Jan
30

Last night's Nashville ColdFusion User Group presentation was really great. Terrence Ryan presented on his code generation / scaffolding tool called Squidhead. He showed off Squidhead's SQL and stored procedure code generation, as well as ColdFusion DAO code creation. He went on to demonstrate the interfaces Squidhead creates for adding and deleting database records.

At the end of the recording we got to know Terrence a little more and learned what some of his plans are in his new role as an evangelist at Adobe on the ColdFusion team.

View the Adobe Connect presentation now!
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/p44126041/

Jan
28

Just a quick reminder that Terrence Ryan will be presenting at the Nashville ColdFusion User Group tomorrow night. He'll be talking about Squidhead, a scaffolding tool that works with ColdFusion MX 7 (or above) and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005. Folks local to Nashville are encouraged to attend in person while remote attendees can join via Adobe Connect (http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/). For more details and to RSVP for this meeting please visit the NCFUG site.

Jan
19

Our second Nashville CF_LUNCH was scheduled for last week but due to J.J.'s schedule and my emergency heat pump installation we had to cancel. We've rescheduled the lunch for this Wednesday at 12:00pm at Blackstone Brewery. If you're a developer in the area I encourage you to come out and enjoy some good food and conversation. For more info on this CF_LUNCH click here. If you are planning on coming we ask that you RSVP so we can give Blackstone a head count.

This event is sponsored by and created by the Nashville ColdFusion User Group.

Jan
19

On Thursday, January 29 Terrence Ryan will be presenting at the Nashville ColdFusion User Group. He'll be talking about Squidhead, a scaffolding tool that works with ColdFusion MX 7 (or above) and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005. Folks local to Nashville are encouraged to attend in person while remote attendees can join via Adobe Connect (http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/). For more details and to RSVP for this meeting please visit the NCFUG site.

What is Squidhead? Here's just a few bullets about Squidhead taken from the Squidhead RIAForge page:

  • It inspects Database
  • It analyzes the tables and views
  • It creates INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE, DELETE and LIST stored procedures for every TABLE.
  • It creates LIST stored procedure for every VIEW.
  • It adds them to the database.
  • It assigns the proper GRANT permissions

Dec
31

In just a few hours 2008 will come to a close and I'll ring in 2009 with my wife, son, and inlaws. This past year has brought some real challenges into my life many of which were unexpected. Fortunately, most of those challenges were met head on, were turned into opportunities, and then accomplishments. I played a major role in a very large datacenter migration project, one that involved months of planning and careful execution. That project, which migrated several thousand Web sites we host at Dealerskins was one of the most detailed, scary, and involved projects I've ever worked on. In the end it went very smooth. As they say, spend 80% of your time planning and 20% executing. Well, something like that anyhow.

There were several other major projects at work, some that took a matter of weeks and some that took over four months. During one part of the year I was managing over seven simultaneous projects involving four full-time Web developers, one DBA, two SQL Programmers, and one designer. It was super hard and I'm still learning while making a ton of mistakes. Many many thanks to the great folks that work with me at Dealerskins! It's been a pleasure working through the obstacles and challenges (and easy stuff).

Outside the office I was able to work on a few small consulting projects and create two new Web sites. The Nashville ColdFusion User Group site was a reincarnation of our previous site, and my wife and I launched a family blog at aaronandlindy.com. I continued to function as the user group manager for the NCFUG for the third full year.

During the last half of the year I had the pleasure of speaking at the BFlex conference in Bloomington Indiana, I wrote one article for the Fusion Authority Quarterly, and one article for the new magazine Flex Authority. Lastly, I served as an Adobe Community Expert for ColdFusion (Team Macromedia back in the day) for the sixth straight year.

I traveled to nine different cities spanning the east and west coasts of the United States including San Francisco, Cancun Mexico, and Norfolk VA. The year seemed incredibly busy to me but not when I compare it to other friends and developers (some who are both).

When I peer into my crystal ball I see 2009 being much the same as 2008. My travel kick starts again in a few weeks when I head to New Orleans for the NADA conference. Projects at work are more numerous than I've seen in a long time and we have plans to do some really great things for our customers (some of which have launched in the last two weeks).

On a personal front I plan to blog more, continue writing for magazines, and I hope to speak at more conferences next year. I also want to launch a new personal Web site, one that will replace trajiklyhip.com and trajiklyhip.com/blog. It's shaping up to be a fun and busy year.

To everyone who reads this I wish you and your family all the happiness and success you can stand. Happy New Year!!!

Oct
28

We're having the first ever Nashville CF_LUNCH tomorrow at Blackstone Brewery on West End. If you're a developer in the Nashville area come on out and enjoy good food and good conversation with other developers. For more info on this CF_LUNCH click here. If you are planning on coming we ask that you RSVP so we can give Blackstone a head count.

This event is sponsored by and created by the Nashville ColdFusion User Group.

Oct
17

The brand new Nashville ColdFusion User Group Web site has launched! Here's an excerpt from my official announcement...

I am completely, unbelievably, indubitably, fantastically excited to announce and SHOW you the brand-spanking new Nashville ColdFusion User Group Web site!!

Launching a new Web site has been "in the works" in one way or another for over two years. Not long after I took over the group from Tony Bradshaw (January 2005) we all decided it was time for a new Web site and thus started a journey that took much longer than anyone anticipated. In some ways it's embarrassing how we didn't buckle down and just get the job done. But when I think of all the things that have taken place over the last three years, from the babies, job changes, contract and consultant work many of us do etc., I'm not too surprised. And after spending most of my waking hours over the last week working on the new site with J.J., I'm even less surprised.

