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Mar 03, 2010

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - March Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

March 9th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: iPhone Development - Getting Started

Link for the presentation tonight: https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a200985228/cfugitives/?launcher=false

Everywhere you go, there seems to be "an app for that", right? If you haven't started down the path of iPhone development, it's not too late, and Adobe's Josh Adams will get us started this month. He'll even (in true CF evangelist style) re-affirm for us why ColdFusion is the best platform for providing data to your new iPhone apps.

Here's the official blurb: In this session, Josh will give you the information you need to know to get set to start developing for iPhone. In addition, he will demonstrate that ColdFusion is the ideal server-side data provider for iPhone applications.

Josh needs no introduction to our group. Literally. He's the most frequent presenter to our group - this will be presentation #4. But, if you need to know more, go see his bio.

What? You want a software raffle too? OK! .

As ever food will be served, please RSVP so I have a headcount.


 
Feb 10, 2010

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - February Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

February 15th, 7pm EST (Monday)
Online - Adobe Connect (link)
Topic: Integrating ColdFusion and BlazeDS

Please Note: Meeting recording can be viewed here
Code samples can be found at Aaronwest.net.

So, one of the great things about Rich Internet Applications is the ability to update certain sections of a page without needing to refresh the entire page. Of course, your application still has to "poll" the server to see if there's anything worth refreshing for the user. Wouldn't it just be a better experience if data could be pushed to the client? Well, that's where Adobe's Blaze Data Services comes in, oh, and it's bundled with ColdFusion 9, and it's free!

Personally, I love the idea of pushing data to the client, to keep information fresh, but it's a frontier I just don't know much about. Thankfully, I know Aaron West, and he knows lots about it :-)

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.

As it's a corporate holiday for MediFit, we'll be holding this meeting online, while I can't raffle off s/w at an online meeting, let's just say that your attendance at this meeting will so incredibly stack you're odds at winning in March ;-)

As ever please RSVP.


Speaker bio:

For the past nine years Aaron West has been heavily involved in the Web development space building enterprise-level, database-driven Web applications and leading technology teams. Aaron is incredibly passionate about what he does and attempts to inject his enthusiasm and love for technology in all those around him.

In his overall strategy of building high performance teams and managing enterprise-level projects Aaron could be described as a "cohesion warrior." He strives each and every day to challenge those around him to build the absolute best software for his customers. This involves coordinating efforts from sales, marketing, executive management, product development, customer support, and ultimately the folks writing code, to ensure the best possible technology experience is delivered. Aaron has a learned ability to communicate across an entire enterprise, from executive management and owners to customer support, bringing teams together to solve difficult business problems.

Whether it involves writing code or leading teams he aims to make a positive difference in the lives of those around him.
 
Nov 05, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - November Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

November 17th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: ColdFusion/Flex updates from MAX

Wow, where did October go, and what was going on? Oh yeah, Adobe MAX was on in L.A., and there were many interesting developments on the Flex and ColdFusion fronts, including the official release of CF9. This month, we'll bring you a "best of" presentation from MAX on these two products.

And by "best", I mean Adobe evangelist Ryan Stewart. We've been very lucky to have Ryan present in the past - he knows his stuff, and has been blogging about RIA technologies for many years before he joined Adobe. Officially, his title is "Platform Evangelist", but Ryan probably spends more time hiking and dreaming of ways to integrate GPS technology into just about every web application on earth.

Oh yes, I'm sure we can find some software to raffle, too .

As ever food will be served, please RSVP so I have a headcount.


 
Sep 11, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - September Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

September 15th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Deep linking in Flex

So, the great thing about Flex is that it allows you to present a full application in a browser, the bad part about that is that the application needs its own menu / navigation system. That's not a problem if you only have one panel on your Flex app, or if it occupies the entire browser space.

What if you have a mixed HTML/Flash based application? What if you want to link into a specific view deep inside the Flex application and not have to worry about the user using a navigation system on that dashboard?

Bryan Elie is a developer at MediFit and has been working on such issues recently. At this meeting he will give a short presentation on his approach and implementation using the Flex/AJAX bridge. He will review the necessary code to achieve this also.

This will be a mini presentation (not taking the full hour), so there is an opportunity for anyone else to present for the second half of the meeting (please contact Paul or Myself if interested), or we'll have an open round table.

As ever, food will be served, please RSVP.

    Cheers,

            David
 
Jul 10, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - July Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

July 14th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: JQuery Introduction

"Write less, Do more". Sounds good to me! At this group, we've spent a lot of time over the past year or two talking about Flex as a Rich Internet Application platform. Less so at the available AJAX platforms that are available to us.

Ray Camden will start us off at the July meeting by giving us the rundown on JQuery - the framework of choice at many large corporations such as Google, Dell and NBC. There'll be information on how to integrate with ColdFusion, also.

About the Speaker:
Really? Do I need to write something in here? If you don't know who Ray Camden is, or what he does, ping me off line, I'll fill you in

As ever, food will be served, please RSVP.

David
 
Jun 22, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - June Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

June 23rd, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: ColdFusion/Flex Next Releases

If you've been reading the blogs, you'll have seen snippets of information regarding the next releases of many Adobe products: ColdFusion, Flex, Bolt and Catalyst. We'll take a look at some of the new features and discuss the potential impact they may have on our work and business alike.

We will have some giveaways also, and, as ever, dinner will be served. Please RSVP.

David
 
May 13, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - May Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

May 26th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Open mic

So, who's the presenter this month? You are! What are you presenting on? Yes, there are lots of great topics to get speakers to present on, but the more I talk individually to group members, the more I realize that we, collectively, are doing some really great stuff ourselves.

The May meeting will be an open mic event. Presentations should be 6-10 minutes each and should be a showcase of something you've learned recently. Want an incentive? OK, the best presentation will win the Adobe Software package (the big one). I'll see what we can do for participant prizes also (this will depend on the number of presenters)

Please RSVP and also let me know if you want to present, just so I can manage the time available. I'll unveil some rules on how we'll judge the winner of the software, but suffice as to say, all presentations will be welcome, no matter what the level.

We'll have some important group information to discuss also, so please do your best to make it.

Cheers,

David


 
Apr 15, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - April Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

April 21st, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Integrating Flex into your Products

In May of 2008, with very little hands-on Flex experience, the MediFit development team began to fill the business need of integrating Flex into our products. This session will detail the self-training process, the obstacles, pitfalls and success of integrating Flex into core products aimed at a corporate client market.

This session will look at three applications - Internal, extranet and Customer facing - and their movement from HTML rendered applications to Flash based.

This session is not a code review, but an examination of the business requirements and how the technology met the need. It will also examine the change in "mindset" of the developers, business Analysts, QA team and the end user themselves as we made the change to our products. That being said, the development team will be available for any technical questions that may arise.

