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ITB2019 - Meet Brian Klaas

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Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas is the Senior Technology Officer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Teaching and Learning. As the architect for eLearning technology at the School, he leads a team that designs and delivers custom online courseware to students and members of the public health workforce around the globe. In addition to designing software and delivering courses, Brian heads up University technology accessibility initiatives, teaches "Introduction to Online Learning," and leads faculty training and development courses. Brian has presented on software development and eLearning at conferences throughout the country, including jQuery US, dev.Objective(), CF Summit, NCDevCon, and Adobe MAX.







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Tell us something funny about yourself?

I have serious impostor’s syndrome. Hilarious, right?

People in the CFML community know me as “the AWS guy,” which is great. But I know so little — so very little — compared to some of the real AWS gurus out there. If you ask me about CloudFormation, I’ll break into a cold sweat, shout “look over there!,” and bolt from the room.

I try to learn something new every day. Whenever AWS comes out with a new service (which feels like a weekly event), I try to figure out how I can add it to my AWS Playbox app. Between teaching at the graduate level, maintaining a huge CFML app, and trying to turn my three boys into responsible young men, I don’t always get to adding new services to the playbox right away. When I do find the time, though, I pull up the AWS SDK JavaDocs and stumble my way to success. I love that I get to learn, and try new things — sometimes things that I can use in my real production apps at work. All the while I’m learning to be less of an impostor and more of a pro — at least until the next Re:Invent conference.


Why should companies or developers modernize?

If you’re in technology, your skills became outdated today. It’s a brutal, ever-changing landscape. Keeping up isn’t a “nice to do,” it’s a “must do.” I’m not saying that you have to know every new JavaScript framework, or be able to spin up Kubernetes clusters in your sleep. Just be aware. Take small steps. Get better every day. Doing that will have a profound impact on your ability to work smarter and remain relevant in this industry.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

CFML is Java, but better. It lets you develop quickly, while having at your fingertips literally tens of thousands of battle-tested libraries which can do just about anything you need them to do. CFML isn’t perfect. It doesn’t need to be. It just needs to make you productive right away, every day, which it does for me and my team.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

One of those moments where your brain has been completely fried by the sheer intelligence and smart work of one of the presenters. That feeling of “damn, I just got better as a developer by listening to this.”


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

Pete Frietag — he’s so darn smart!


Why should attendees go to your session?

CFML can only do so much. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be tapping into the incredible power that infrastructure and software-as-a-service providers give you. Let’s be frank: AWS is the biggest player in that space, and it’s only getting bigger. If you really want to use AWS (or Azure, or GCP for that matter) in a meaningfully secure way, you have to master access permissions. If you can even get a quarter of the way to mastery of that topic, and learn how to automate some of that from within your CFML app, that’s a big win. And that’s what I hope to provide to people who go to my session.


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox - it empowers me to be a better developer every day.


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ITB2019 - Meet Nolan Erck

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Nolan Erck

Nolan Erck has been developing software professionally for more than 19 years, starting in the video game industry as a Tools Programmer advancing to web development in 1999. He has worked on high profile projects for LucasArts, Maxis, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Schools Credit Union, and Alive N Kicking Magazine among others. His list of credits includes Grim Fandango, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, SimPark, and SimSafari, as well as high-traffic websites for a variety of technology based companies.







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Why should companies or developers modernize?

To stay ahead of the competition, to take advantage of recent innovations and make their lives easier, to stay relevant, to give your customers and teammates the best experience possible.


Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

CFML has all the fun language and ecosystem benefits that the JavaScript/Node community rave about. Plus it has several baked-in features that make it THE tool for integrating with other systems. I run a consulting business; we try to be objective and pick the right tool for the given project. 9 times out of 10 we pick CFML first.


What would you like to experience during the conference?

Into The Box is always a great place to learn the truly cutting edge things being done in the CFML space. I expect to attend several great sessions and learn more modern techniques for using CFML in 2019


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

Brian Klaas always does a fantastic job; I learn a lot from his presentations. I'm also a big fan of talks by Eric Peterson and Matthew Clemente. Looking forward to seeing all of them.


Why should attendees go to your session?

