Tell us about...

Tell us something funny about yourself?

I can do the floss (thanks kids!)

Why should companies or developers modernize?

As a business owner and a developer, the biggest advantage I see to modernizing is reducing burdens. It could be administrative burdens (simplify server admin by using docker or lambda), cognitive burdens (organized workflows, reduce manual steps), etc. It is not about following the latest fads, you still have to weed out what is a fad, and what actually adds value and improves your process.

Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

Because (1+1 == 2) in CFML. Unless that statement becomes false in CFML it will continue to work, and get the job done for many many years to come.

What would you like to experience during the conference?

II'm always looking to learn something new at conferences. It is a good way window shop various techniques and technologies without actually having to invest in fully learning it. Then after the conference I eventually start learning and implementing those techniques and technologies that resonated well with me.

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

George Murphy, besides talking to him about Terraform, I would probably also ask him about fishing. George is always fun to chat with.

Why should attendees go to your session?

It doesn't get much more cutting edge than running CFML on AWS Lambda. Whether you have used Lambda before or not, there should be quite a bit to learn for anyone willing to attend. Also this is one of the few opportunities you may have to hear me talk about something besides security ;-)

What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

CommandBox - it is the swiss army knife that every CFML developer should have on their belt. I use it every day.

Meet our speaker

Pete Freitag

Pete Freitag has nearly 20 years of experience building web applications with ColdFusion. In 2006 he started Foundeo Inc (, a ColdFusion consulting and products company. Pete helps clients develop and architect custom ColdFusion applications, as well as review an improve the performance and security of existing applications. He has also built several products and services for ColdFusion including a Web Application Firewall for ColdFusion called FuseGuard ( and a ColdFusion server security scanning service called HackMyCF ( Pete holds a BS in Software Engineering from Clarkson University.