As always, we will be serving dinner, so please RSVP.

   Thanks,

            David

 
Feb 10, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - February Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

February 17th, 6pm (Tuesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Cloud Computing and ColdFusion

One of the latest buzzwords doing the rounds in the tech world is "Cloud Computing". But what is Cloud Computing, how does it work, and why should you be interested in it? We asked Spike Washburn of Stax Networks, in Seattle if he could help us out with understanding more about this new arrival to the technology scene.

Cloud Computing is a quickly emerging field that promises to reduce the cost and complexity of provisioning hardware and building/deploying applications.  In this presentation, we'll examine the various layers of the cloud computing stack and discuss ways web application developers can leverage their features.  We will also take a close look at how Stax Networks is exposing developer-oriented solutions for building and deploying elastic ColdFusion applications on top of Amazon EC2.


As always, we will be serving dinner, so please RSVP.

   Thanks,

            David


Spike Washburn is co-founder and CEO of Stax Networks. Since 1997, he has been a technology leader creating developer-focused products such as IBM WebSphere, Allaire JRun, Macromedia ColdFusion, and Aptana Studio. He is now putting his experience to work delivering Stax, a Java Platform as a Service, by combining the Java platform with the power of elastic cloud computing.
 
Jan 13, 2009

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - January Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

January 21st, 6pm (Wednesday)
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Introducing Railo

Happy New Year everyone! Are you feeling the pinch yet? Most of us remember only too vividly the last time we had an economic slump - and the IT sector got hit pretty hard. While things seem to be holding up right now, has there never been a better time to be cost conscious? On that note, Gert Franz will be introducing us to Railo at the next user group meeting.

I've heard a lot of buzz about Railo, but never knew the details. I heard it was a "CFML engine", "free and open source", but that's about it. So, I sent an e-mail to Gert asking "Why Railo"? (with some smart ass references to Blue Dragon thrown in for good measure ;-)

The answer:
  • 2-3 times faster than ColdFusion (with debugging turned on!)
  • Video conversions with the Tag CFVIDEO
  • Using virtual file systems
  • Open Source
  • Amazon EC2 deployment
Gert, you had me at "Hello" (well, "EC2 deployment", actually). Is this the real deal? I know I first heard about Railo when Ben Forta had some glowing things to say about it, recently. So, the question is: can it help you when marketing your CF based services to cost conscious clients? Gert Franz is one of the founders of Railo Technologies GmbH and accompanied the development from when it started back in 2001.

Please RSVP, dinner will be served as usual.

Cheers,

David
 
Dec 04, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - December Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

December 9th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: TBD

Unfortunately, I don't have a speaker lined up at this point and time, for various reasons that I will explain on Tuesday. I still have a few emails out and I am hoping for a positive reply before Tuesday.

Either way, we'll be meeting - we didn't have a meeting in November, and there have been some interesting developments in the ColdFusion space since.

If you have any suggestions for this meeting, please share them with me - we'll have goodies to raffle off also.

Please RSVP, we'll serve food as usual, and I'll see if we can squeeze a little more from the budget to make this a decent year end bash.

Cheers,

David

 
Oct 08, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - October Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

October 14th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Intro to AIR API's

So, we've had a few topics on AIR, but mostly at a high level. We've never really dove into the actual code and API's that make up AIR. At our next meeting, Jeff Tapper will get us started with AIR development and API's. I think AIR is going to be an ever growing technology in 2009, especially with rumors of tighter ColdFusion integration being reported on the Blogosphere, and large companies like FedEx, Fox News and the BBC embracing the technology (to name but a few).

Jeff's bio is listed below - I've had the pleasure of attending his sessions at MAX and they were excellent. I hope you will join us - as ever, Pizza will be served, so please RSVP.

David

Jeff Tapper is a Senior Consultant at Digital Primates IT Consulting Group, which focuses on the development of RIAs and empowering clients through mentoring. Jeff has been developing internet-based applications since 1995, for a myriad of clients including Conde Nast, Harley Davidson, Toys R Us, IBM, Dow Jones, American Express and Morgan Stanley. As an Instructor, he is certified to teach all of Adobe's courses on Flex, ColdFusion and Flash development. He has been working with Flex since the earliest alphas of Flex 1, and started his ColdFusion development on CF 1.5. Jeff has written 10 books, among the more recent releases are including "Adobe Flex 3: Training from the Source," and "Breaking out of the Browser with Adobe AIR."





 
Sep 02, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - September Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

September 9th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: The Adobe Developer Connection

So, Adobe....what have you done for me lately? When all is said and done, after all the new releases, the cool tools, the new features, it's still all about.....the Developer! ME! And what does Adobe do to support developers? Funny you should ask, because for the September meeting, we'll be hosting none other than Ed Sullivan from Adobe to answer exactly that question.
Ed The "Bahstahn Stranglah" Sullivan
Ed "Bahstahn Stranglah" Sullivan

Ed, for many years, was the User Group Manager at MacroMedia, and then Adobe, so we have him to thank for all the great swag over the years (rumor is, he'll be bringing some Tuesday ).

Ed will be talking to us about the Adobe Developer Connection
and will be walking us through the resources currently available in the ADC as well as providing some insight on a few new initiatives that are currently being worked on.

Dinner, as usual, will be served - please RSVP. Ed has a hard stop time, so we'll be starting promptly.

Cheers,

David


About the Presenter, Ed Sullivan:

As product manager for the Adobe Developer Connection in the Platform Business Unit at Adobe Systems, Ed’s responsibilities include driving visibility and programs for the Adobe Developer Connection and his role focuses on the strategy and implementation of those  programs and resources to attract, engage and retain developers.

Ed has a history of working in  technical communities and prior to joining Adobe he has held a variety of marketing roles at Macromedia, Allaire and Sybase. He holds a Bachelor's degree in business from The University of Arizona.

In his free time, he enjoys cheering on all his favorite Boston sports team, with a penchant for football, as well as trying to find time and ways to give back to his local community.



 
Jul 03, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - July Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

July 9th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: ColdFusion AJAX Features

OK, we'll try this again! Unfortunately, when we tried to host Ray back in May, there were some technical difficulties, but Ray has sorted them out and has offered to give his presentation again. This will be the last meeting before our summer break, so please join us if you can. Please note: The meeting will be a Wednesday, not the usual Tuesday.

Ray needs no introduction to the community at large. He has truly earned his "Jedi" status in the ColdFusion world, and has created many open source ColdFusion based projects.

It's amazing we've gone 2 1/2 years without a presentation from Ray, but better late than never! Please come armed with your AJAX questions and we'll see if we can stump him.

