Apr
20

Tomorrow evening (April 21) the Nashville ColdFusion User Group and Dave Ramsey / The Lampo Group are sponsoring a stop on the Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2 tour. If you are in Nashville tomorrow you should head to the Brentwood area to hear Greg Wilson talk about CF Builder 2, ColdFusion, and Flex on mobile including iPad/iPhone.

Food and drink will be provided and prizes will be awarded to some who RSVP. Hit up the NCFUG site to submit your RSVP and get the full meeting details.

Feb
23

Last week I gave a presentation to the Connecticut ColdFusion User Group (CFUGitives) on integrating BlazeDS and ColdFusion 9. This is the same talk I've given other places without the hands-on aspect. I've zipped up my slides and code and made them available for download here. When you extract the downloaded zip file you should see the following folder structure.

  • /FlashBuilderProject/FlexMessaging.fxp (a full Flash Builder 4 project)
  • /Slides/IntegratingBlazeDS_ColdFusion.pdf (my slides in PDF format)

To get started, import the FlexMessaging.fxp file into Flash Builder 4 as a new Flex project. This will setup nearly every aspect of the project. I typically customize my Flex 3 projects in Flash Builder with two other settings. Right-click on your new project folder and select properties. In the resulting window, select Flex Build Path. Change the Framework linkage setting to "Merged into code" and add an appropriate Output folder URL (this setting is located at the bottom of the window). I put my project in my Web root, so I typically set Output folder URL to "http://localhost/project_name/bin-debug/. Adding this setting will allow you to build the project and run it in your default browser with a localhost URL versus a filesystem specific URL.

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Feb
10

This coming Monday, February 15 I'll be giving my ColdFusion 9 and BlazeDS presentation to the Connecticut ColdFusion User Group. It's all going down online via Adobe Connect so fire up your browser at 6:00pm CST on Monday if you want to be part of the fun. All the relevant meeting info, such as the Adobe Connect URL, is located on the CFUGitives site.

But, here's a quick presentation description:

In this presentation Aaron will show you how ColdFusion 9 and BlazeDS are integrated into one server. Aaron will demonstrate how to build a one-way, real-time messaging application from start to finish, using Flash Builder 4 beta and ColdFusion Builder beta.

Jul
14

If you're a developer or manager interested in high availability ColdFusion, I recommend you clear your calendar for an hour this coming Thursday. Why? Because Mike Brunt, one of the most knowledgeable and experienced ColdFusion experts will be giving an online presentation on this very topic. In 2008 I hired Mike to work with me to help tune the enterprise ColdFusion platform that powers Dealerskins. He was very effective in helping us "ring out" some extra performance from our ColdFusion servers. So I can personally vouch for Mike's ability to give a presentation on high availability ColdFusion.

The meeting description below is only a portion of the full details on the ColdFusion Meetup site. Please hit that link for all the who, what, where details, as well as information on how to RSVP for the meeting and how to join the meeting on July 16.

In "ColdFusion Uptime, All The Time", Mike Brunt will discuss the key concepts and practices that form the foundation for high availability ColdFusion systems. He'll discuss what he calls the "performance and stability stack", which is the combination of hardware and software (in particular ColdFusion) that makes up a high-performing, highly-available Web application. Mike will also go into some depth on the data tier, which is typically the main dependency for ColdFusion applications. The concepts presented here are drawn from Webapper's years of real-world field-work assisting clients with in building high-performing, highly-available implementation.

Jul
13

In case you were one of the folks sleeping while the rest of us stayed up to unveil public betas for ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder, it happened. You can read all about it here. And now that the cats out of the bag it should make today's presentation with Terry Ryan very interesting. Terry's talk was announced last week and was dubbed as an uncensored event on ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder. I suppose it's apparent what that means now. Terry will be able to discuss any and all of the features in the public betas so don't miss it!

The presentation is part of the Online ColdFusion Meetup group and promises to be a no holds barred event. Full details including who, what, where, how to RSVP, and how to join the meeting when it starts are available on the ColdFusion Meetup site. Here's a quick overview of the event from the user groups site.

Join us for this special one-time only event, on a special day: while Adobe has been doing Centaur/Bolt user group tour event over the past few weeks, at each meeting they've shared more and different things. This event will be the capstone tour event, revealing all the features shared to this point, and more. Adobe ColdFusion Evangelist Terry Ryan assures [Charlie Arehart] that nothing will be held back as he talks about both Centaur and Bolt.

Jun
18

Tomorrow morning the 615Flex group (Nashville Flex User Group) is hosting a Flex/Flash Camp with six speakers giving one hour talks. I'll be giving a presentation on integrating BlazeDS, Flex/AIR, with a little ColdFusion mixed in for fun. After giving an overview of the technology behind BlazeDS and how BlazeDS messaging works I'll dive into the construction of an application in real-time. The app will demonstrate the use of BlazeDS messaging from a browser application to remote AIR clients. Registration for the event is closed but given its a free event I'd be willing to bet we'd find a place for you if you want to come out. More info is here.

