Wow, time sure flies! In just a few short weeks, Into the Box 2014 will launch, featuring 14 sessions, incredible speakers, and an opportunity to meet and network with other web development professionals. And if you're already in town for cf.Objective, Into the Box is your perfect appetizer for what you'll learn the rest of the week! So what are you waiting for? Get your ticket today!

One of the speakers that will be at Into the Box is this week's feature speaker: Joel Watson!

Q & A with Joel

Q: What made you want to speak at Into The Box 2014? 
A: I’m a big believer in giving back the good that you've received. Over the last 7 years of my web development experience, I've been fortunate to learn from extremely talented developers and mentors. I’m very grateful for the expertise that has been shared with me, so I am always looking for opportunities to share the experience that I've gained, hopefully to inspire others and be a part of building a stronger, more vibrant community of web technology professionals.

Q: What does web development mean to you? 
To me, web development is a way that I express myself, an avenue for creativity and exploration that I've not found in any other aspect of my life. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with taking an idea and turning into something that is useful and beneficial to others.I also just get excited about the future--there are very few other opportunities for employment that provide the chance (and necessity!) to learn and grow; it's truly a pleasure to be a part of that!

Q: Anything you want to experience during the conference? 
A: I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of new people from the community. I interact with individuals online all the time, but very rarely get to forge relationships in person.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now? 
My biggest advice would be to start sooner! I didn't start into my web development career until about half-way through a completely unrelated graduate degree. If I had it to do over, I would love to have started a lot sooner on the web so that I could be even farther along now!

Q: This year's lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?
I'm really looking forward to NoSQL Development with CFCouchbase and Enterprise Box Architecture .

Joel's Sessions

ColdBox + ORM: Pink Unicorns Do Exist!

Are you interested in using ORM in ColdFusion or Railo, but don't know where to begin? In this session, we'll dive into the powerful toolset that ColdBox provides which makes leveraging ORM in your applications a cinch...and fun! From utilizing Virtual Entity Services to building powerful, dynamic queries with CriteriaBuilder, you'll come away a believer in the magic of ColdBox and ORM to take your app to the next level.


3:15 PM - 4:10 PM Room2
Writing For Performance (ProfileBox/FusionReactor)

This session will cover how to tune your Box applications with our ProfileBox module that ties your apps performance metrics right inside of FusionReactor.


4:20 PM - 5:15 PM Room1

Be sure, of course, to check out our full list of sessions for Into the Box 2014!