be assigned some homework. I expect this essay contest winner to write me an article, immediately following the close of CFUnited, describing their experience and thoughts about the event. I'll be reviewing essays and e-mails for this contest until May 22, at which point I'll make a decision about the winner. In addition, I am also extending last month's topic until the 22 for anybody who would still rather write about how ColdFusion MX 7 made them a hero.
Good luck.

More Stories By Simon Horwith

Simon Horwith is the CIO at AboutWeb, LLC, a Washington, DC based company specializing in staff augmentation, consulting, and training. Simon is a Macromedia Certified Master Instructor and is a member of Team Macromedia. He has been using ColdFusion since version 1.5 and specializes in ColdFusion application architecture, including architecting applications that integrate with Java, Flash, Flex, and a myriad of other technologies. In addition to presenting at CFUGs and conferences around the world, he has also been a contributing author of several books and technical papers.

Comments (3)

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.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. 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 busine...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.