83 Days for Into The Box

T-minus 83 days and counting. The Into The Box conference is approaching fast! 

Save the date -  May 12th, 2015, 1 day before dev.Objective - and  secure your ticket today.

This week's feature speaker is : Nathaniel Francis


Nathaniel Francis

I am an employee of Computer Know How, the Wisconsin based technology firm and ColdBox Alliance Partner. I have been working with ColdBox since I started at CKH in September of 2012. My focus is on ColdBox applications, ContentBox sites, and ColdBox REST apps. I am a husband, father of 7, worship leader, theologian, scifi enthusiast, and balding.


Q & A with Nathaniel

What made you want to speak at Into The Box?

I love the community and enjoy sharing what I know. Hopefully this will help some folks try new things.

What does web development mean to you?

It's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's some of the most enjoyable and rewarding work I've ever done. On the other hand, it has its own share of frustrations and irritations.

Anything you want to experience during the conference?

As usual with the ColdFusion community and ColdBox group, I'm looking forward to the camaraderie and mutual support. It's nice to be among friends.

What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?

Keep trying. Keep learning. There's always something new around the bend.

This year's lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?

I'm interested to see the Preside presentation. I don't work with the product, but I've heard great things.


Nathaniel's Session

Powering AngularJS with RESTFul services

Come discover the world of building single page applications. In this session we will begin our hackathon by building a RESTFul backend and then creating the front-end using AngularJS

92 Days for Into The Box

Into The Box is only 92 days away!  

The date for the conference is May 12th, 2015, 1 day before dev.Objective. Sales are already taking off so we encourage you to  secure your ticket today.

This week's feature speaker is : Brad Wood.


Brad Wood

Brad grew up in southern Missouri and after high school majored in Computer Science with a music minor at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS). Today he lives in Kansas City with his wife and three girls. Brad enjoys all sorts of international food and the great outdoors.

Brad has been programming ColdFusion for 12 years and has used every version of CF since 4.5. He first fell in love with ColdFusion as a way to easily connect a database to his website for dynamic pages. He enjoys configuring and performance tuning high-availability Windows and Linux ColdFusion environments as well as SQL Server. 


Q & A with Brad

What made you want to speak at Into The Box?

I love the Box stack and had a great time last year. I love learning and I love helping others learn, and there's a lot to learn about making yourself more productive with the box stack.

What does web development mean to you?

Web development is really what got me into programming in general. It started as a hobby in college and turned into a love that also happens to be part of my job.

Anything you want to experience during the conference?

I'm hoping there's a mariachi band again. My absolute favorite part though was just sitting around with people and talking about their workflows, how they code, and getting their feedback on how to make the Box stack better.

What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?

Don't change a thing.

This year's lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?

Like I said before-- my favorite "sessions" at any conference are the impromptu ones around someone else's laptop in the hallway as you show off cool stuff. That said, "Killing Shark-Riding Dinosaurs with ORM" sounds pretty amazing just from the name, and I'm excited to see the "PresideCMS - create a site from scratch" session just to see what cool things PresideCMS does since it's all built on ColdBox.


Brad's Sessions

NoSQL for you and me

Come enter the exciting world of document databases. In this session, we will permeate you with all the knowledge needed to do document modeling, Couchbase NoSQL server setup, integrations and app building.

ColdBox 4 MVC Modular Architecture

In this session we will introduce you to the modular architecture concepts behind ColdBox MVC and how you can build sustainable and flexible web applications via modularity.

Package Management and Automation with CommandBox

In this session we will explore how to build, reuse and distribute CommandBox packages. We will also venture into automation land with all the different automation capabilities CommandBox offers not only at the Operating System level but at the CFML level. Anybody up for a CFML task runner?

99 Days for Into The Box

Into The Box is only 99 days away and in the next coming weeks we will be highlighting our speakers and their awesome sessions.  So remember to mark May 12th, 2015, 1 day before dev.Objective, on your calendar and don't forget to secure your ticket in time.  One of the speakers that will be at Into The Box this year is this week's feature speaker: Seth Engen.


Seth Engen

Seth Engen is a co-owner of Computer Know How, a Wisconsin based technology firm that he started with Curt Gratz in 1997. At the companies start he was introduced to CFML (version 4) and has been programming in the language ever since. Seth really enjoys creating web applications with great user interface experiences.


