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

CFDJ EDitorial — Thoughts from My Blog

Thoughts from My Blog

I was really busy for several weeks prior to CFUnited and am back on the road again... but there's a silver lining.

I'm basically done with my first round of SAM docs and I will be making those available very soon; I have the code and stories/advice to post as well - I just haven't had the time. I do promise I'll be blogging and posting interesting stuff very soon, though.

Frameworks vs Methodology Debate
I am interested to know what's on the agenda for the "The Big Framework and Methodology Debate" session at MAX (www.adobe.com/events/max/sessions/wd301s.html) since all of the listed speakers are framework advocates. I also want to take a moment to publicly state that, as much fun as I've had creating controversy and being a human pi–ata in the interest of encouraging developers to think, I feel like the whole "methodology vs frameworks" debate is being beaten to death.

I believe that people should go with whatever works for them and there is no such thing as a silver bullet. I don't generally use frameworks, though I know a lot of good developers who do. One reason I don't generally prescribe to any one framework is the simple fact that I spend the bulk of my time modeling business domains and coding and architecting the really complex stuff...and that has absolutely nothing to do with frameworks or whether or not a framework is being used on a project.

Because I'm a little tired of debating about frameworks, I'm not going to be quite so vocal about them anymore, aside from a few possible special events that are planned, and/or if people prompt me to discuss them (for good reason). This isn't me "throwing in the towel" and I still feel the same way I've always felt, but I think that the community is now discussing these topics more, hopefully as a partial result of all the "trouble" I caused. I now feel like moving on and spending time and energy on more productive ventures, including getting back to releasing code.

Speaking of code, if there's anything that folks would like me to write and release, let me know. No promises, and it's not that I don't have plenty to work on already, but I'd be interested to know what you all would like.

Shoot the Guru
At CFUnited last year, in addition to other games in the community area, my company - AboutWeb - had "Shoot the Guru." Conference attendees received a nerf gun and had to shoot and knock over small cardboard cutouts of CF Gurus in order to win prizes.

This year, at CFUnited, Shoot the Guru was back, only this time we had a Flash version of the game. Gurus popped out of cubicles (on a big screen TV) and conference attendees shot them with a laser gun (a USB gun that from a programmer's view acts like a mouse-click whenever you pull the trigger).

Kelly Brown has just released "Shoot the Guru" on his blog for folks to play... and he made the code available as well. The blog entry URL is www.kellyjo.com/blog/index.cfm/2006/7/11/Shoot-the-Guru. Have fun!

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 (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.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
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...