Read the full announcement here:
http://www.ncfug.com/go/newsdetail/newsID/07876921-9A0A-C748-B5F4C4D2771267BA/

Oct
17

Next week, J.J. Merrick will be presenting an introduction to jQuery to the Nashville ColdFusion User Group. The presentation is geared towards ColdFusion developers who are interested in learning jQuery but don't know where to start.

The meeting is sponsored by my employer Dealerskins, and Nashville-based Vaco Technology. In addition to our normal Adobe schwag we are giving away two jQuery books, Learning jQuery and jQuery Reference Guide, both by Karl Swedberg.

Vaco Technology is also giving away a pair of tickets to the Nine Inch Nails concert going down in Nashville on Halloween!! The winner and one guest will be in a luxury suite directly above the stage. The suite includes an open bar, food, flat screen TV, private restroom etc. This is quite an awesome giveaway so be sure and show up in person to be eligible to win!

Full meeting details are on the brand new NCFUG site!
http://www.ncfug.com/go/meeting/meetingID/E2471CC4%2D908C%2DDFB9%2DE4CA9EA53B0577A9/

Sep
26

The Acrobat Connect recording for this weeks Nashville ColdFusion User Group meeting is now available. Ben Greenbaum, Senior Research Manager, Symantec gave a really really (did I say REALLY?) excellent presentation on the current landscape of Web-based attacks and the eCrime economy. He had tons of stats on the types of attacks that have taken place over the last several years (including 2007). He also discussed the "underground eCrime" world and how it is being used as the marketplace for the sale of personally identifiable information and complete identities. It was an eye-opening presentation that I encourage all developers to watch.

The recording is 59 minutes and includes all Q&A.

Watch it here:
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/p19775647/

Sep
25

Tonight, Ben Greenbaum (Senior Research Manager, Symantec) will be presenting to the Nashville ColdFusion User Group. Ben will be discussing how he and Symantec track important changes in attack trends, and how various kinds of software vulnerabilities are being leveraged en masse and to what ends. Folks local to Nashville are encouraged to attend in person at Dealerskins (address below) while remote attendees can join via Adobe Connect (URL below).

All attendees (unless more than 20 or so show up) will walk away with the following:

  • Exclusive ColdFusion 8 poster
  • First issue of Flex Authority (lots of great info in this edition)
  • Brand new ActionScript Reference Guide from Adobe
  • Free training certificate from Total Training
WHEN:
September 25, 2008 at 6:30pm CDT

WHERE:
Dealerskins
404 BNA Dr. Building 200
Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37217

ADOBE ACROBAT CONNECT:
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/

Aug
4

The Acrobat Connect recording for last weeks Nashville ColdFusion User Group meeting is now available. Mark Mandel gave an excellent talk on how to build applications with Transfer ORM. The recording is 1 hr and 11 minutes and includes all Q&A.

Watch it here:
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/p22294214/

Jul
30

Tomorrow night (7/31/2008) Mark Mandel will be presenting Introduction to Building Applications with Transfer ORM. Here's the description of Mark's presentation as reported on the NCFUG Web site.

When developing an Object Oriented web based application, it is normal to have a database with relational tables and a series of objects that represent that data. Often, the amount of time and effort it takes to manually map these objects back and forth from a database is large, and can be very costly. Object Relational Mappers (ORM) were developed to cut down the amount of time this process takes, and automate the translation between a relational database and an Object Oriented system. Transfer ORM's main focus is to automate the repetitive tasks of creating the SQL and custom CFCs that are often required when developing a ColdFusion application. Through a central configuration file Transfer knows how to generate objects, and how to manage them and their relationships back to the database. This presentation will outline the basics of what an Object Relational Mapper is, the use case for using one within web application development, as well as taking a code centric, step by step view of how to install, configure and use the basic functionality of Transfer ORM.

WHEN:
July 31, 2008 at 6:30pm CDT

WHERE:
Dealerskins
404 BNA Dr. Building 200
Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37217

ADOBE ACROBAT CONNECT:
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/ncfug/

Jun
17

Next week the Nashville ColdFusion User Group will host a presentation by Andy Matthews on integrating ColdFusion 8 and BlazeDS to create messaging services. If you're one of the many who've been searching for useful information on BlazeDS but haven't found anything, or if you've been wondering what role ColdFusion 8 plays in providing back-end functionality to BlazeDS, you need to attend this meeting.

WHEN:
June 26, 2008 at 6:30pm CDT

WHERE:
Dealerskins
404 BNA Dr. Building 200
Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37217

ADOBE ACROBAT CONNECT:
http://mmusergroup.adobe.acrobat.com/r86703034/

May
28

Adobe MAX 2008 is likely to be bigger and better than ever this year; it sold out last year! Registration for this years MAX, taking place in San Francisco November 16-19, is now open. Here's the blurb on the registration home page (link below):

Adobe MAX 2008 will bring together forward-thinking designers, developers, and decision-makers interested in shaping the future of engaging experiences.

Attend MAX to gain a competitive edge through intensive skills development and unique networking opportunities. Discover the tools and training you need to create compelling engaging experiences across multiple media, including web, video, and devices.

Over 200 sessions and 50 labs
Regardless of your place in the greater Adobe ecosystem, MAX 2008 offers an unrivaled opportunity to broaden your expertise and hatch new ideas. Choose from over 200 sessions and 50 labs held in three tracks: Envision, Design, and Develop. Industry leaders and Adobe experts will offer everything from highly technical skills development to insightful discussions on our industry's future.

http://max.adobe.com/na/

May
18

Day three of the Adobe Community Summit was the second day of talks by various folks at Adobe. The day was jam packed with more content and information than presented the previous day. Read on for more...

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