First of all, thank you, all, for making this a very successful year for the group. We’ve increased membership, attracted some great speakers, and had a great turnout at the Scorpio event. Our November meeting was the last for 2007, so what lies ahead?
2008 is going to be a big year in our technology space. We’re expecting full releases of Flex 3 and AIR, and work has already begun on ColdFusion 9.
How do we top 2008? Well, that begins with getting the right presenters, and the topics that you want to hear. I’m working on a survey that will get your opinions on this, and then I hope to reach out to potential speakers to fill the needs.
Some other goals and ideas I’d like to see us work into our 2008 agenda:
1) A Codejam to aid a local charitable organization
a. Lots to be worked out here
2) Success stories / Show-and-tell
a. Got something to show off? If it’s a pet project or something that made you the hero at work – show it off. Maybe you’ve hit a road block and need some ideas from the group?
3) Spreading the software joy!
a. I’ll be excluding ex-winners of the Adobe software from the big software raffle – sucks to be you, but we need to spread the love a little (hope you understand). You’ll be eligible to win any other software or goodies we have going.
b. When I have the agenda set, I’ll be picking two months when the software will be raffled, but it’ll be a secret – so don’t miss your chance to win big!
c. Merit system for the tickets – bonuses for regular attendance, presenting, bringing new members, etc.
Some things that were brought up at the meeting:
1) Flex Camp Boston:
a. $10 for a full day of Flex presentations? Hard to beat that!
b. http://www.flexcampboston.com/ to sign up – there will be lots of prizes given away. Details at the site.
c. There are a few of us signed up already, and our own Jeff Houser will be on the experts’ panel.
d. Possibly, we can car pool? Email me if you are going and we’ll try arrange something.
2) A new ColdFusion Community in town
b. I’ve created a group called cf_connecticut – we’re trying to get as many members from the Hartford group to join as well.
3) Management update:
a. I’ll still be the manager in 2008, but I’ll need help. Phil Hayes has generously volunteered (you did volunteer, didn’t you?) to be the co-manager, and help me out with the finer details. Still, if you want to help in any way, please let us know!
That’s it for now, looking forward to a successful 2008.