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If you’re in technology, your skills became outdated today.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.


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


Into the Box 2019 - Early bird discount extended until March 31st

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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 Schedule Released!

We are so excited to unveil the schedule lineup for our Into The Box conference 2019 edition. We have over 22 speakers from around the world, 6 hands-on training workshops, and over 28 diverse sessions that we hope will blow your socks off! As you will see from our sessions, our focus remains strong on modernization and redefining CFML/Java Development from legacy hell to modern times.

Modernize or Die!


2019 Schedule


Get Ready To Train!

This year we have 6 training workshops ocurring on May 1st, 1 day before the 2-day conference.

  • Containerizing CFML Apps
  • BDD with TestBox
  • CommandBox DeepDive
  • ColdBox From Zero to Hero
  • ContentBox From Zero to Hero
  • Hands on CFML Security Workshop


Please remember that space is limited and seats do go fast, so get your seat reserved today!

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Foundeo Sponsors Into the Box 2019


We are very excited to announce that Foundeo will be sponsoring Into The Box this May in Houston Texas as a Silver Sponsor!

Early Bird Registration is open until February 28th. Purchase your ticket now to be part of this conference and be prepared to be challenged and learn about great web technologies in over 25 different sessions and 6 pre-conference workshops!

United Airlines Discounts for Into The Box 2019

We are so excited to announce discounts from United Airlines for all of our Into The Box attendees. The percentage of discounts fluctuates on fares and locations but can be up to 3-10% off your domestic or international airfare to the Houston International Airport (IAH). Just use the following discount code: ZGHR181193 when you are booking your travel via the United Airlines meeting travel website Or, for a $25 service fee you can call United Meetings at (800) 426-1122 where a ticketing agent can help you by phone using the discount code and agreement code: 181193

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 :)

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Into The Box is Less Than 1 Week Away!

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Into The Box is officially less than a week away! Our conference will be hosting speakers and guest from around the globe and we are truly looking forward to see what is in store. For those of you that can't make it out to this year we have an option for you. We are going to live stream the sessions right to you wherever you may be! You can purchase your Live Stream Ticket today! This will grant you access to all sessions Into The Box for up to six months. Also we still have space left if you still want to purchase a regular seat.

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Nolan Erck, a keynote at ITB wrote the following this week, The Five Things to Know About Into The Box 2018."" This is what he has to say:

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2 Weeks Away + New Announcement

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This week marks Into the Box at just 2 weeks away! We are looking forward to some awesome hands on training at our workshops and we are anticipating brilliant sessions from our 25+ speakers! If you haven't made your purchase yet we still have 10 tickets left!

Also, we have a special announcement! We are making a new addition to our first day's schedule, Cross Cutting Concerns Podcast Live Panel Recording @ 6:30 P.M. This is a special live recording hosted by Matt Groves, featuring a panel of special guests. The panel will discuss the 'state of the union' and will take audience questions. You may even get a chance to win some prizes!

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Speaker Highlights

Rakshith Naresh

Rakshith Naresh

Rakshith Naresh is the Product Manager for ColdFusion. While his role as a Product Manager for ColdFusion can be as challenging as it can ever get, he enjoys working for a product that has such a passionate community following.