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CFUnited Tweetup

Get together with other Tweeple at the CFUnited Tweetup! Everyone is invited, even non-CFUnited attendees! Taking place at the Stonewalls Tavern Bar in Lansdowne Resort at Thursday 10:30pm right after the Adobe Pool Party. Check out CFUnited attendees on twitter. More info coming soon so stay tuned.

CF Meetup: "CFUNITED Preview: Using Apache Derby", with Charlie Arehart

CF Meetup: "CFUNITED Preview: Using Apache Derby", with Charlie Arehart

Thursday, Thurs. Jul 30, 6:00pm US EDT

Meeting URL:

Organized by Charlie Arehart

Description: Using Apache Derby, the Open Source Database Embedded in ColdFusion 8

Come see a preview (about 20-30 minutes) of one of my CFUnited sessions, this one on Apache Derby. No, it's not "new in CF9", but many have missed or dismissed it. In this session, you will learn about the Apache Derby database included in ColdFusion 8. A full-featured database with a ten-year heritage, Apache Derby is fully transactional, easy to use, and standards based and has the advanced features you'd expect in any quality DBMS. Yet it's small, at only 2MB. You'll find out how to use Apache Derby within ColdFusion, as well as about tools that work with it and where to learn more. Again, this is just a preview, but for many it will be more than they've ever heard about the Derby DBMS embedded in CF8. I'm sure some will have preconceived notions about the tool. Come share your thoughts. I hope to dispel a few myths along the way.

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More Dulles Airport Shuttle Information

We received a form for attendees staying at the Lansdowne Resort. If you would like to ensure that the hotel and shuttle driver knows when you are arriving, please fill out this form.

The Dulles airport shuttle will be making rounds every 30 minutes. Filling out the form just helps the resort be more prepared for your arrival.

Also, the form includes a map of how to find the shuttle when you exit the airport terminal.

Thank you for taking these extra steps so we are prepared!

CF Meetup: "Trailer for CFUNITED: Who killed ColdFusion?", with David Stockton

CF Meetup: "Trailer for CFUNITED: Who killed ColdFusion?", with David Stockton

Thursday, Jul 30, 12:00pm US EDT

Meeting URL:

Organized by Charlie Arehart

Description: At CFUnited join the CSI: ColdFusion Server Investigation team using state of the art server analysis tools to unravel a mystery. Together we must hunt down and stop a ColdFusion serial killer who's hanging CF Servers across the country. To not give away the mystery, this CFMeetup presentation will focus on how you can use a new ColdFusion analysis tool from the makers of FusionReactor to help you find out how and why a server was "killed."

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CFUnited Class: jQuery and ColdFusion - Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters

CFUnited Class: CU248 - jQuery and ColdFusion August 11, 2009 9:00am - 5:30pm

1. Why did you create this class?

Well, I started out teaching jQuery as a separate class about a year ago. It was a fun class, but I met an increasing number of CF developers who hadn't investigated jQuery because they felt that it just duplicates features that are available in ColdFusion, especially CF8. While it's true that many of the tasks that jQuery handles well are also addressed by features in CF, I find that it's very beneficial to be able to take advantage of both technologies.

2. Are you going to cover jQuery first, or ColdFusion?

The focus of the class is really on how jQuery and ColdFusion can work and play well together. We'll spend a bit of time discussing each side of the house, but most of the time will be spent on combining the two.

3. Aren't jQuery and ColdFusion mutually exclusive?

Not at all. As I already mentioned, this is the misconception that originally prompted me to design the class. It's important to understand that CF is a tool that generates code to run on the browser, and jQuery is code that runs on the browser as well. If we understand both technologies from the browser's context, we can make use of them together in very interesting and useful ways.

4. Do attendees need to know jQuery and ColdFusion in order to take the class?

I'm expecting students to know ColdFusion, but not necessarily jQuery. This seems to be the typical scenario, especially in the context of a conference like CFUnited, where attendees are typically familiar with CF. We'll be spending some time in the first part of the class talking about the fundamentals of jQuery, so if you don't know any jQuery, you'll be raring to go by the end of the day.

5. What will attendees know at the end of the day?

Beats me--I don't know if you'll pay attention. Seriously, though, the class is designed to open up a whole box of fun stuff for creating great user experiences with good ol' HTML.

6. How will this class benefit an attendees career?

If your career has anything to do with building front-ends for web applications (or HTML-based desktop applications), you'll find something useful in this class. My intent is to fuel students' imaginations so that they'll feel enabled to explore their own ideas.