There will be lots of goodies, etc, to give away, and dinner will be served, as usual, so please RSVP.

Cheers,

David
 
May 19, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - June Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

June 10th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Document-driven Applications with ColdFusion & PDF

For the June 10th meeting, Adobe’s ColdFusion evangelist Josh Adams will be presenting to the group – A topic has yet to be decided, but we’re letting you guys decide. Please click this link to answer a Survey on which topic you would like to see.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=6cTZnqRIkUynZtdwhkjo3g_3d_3d

6/4/2008: Survey Results are in!

#1 requested topic: Admin and Server Monitor in ColdFusion 8 (enterprise)

#2 requested topic: PDF Manipulation

But here's the thing, Josh has recently completed putting together a presentation on PDF manipulation and would like to present that to the group.  Here at MediFit, we clearly have at least one area in our application that could benefit from using PDF generation, we just haven't gotten around to really digging into it yet.

Here is an official abstract of the presentation:

Document-driven Applications with ColdFusion & PDF

Using Adobe ColdFusion 8 and PDF you can do much more than just create portable documents—you can manipulate PDFs in a wide variety of ways from extracting and merging to searching metadata and creating thumbnails.  By using with Adobe ColdFusion 8 and PDF forms, you can take application forms offline, plus pre-populate the forms with data and process the submission of those forms.  Using PDF and Adobe ColdFusion 8's ability to print from the server, you have access to a whole new world of opportunities:  automated printing of things like pick slips and reports and even server-side faxing.  Join us for this presentation as we investigate all of these capabilities and more.


 
May 08, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - May Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

May 13th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: ColdFusion AJAX Features

A little bit of a change to the previous notice for this months meeting - Ray Camden has made himself available, and will be presenting on all of the new AJAX features in ColdFusion 8.

Ray needs no introduction to the community at large. He has truly earned his "Jedi" status in the ColdFusion world, and has created many open source ColdFusion based projects.

It's amazing we've gone 2 1/2 years without a presentation from Ray, but better late than never! Please come armed with your AJAX questions and we'll see if we can stump him.

There will be lots of goodies, etc, to give away, and dinner will be served, as usual, so please RSVP.

Cheers,

David
 
Apr 03, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - April Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

April 8th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: ColdFusion Round Table

It was suggested early in the year that we dedicate some time to the members to discuss and/or present the issues and/or situations they are facing with technology in their businesses. With no external speakers available, we're going to try this suggestion this month.

This is a call to all members to bring a topic to talk about, and there will be an incentive to give a short presentation to the group. Give a 10-15 minute presentation on something ColdFusion/Flex/AIR related and you'll get 5 extra tickets to the software raffle.

"The Software raffle?" I hear you say? Yes, in case you've lost track, amidst all the giveaways we've had this year, the big Adobe software raffle has to take place either this month or next. So, on Tuesday, we'll flip a coin and decide which meeting it will be. The more tickets you have in the box, the better your chances of winning*

I'll update this post with suggestions from the group - so please get back to me with your suggestions. As usual, dinner will be served, please RSVP.

Topic Suggestions so far:
  • ColdFusion 8 upgrade - recently performed by the MediFit team.
  • First CF supported iPhone web application

Cheers,

       David

* NOTE: Eligibility to win the big Adobe prize has been explained at previous meetings - please email me with your questions. Howls of protest will be duly ignored.




 
Mar 21, 2008

Adobe Developer Week
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

Adobe will be providing free on-line seminars all next week. The link below will show you what’s available. You will need to register for sessions, but if they are booked up, they will be recorded and made available at a later date. Please note that all times listed are Pacific Time.

http://adobe.com/go/2008_developer_week

I hope you enjoy it – these promise to be some high quality presentations, so if you can’t make it to CFUnited or MAX, you should try catch some of these.

             Cheers,

                         David

 
Mar 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patricks Day
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

A very Happy Saint Patrick's day to everyone in the Group. A little something to get you into the spirit of the day:


Cheers,

David
 
Mar 05, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - March Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

March 11th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Flex Builder 3 / AIR 1.0

On February 25th, Adobe announced the release of Flex Builder 3 and the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) 1.0, at the March meeting we'll take a closer look at some of the features of each. We'll also take a look at some AIR applications by companies that were released on the same day as the announcement.

Will we have software to raffle? Oh yeah!
    - A copy of Flex 3 (professional) or ColdFusion 8 (standard) - winners choice.
    - Adobe goodies
    - Other raffle items - I'll have more details closer to the date.

We also have a copy of Flex Builder 3 to raffle off from the February meeting. Only members who attended (virtually) and are present at the raffle can win (Adobe rules).

Dinner will be served as usual, please RSVP.

David
 
Feb 20, 2008

Special Notice - March meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

Join the Connecticut ColdFusion User Group for this "can't miss" meeting!

Adobe's RIA technologies enable you to rapidly build and deploy the most engaging applications across browsers and on the desktop. We are hosting a special event to share exciting new information on Adobe's platform tools and technologies for building RIAs. You'll see an exclusive user group video presentation by Adobe Chief Software Architect, Kevin Lynch, hear some important product news, plus get your hands on some exclusive schwag and other giveaways.

Be part of the fun and excitement and join the rest of the Adobe developer community by participating in this very special event.

Tuesday, March 11 at the usual location - more details will be published closer to the date.

David
 
Feb 05, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - February Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

February 12th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: BlazeDS

According to the recent user group survey (the results of which I'll share at the meeting), one of the biggest gaps in our Adobe product knowledge is that of LiveCycle Data Services.

NOTE: The URL for this meeting is http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/r55524223/

Recently Adobe announced the release of BlazeDS which will make open source some key server technologies that are critical to building great applications with Flex and ColdFusion.  This presentation will detail exactly what you get in BlazeDS and how it relates to LiveCycle Data Services and details some of the reasons why you might want to use these server technologies with Flex. Tom Jordahl of Adobe has offered to give a presentation on Blaze, what it is and how we can use it.

Will we have software to raffle? Heck Yeah! Ed Sullivan has graciously allowed us to raffle off a copy of either Flex 3 (professional) or ColdFusion 8 (standard) - you must be present to win.

We will be conducting this meeting over Connect, so if you cannot attend, please email me for the URL (domalley at this domain). We will, as ever, be providing pizza, so please RSVP, as I'll need a head count.

David

About the Presenter:
Tom Jordahl is a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe and is currently working on the LiveCycle Data Services and BlazeDS team.  Before making the jump to Flex land, Tom was the architect for ColdFusion 8 and over the past 11 years at Allaire/Macromedia/Adobe has designed and/or implemented a wide variety of features in both the original C++ and Java versions of ColdFusion.  He was also a core team member on the JRun 4.0 and Apache Axis 1.x development teams and was the Adobe representative on the W3C WSDL 2.0 working group.  Tom is busy working on making Flex and LiveCycle Data Services the best they can be.

