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CFUNITED is the only conference of its kind that is run by
developers, for developers. What this means is that the topics are exactly what web developers need to learn now and are based on real world experience. There are real users in the case studies so you can
see what your colleagues at other organizations are doing. It also
means that the marketing fluff stops at the door -- so you can learn
more from other developers! CFUNITED unites the whole ColdFusion®
and web development community.
Formerly known as CFUN, CFUNITED in 2005 had over 50 nationally
known speakers and over 900 attendees with 64 sessions! Started
in 1999 by TeraTech, this is the eighth annual national ColdFusion
event. Again this year it is being held in June, just outside Washington
DC at a beautiful new state-of-the-art facility: The Montgomery
County Conference Center, and is right next to a Metro stop and
the freeway - providing easy and direct access from Reagan National
Airport and to all downtown Washington DC attractions. That makes
CFUNITED a great opportunity to also enjoy our Nation’s Capital
over the Fourth of July weekend, including the Nation’s best
fireworks exhibition on the Capital Mall and the many restaurants
and night clubs in downtown DC.
At CFUNITED, there is something for everyone.
This year’s conference is a 3-day event with a bonus on Saturday
repeating the most popular sessions. In addition to the keynotes
and sessions you expect at any conference, this year will include
Birds-of-Feather discussions in the evenings, panel discussions,
a community area, and many other social and networking events. If
4 days isn’t enough for you, there is a Team Macromedia and
User Group Manager event on the day before the conference, and full-day
hands-on classes, instructed by CFUNITED presenters, during the
two days prior to the conference.
Those of you new to CF will be happy to know that there is an entire
track of beginner level boot camp sessions covering everything from
an introduction to the basics of CFML, to the basics of SQL, and
several introductions to code reuse with UDFs and custom tags. There
is an accessibility and usability track with sessions on usability
testing, search engine optimization, and CSS. There’s a track
on development and platforms, which includes sessions on Verity,
FarCry, Scaling and Tuning, and PLUM to name a few. The CFML, .NET,
and Windows track features sessions on such topics as .NET, SQL
Server 2005, developing Pocket PC applications, SQL Server optimization,
and .NET/CFML administration and integration with BlueDragon. Of
course there’s also an Advanced CF track, which includes sessions
on Event Gateways, security, java integration, advanced database
techniques, and more. Similar to the advanced track is the empowered
programming track which includes sessions on FliP, MACH II, design
patterns, project management, application branding, and domain models
to name a few. Last but not least is the MX Integration track that
features sessions on integrating ColdFusion with Flex, Flash, DreamWeaver,
""The CFUNITED Sneak Peek was a great success. CFDJ editor Simon Horwith
was there and said the hotel looks really nice Much larger and also more professional
than past venues. It's all new, has large rooms for sessions, the guest rooms
and suites are nice, it has a hip bar/lounge, and that it's in a very convenient
location, too. I think it's going to be a terrific event." "
-Simon Horwith, Editor CFDJ
"If this is your first time, you will be very happy. CFUN
is the best CFML conference - period. ... consistently I can say
CFUN is the one most worth your money" -Raymond Camden,
"CFUN has become the premier CF specific event, and Michael
Smith and his team deserve all sorts of praise for their hard work
in pulling it all off yet again." -Ben Forta
"A thousand CF developers all under one roof is both amazingly
fun and remarkably educational. Seven tracks means something for everyone,
and 54+ speakers means a diverse collection of expertise across all
"Application development involves rapidly evolving technologies.
Anyone in the industry who does not actively pursue expanding their
knowledge will quickly become obsolete. CFUNITED looks to provide
the best value for my education dollar."
"CF developers are a hot commodity. The demand for fast, reliable
web applications is on the rise. Now is the time to be a ColdFusion
developer if you want to be on top of the game. CFUNITED is the
place to be to see the latest feature sets of ColdFusion and what
it can do for you and your company. Be the first to witness it all."
"CFUNITED is a great way to not only network with fellow ColdFusion
afficianados, but also to learn new techniques and methods to help
your career or business. You also can get inside scooops on developments
in ColdFusion and learn best practices and much more."
"CFUNITED is a great opportunity to launch your career into
the next level, allowing developers to learn new tips, tricks and
techniques, all while bonding with fellow ColdFusion users many
of us only know by name."
"It is run by developers for developers. The sessions are
based on real world experience and real user case studies."
"It is the largest conference for CF targeted specifically
for developers. It is run by developers for developers. I can learn
from other developers real world experience and real user case studies
so I can see what my collegues at other organizations are doing.
And it is just a great time to be had by all."
"Learning more, networking more, getting NEW ideas...and now,
to support CF's continued existence."
"There is no better ColdFusion conference out there than CFUNITED.
One conference at a world class conference center gets you three
days of classes that will make you a better programmer and personally
connect you with the top ColdFusion experts in the world. No car
rental necessary. Fly to Washington, D.C. and hop on the Metro to
take you across the street from the hotel. There is no better choice
if you know ColdFusion or want to learn ColdFusion: CFUNITED is
a self contained can't miss affair if you are serious about ColdFusion.
Miss it and you lose out for yet another year while others leave
you coding in the dust."
"Where else can you find such a concentration of ColdFusion
expertise and genius in one place at one time? I look at the list
of topics and speakers and I can't imagine coming away from the
event without being a better programmer."
Q: Will there be a MAX this year?
Ben Forta: We're still working through it, we do plan a conference, but details
are not finalized yet. Part of what we need to figure out is who the
conference is for, and what products it should cover. With the merger with
Adobe there are over 70 products in our product line, and so we need to
figure which to include, and the type of coverage that each should get. I'd
expect that we end up doing something similar to MAX, a company conference
dedicated to many of our products, explaining high level direction and
vision, providing sneaks at future products, and so on. And that is
important to note. When Allaire's DevCon became Macromedia's MAX, some
attendees found that there was not as much coverage of specific products as
they'd have liked. The truth is there is no way we could create a dedicated
DevCon type event for each product. MAX was a Macromedia conference, not a
Flash or ColdFusion conference. But there is also a need for those product
specific events, conferences than get dedicated far more time to specific
products, and that is why we sponsor other events, like CFUNITED for
ColdFusion and FlashForward for Flash.
Speaker Ben Forta