• Getting Started with FusionReactor, with Brad Wood

    Online event

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Jun 3rd at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-4.

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWkh2Yig3yQ&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    New to FusionReactor? Perhaps you have a license but aren't sure how to tap into the features? We'll cover the basics of using FR to profile code, view your running and recent requests, and how to tell what is making a request slow. We'll cover tracking JDBC requests, HTTPS calls, and using the Profiler feature. There are many more features in FR, but we'll cover enough to get you started.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s): (provided by the speaker)

    Brad grew up in southern Missouri and after high school majored in Computer Science with a music minor at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS). Today he lives in Kansas City with his wife and three girls. Brad enjoys all sorts of international food and the great outdoors.

    Brad has been programming ColdFusion for 17 years and has used every version of CF since 4.5. He first fell in love with ColdFusion as a way to easily connect a database to his website for dynamic pages. He enjoys configuring and performance tuning high-availability Windows and Linux ColdFusion environments as well as SQL Server.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. As a Youtube live meeting, the URL offered here is the link to the recording as well. But the URL will also be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com, and via the Youtube playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL).

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • Installing CF2021: choices, challenges, and solutions, with Charlie Arehart

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Apr 29th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-4.

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN0_31YTwp8&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    If you're considering moving to CF2021, there are some things to consider before or as you may install it. First, there’s a new “zip” install option, in addition to the traditional full installer. What’s that about? why should you use it? what are some challenges, and why might you not want to? We'll cover that.

    Second, even with the full installer there are new options and choices, and perhaps it’s been a while since you have installed even other CF versions. We will cover some of the key choices presented.

    We'll also discuss aspects of migrating CF admin settings from an old version to a new, and touch briefly on the pros and cons of installing a new CF version alongside an old one.

    There are certainly other challenges with installing ColdFusion, and we will also open the floor for questions about that and cover whatever else we can in the hour allotted.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s): (provided by the speaker)

    A veteran server troubleshooter with over thirty years experience in enterprise IT, Charlie Arehart (@carehart) is a longtime contributor to the CF community and Adobe Community Professional. As an independent consultant, he provides short-term, remote, on-demand troubleshooting/tuning assistance for organizations of all sizes and experience levels (carehart.org/consulting).

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. As a Youtube live meeting, the URL offered here is the link to the recording as well. But the URL will also be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com, and via the Youtube playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL).

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "To the future with cbFutures!", with Luis Majano

    Online event

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Apr 15th at 6pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    * Please note that this is in our evening slot, at the speaker's choice. *

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwp6OSl9zI&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    In this session we will explore the asynchronous and parallel programming constructs built into the ColdBox 6 Async Package. Java has supported a robust and functional approach to asynchronous programming since JDK8 and now it is available to us all in the Coldfusion (CFML) ⚡ World! To the future!

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    Luis Majano is a Computer Engineer with over 15 years of software development and systems architecture experience. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in the late 70’s, during a period of economical instability and civil war. He lived in El Salvador until 1995 and then moved to Miami, Florida where he completed his Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering at Florida International University

    He is the CEO of Ortus Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in web development, ColdFusion (CFML), Java development and all open source professional services under the ColdBox, CommandBox and ContentBox stack. And he is the creator of ColdBox, ContentBox, WireBox, MockBox, LogBox and anything “BOX”, and contributes to many open source projects. You can read his blog at www.luismajano.com

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "CSS Crash Course for CSS Haters or Novices", with Jessica Keener

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Apr 8th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-4.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx7OqcqAw3Y&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    This class is intended for a complete novice to CSS, or those who know enough to get by but hate everything about it. We will be covering the basics of CSS (including specificity), using preprocessors, as well as several practical best practices to keep you out of CSS hell.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    Jessica is a senior software engineer at Inmar, inc. Specializing in front-end architecture, specifically around CSS, she brings over 10 years of full-stack experience to the table. Her current role involves working as part of a polyglot team of engineers working full-stack within an ever-evolving ecosystem of technologies.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "ColdFusion 101: Intro for Beginner Devs, Decision Makers, & CEO’s", David Byers

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Mar 11th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dKZ7KEHhAk&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    Every developer's journey has to start somewhere. This session is designed to give new developers and business owners an overview of ColdFusion, and why it's one of the most amazing development languages available. You will learn, from a very broad perspective, the basics of how ColdFusion works, some simple ColdFusion syntax, an overview of the major ColdFusion frameworks, an overview of the developer community and various ColdFusion resources, and some facts and misconceptions.