Follow up:
A recording of the meeting can be found here: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/p56945801/
Click here to download the Presentation file


 
Jan 04, 2008

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - January Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

January 15th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Code Reuse with Flex and AIR

Happy New Year to everyone. Before I forget, please click here to take the 2008 CFUGitives Survey. Your opinion will help us get the topics you're interested in.

2007 was a pivotal year in the technology world. Adobe, Google, Microsoft - all released new tools to increase productivity, and add new feature sets. One of the biggest news items in 2007 was the push to the desktop, with new, richer, and still connected applications.

All signs point to more momentum in this area, so we're delighted to be able to start the new year with a presentation on a hot new technology, Adobe AIR. A lot of people, and I'm one of them, don't "get" the desktop paradigm, so it's something we're going to spend some time tackling this year.

In this topic,
Jeff will talk about ways to set up your project in order to maximize reuse of your Flex code when you want to deploy both as a web applications and as an AIR application.

Jeff needs no introduction to our group, but we'll do it anyway: He is the owner of Dot-Com-It, and hosts "The Flex Show" podcast. He is the author of many ColdFusion books, and has been a regular presenter at the group.

We'll be
serving dinner, as usual, so please RSVP.

Thanks,

David
 
Nov 29, 2007

Year end update
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

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

a.       www.ColdFusionCommunity.org

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.

                        David

 
Oct 25, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - November meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

November 13th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: HostMySite - The ColdFusion 8 Upgrade


How did they do it? From the time that Adobe announced ColdFusion was in Alpha, to final release, HostMySite seemed to be in lock step with Adobe. They were the first to offer free beta accounts on CF8, and the first to offer CF 8 hosting services.

So, what were the technical challenges? How difficult was the transition? Have there been any unexpected road bumps? What about server performance gains - has ColdFusion lived up to the hype? More importantly, what can we learn from their experience?

Matthew Ferrari is the Infrastructure Manager for HostMySite.com and he will be here to answer all our questions.

If you have any specific questions, or a particular area of interest, please forward them ahead of time, so that Matthew can prepare his presentation accordingly.

This is our last meeting of the year, so I hope you can make it. Pizza will be served - please RSVP.

David

Speaker Bio:
Matthew Ferrari is the Infrastructure Manager for HostMySite.com.  He has been with the organization for 5 of its 10 years of existence.  When he joined the organization in 2002 we were a little over a dozen employees and are now over 180 in size.  We host over 3000 physical servers and have a wide variety of platforms such as windows, linux, virtual machines, etc.  Matthew manages a group of about thirty individuals and focus on testing and deployment of new hardware and software technologies for the organization, in addition to managing our escalation team who handles all server down issues.
 
Oct 04, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - October meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

October 9th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: MAX 2007 Wrap up


MAX is the premier Adobe event, held annually. This year it was held in Chicago, which Ron Hiner and I attended.

Previously, Ron and I have both attended MacroMedia events, but this is the first Adobe event we attended. We posted some notes on the site about sessions we attended, but we'd like to give a higher level view of what's going on, and update on some new announcements made by Adobe at the conference.


Without a doubt, the landscape is changing - the line between "developers" and "designers" is blurring.
How badly would a designer like to take a photoshop comp and create a fully functional Flex app? That's not a pipe dream any more. For the past number of years, tools gave developers the ability to cross over into the designer domain, using programming languages. Now, the pendulum is swinging the other way.

We have some goodies to give away, so don't miss the raffle. Please RSVP so I know how much food to offer.

    Cheers,

       David

(p.s., Disclaimer: Ron Hiner is "scheduled" to appear!)

(p.p.s, it's our 2nd year anniversary - can you say "cake"?)
 
Aug 21, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - September meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

September 18th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Securing ColdFusion, by Shlomy Gantz

Think you know security? Yeah, well you don't know Shlomy!!!

Securing ColdFusion servers involves more than just setting an administrator password. From OS and HTTP issues to SQL injection attacks to vulnerabilities in installed software and more, there's a lot to lock down and a lot to keep an eye on.  It's enough to keep you awake at night!

Thankfully, Shlomy Gantz, President of BlueBrick Inc, has been around the security block a few times and he does know security. He doesn't just talk about security risks, but actually demonstrates the risks and how they are exploited, and offers practical guidance on how to address the risks.

With security issues, and customer data becoming more front and center these days, we hope you'll join us for what will be a very informative presentation.

As usual,  dinner will be server, so please RSVP for a headcount.

Cheers,

David

 
Jul 30, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - Special Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

August 1st, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: CF Scorpio Special Event.


Well, it's official, ColdFusion 8 has been released, and there's nothing left for us to do but....eat cake!

As I mentioned at the July meeting last week, Adobe will be presenting a recorded "deep dive" into CF 8 presentation, hosted by Ben Forta. I've been told that this will be similar, but not the same as, the Ben Forta presentation in May.

But there's more!
Food & Cake to celebrate
T-Shirts
Raffle: ColdFusion 8 (standard)
Raffle Update: 1 Apple iShuffle

I know it's late notice, but please RSVP as soon as possible.

Thanks,

    David


 
Jul 04, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - July Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

July 24th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
TopicColdFusion all AIR-ed out.

The newest buzz in the technology world is Adobe's Apollo, now named AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime), which allows you to take web based applications and deploy them on the Desktop.

Adobe will tell you it's as easy as a push of the button, that web based HTML, AJAX and Flex apps can be deployed to the desktop, and enhanced to access the computers I/O and hardware devices. But how true is that, and what about application languages like ColdFusion?

Boston based Pier, inc. is at the forefront of of this new cutting edge technology, and will be presenting, in-person, their work with AIR.

Also, Eugene Abitang was just at CFUnited, and returns with a bag full of goodies - we'll raffle everything off. Also, considering the high profile of our guests, we'll also be raffling off some very special Adobe swag. "Will there be Adobe Software for raffle David?" Hmmmm, that sounds like a good idea - we'll just have to see!

Please RSVP, as ever we'll need a head count for Pizza.

Presentation Description:

In this presentation we’ll dirty the marketing patina on Flex RIA development with real stories from the trenches. We’ll take a look at the true cost of UX and the many lessons learned in the process of designing, developing, and deploying applications with ColdFusion, Flex, and Adobe AIR.

 We’ll take a brisk walk through the process of converting a traditional HTML application built with ColdFusion into a Flex application that runs in AIR using the same CF backend. In this demonstration, we will discuss CF’s evolving role from that of generating the presentation layer of HTML applications to one more involved in providing data for rich front-ends. This discussion will bring us to some thinking around the further adaptation of CF in the emerging desktop-to-web RIA paradigm.

