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Sponsor topic Interview with Charlie Arehart

We wanted to get the ins and outs of our sponsor's, Intergral, topic at CFUnited! See what Charlie has to say about his session and why you should be there!

Tell us a little about yourself:

Greetings folks. I'm Charlie Arehart, independent consultant, and I'll be presenting "Continuously Improve CF code quality, Server Availability & Application Stability". This is a vendor/sponsor session that I'll be giving on behalf of Intergral, makers of FusionReactor, FusionDebug, and the new FusionAnalytics tools. While I don't work for the company, I am a long-time fan and do in fact partner with them in many ways, having written their training classes, which I also present, and also providing consulting for them for North American clients of their service.

Briefly describe what the is session about:

Well, the description on the site says it as well as I could say (since I wrote it). :-) The bottom line focus is how to use their tools (all recently or just about to be updated) to solve the common problems that many CF shops struggle with, whether it's poor performance, inability for CF to stay up, a challenge understanding the root cause of problems, and so on. While there are some tools that some people use to help with these, there are many ways that the Intergral tools offer unique benefits (and can work well with those other tools). Of course many people aren't aware of any tools at all. I'll be showing people how they can stop regarding CF as a black box that's either up or down. Perhaps most compelling, I'll show how they can more effectively analyze and compare server performance information across applications and over hours, days, weeks, months, and years.

Who should attend this session?

Really, anyone with responsibility for--or simply an interest in--effective running of their CF servers (or other CFML engines, or indeed other Java EE servers). There's no particular skill level required to understand what these tools can do. Indeed, even someone with little CF skill (whether a server Admin or a newcomer to CF) can quickly use these tools to show (even a more skilled person) what's going on in their servers, which is a vital first step to resolving problems.

Why did you choose to give this topic?

Well, again, this is a vendor/sponsor topic, so naturally the intention is to make people aware of the products and services from the company. But we all know that most people don't like "sales pitches". Hopefully I've earned a reputation (as an independent consultant) for being an objective observer. Since I'm not an employee, I really am "promoting" these tools because I believe they are valuable and that more people should know about them. Intergral was happy to have me present, because like so many great IT companies, they have great engineers who are awesome at building products (and listening to customers); yet like the average person, they not exactly thrilled by the prospect of speaking before hundreds of people! :-) I love doing it and have been for over 20 years.

How will conference attendees benefit from attending this session?

The primary benefit will be that attendees will learn new tools and techniques for solving common problems that face nearly every CF shop (and those using other CFML and Java EE engines). But again the focus isn't on "features" but rather on ways that problems can be solved. The session will benefit both those who have never seen the tools before, and those who maybe have worked with or at least heard of them before. Especially for the latter audience, there will be new information as the tools have been updated (FusionDebug recently, and FusionReactor soon, and FusionAnalytics is entirely new.) For those who've never seen the tools or any like them, they'll be exposed to the amazing capabilities that they bring to solving problems. And those who may be familiar with other similar solutions (though there's none like FusionAnalytics) will learn some of the ways that the Intergral products do offer unique features/solutions.

When is the session being held?

The session is on the first day, in the first slot after the Adobe Keynote (and break), at 11 am.

Why should people attend CFUnited?

Well, I've been spreading the good news of CFUnited since its inception over 10 years ago, first in a CFDJ article in 2000, and most recently in the farewell interview I did with Michael Smith and Judith Dinowitz in FusionAuthority. As a speaker at every one of the events (along with Michael), I can say it's been a conference that people have gotten great value from every year. Just as there are many tools to solve problems, and I recommend that people make the most of each, I say the same of conferences. Sure, some have their preferences (in tools and conferences, perhaps sticking only with one), but just like a large toolset can bring value to anyone, so too can a wide-ranging conference like CFUnited bring value to everyone who attends.

Whether you're a newcomer to CF or an old hand, an expert in OO technologies or still on the fence, someone who loves to meet people or prefers to just take in the content, you will not only be at home and welcomed at the event, but you'll likely find many other "birds of a feather". Speaking of BOFs, I should add that I'll be doing one called CF911 - Server Troubleshooting, which of course will cover a wide range of tools (free and commercial), techniques (from myself and I hope others), and experiences. As I'll discuss in my keynote talk on CFCommunity, we need to stick together and learn from each other! :-) CFUnited is a great place to do that.

New session by Intergral for CFUnited

Our Gold Sponsor, Intergral, has just released their topic for CFUnited 2010!

Charlie Arehart will be speaking on: Continuously Improve CF Code Quality, Server Availability & Application Stability.