    This presentation is specifically targeted towards new developers or business owners who have little to no knowledge of ColdFusion.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    David Byers has been a developer for over 20 years and is a strong advocate of ColdFusion. He is a storyteller, and active on the ColdFusion Community Portal. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, three cats and four house bunnies.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "The Golden Hammer: Confessions of a Recovering Database Abuser", w/ Shawn Oden

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Feb 25th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq2t6ulM4hY&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    Early in my dev career, I often (unwittingly) abused my systems. My code didn't care about things like databases or networks, as long as the results were right. I had a cfHammer, and I needed to pound out a solution. I never knew I was an anti-pattern.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    I'm a code monkey who started life as a pilot. I've primarily worked in ColdFusion and SQL, with a smattering of pretty much whatever I've been asked to do. I'm a self-taught guy, and I constantly find new, shiny things that I want to learn more about. I've been doing both the coder and the SQLer things for a while. I know a thing or two. At least I hope I do.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "Securing a ColdFusion Application with Fixinator & FuseGuard", w/ Pete Freitag

    We're happy to announce the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Jan 28th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnWBb6Mm_pY&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    In this session we'll take a look at a ColdFusion application that is vulnerable to several security issues. We'll look at some of the security holes in the application, how they can be exploited. Finally we'll use FuseGuard to protect the application, and Fixinator to find and fix some of the vulnerabilities in the application.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    Pete Freitag has over 20 years of experience building web applications with ColdFusion. In 2006 he started Foundeo Inc (foundeo.com), a ColdFusion consulting and products company. Pete helps clients develop and architect custom ColdFusion applications, as well as review the performance and security of existing applications. He has also built several products and services for ColdFusion including a CFML code security scanner called Fixinator (fixinator.app), a Web Application Firewall for ColdFusion called FuseGuard (fuseguard.com), and a ColdFusion server security scanning service called HackMyCF (hackmycf.com). Pete holds a BS in Software Engineering from Clarkson University.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "Communication Skills for Technical Engineers & Developers", with Mark Takata

    We're happy to another session of online ColdFusion Meetup, "Communication Skills for Technical Engineers & Developers", with Mark Takata, to be held Thursday Jan 21st at 6pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    Note that's a 6p ET meeting time, rather than the more typical 12p ET time. We offer both slots, for the benefit of our speakers and attendees who may find that later meeting time more appealing.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TGoDejn8QM&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    No matter what language, framework or technical skillset you employ in your day-to-day work, the biggest differentiator among engineers, designers & developers is the ability to communicate and engage with end users, stakeholders and business analysts. In this talk, Mark Takata will cover how to improve your ability to communicate with those folks, become an asset for your team & company, and widen the available paths for your future career.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    Mark Takata has over 20 years of experience programming in ColdFusion, as well as over a dozen other languages and frameworks. He is the founder of Techfiend Consulting, a strategic consulting and application development firm operating from the Sacramento, CA area. His clients over the years have included Microsoft, HP, UC Davis, UC ANR, UC Merced, VISA and many more.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "CF AMA: Ask Me Anything", with Charlie Arehart and Dan Wilson

    We're happy to announce another CF "AMA" session for the Online ColdFusion Meetup to be held Thursday Jan 14th at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    As in recent sessions, this one will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8-FRUP_Sc&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    Join us for another CF “Ask Me Anything” session, with your host Charlie Arehart and recent co-organizer Dan Wilson. We'll open the floor to any sort of CF-related questions you may have, whether about coding challenges or using CF features (on the newest or older versions), configuration or tuning, deployment, security, the future and state of CF, whatever.