 Presenting will be Johnny Boursiquot, Lead Developer at PIER Inc. (http://www.pierinc.com). Johnny has 10 years of web development experience and has lead the development of many CF and Flex-based projects for companies as large as HP and Honeywell, to those as small as the Washington D.C.-based non-profit, American Council of Trustees and Alumni. His experience in all dimensions of the RIA process makes him an invaluable asset to the PIER team.

 Joining him for Q&A will be Todd Cullen, RIA Architect at PIER. Todd has been involved in the ColdFusion community for the better part of six years, working on enterprise CF solutions over the past two years utilizing both Flex and AJAX methodologies. He also enjoys long walks through the DOM and extremely bad jokes.

 PIER is a business strategy, interactive design, and technology development consultancy serving changing companies worldwide. Our process consists of distilling our client's most complex challenges into a singular vision, and executing that vision with pioneering design and development solutions. Pier architects complex web-based systems, while hiding that complexity behind intuitive, affecting user interfaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jun 05, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - June Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

June 12th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
TopicCreating Flex Components

There's not doubt about it - there's a renaissance in Web Development these days, and much of the buzz owes to the advances in technology. Leading the charge in this department are AJAX and Adobe Flex.

At this meeting, our very own Jeff Houser will introduce Components in Flex, what they are, how and when to use them. This presentation will show you how to take a simple Flex application and modify it to make use of Flex's component creating features. It starts simple and builds up from there.

As ever, we'll need a head count, so please RSVP.

Thanks, David.

About Jeffry:
Jeffry Houser is a technical entrepreneur with a Computer Science degree from the days before Business met the Internet. In the beginning, he worked for a business-to-business consulting firm, but eventually started DotComIt, a web consulting company based in Connecticut. Jeffry is half of The Flex Show, a podcast focused on Adobe Flex; co-manager of the Hartford Adobe User Group; author of numerous articles for CFDJ and FAQU, and has spoken at numerous user groups and conferences throughout the US. You can read his personal blog at http://www.jeffryhouser.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jun 01, 2007

Scorpio Presentation Wrapup
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

Ben Forta introduces Scorpio: ColdFusion MX 8

What a great presentation! Over 2 hours of new ColdFusion goodies, and, apparantly, we didn't cover all the new features that will make it to the production version!

In summary (as if it is possible to do it justice!), Ben said CF 8 will concentrate on 3 major areas:

  1. Developer Productivity
  2. Technology Integration
  3. Administration Enhancements

We all know one of CF's main selling points is the developer productivity, but Adobe found ways to make us more productive! How about these:

  • Image manipulation - 50 functions, one tag
  • AJAX Support:
        Floating windows, tab layouts, data grids, tree's, date pickers and (finally) a rich text editor - each in one line of code!
  • Support for threads
  • A debugger, using Eclipse
  • Enhanced security features

There have been big gains on the technology integration front, including:

  • .Net integration - calling .Net assemblies, using <cfobject>, this feature also converts .Net data types to native CF datatypes for handling in CF code (example: .Net DataTables -> ColdFusion Queries)
  • PDF manipulation, using <cfpdf>
  • On demand presentations - create Adobe Connect  presentations on the fly - output is a SWF.
  • Microsoft Exchange Integration, supporting Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks. How hard is it to connect? Try one line of code!

Not to forget the Administration Enhancements, of course! Ever wondered where the bottlenecks were in your application? What queries are consistently slow? What's the size of a User Session, and just how many people are using your site at any one time? Well, wonder no more! Administrator tools are now available to help. Also, assign security "roles" for the administrator - you can control which login can use what parts of the administrator.

I'd like to thank, once again, Sacred Heart for being such wonderful hosts. The location was great, and the food was...plentyful

Thanks to Ben Forta for adding us to his travel plans - our group is a little out of the way, and it would have been easy to overlook us.

Finally, a great thank you to everyone that turned out to make this a very successful event. Getting such a great turnout will bolster our chances of getting a return visit from Ben for the CF 9 tour!

Cheers,

David

 
Apr 16, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - May Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

Ben Forta introduces Scorpio: ColdFusion MX 8

May 14, 2007 at
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT


(click to register)

Sandwiches and refreshments will be served from 5:15pm, courtesy of our gracious hosts, the Computer Science department at Sacred Heart.

Any questions, please email me, domalley@medifit.com

The presentation will be located at the William H. Pitt Center (2nd floor). A Map of the Campus is below.

A Note regarding parking:

You have two options regarding parking
1) When you enter through the main entrance, you can make a left and park in the large lot on your left (parking lot "F", below). Continue up the main road past the apartments (Thomas Merton Hall) to the top of the hill. You cannot drive all the way up - there are barriers half way up this road.

2) When you enter through the main entrance, make a right, go through parking lot "B" (see map below), make a left, and a left at the end of the road. At the end of the road, make a right, and proceed to parking at the end of the road (see map below).

(scroll all the way down)

 

 
Apr 06, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - April Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

April 10th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Ajax the Microsoft way

Microsoft at an Adobe user group? Truth is, while Adobe and Microsoft compete in certain circles, there are many instances where their technologies overlap. AJAX is one of those.

At this meeting, Peter Laudati will present, in person, new tools from Microsoft to make AJAX development easier, and explain how they can be integrated with ColdFusion.

AJAX is still an emerging technology that has and will continue, to change the way the web works. One of the strengths of AJAX is that it is open, not proprietary. For some, that's also a weakness, as there is no central support for the language. There are many competing frameworks, and approaches to AJAX development, and the technology is still trying to find its feet. One of the major factors in deciding to implement an AJAX solution is deciding of a framework to use.

We're sure Microsoft has something to add to the conversation! We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a very interesting topic.

As always, pizza will be served - so please RSVP.

David

 
Mar 15, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group - March Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

March 20th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Flex Charting

I will be giving a presentation on Flex Charting - it's something I have been working on lately, and I'd like to share my successes and failures!

We will discuss, amongst other things:

  • Data transfer via web service and ColdFusion remoting
  • Simple and Multiple Series charts
  • Slicing chart data
  • Simple transitions that make charts look cool.

Either way, we will be giving away swag! We have apparel, software (the big one), and YES Adobe SIM card backup keyrings are back! I know you've been asking for them since the last giveaway.

As always, pizza will be served - so please RSVP.

I'll send out an email when I have the final topic nailed down.

David

 
Feb 09, 2007

Connecticut ColdFusion User Group February Meeting
Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

February 20th, 6pm
At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
Topic: Blue Dragon 7.0 Roadshow

First of all, I'd like to thank all that attended the January meeting, and to Hal Helms for presenting via Breeze. Hal was quick to remind us of the difficulties associated with presenting in the balmy South Florida weather - we were not amused! Follow this link to see the presentation.