Q & A with Seth

What made you want to speak at Into The Box?

It is always nice for me to have an opportunity to spread the word about any of the *Box products.  I have always been impressed with the companies that support their development and the product that result from these efforts.  The world needs to know and I will do my part to help in that cause!

What does web development mean to you?

Since the first time I loaded a web page that I had created I knew I was doing something I loved.  It is fulfilling for me to create something that will solve a business problem for a client and to see their gratitude as they use the product.  It is such of an ever-changing landscape and that is what makes every day new and exciting.

Anything you want to experience during the conference?

It is always the highlight to see fellow developers that we have talked to via our interactions throughout the year.  The talent of those developers is fun to experience as they present on their respective areas of expertise.  The *Box products are numerous and always undergoing changes...I like to find those things I have been missing or have yet to implement.

What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?

Learn, learn, and keep learning.  Oh and by the way, that Netflix like product you had created with the web development class you were teaching...go with that idea...it just might work.

This year's lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?

I am really excited about CommandBox so the presentations by Luis Majano "Go Commando with CommandBox CLI" and Brad Wood "Package Management and Automation with CommandBox" are of interest to me.


Seth's Session

Customizing ContentBox Themes, Widgets and Modules, Oh My!

Learn to customize ContentBox as we demonstrate custom layout, widget, and module creation/installation features. Through an exploration of elements that I have created my own ContentBox installs you will gain an understanding of how you can fully customize ContentBox for your own use.

Schedule is now available for ITB 2015!

Are you ready?


We are so excited to announce our finalized schedule and speaker lineup for Into The Box 2015 with 14 great sessions from speakers around the world.  We are truly blessed to be able to host some of the smartest and coolest speakers from around the world this May at ITB in Minneapolis.  We will have a wide-range of topics that will surely entice any web application developer in need of more knowledge and sharpening their skills.  So head over to our sessions page to check out this great lineup and register for Into The Box!




Hostek - Sponsors ITB2015


We are very excited to announce that Hostek will be sponsoring yet again, Into The Box this May!  We are already partners when it comes down to great ColdFusion and ContentBox hosting., so we are extremely happy to have them on board for another year of Into The Box!


Hostek.com offers a full range of enterprise grade private cloud hosting services. From shared to VPS we have the perfect solution for your ContentBox/ColdBox applications. Utilizing enterprise grade storage and virtualization, Hostek.com offers the highest level of availability, the latest hardware and always the latest versions of Railo and ColdFusion.

Additionally, with our VPS, which includes our awesome control panel, every domain you add to your VPS will automatically have ContentBox pre-configured and ready to go.

Into The Box 2015 Call For Speakers

We just announced a second year of Into The Box and we're excited for it to be even bigger than last year but we need your help.  Our call for speakers is officially open!  ITB topics generally tie into one or more of the Ortus Box products but we encourage people to submit a wide range of topics covering any of the following:

  • Development
  • Tooling
  • Workflows
  • Testing
  • Performance
  • Migration
  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Cloud Deployment

If in doubt or even if you'd  like to hear someone else present on a topic, submit it anyway.  The call for speakers starts now and will close on December 31st so get your submissions in now!

Submission Form

We're Baaaack - Into The Box 2015

We're baaaaaaack!

After a great sold out Into The Box conference last year, we're back with a vengeance and looking to have a great second year.  We're going to be tagging along with dev.Objective() again, which if you haven't heard, is the new name for cf.Objective().  

Into The Box 2015 will be held May 12th at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN.  We'll have one full day packed with 2 tracks again that will cover all sorts of development-centric topics around the Ortus Solutions product stack.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • ColdBox MVC
  • ContentBox Modular CMS
  • CommandBox CLI & Package Manager
  • CacheBox, LogBox, WireBox
  • TestBox/MockBox
  • CFCouchbase NoSQL SDK
  • DataBoss Dynamic Administrator
  • FuseGuard Security Module
  • ProfileBox Fusion Reactor Module

These sessions will be useful for any ColdFusion/Railo developer who wants to come up their game as a developer regardless of whether they're using any of these libraries or frameworks yet.  

Please check out our main conference site, intothebox.org where we'll be updating information on sessions and speakers soon.  

Our registration portal is already open and ready for you to sign up.  

And if you're interested in speaking please submit a topic here.