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Full Day Pre-Conference Classes

You can now register for Pre-Conference Classes!!

Location: Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center.

Date: August 11, 2009

Hours: 9:00am - 5:30pm

Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and fully replenished snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day.

Cost: $549

Seats per class: 20

* Free wireless Internet
* Includes all materials and Certificate of Completion

Click on a class for more details

CU241 - CBOX-100 : Intro To ColdBox - Luis Majano

CU242 - Building Desktop Applications with AIR - Rob Rusher

CU243 - Flex Boot Camp - Dan Blackman

CU244 - Building Better Applications - Simon Free

CU245 - Hitchikers Guide to ColdFusion - Chaz Chumley

CU246 - Setting up Internal Hosting - TBA

CU247 - Project Management Seminar - Shlomy Gantz

Custom Classes

If you're interested in having CFUnited provide a customized class for your company of 5 or more students, please Contact Us.

CFUnited invites Sean Corfield to speak

We are excited to announce that Sean Corfield is coming to speak at CFUnited 2009!

His topic is "Living in the Cloud"

The dream of cloud computing is cheap, scalable, on-demand power. What is it really like to run your production applications up in the cloud? What are the design issues you will face? How could you migrate from a traditional data center? Broadchoice runs its two main products on Amazon EC2 and uses S3 for persistent storage. Come and find out how we did it and the challenges we faced along the way - and why we like Amazon as a hosting environment!

5 more topics announced

Congratulations to Clark and Hal, Brian, Andrew, Jeff, and Sean!

Here are the next round of topics announced for CFUnited 2009. Next month we will announce 5 more.

Clark Valberg and Hal Helms "Dancing with the Devil: Dealing With Difficult Customers"

Ah, customers: business would be great if we could just get rid of them! The humor in this statement is the absurdity of it, yet it's easy to understand the feelings that prompt it. In this session, Hal and Clark (who believe they've had MORE than their share of difficult customers) explain how the term "difficult customer" often is often misapplied; more often the problem is that a bad dynamic has been established between developer and client. Using real-life case studies, we'll share specific techniques we've found to be successful in both (a) avoiding problems in the first place and (b) turning "difficult customers" into enthusiastic fans.


Brian Rinaldi "A CF Developer's Guide to the Mate Flex Framework"

Learn how to use the Mate framework when building a Flex application that connects to ColdFusion. Mate was developed by Nahuel Foronda of ASFusion and is an easy-to-use and powerful framework for Flex development. It will feel comfortable to many ColdFusion developers who use common MVC frameworks. This session will show you the basics of using Mate in a Flex/AIR application.


Andrew Schwabe "Flex and Google App Engine"

This is a presentation on how to build a simple application with flex on top of google app engine (GAE) which uses python and python AMF.


Jeff Tapper "How not to code flex applications"

Having worked on hundreds of various flex applications, I've had a chance to see all sorts of bad practices in use. In this session, we will look at several mistakes: common ones, amusing ones, ones which got someone fired, and talk through ways of making you a better coder, or at least one who makes a better caliber of mistakes.


Sean Moore "Flex Best Practices"

This presentation is based on my experience developing internet based applications. I wrote two articles on Best Practices for the Adobe Flex Developer Center on the website last year. This presentation cover many of the topics and bullet points from my articles. The presentation is meant to help developers write more maintainable, scalable, clean, organized code and develop Flex projects in the same manner.

Groovy Speakers

New Topics:

Joe Rinehart is now speaking on "Groovin' to the Fusion: Flex Edition"


Barney Boisvert is going to speaking "CFGroovy - Groovy for the CFML Developer"


Joe Rinehart will be giving the Day 2 Keynote at CFUnited.

Two topics canceled - Two new topics announced

CANCEL - Todd Sanders "Integrating ColdFusion and Adobe Livecycle ES Technologies"

CANCEL - Raymond Camden "ColdFusion, Model-Glue, HIbernate, Spring, and Groovy"

NEW - Adam Haskell "Red Green Refactor"

NEW - Todd Sharp "Better Development Through Open Source"

Other half of Topics for 2009 Process

I wanted to clarify the process for announcing the rest of the CFUnited 2009 topics.

A total of 100 topics will be accepted for CFUnited.

We have announced about half of the topics last week.

We have a list of topics and new speakers that are potentially going to be accepted. We will announce about 5 or 6 per month. Speakers will be notified of their potential status and informed early enough of their acceptance.

Included in those 50 or so topics are CF, Centaur, Bolt, Flex, Air, Manager, Beginner, Advanced, etc. So it is still anyone's gain.

We are doing this so that we have a good number of topics that are new. The Advisory Board has made it very clear to me that they want to make sure we have the right variety and a good mix of speakers.

As for the Centaur/Bolt Topics there has been some adjustments lately. The exclusivity will be held only to a handful of certain topics that are assigned or approved from Adobe. The possibility that other events will be talking about Centaur/Bolt now is welcome based on guidelines from their organizer which I am not aware of at this time. But I do know that some events are looking at potential Centaur topics and are pleased that the exclusivity is lifted.

I am really pleased with the feedback from the Adv Board and the community. Blog comments and Twitter discussions have proven to be valuable to us.

Please add 'lizign' and 'cfunited' on your twitter follow. I'll ask questions from time to time and I'd love to follow you as well.

Happy New Year everyone. Please continue feedback and thanks for those who registered early. I'll have to think of a treat to send everyone. It is really helping us afford the venue deposit due soon and start off the new year right.


Topics Announced for 2009 - Happy Holidays

Congrats to the following accepted topics. More topics and speakers will be announced in the next couple months.