In May of last year, Josh Adams introduced us to New Atlanta's BlueDragon - a ColdFusion server alternative - that can support both CFML and ASP .NET, yes, side-by-side in the same file. For a brief recap on that presentation, follow this link.

I hear you say..."We already HAVE ColdFusion, why should we consider BlueDragon?". Besides allowing you to support CF and ASP in the same environment, New Atlanta competes with Adobe by offering developer features that are not in ColdFusion.

This month New Atlanta will be rolling out BlueDragon 7.0, and Josh Adams will be back to show us all of the new features in this release.

Last year it was a very successful meeting, and we hope to see you here again. There will be prize give away's, last year we had:

  • A full copy of BlueDragon Server JX
  • T-Shirts
  • Coffee Travel Mugs
  • Lots of miscellaneous stuff - pens, notebooks, etc, etc.

    Dinner will be server - please RSVP.

    David

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    Jan 02, 2007

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group January Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    January 9th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Model-View-Controller in ColdFusion

    We all know the power of ColdFusion is in its productivity - it handles the mess of backend functionality simply, whether that be database queries (and resulting datasets), XML, PDF's or WebServices. It is a language that is easy to get started with, but leaves plenty of growth to explore, and implement Object Oriented practices.

    In this presentation, Hal Helms will talk about the Model-View-Controller software architecture as it’s used in both the Fusebox and Mach-II frameworks.

    The question of whether or not to use frameworks is a contentious one. There are those - I must admit I am one of them - that think frameworks are for developers that don't know how to develop. Those that use them, hoewever, are religiously devoted! Why would you adopt a framework? Does it matter which one you choose?

    In this meeting, Hal Helms will argue that we could all be more productive, by using established frameworks, such as Fusebox and Mach-II. For my part, I promised Hal that my mind is opened to being changed.

    Pizza, as usual, will be served - please RSVP.

    David

    About Hal Helms:
    Hal Helms is a well-known writer, trainer, and consultant on software architecture. He is a member of the International Association of Software Architects and has contributed to both the Fusebox and Mach-II frameworks. He can be reached at hal@halhelms.com.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Nov 08, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group November Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    November 14th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    TopicWebCharts3D in ColdFusion 7

    When recently upgrading servers from version 6 to version 7 of ColdFusion, Steve Wood came across a little known tool called "WebCharts3D" - that ships with CF7. With some research, he saw that there was a great opportunity to improve the look and feel of the (lets be honest) boring <cfchart's>

    Steve will explain what WebCharts3D is, how to install it and how to use it.

    The feedback on the new charts has been immediately and overwhelmingly positive. Can it jazz up your site?

    We'll have a few Adobe related updates also, so please join us.

    Pizza, as usual, will be served - please RSVP.

    A word of thanks to all the members - The October meeting marked our one-year anniversary. We're looking forward to many more. While I could use this moment to recap all of the great learning experiences we've all had at the meetings, I found myself thinking more about the goodies we've given out. A rough tally is as follows:

    2 Adobe Software Suites
    1 New Atlanta Blue Dragon Server Software
    1 FlexBuilder 2 (w/ charting) package

    Countless numbers of:
    T-Shirts (New Atlanta, MacoMedia and Adobe)
    Baseball caps
    Water Bottles, USB fans, portable USB cell phone chargers, SIM card backup keychains
    Mousepads, Travel Optical Mouse (many)
    MacroMedia Backpack
    ColdFusion Books
    Coffee Travel Mugs
    Lots of Pizza

    David

     
    Oct 05, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group October Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    October 10th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: ColdFusion Powered AJAX

    Our guest speaker this month is Ian Smith, and he will be joining us, via web cast, from sunny Seattle.  Ian is a designer, developer, and the all around nice guy behind the free online goal tracker know as Joe's Goals.

    There are two things that you may find interesting about this site:

    1. The "even a child could use it" simplicity.
    2. The combination of AJAX and ColdFusion (and how it contributes to that simplicity)

     By the time we're done with this presentation, it would be great to see what Ian did, how he did it, and why he chose AJAX to do it.

    The Connecticut ColdFusion User Group is 1-Year old!

    ...and we'll have cake to celebrate (along with dinner) - please RSVP.

    David

    About the Speaker:
    Ian Smith is a Seattle based web and database developer who has been building websites using ColdFusion for over 6 years. He worked for a wireless telecommunications company before joining on online advertising company in January 2005. He launched Joe's Goals, his first Web 2.0 project, in June 2006 and has built the user base to over 10,000 registered users.

    He likes reading, writing, and spending weekends with his wife Heather.

     
    Oct 04, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 9/12/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:
    Jeffry Houser - DotComit
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.net
    Ron Hiner - Soft Stone Group
    John Kruysman - Private Client Resources
    Vishy Kasinadhuni - Interbev
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter DiSalvo - ewish.com
    Ed Sullivan - Adobe
    Eugene Abitang - MediFit Corporate Services

    We'd like to thank Ed Sullivan for making the long trip from Boston - and more to the point, getting too close for comfort to the New Yory state line, for a Bosox fan. Truth be told, I had to tell him we were all Pat's fans, just to get him to come along (please, don't burst his bubble!).

    But did he ever deliver the goods! T-shirt's, memento's, and a full copy of Flex Builder 2 were raffled off.

    This was our first time doing a hands-on demo/presentation, and, I have to say, it went MUCH better than I thought it would (for the record, I predicted disaster). Hopefully it gave a quick, and practical, introduction to Flex development. The source code is included as attachments in the original meeting posting.

    The meeting ended at about 7:15. Thanks to all who attended.

    David

     
    Sep 06, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group September Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    September 12th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Hands-on Flex

    You want Flex? You got Flex! This session will be a hands-on Flex learning session, to get you started with your Flex development.

    Also, direct from Beantown - Ed Sullivan will be joining us. Ed is the overlord demi-god* of all Adobe User Groups, worldwide, and we're delighted to have him attend.

    *Please note: Ed was promoted from "overlord" to "demi-god" when he said he'd bring a copy of Flex Builder 2 (w/ charting) to raffle off at the meeting.

    What this won't be:

    • A glossy sales presentation.
    • Something to look at, say "ooh" / "aah" and forget about as soon as you leave the room.
    • Over-reaching. There are a lot of cool things you can do with Flex, we'll start with the bread and butter.

    What this will be:

    • Like we said, "bread and butter".  Reading from a datasource, display and update information.
    • A good start. We'll let you unleash the full fury of Flex on your own time.
    • Focused, and covering some best practices.