7. What should attendees bring to the class?

The biggest thing that will help is your imagination, and perhaps some ideas for an application you're currently developing. You should bring your laptop, with CF installed. I'll provide jQuery and instructions on how to install it, use it, and extend it. Of course, if you're already tinkering with jQuery and have it, that's even better. I look forward to seeing you there!

Why I didn't come to CFUnited for years by Ben Nadel

We recently reread the article on Fusion Authority that Ben Nadel wrote in 2007 about why he didn't attend CFUnited for many years.

Read how Ben overcame his fears and what his first time was like, plus tips for first time attendees at

And thanks Ben for sharing your experience!

BTW, that was Ben's first year and we think Ben is doing really good for himself now. He's been nominated for several categories in the Community Achievement Awards and now he's even speaking this year! What could CFUnited do for your career?

Adobe ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder

Thank you Adobe and Adam Wayne Lehman for sending the list of topics today. We look forward to meeting the CF team!!

ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder Track and Topic Descriptions

Schedule of Topics:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 1:30:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9: What's New" Adam Wayne Lehman

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 4:15:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9 & Flex 4: Application Development" Ryan Stewart

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 8:30:00 AM
"ColdFusion Builder: Getting Started (Bring Your Laptop)" Bhakti Pingale & Dipanwita Sarkar

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:45:00 AM
"ColdFusion 9 & AIR: Developing Offline Applications" Praveen Gupta

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 2:00:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9: An Introduction to ORM" Terry Ryan

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 3:15:00 PM
ColdFusion 9: Advanced ORM" Manju Kiran Pacchhipulusu

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 4:45:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9 & LiveCycle ES: SOA Development" Greg Wilson

Friday, August 14, 2009 - 9:00:00 AM
"ColdFusion 9: JavaScript & AJAX Driven User Interfaces" Bhakti Pingale

Friday, August 14, 2009 - 10:15:00 AM
"ColdFusion 9: Working w/ MS Office, Sharepoint and Exchange" Hareni Venkatramanan & Terry Ryan

Friday, August 14, 2009 11:30:00 AM
"ColdFusion Builder: Building Extensions with CFML" Adam Wayne Lehman

Friday, August 14, 2009 - 1:30:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9: An Insider's Guide" Hemant Khandelwal

Friday, August 14, 2009 - 4:15:00 PM
"ColdFusion 9: Server Administration" Mike Collins

The plan is to definitely have these topics recorded via Connect for attendees to view at a later time so that you don't miss out on all the great topics.

Thank you Adobe!!

Adobe Pool Party

Adobe is throwing a massive Pool Party at CFUnited.

Thursday August 13th at 7:30 pm

Slide down the twisty slide, Splash under the waterfall, or lounge around with pals and free beer.

Not to mention Sumo Wrestling!! Challenge someone to a match and be victorious! Thanks to Carahsoft.

At 9:00pm, we'll get started with the Open Mic Night, hosted by funny man, Scott Stroz. Witness our talented community.

DON'T FORGET to bring your swimming gear! and maybe some sunscreen...

Thanks Adobe!!

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Getting some exercise at CFUnited

Whether you feel like playing Tennis, Golf, Racket Ball, or going for a swim, the Lansdowne Resort helps keep you in shape for the week.

Lets say you just want to enjoy a walk near the Potomac. Or jog. Or run.

We've created a path on with the trail details that the Lansdowne Resort has provided. was created by Adam Howitt, one of our own community members. Follow Adam on Twitter @earnshavian

Lansdowne WalkJogRun Trail

CFUnited Shuttle Schedule & Directions to Lansdowne Town Center

Hello Commuters!

See latest blog entry about the Shuttle schedule

Direction to Lansdowne Town Center:

The Lansdowne Town Center has various places to eat. If you have your own car, it is less than a mile away from the Resort. Start out: Lansdowne Resort, Turn RIGHT onto Woodridge Parkway, Turn LEFT at stop sign onto Lansdowne Boulevard, Turn RIGHT at the merge onto Riverside Parkway, Turn LEFT into shopping center.

Here are some of the Restaurants: Mariachi, Not Your Average Joes, Emelio's Pizza & Grill, Burapa Thai, Haagen Daas, The Dock, California Tortilla, Silk Road - Afghan Restaurant, Starbucks, and Panera Bread.

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