    You can offer questions in advance if you like, using this form:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenOp4GULwLA6q8UDIvhgXjAymSr2jM3zfSDEfFXu7yUVMhxw/viewform

    Of course, some topics tend to generate more heat than light, so we hope folks will ask questions that may not be merely points of debate (preferences, disappointments, laments). And since we’re not Adobe and don’t speak for them, there are some topics where we won’t be able to offer information that isn’t publicly known. Still, there are many questions asked in the community (in various places) every day, so there are plenty of good questions. Of course, we can even talk about, “where are good places to ask CF questions?”! :-)

    You bring ‘em, we’ll wing ‘em. We’ll even let others hop on to speak/share video/screen, if they feel they have a question or answer that would be better spoken than written in the chat.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    A veteran server troubleshooter with over thirty years experience in enterprise IT, Charlie Arehart (@carehart) is a longtime contributor to the community and Adobe Community Professional. As an independent consultant, he provides short-term, remote, on-demand troubleshooting/tuning assistance for organizations of all sizes and experience levels (https://www.carehart.org/consulting).

    Dan Wilson is the Director of Marketing and Developer Relations for Digital Primates where he focuses on application modernization and enterprise-class consulting.

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.

  • "Code and Tell: Building Your Own Tools with CommandBox", with Matthew Clemente

    We're happy to announce another session of the Online ColdFusion Meetup, "Code and Tell: Building Your Own Tools with CommandBox", with Matthew Clemente, to be held Thursday Jan 7 at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5.

    As in recent weeks, this session will be held via a Youtube livestream (and streamed to it via Streamyard):

    Meeting URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86RhR7PVNQ&list=PLG2EHzEbhy0-QirMKgSxhjkUyTSSTvHjL

    TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

    Let's automate the boring stuff with ColdFusion! Let's build our own tools to supercharge ColdFusion servers, leverage existing ColdFusion libraries, and streamline daily development. All you need is your current knowledge of ColdFusion to leverage CommandBox's extensible framework for crafting new tools and automations.

    If you've used CommandBox to spin up ColdFusion servers on your local machine, you already know it's a very powerful tool - but did you know it's capable of far more? In this session we'll explore a completely different use for CommandBox - building custom tooling. That is, we'll use your existing knowledge of ColdFusion, along with CommandBox, to automate, extend, and enhance your development workflows, servers, and environment.

    We'll begin by examining the code, structure, and functionality of some existing CommandBox custom commands. These are powerful tools that you can begin using right away! You'll see how helper components, convenience methods, and built-in utilities all come together to make CommandBox custom commands and task runners possible.

    CommandBox makes it trivial to harness all the functionality of ColdFusion (think PDF generation, emails, and more), as well as provide command-line interactivity. This is all put together with an intuitive DSL and conventions that make creating your own shareable, reusable command modules straightforward and accessible. So, we'll build on what we've learned from existing CommandBox modules, and I'll walk you through the process of crafting your own commands and task runners.

    By the end, you'll be ready to take full advantage of the power of ColdFusion and CommandBox to automate all-the-things, from small day-to-day programming tasks, to larger projects and applications.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: (provided by the speaker)

    Matthew is a Founding Partner of Season 4, LLC, a team of designers, programmers, and writers working in the legal industry. After studying English, he took the road less traveled and one day realized, much to his own surprise, that he had become a developer. Perhaps because code can be poetry and applications are the built on creativity, logic, and language, he, like Alice, decided to keep going down the rabbit hole, to see where it would take him. He's been building with ColdFusion since MX 7, and the community has been amazing from the start.

    Matthew is a husband, father, and always trying to be better. You can find him on Twitter (@mjclemente84), Github (@mjclemente) and he blogs, time permitting, at the cleverly named blog.mattclemente.com

    RECORDINGS:

    All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at https://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com. In addition to those Adobe Connect streaming recording posted immediately after the meeting, we also post recordings at Youtube usually within a day of the meeting.

    WANT TO PRESENT?

    We welcome and indeed seek presentations from anyone wishing to speak about any projects regarding or tangentially related to CF. For more, see https://speak.coldfusionmeetup.com.