There is so much promo about how the Node ecosystem has made JavaScript a "run anywhere" language. The truth is, we a very similar set of functionality in the CFML space with CommandBox. My session will help shed some light on how easy it is to use CommandBox to get a lot of the same benefits one gets from Node and npm. The CFML community really can get those same benefits with the tools already available to them!


What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox. As part of my consulting business we often flip between several projects in a given week. Being able to spin up servers that match my client specifications with a simple command line tool saves us tons of work


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Check Out Our Featured Sessions

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CBStreams : Accelerate your Functional Programming with the power of Java Streams

This session will introduce the cbStreams module. It will discuss what Java streams are, each of the available methods and options, and how to implement cbStreams into their applications.

by Matt Gifford

Try This At Home: Building a Personal Docker Swarm

Looking for some real-world knowledge and hands-on experience with Docker Swarm? What are you waiting for? In this session, we’ll walk through containerizing and deploying a personal CFML project to Swarm. The best way to learn is by doing, and it’s also the most fun

by Matthew Clemente


Into The Box 2019 Call For Speakers

We are pleased to announce the call for speakers for our 6th annual Into The Box Conference. The conference will be held in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas on May 2-3rd 2019 at the Hyatt Place Conference Center. This year we will continue the tradition of training and offer a pre-conference hands-on training day on May 1st and our live Mariachi Band Party!

 

Call for papers closes at midnight 12/01/2018. So get your submissions done before the holidays :)

Submit Your Talks Today!

Into The Box 2018 Call For Speakers

We are pleased to announce the call for speakers for our 5th annual Into The Box Conference. The conference will be held in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas on April 25th-27th at the Hyatt Place Conference Center. This year we will continue the tradition of training and offer a pre-conference hands-on training day on April 25 and our live Mariachi Band! (Workshop titles are coming).

 

Call for papers closes at midnight 12/01/2017. So get your submissions done before the holidays :)

Please fill out the form using this link to submit your topics.

Learn more about the Speaker with Podcast Interviews on ColdFusion Alive Podcast - Part 4

This is it, the week of Into The Box, and we had so many speakers for ITB do podcasts, we had to write up a 4th blog post. Michael Smith from Teratech has done a great job of being a Media Sponsor for Into the Box 2017. One of the functions that TeraTech is performing for us, is Speaker Interviews, and Michael Smith hosts those interviews on his brand new podcast, ColdFusion Alive Podcast. This is the 4th blog post spotlighting some of those speaker podcasts. Get to know the speakers better, and make an informed decision on what sessions you want to attend, and the sessions you cannot miss... check these podcasts out.
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Learn more about the Speaker with Podcast Interviews on ColdFusion Alive Podcast - Part 3

Michael Smith from Teratech has done a great job of being a Media Sponsor for Into the Box 2017. One of the functions that TeraTech is performing for us, is Speaker Interviews, and Michael Smith hosts those interviews on his brand new podcast, ColdFusion Alive Podcast. This is the 3rd blog post spotlighting some of those speaker podcasts. Get to know the speakers better, and make an informed decision on what sessions you want to attend, and the sessions you cannot miss... check these podcasts out.
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Learn more about the Speaker with Podcast Interviews on ColdFusion Alive Podcast - Part 2

Michael Smith from Teratech has done a great job of being a Media Sponsor for Into the Box 2017. One of the functions that TeraTech is performing for us, is Speaker Interviews, and Michael Smith hosts those interviews on his brand new podcast, ColdFusion Alive Podcast. This is the 2nd blog post spotlighting some of those speaker podcasts. Get to know the speakers better, and make an informed decision on what sessions you want to attend, and the sessions you cannot miss... check these podcasts out.
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Learn more about the Speaker with Podcast Interviews on ColdFusion Alive Podcast

Michael Smith from Teratech has done a great job of being a Media Sponsor for Into the Box 2017. One of the functions that TeraTech is performing for us, is Speaker Interviews, and Michael Smith hosts those interviews on his brand new podcast, ColdFusion Alive Podcast. There are already several podcasts released, and we decided to spotlight the ITB ones here so you can get to know the speakers better, and make an informed decision on what sessions you want to attend, and the sessions you cannot miss.
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