The 2014 Winter Olympics are in full swing, and so are we, gearing up for the first annual Into the Box, our one-day, two-track conference focusing on everything *Box, CFML, and other web technologies. It's one day before cf.Objective(), so if you haven't had a chance to do so yet, get your ticket now

And of course, we're super-excited about the great line-up of speakers that we have for ITB 2014, which includes this week's featured speaker: Pete Freitag.

Q & A with Pete

Q: What made you want to speak at Into The Box 2014? 
A: I have a lot of respect for Luis, Brad, the entire ColdBox team and what they have built. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to speak to and meet some ColdBox developers!

Q: What does web development mean to you?
A: I love programming and web development because I love to build stuff and see the finished product. It probably all started with Lego's when I was a kid.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?
A: Don't bother learning Enterprise Java Beans 1.0, you'll never use it. Being able to differentiate fads from valuable assets in your developer toolbelt is something that takes time to figure out. I probably should have spent less time worrying about interesting technologies and spent more time focusing on core concepts that span technologies, such as Object Oriented Design. I still use that today, and will for years to come.

Q: Anything you want to experience during the conference?
A: Really looking forward to learning more about ColdBox and its Box friends from the experts.

Q: This year’s lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?
A: I am just starting to use TestBox so I am looking forward to learning more about that. it It will be hard to pick which session to go to at several of the slots, I'm interested in just about every single topic.

Pete's Sessions

Securing your Box Applications

Locking down your ColdBox and ContentBox sites is as important today as ever. In this session we'll talk about the kinds of threats that you need to be concerned about, and tools that help you secure your applications with minimal effort.


3:15 PM - 4:10 PM Room1

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

Wrapping Up

Into the Box 2014 is going to be a great time of learning and networking--we hope you can join us!