Into the Box 2015

May 12th, 2015
Embassy Suites Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN. USA

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It's everything "Box"

Into The Box is a 1-day, 2-track event with speakers from around the world presenting on topics surrounding web technologies, software craftsmanship and the Ortus Solutions product stack. It will be held 1 day before one of the biggest enterprise development conference in the world: dev.Objective().

It's Community

Catch up with colleagues or meet new friends. Meet and interact with engineers behind the Ortus open source frameworks and products and with developers/designers from all over the world.

It's Educational

Whether you are learning about new technologies or brushing up on best practices for products you're already using, you'll come away from Into the Box inspired and equipped to be a better developer.

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featured products and technologies

All of our sessions will feature different technologies, software approaches and open source libraries and frameworks. Below you can sample some of the major topics covered at Into The Box!


Scott Coldwell
Nolan Erck
Alex Skinner
Dominic Watson
Joel Watson
Brad Wood
George Murphy
Curt Gratz
Seth Engen
Nathaniel Francis
Luis Majano
Darren Pywell
Jorge Reyes
Kev McCabe
Matt Gifford




session schedule - May 12, 2015

Two tracks for your session-picking pleasure...

Keynote Ortus

09:00 AM

Luis Majano

Brad Wood

Jorge Reyes

Luis Majano, Brad Wood & Jorge Reyes: Ortus Solutions, Corp.

Real Life ContentBox Modular CMS

10:10 AM - Box Room

Joel Watson

George Murphy

Jorge Reyes

We will be applying ContentBox Modular CMS to real-life requirements and creating an application from scratch.  We will go through the development process, creating modules and even deploying our application to the cloud.

NoSQL for you and me

10:10 AM - Ortus Room

Brad Wood

Curt Gratz

Come enter the exciting world of document databases. In this session, we will permeate you with all the knowledge needed to do document modeling, Couchbase NoSQL server setup, integrations and app building.

Crash Course in Ionic + AngularJS

11:15 AM - Box Room

Nolan Erck

Ionic is a great tool for building hybrid mobile apps and AngularJS is a great JavaScript framework that plays very nicely with Ionic.  In this talk we'll go over the basics of getting started with AngularJS+Ionic.  We'll look at some real code from each of the 2 libraries and see what all is involved in building a hybrid mobile application. We will finish our journey with a real-life Ionic app presentation powered by RESTFul services.

Go Commando with CommandBox CLI

11:15 AM - Ortus Room

Luis Majano

CommandBox is a standalone, native tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux that will provide you with a Command Line Interface (CLI) for developer productivity, tool interaction, package management, embedded CFML server, application scaffolding, and some sweet ASCII art. It seamlessly integrate to work with any ColdFusion (CFML) project as it is also written in ColdFusion (CFML) using our concepts of CommandBox Commands.


12:10 PM

Buen Provecho!

Winning with Vagrant, Puppet and Chef

01:00 PM - Box Room

Matt Gifford

It works on your machine but not on a team mates? Coding on Windows but deploying to Linux? Or vice versa? Help remove the risk of deployment issues and problems sharing a codebase with your team members and use a project-wide development environment that is easy to manage and quick to install.

Monitoring and Tracking Your Web Applications

01:00 PM - Ortus Room

Darren Pywell

Joel Watson

Come discover all the necessary tools and processes to monitor and track the performance of your modern web applications.

Killing Shark-Riding Dinosaurs with ORM

02:05 PM - Box Room

Joel Watson

This advanced session will cover topics on how to leverage both CFML and ORM to start creating amazing applications that will be as lethal as a dinosaur riding a shark with an Uzi. We will cover ORM session management, virtual service layers, dynamic finders, dynamic counters and an enhanced Hibernate Criteria builder to create easy and programmatic HQL queries. 

ColdBox 4 MVC Modular Architecture

02:05 PM - Ortus Room

Brad Wood

In this session we will introduce you to the modular architecture concepts behind ColdBox MVC and how you can build sustainable and flexible web applications via modularity.

Siesta Time

03:00 PM

A little nap time!

Migrating legacy applications to ColdBox MVC

03:20 PM - Box Room

Scott Coldwell

Have you fallen in love with Coldbox but spend your days wrestling with that old legacy application? It can be refactored into Coldbox, and it's not as hard as you think. We'll discuss the practical, step-by-step process to bring a legacy application into Coldbox based on real experience. We'll highlight the considerations and potential hangups so you're empowered to bring your app into the modern world.  

PresideCMS - create a site from scratch

03:20 PM - Ortus Room

Dominic Watson

Alex Skinner

In this session, we will give you the 101 of building a modern website with PresideCMS, a super extensible and developer friendly enterprise CMS built on ColdBox.  We will also showcase the usage of CommandBox CLI to create and startup Preside websites. Bring your laptop and see if you can keep up!

Customizing ContentBox with Themes, Widgets, and Modules, Oh My!

04:25 PM - Box Room

Joel Watson

Seth Engen

Learn to customize ContentBox as we demonstrate custom layout, widget, and module creation/installation features. Through an exploration of elements that I have created for my own ContentBox installs you will gain an understanding of how you can fully customize ContentBox for your own use.

Package Management and Automation with CommandBox

04:25 PM - Ortus Room

Brad Wood

  In this session we will explore how to build, reuse and distribute CommandBox packages. We will also venture into automation land with all the different automation capabilities CommandBox offers not only at the Operating System level but at the CFML level. Anybody up for a CFML task runner?

Powering AngularJS With RESTFul services

05:30 PM - Box Room

Curt Gratz

Nathaniel Francis

Come discover the world of building single page applications.  In this session we will begin our hackathon by building a RESTFul backend and then creating the front-end using AngularJS.  

Behavior Driven Development, Automation and Continuous Integration

05:30 PM - Ortus Room

Kev McCabe

  In this session we will explore the semantics and theory behind Behavior Driven Development and how it can unify a team with its ubiquitous language. We will then go in a tour of TestBox for applying BDD/TDD into our CFML applications. Our tour will end with setting up a Jenkins Continous Integration Server and building scripts for automated testing and reporting.


06:30 PM

Raffles, Ortus Team Q&A, free food, free drinks, free live music


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discounts for:

groups of 3+ ( 20% )
non-profits ( 20% ) *contact us
students ( 50% ) *contact us

what you get:

  • All Day Conference Pass
  • Breakfast, lunch and tons of schwag
  • Access to the HappyBox Event
  • 1 copy of Ortus DataBoss Standalone
  • 20% OFF Any item at
  • And more stuff...

Embassy Suites Minneapolis

7901 34th Avenue South
Bloomington, Minnesota, 55425, USA
TEL: +1-952-854-1000


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