Jun
17

Just a quick reminder to anyone in the Tennessee, Alabama, or Kentucky area... the Nashville stop on the 2009 Adobe ColdFusion User Group tour is tomorrow. That's about 26 hours from now. So, stop what you are doing make plans to attend the event and head over to the NCFUG site to RSVP for the event. Everyone that RSVPs (and shows up of course) will be entered into the drawings for a copy of the next version of ColdFusion, a TimBuk2 laptop bag, Amazon gift cards, and more! Plus, each person that shows up will get stickers, a ColdFusion tour shirt and (yes there's more) an audio CD copy of Dave Ramsey's High Performance Achievement! Wow, how could you not come?

I hope to see you there! More info and RSVP details are here.

Jun
8

This is just a quick post to remind everyone of the user group tour showcasing the next release of ColdFusion. The Nashville ColdFusion User Group is proud to host this event again and we're planning on a great turn out. Greg Wilson from Adobe will be speaking on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00pm (next week!). We're going to have food/drink and a few thousand dollars worth of awesome giveaways!

So, if you love ColdFusion or you're just interested in what Adobe has created in the next version of ColdFusion, please head over to the Nashville CF User Group Web site and register for this special event. Only registered attendees will be eligible for the giveaways. I, and the rest of the user group hope to see YOU there!!

May
29

Andy Matthews delivered a nice presentation last night on integrating jQuery and HTML to create Adobe AIR applications. He showed several examples including how to use AIR's file system API, how to create and deploy SQLite databases, what a .air file is and what's inside them, how to access remote resources such as ColdFusion components, and how to use Aptana to create, build, and deploy a complete HTML-based AIR application. Oh, and did I mention he built an entire AIR photo slideshow app, start to finish, in 8 minutes?

If you are at all interested in HTML-based AIR applications you should check out this hour and fourteen minute presentation.

View the Adobe Connect presentation now!
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/p99669686/

May
28

Tonight, the Nashville ColdFusion User Group is having our May meeting and the topic is jQuery and AIR: Desktop Development for the Front End Designer. Nashville's own Andy Matthews is giving this presentation which is the same one he gave recently at the cf.Objective() conference. If you missed the conference, you have a second chance to hear Andy's talk.

Folks local to Nashville are encouraged to attend in person (and RSVP here) while remote attendees can join via Adobe Connect (http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/). Full details of this meeting are on the NCFUG site.

May
10

Did you know any member of an Adobe user group can get 20% off all products sold in the Adobe store? This promotion has been running for a little while and has been extended through May 31, 2009. If you are a member of a user group and want to make use of this offer simply contact your user group manager for details. Or, you can also contact me using the Contact Blog Owner link in the footer. The 20% discount will be applied to one online order and can only be used one time per member. Thanks to Adobe for making this offer available!

Mar
9

Flex Authority has officially announced Leif Wells as the new Editor-in-Chief. I've known Leif for several years and have gotten to know him through the Adobe User Group program. He's a super passionate guy with a lot to offer the Flex community. To learn more about Leif's background and his plans for Flex Authority read his blog post announcing his new role in the magazine.

Mar
1

We had a fantastic user group meeting Thursday night with our own J.J. Merrick giving a talk on Cloud Computing and ColdFusion. J.J. showed us how to sign up for an Amazon S3 account, how to create buckets for file storage, and how to manage buckets in our applications. He demonstrated the use of an Amazon S3 REST wrapper CFC and talked about how he's used S3 in several of his consulting projects. The forty minute presentation should help folks jump into Amazon S3 with ease!

View the Adobe Connect presentation now!
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/p15177408/

Feb
26

Tonight the Nashville ColdFusion User Group is beginning a Cloud Computing and ColdFusion series. First up is our own J.J. Merrick who will be talking about Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Solution) and ColdFusion integration. S3 is a Web Service that allows you to store files that are served both publicly or through an authentication system. J.J. will look at how to build a CFC (ColdFusion Component) to interact with the service and how to use it in your everyday programming.

Folks local to Nashville are encouraged to attend in person (and RSVP here) while remote attendees can join via Adobe Connect (http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/). Full details of this meeting are on the NCFUG site.

Feb
13

I'm sitting in the Miami International airport with my wife, relaxing a bit after a fantastic RIAdventure cruise and waiting on our flight back to Nashville. I've also started the process of wading through nearly 1,000 e-mails and one in particular jumped out at me, a "welcome back" e-mail regarding the Adobe Community Experts program.

I'm really excited to begin my seventh year in this program (formerly Team Macromedia) and I want to thank Adobe, Rachel Luxemburg, Stacy Sisson, Ted Patrick, John Koch, and John Dowdell for allowing me to continue serving the community. The last six years have been amazing and I firmly believe this year will be no exception!

For more information on the Adobe Community Experts program click here. Or, if you want more info on the Adobe User Group program, click here.

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