    In particular, we'll aim to cover:

    •  Basic layout
    • Accessing and displaying backend data
    • Creating components
    • Data binding

    What you'll need:

    • A laptop, preferably with wireless access
    • A demo version of Flex builder installed (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flex)
    • Preferably, a developer version of ColdFusion installed, in case we get time to get more advanced.
    • If you don’t have a laptop, we’ll hand out code so you can try this out on your desktop at a later date.

       

    No mistake, we don't know it all, and may not be able to answer all your questions, but we'll do what we can., and muddle through it together.

    Pizza will be served - please RSVP.

    David

     

    Files for tonights presentation:

    Demo PDF

    MXML Files

     
    Aug 07, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 7/25/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:
    Jeffry Houser - DotComit
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.net
    Ron Hiner - Soft Stone Group
    John Kruysman - Private Client Resources
    Vishy Kasinadhuni - Interbev
    Aymii Couzelis - MediFit Corporate Services
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter DiSalvo - ewish.com

    First of all, we'd like to welcome three new members to the group - Ron, Vishy and John.

    Steve Wood, Jeff Houser and Aymii Couzelis attended the CFUnited conference and gave us an update on what they learned.

    Steve concentrated on development tracks, and said that the big topics were Flex (and the newly released Flex 2.0) and AJAX integration with CF. Spry is Adobe's solution for CF and AJAX. There is a new quarterly publication - "Fusion Authority", which is an alternative to CFDJ. Click here for bullet points of what Steve learned at CFUnited.

    Aymii talked about development methodologies and testing solutions she encountered at the conference. The Agile development methodology preaches shorter development cycles, and iterative, automated testing methods to increase a teams productivity. Many test tools were recommended to assist with this methodology, click here for bullet points of what Aymii learned at CFUnited.

    We talked a little about Adobe's new upcoming product Apollo - which has, until recently, largely an enigma. So, here's my best shot at explaining it...

    What Apollo is:
    • A desktop application that runs in the background.
    • Allows you to take an on-line application off-line
    • Allows for synchronization of data when you are back on-line
    What Apollo is not:
    • Macromedia Central (anyone remember THAT debacle?)

    Why would you use it? Primarily for applications such as contact management apps, that need to be available off-line, such as contact management systems. Apollo seems to be a pre-emptive strike on Microsofts WPF, due out with Vista.

    The evening was wrapped up with a prize giveaway. T-shirts, caps, gadgets, and software. There was more than enough to go around, and Erik Cussimano  was the lucky winner this time around.

    Per our original schedule, way back in the first meeting, we will not be having an August meeting, we will re-convene September 12th.

    Thank you,

               David

     
    Jul 16, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group July Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    July 25th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: CFUnited wrap-up

    In case you haven't heard, since last months meeting, Flex Builder 2 has been released, along with Version 7.02 of ColdFusion. What are the implications for your business? 

    In addition, we will have the following on the slate:

    1)       Steven Wood and Aymii Couzelis will present their findings from the recent CFUnited conference in Washington D.C.

    2)       David O Malley will report back from a recent Adobe summit in San Jose .

    3)       Adobe MAX details released.

     

    WE HAVE SWAG TO RAFFLE!

     Every thing must go! T-shirts, USB cell phone chargers, USB fans (to beat the heat), and the great software give away!

     Bad Credit? No Credit? No Problem! There’s plenty to go around. Remember – more tickets for those who bring a new member.  (Must be present to win)

    As usual, pizza and refreshments will be served - for obvious security reasons, we will need an RSVP.

    Please note: This will be the last meeting of the summer.

    David.

     
    Jun 28, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 6/12/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In (virtual) Attendance:
      CFugitives user group
      Hartford Adobe user group

    Mike Nimer, of the Adobe ColdFusion team, promised to show you how to use free Flex builder plug-in's to make your Flex development experience, rapid Flex development. And did he ever deliver!

    Starting from a new installation of Flex Builder (Beta 3), Mike downloaded and installed the plug-in's to do the following:

    1) CFC / AS generator: allows creating Actionscript classes from CFC's, and vice versa.

    2) The service browser, will allow you to browse the properties of Web Services, and CFC structures.

    3) The RDS plug in, allows you to browse your database schema, and guides you through the process of making a complete database driven application, unsing ColdFusion as the server.

    The great thing about the latter plug-in, as pointed out by Mike, is that the code that the wizard generates, conforms to the best practices for code design and re-use for ColdFusion and Flex. Simply put, it's a great way to learn Flex - see how the experts would create applications.

    When finished with the above code generation wizard, it's available for you to modify as you see fit.

    Now, while this Breeze meeting was not recorded, you can get an idea of what was presented at the following link:
    http://www.dcooper.org/blog/client/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=362CB2F6-4E22-1671-58C2795D2752DF17 - it's not as "personalized" as Mike's presentation (he went through the entire setup process, and answered our questions).

    I'd like to thank Mike for giving up the best part of his evening to give this presentation, and the Hartford folks for joining us. It really is great to see support like this being given to us by the ColdFusion team at Adobe, to help reduce the learning curve with Flex, I think they should be congratulated for taking the initiative in this manner.

     

     

     
    Jun 19, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group June Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    June 12th, 6pm
    On-line Breeze Presentation
    Topic: ColdFusion/FlexBuilder 2 Application Generator Wizard
    Meeting URL: http://adobe.breezecentral.com/nimer

    So, you've seen the beta's of Flex builder (click here for an example of a Flex application) from Adobe and the things it can do. You see a business value in integrating this technology into your companies web properties. Now comes the hard part - the implementation.

    How'd you like to be able to generate complete custom Flex 2 / ColdFusion DB-oriented apps (all code, all tiers) in less than 15 minutes? Now THAT would jump-start your Flex 2 /CF RIA app development, wouldn't it?

    In this live Breeze presentation, Mike Nimer will overview the latest release from Adobe Labs - wizard that will allow just that.

    About Mike Nimer:
    Mike Nimer is a senior engineer on the ColdFusion engineering team, responsible for features such as the Rich Forms in ColdFusion 7 and the Administrator API. Before joining the engineering team, he spent three years working as a senior consultant with Allaire and then Macromedia consulting group, providing on-site assistance to customers with their architecture planning, code reviews, performance tuning, and general fire fighting.

     
    May 11, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 5/9/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In Attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.com
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Phil Hayes - Sirius Innovation
    Bob Naughton - Sirius Innovation
    Aymii Couzelis - MediFit Corporate Services

    The new CIO walks in takes a long hard look at the infrastructure and applications deployed in it. It's ColdFusion on J2EE. Mr/Ms CIO gives the usual "good job" speech, and proudly declares "We're moving to .Net" - your jaw hits the ground faster than you can say "re-write". Now what?

