"CF Free Clinic", with Charlie Arehart

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 12:00pm US EDT (UTC/GMT-4) (What time is that for you? See http://www.timeanddat... which shows the time as US EDT and you can choose your city from the list offered to see what time that is in your own timezone.) MEETING URL: http://experts.acrobat.com/cfmeetup/ DURATION: Approx. 1 hour Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at http://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com ABOUT THIS SESSION: Since I don't have any speakers this week and don't want to let another week pass, I've decided to break out an idea I've been considering for a long time: the "CF Free Clinic". Bring your questions or problems and let me or others on the meeting try to help. See the description below for more details. We'll offer the clinic in both the noon and 6pm Eastern sessions. If you could send along to me (charlie at carehart.org) any questions or problems you'd like to cover, that may help me better manage the time. Be sure to indicate which time slot you'll be coming to. I'll take questions from the floor as well, if we have time, and if we don't have enough questions to fill the time, I'll offer some bonus content that I hope all would benefit from. TOPIC DESCRIPTION: In the "CF free clinic", anyone can bring up a question or problem (anonymously if they wish, or by chat or by voice, or even by sharing their screen). I'll try to answer if I can, or another listener can try to answer (I can even give them the mic and let them show their screen if it would help). Finally, we can also help the caller by showing how to find the answer by searching various resources (which can be educational itself while watching). The goal isn't just to help the person with the problem, but to help everyone watching, by seeing how others solve problems. SPEAKER: A veteran ColdFusion developer and troubleshooter since 1997, Charlie Arehart is a longtime contributor to the community and a recognized Adobe Community Expert. He's now an independent contractor providing high-level troubleshooting/tuning assistance and training/mentoring for CF teams (carehart.org/consulting). A certified Advanced CF Developer and Instructor for CF 4 thru 8, he also runs the Online ColdFusion Meetup (coldfusionmeetup.com, an online CF user group), and is a contributor to each of the 3-volume series ColdFusion 8 WACK books by Ben Forta. A member of the Adobe Customer Advisory Board for ColdFusion and with 25+ years in IT, he's frequently invited to speak to developer conferences and user groups worldwide. RECORDING: As always, the meeting will be recorded, and the recording URL will be posted after the meeting at http://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. PODCAST/DOWNLOADABLE RECORDINGS: We will attempt to make this meeting available as a downloadable recording, which will be listed on the recordings page within a few days of the meeting. LOGGING IN: When you login to the Connect room (the experts.acrobat.com/cfmeetup link above) to view the meeting, PLEASE USE THE "LOGIN AS GUEST" option, and USE YOUR NAME, but do NOT attempt to use your meetup.com username/password. The login screen presented there has no connection to meetup.com. And if you have a real Connect account, don't use that either. Just sign in as a guest. It's just not worthwhile try to add those who have real accounts to the participant list for each meeting. You have no fewer features as a guest as than you would if logging in with your own Connect account. Thanks. RSVP, but only if coming: We appreciate folks RSVPing if they plan to come (using the link on this email or at the meetup site), though it's not mandatory and it's not a commitment. BTW, no need to RSVP if you can't make it nor even explain why you can't. With nearly 1,500 members, there's really no reason to explain your absence. :-) FEEDBACK/MEEETING DISCUSSION: We would appreciate your sharing your feedback after the meeting (via the follow-up email sent to members, or via a link on the site). Meetup.com also now offers a meeting-specific discussion area, available on each meeting event page, in addition to the feedback feature. Please feel free to have discussions there about the meeting's topic. ADD THIS TO YOUR CALENDAR: If you would like to easily add this event to your own personal calendar, please note that the page for the event offers a link (on the right) saying, "Add this meeting to your calendar", which offers links to get calendar downloads for Outlook, iCal, Google, and Yahoo calendars.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    this was an excellent concept and I think it has a lot of potential for helping the cfml community grow, and learn more overall about the cfml language

    September 12, 2008

  • Tami B.

    I'd like to see this at least once a quarter... gives a chance for everyone to see what other folks are doing and possible present fresh perspectives on 'head banger' issues :)

    Technical glitches were minimal and the experience merits consideration for more!
    Tami Burke

    September 11, 2008

  • Charlie A.

    Well, the meetup.com system is a commercial operation that I have to pay for, not something I wrote. It's really designed for local meetings. I've complained of this problem before, but they're not too sympathetic. Instead, *whenever* I mention a meeting I clarify that it's US Eastern time. I even offer a link to a time and date calculator where you can see the time with respect to your own time zone. I'm afraid there's just not anything else I can do. It always is a bummer to see this happen.

    September 11, 2008

  • Chris

    12:00PM...EDT! DOH, missed it. Glad there is a 6:00PM one. Time to look into having Meetup deliver event times adjusted to my local zone (PDT).

    September 11, 2008

  • Jon H.

    I liked the format with the open forum. It only got out of hand once or twice with the chat board. I'm glad that you handled all of the "previous requests" first, and then went to open questions, that's nice and fair. I'm never quite organized enough to have odd questions written down anywhere in advance, so some time for free-for-all at the end is good! Thanks for being willing to do this.

    September 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The CF Free Clinic would be good to do every now and then. It was great to see how others are approaching problems and nice to have a place to chat about it. Thanks for doing this!

    September 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Without a focused topic and without any real problems to bring up I had a hard time getting into the meeting.

    September 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only caveat would be the speed of answering questions. I know that's a tricky thing but I think we could go a little faster so that more questions are answered making it even more useful to those who attend without hurting those asking questions.

    September 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any opportunity to look into specific CF problems is a great opportunity for the developer community.

    September 11, 2008

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