Showing 5 archived entries for: January, 2019

ITB2019 - Meet Dan Card

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Tell us something funny about yourself?

When I was little my mother led me to believe that I was funny. My wife has not forgiven her for this.


Why should companies or developers modernize?

Nothing in the world stays still. In fact, there is a certain level of entropy that enters our lives every day unless we actively push back against it. Call it the "cost of being alive" if it helps. To stop creating or to stop making our products and craftsmanship better is either giving over to that entropy or falsely assuming we have reached the pinnacle of existence, which probably isn't true. Not moving forward carries with it the built in decision to make yourself irrelevant and hoping that no one will notice. Not to act like a spoiler but chances are the audience you're trying to deceive will notice well before you want them to.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

This question always reminds me of a story about a man wandering the world looking for wisdom. In his wanderings he finds a teacher and asks, "Sir, do I really exist?". The teacher looks at him and says, "Whom shall I say is asking?". CF is relevant because we have a community of people, products, tools, companies, blogs, podcasts, conferences and careers that are active, presumably making a living and solving problems well enough that we can exist to ask the question. J.J. Allaire created CFML in 1995 so it's only 6 years younger than the World Wide Web itself. How many other languages, communities and technofads have arisen and flamed out in that time? CF isn't the answer for all things but it's a fantastic answer for many things. Maybe it's naive but I think it will only stop being relevant when that community doesn't exist anymore to ask the question.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

I have a very active two year old at home. If I could experience a nap I'd consider it a win. I'm excited that a "siesta" is built into the schedule. One thing I love about going to conferences is just being around so many people who are actively working on getting better at what they do. Frequently they are approaching problems in ways I haven't considered and know about things of which I've never encountered. There's also something affirming when you realize that the reason that you have a roadblock isn't (necessarily) because you're an idiot but because you're also moving forward and you're starting to really understand the complexities that you're facing. Sometimes, seeing how someone farther down the development trail solved the problem usually helps bring your own situation into more clarity. Ideally, on a good day, you might be able to reciprocate.


Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

Looking at the speaker list, I have a slight apprehension that I'm going to be like Wayne and Garth backstage at Alice Cooper in Wayne's World. If I get through the week without shouting "I'm not worthy" to a few people, I'll consider it a major feat. I'm looking forward to Pete Freitag's Security workshop. Jeffrey Kunkel's session looks like a good reminder that we're human beings behind the keyboard, not an extension of the CPU. Ideally, it would be great to find a way to wire up Luis' and Brad's brains and just "push play" then sit back and start taking notes. That being said, there are very few people in the world that you can't learn something from and the CF community tends to attract some great people.


Why should attendees go to your session?

I'd like to think that my session is little bridge between some of the large lofty ideals of DevOps, Automated Testing and customizing workflow and the feeling of "Crap, I'm back from the conference, I'm in front of my keyboard and I'm supposed to be typing something". CommandBox is such a powerful tool and does so much that it's easy not to know where to start. What the session does is lay out some common real world scenarios and the challenges that you'll need to fix in order to navigate them. Then we go through how you can use some of the features of CommandBox to either minimize, automate or even sidestep those challenges all together. The session is based on many of the processes we are implementing at Springboard as our developer team grows and our platform becomes more sophisticated. So, I guess the answer is 1) Immediate relevance, 2) widespread applicability and 3) my wife has made me promise not to try and be funny.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox followed by TestBox. As "fanboy" as this probably sounds, CB was the solution to so many roadblocks in my development process that I wasn't even aware that I had. If I'm at my computer, chances are that it's open. I've started using it with my college students and have based most of the developer workflow at Springboard around what it can do.

Meet our speaker

Dan Card

Dan Card is the CTO of getSpringboard.com and has been using CFML for 15+ years in a variety of settings including in the education, non-profit and for-profit sectors. He is the coordinator for the Boston ColdFusion Users Group and is an educator at the Univ. Of Mass. Lowell in the Division of Online and Continuing Education.









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ITB2019 - Meet Gavin Pickin

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Gavin Pickin

Gavin started using ColdFusion in 1999 when working for the university of Auckland in New Zealand before moving to California. He has lead teams, trained new developers and worked the full stack from graphic design, HTML CSS JavaScript through to ColdFusion MySQL and server administration. Gavin has a passion for learning and cannot understand why the 9-5ers aren't listening to podcasts while changing diapers, watching video tutorials while cleaning baby bottles and folding clothes, or putting the kids to sleep with soothing phone gap mobile application cookbook recipes. You will find him blogging at gpickin.com and on twitter @gpickin and occasionally being mocked on cfhour's podcast.







Tell us about...

Tell us something funny about yourself?

A lot of people like my New Zealand accent, but my wife says, "yeah, its great, until you realize you have no idea what he's saying".


Why should companies or developers modernize?

It's in our best interest to make the most of the latest and greatest tools available to help us do our jobs. If you can be faster, more efficient, more effective, more reliable, we should take that advantage.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

ColdFusion is a mature and powerful language, built on top of the JVM, giving us the full power of Java at our fingertips. With modern tools like Package Management and Containerization, CFML gets the job done.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

I want to catch up with friends, new and old alike. I always leave Into the Box inspired to do bigger better things, and put into action all the amazing new things I have learned.


Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

Brian Klaas always has great AWS presentations, and there is always more to learn with AWS.


Why should attendees go to your session?

If you are looking for a Content Management System, I'll show you not only how to get up and running with ContentBox, but how to deploy it to a cloud provider using Docker.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox, because without it, we'd still be in the stone ages.


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ITB2019 - Meet Eric Peterson

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Why should companies or developers modernize?

No one likes maintaining legacy code. Yet we all have legacy code. Modernizing is the way out. It allows us to convert legacy code in to code that we enjoy working with without rewriting from scratch.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

CFML is still relevant because CFML is still evolving. Open source engines like Lucee and companies like Ortus are pushing what we can accomplish — creating powerful abstractions, frameworks, and tools to match the developer experience in other languages.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

I love the collective brain trust that gathers for ITB. There are so many great ideas thrown around. I hope to have time to sit down, hopefully with some of the attendees, and add some great features and fixes to our open source arsenal.


Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

I really am looking forward to chatting with Wil. He's been at the front of Quick and qb and I look forward to hearing his experiences. Matthew Clemente always has great insights to making our Ortus products more accessible to the wider CFML community and I enjoy hearing his ideas as well.


Why should attendees go to your session?

If you want more portable, version-controlled development environments, come learn about cfmigrations and commandbox-migrations.
If you have used CFORM in the past or have no idea what an ORM is, come see how it helps you interact with your database with Quick.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

It would have to be ColdBox. Modules and ForgeBox changed the game for CFML and have enabled many more shared libraries and frameworks to emerge.

Meet our speaker

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson (@_elpete) is a cfml and javascript developer at O.C. Tanner in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and received a degree in Information Systems thinking he would hate programming as a career. He started programming in cfml (and in general) in 2012 and has never been more happy to be proved wrong. What he lacks in experience, he makes up for by demos and blogging. A beginner himself, he blogs about many beginner topics at http://dev.elpete.com.









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ITB2019 - Meet David Belanger

Meet our speaker

David Belanger

David is a Canadian ColdFusion developer who lives in Argentina with his wife and 4 extremely active children. He's been with CF since version 4.5 and was briefly the only reseller of CF in Argentina before Adobe acquired Macromedia. He's dedicated full-time to CF development on several new and legacy projects as well as a strong CF advocate and a current member of the CFWheels Core Team.
He currently works full-time “creating things that matter” at Intoria Internet Architects, a web development company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.







Tell us about...

Tell us something funny about yourself?

There's nothing funnier about me than the fact I wanted to be Vanilla Ice when I was in high school. I dressed the part, had zigzags etched into my hair and even spoke like him. Ice Ice Baby still makes me smile!


Why should companies or developers modernize?

I'm often conflicted by this question. As a business owner, I don't believe in upgrading for the sake of upgrading nor have I ever recommended it. I've always needed a solid business or security reason to do so. I believe in tools that work and using just enough technology to make life easier. I think it's important to have a good knowledge of what's out there and to make decisions based on what's best for the users, not the developers. As a developer, I believe that good ideas are good ideas no matter who comes up with them. Therefore if my tools don't have them, I look for ways to get them added!


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

Quite simply, because it works. I've never had a problem I couldn't solve in ColdFusion and even when we added mobile apps, we still used CF as a back-end and it's never failed us. I feel even better about sticking with CF when I see how many "new and exciting" technologies were promptly abandoned.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

I went to Into The Box last year and loved it. We didn't use any Box tech before I went and after we've dipped our toes in the water with CommandBox. I'm keen to meet new members of our community and to be able to share some of my experiences as a speaker for the first time in my career.


Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

I'm looking forward to speaking with Eric Peterson. We work a lot with ORM and I'd love to hear about his work with migrations.


Why should attendees go to your session?

LNo one thinks about adding another spoken language to a site until it's too late. A lot of the time, especially in legacy apps, most developers don't even know how to begin such a project. I intend to share my experiences with the attendees and I know this session will raise awareness and help them be better prepared for a more worldly site.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox is by far my favourite Box! Getting new developers setup and going fast was always a challenge. Now, things are much quicker and easier. Box start!


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ITB2019 - Meet Jorge Reyes

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Why should companies or developers modernize?

So that they don't restricted their business with their own implementation.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

There are many web apps running in CFML, and lots of them are part of companies core businesses. Companies like Ortus are making a great effort to develop modern tooling to empower CFML developers and power CFML apps.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

I am looking forward to evangelizing developers living in Legacy Hell and show them there is hope.


Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

All of them. I actually have to do that =)


Why should attendees go to your session?

You'll get a good overview of what you can do with ContentBox, which is a modern CMS built for developers to power scalable web apps. There are a lot of cool new features around security, user management, container deployments, upgrading, and much more.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

I wouldn't chose one single product but the BOX ecosystem as a whole, which provides great value to developers and the apps they develop.

Meet our speaker

Jorge Reyes

Jorge is a passinate Industrial Engineer born in El Salvador with 10 years of experience managing projects. He currently manages web development projects for Ortus Solutions, Corp.









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