Included are some Flex and Air topics that are must sees. A total of 25% out of the whole event will be Flex/Air for 2009.

Centaur and Bolt Topics will be announced later.

"Handling Errors with Error Handling" - Aaron Wolfe & Lance Smith

"Busy Developers Guide to Fusebox" - Adam Haskell

"Dynamic Load Testing with Webserver Stress Tool" - Ajay Sathuluri

"Advanced PDF Workflow with ColdFusion" - Andy Allan

"Advanced Custom Tags" - Ben Nadel

"Subversion for Smarties - Do More With Subversion" - Cameron Childress

"CFMythBusters: Countering Some Conventional Wisdom" - Charlie Arehart

"Building Desktop applications with Coldfusion 8 and AIR" - Chaz Chumley

"Flex development with the Swiz Framework" - Chris Scott

"Design Patterns and ColdFusion: Exploring Object Based Programming" - Dan Blackman

"Exploring Real-time apps with ColdFusion and Blaze DS / Live Cycle Data Services ES" - Dan Blackman "Transfer 101" - Dan Vega

"Building Your First AIR/CF Application" - Dan Wilson

"Practical Refactoring: Making Bad Code Good" - Dan Wilson

"Design for Developers" - Dave Powell

"Hands-on CSS" - Dee Sadler

"Using Ant to Deploy ColdFusion Application" - Doug Hughes

"Connecting Flex to ColdFusion" - Douglas Knudsen

"Railo Open Source" - Gert Franz

"Extending CFCs' Power" - Hal Helms

"Form Validation with CFCs and jQuery" - Hal Helms

"Hacking Your Own Website" - Jake Munson

"PDF Documents and Forms in ColdFusion 8" - Jeff Coughlin

"Groovy for ColdFusion Developers" - Joe Rinehart

"ColdFusion Basics" - John Farrar

"Thinking Outside of the CF Box" - John Paul Ashenfelter

"iPhone Apps + Adobe ColdFusion" - Josh Adams

"Build/Deploy/Upgrade" - Joshua Cyr

"Real World ColdSpring" - Kurt Wiersma

"Real world ecommerce with ColdFusion" - Lawrence Cramer

"ColdBox" - Luis Majano

"Do more work in less time: Become an Automation Rock Star!" - Marc Esher

"Atomic Reactor! Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the ORM" - Mark Drew

"Understanding Application.cfc" - Michael Dinowitz

"ColdFusion and BlazeDS 101" - Mike Nimer

"Building Scalable Web Applications with ColdFusion" - Oguz Demirkapi

"Requirements and Estimating" - Peter Bell

"Leveraging Basic Object Oriented Concepts and Design Patterns in ColdFusion" - Phill Nacelli

"ColdFusion, Model-Glue, HIbernate, Spring, and Groovy" - Raymond Camden

"Introduction to jQuery with ColdFusion" - Raymond Camden

"Ajax/ColdFusion 911" - Raymond Camden

"AIR: Building Desktop Applications with Flex 3" - Rob Rusher

"How To Make Your ColdFusion Applications Hack Resistent " - Scott Stroz

"Advanced SQL for ColdFusion" - Sean Woods

"Hack Proofing Coldfusion" - Shlomy Gantz

"Creating Public Facing API's" - Simon Free

"Skinning Components in Flex 4 (Gumbo)" - Theo Rushin

"Integrating ColdFusion and Adobe Livecycle ES Technologies" - Todd Sanders

"How to Setup a Local Development Environment" - Yancy Wharton

CFUnited Topic Survey - VOTE NOW

Finally! The topic survey for 2009 is open until December 20th 2008.

Not all topics will be accepted. And not necessarily will these categories become the tracks. We will only be accepting 70 topics for now.

This is the first time EVER that we are choosing the topics through the community picks.

On the survey you can download the PDF of all the topics and descriptions. Do not copy the information on this PDF without the permission of myself and the speaker. These have been submitted to CFUnited directly.

Thank you to the speakers who submitted on time. Thank you to the advisory board for helping me categorize and make changes.

I'm really excited about these topics. So good luck and let speakers know how excited you are about their topics. Blog about your choices so others know and feel free to twitter that you voted. Spread the word!

CFUnited 2009 is going to be Stellr!

CFUnited 2009 Call for Speakers

I'm challenging you!

The greatest feedback from 2008 is that attendees want fresh topics.

We want new and creative topics and in depth descriptions. Suggest a topic yourself or suggest a topic for someone else to speak on.

The idea is that on December 1st we will put all the topic suggestions together and let the community vote. Everyone will have to vote by December 19th. The person who suggests the topic that is voted the most popular will win a special extra gift or free ticket.

Here's what attendees want at CFUnited (from survey):
Integrating new technologies
Hands-on sessions
CF and Flash Integration
Full life cycle development using many of the open-source tools out there
More Flex sessions
Latest technologies
Discussion topics
Advanced material
Code Samples
Some beginner to intermediate talks on using IDEs for coldfusion
Keep the technical quality and variety high
Enterprise level topics
More Advanced CF sessions
CF/Flex topics
Integrating CF with BlazeDS/AIR/Flex
Report Builder
Continuous Integration, ANT, Subversion, Flex
Why upgrade to CF8 for government employee
Centaur new features
Real world presentations
New keynote

Internals of the Adobe ColdFusion Server Code Posted

I've posted the code samples from my presentation on the Internals of the Adobe ColdFusion Server.

You'll need to login to download them here, but I'll have them mirrored on my blog shortly :)

- Elliott

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