When your CF servers are troubled, there are often a wide range of possible explanations, some code-oriented, some configuration, some load/traffic, and so on. To solve them, you need an equally broad range of diagnostic and analysis tools. Until recently, most CFers could turn to one or two common types of tools, but lacked coverage across the entire software solution lifecycle.

The Fusion product suite from Intergral offers just that: from improved code-level debugging tools (with features not available in CF Builder), to new and improved request/resource monitoring (with features that expand upon and go beyond the CF Server Monitor), to brand new server analytics tools, which allow you to analyze and compare server performance information across applications and over hours, days, weeks, months, and years.

Working in complement with, or instead of, built-in ColdFusion troubleshooting tools, come see how you can improve your complete CF environment across the whole software lifecycle.

This session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Make sure you reserve your spot and add this topic to your scheduler if you wish to attend!

CFUnited Sponsor Introductions!

Hello everyone,

We feel so lucky to have such great sponsors supporting CFUnited 2010. Allow us to introduce the ones who are on board so far.

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors



Emerging Sponsors

Epicenter Consulting


CF Tips Plus


Learn about sponsorships and be a part of CFUnited 2010! If your company is interested in sponsoring, contact info (at)


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!!

Win a CFUnited ticket from Railo!

Railo is giving away a ticket for CFUnited 2009 to one lucky winner in a Twitter-based competition held over the next seven days. Six runners-up will get a "Got Railo?" T shirt of their choice.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is Tweet something cool or witty about Railo!

Competition Rules:

  • Entries must use the #cfunited-railo hash tag to identify them.
  • The competition is open Wednesday July 15th (tomorrow) thru Tuesday 21st (seven days).
  • The Railo team will pick what we think is the coolest / funniest Tweet each day.
  • When the competition closes, the pick from each day will go into a hat and the CFUnited ticket winner will be chosen by random selection. The remaining six picks will get a T shirt of their choice from our store.
  • You may enter as many times as you want each day (but we will pick a different entrant each day).

We will contact the winners by DM on Twitter so you must follow @railo to be notified!

We will Tweet each day's pick once we have made a selection (our goal is to make each day's selection the following day) and we will blog all the winners within a day or two of the competition closing.

Good luck!

New sponsors

We have some new sponsors to announce!

Thank you to all our sponsors.

Silver Sponsor
EdgeWeb Hosting If your business depends on your hosting, then your business needs Edgewebhosting

Carahsoft Government IT solutions provider

Bronze Sponsor
Edgewood Solutions Expert SQL Server consulting for all your database needs

Special Contributors


WHIR Magazine

Fusion Authority


Sponsor Spaces - going once going twice

We only have 4 Silver Booths left.

We have maybe one Gold Level booth left.

We have maybe 1 Start up Level booth left.

If we run out of those booths, we may open up space farther from the main Breakout Session areas.

Sponsors are in the grand hallway this year just outside the general session and breakouts.

Secondary exhibit hall is just across from the main snack bar near the smaller break out rooms

Layout of space:

CFUnited Manager Guide

This is the Ultimate Manager Guide for CFUnited 2009.

If you do anything today, print a copy of this document and hand it to your manager. It has great information and I hope they realize that CFUnited is the place for you to be this year.

*Also, please tell your friends :-)

1yr FREE shared hosting for registering before March 31st

As proud sponsors of CFUnited conference 2009 Media3 is offering registered attendees 1 YEAR of free CF shared hosting.


And 20% our CF Enterprise Hyper - V VPs'

( see

Both use the latest technology. Dell 900 servers with network storage running Window 2008 data center edition. This is 64 bit architecture and resides on a gigi bit switch network in our new SAS70 data center!

Important: This offer requires that you register by March 31st and you must contact liz (at) to take advantage of this offer. (Those who are already registered can contact Liz now)

The minimum saving is just under $300.00 effectively reducing your cost to register significantly.

See you at the show.

Bob Hayes

founder and CEO Media 3 Technologies

New Silver Sponsor - Vertbase

We are excited to announce a new Silver sponsor for CFUnited. Thank you for your support!

Vertabase was founded in 1997 with a vision to offer innovative productivity solutions. First launched in 1999, Vertabase's flagship product Vertabase 4 provides advanced resource planning, easy-to-use project management, project tracking and comprehensive document management.

Vertabase 4 project management software organizes people and projects by simplifying, centralizing and accelerating access to critical up-to-date information. Vertabase 4 project management software facilitates management by providing a framework for increased productivity.

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