    First of all, I'd like to say thanks to Josh Adams from "New Atlanta" for making the trip from Atlanta to give a magnificent presentation on the BlueDragon CFML server.

    Early on in the presentation, Josh described what BlueDragon is (a CFML parser/server), and why you would want to use it. The distinctions between BlueDragon and Adobe ColdFusion are more than price - there are language enhancements, deployment options and many different product offerings from New Atlanta.  Click here to see the presentation.

    Josh went on to describe, specifically, the BlueDragon .Net server. What is that? Essentially, it allows you to run CFML code next to .Net code (C#, ASP) and deploy on a .Net framework (as opposed to J2EE). Why would I want to do that? Well, remember the CIO from the frist paragraph? Without a product like BlueDragon .Net, you will spend as long as it took to create your companies applications, re-writing your companies applications.

    Of course, you just might WANT to make the move to .Net, for infrastructure and server management reasons - either way, you have options. Here is the presentation specifically on the BlueDragon .Net product.

    BlueDragon is free to download for non-commercial use, and Josh gave plenty of .Net example files, that can be downloaded here. For those of you interested in contacting Josh for more information, here is his v-card.

    After the meeting there was a great raffle for New Atlanta shwag, including:

    • A full copy of BlueDragon Server JX (won by Steven Wood)
    • T-Shirts
    • Coffee Travel Mugs
    • Lots of miscellaneous stuff - pens, notebooks, etc, etc.

    Josh even took us out for drinks afterwards (promoting him from "all round good guy" to "Hero" status). We miss him already!

    The meeting ended at about 8pm. The next meeting will be June 13th.

    Thank to all who attended.

    David.

     
    May 02, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group May Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    May 9th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Blue Dragon - CFML on .Net

    Agenda:
    Hmmmm, .Net or J2EE? CFML or C#? If only we could mix our environments - go with a .Net platform, but use the productivity we get with CFML - or even mix the two languages? It'll never happen...Adobe just won't support it!

    Enter the Blue Dragon! Think your only deployment option for your CFML applications is Adobe’s ColdFusion Server family of products?  Think again!  New Atlanta Communications provides alternatives:  the BlueDragon family of CFML application server platforms.

    In this presentation Josh Adams will introduce the BlueDragon family of CFML application server platforms and will demonstrate some of the powerful features tehy provide, with particular attention given to the integration of CFML and ASP .Net with BlueDragon for the Microsoft .Net Framework. Also included will be an emplanation of New Atlanta's partnership with BEA and the resultant BlueDragon, BEA WebLogic Edition.

    Dinner will be server, please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

    David O Malley, Group Manager.

     

     
    Apr 27, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 4/18/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In Attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter DeSilva - eWish.com
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.com
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services

    Since there was no external speaker this month, we concentrated on code review of various applications we are working on in Flex and Ajax. Erik Cussimano gave an update on the group project. Details are as follows:

    David O Malley - Demonstrated the use of custom components and data binding in a Flex application (albeit, a golf related Flex application - purely coincidence!).

    Jeff Houser demonstrated the use of Flex states, Mystic (the ColdFusion connector) and servers sessions.

    Steve Wood displayed an Ajax based (database powered) quick poll, which can be seen at his blog - http://www.ooine.com

    Code samples are available upon request.

    Erik Cussimano finished with an update on the group project. He is using CFOpen as a project management tool (http://cfopen.org/projects/cfphotoalbum/), and listed a number of areas that will need input:
     - Designing the db schema (Jeff Houser volunteered to take the lead on this)
     - Logins
     - CFCs that provide the data access/web services layer
     - The display interface
     - The admin interface

    Erik made the decision that we should make the business logic available via web services, which will allow us all to create front end's in virtually any language (CF, AJAX, Flex, Etc.). Steve and Erik will work together to get hosting sorted out.

    There is plenty to go around for all those who want to get involved. If there is a technical skill you want to learn, improve on, or take the lead on, then let Erik or I know about it - be that DB design, CFC's or just getting started in programming. This is a great opportunity to learn what you don't know! We'd like to thank Erik for the hard work he's put into getting this project started.

    The meeting was adjorned at about 7:30. The next meeting will be May 9th, when the folks from New Atlanta will be visiting us, to present on Blue Dragon - an alternative CFML web server.

    David.

     
    Mar 30, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 3/14/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In Attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter DeSilva - eWish.com
    Vincent Descoust - Big Ideas Productions
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.com
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Aymii Couzelis - MediFit Corporate Services
    Robert Long - Gartner Group

    If you were like me, you thought Cascading Style Sheets were simply about managing text on a web site - height, font, style, color. Page design was accomplished by placing large complicated tables all over your page, from top to bottom, to give structure to the page. The design, content and code were one in the same.

    If you were like me, you came out of this meeting realizing that you've been doing it wrong all this time!

    Steve Wood gave an excellent presentation on effective application of CSS that goes beyond simple text manipulation, and separate content and design from code. In short - no more nested tables to create page structure. 

    Click here for a link to the presentation, including some great web sites to reference. I have also added those sites to the Technical Resources page.

    Erik Cussimano gave an update on the AJAX conference he went to that week. It appears that many independent companies are taking the lead in providing application frameworks for AJAX, and Erik had some good examples (I will post a sampling to the Technical Resources page ASAP).

    The meeting ended at approx 7:30 - the next meeting is scheduled for April 11th, and I'll send out an email to confirm.

    Thanks to everyone who attended.

    David

     

     
    Mar 08, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group March Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    March 14th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Breaking Out of HTML Tables: The Intriguing World of CSS

    Agenda:
    Steven Wood will delve into the world of Cascading Style Sheets, and in particular show us how to remove HTML code and replace it with flexible and re-useable style sheets. 

    Also, Erik Cussimano will be attending an AJAX conference in New York on Monday, and will report back what he learns.

    Updates:
    Recent updates at Adobe Labs will be discussed, including a new "Ajax Bridge" that was released at labs.adobe.com. I also updated the "Technical Resources" page with list of technical resources for Flex.

    About Steven Wood:
    Steve has been working with ColdFusion for the past 8 years, and very recently became an Advanced Certified ColdFusion Developer. He works full time for MediFit Corporate Services, and is also a Partner at StormCube Technology, an IT consulting company in Stamford, CT. He runs the incredibly popular bog Ooine.com, and manages Anonylog.com and WeddingReports.com.

    Dinner will be served - please RSVP so we know who, and how many, to expect.

    David O Malley, Group Manager.

     

     
    Mar 07, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 2/21/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Doug Bernstein - Studio Blue Design
    Phil Hayes - Sirius Innovation
    Bob Naughton - Sirius Innovation
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Erik Cussimano - dataviz.com

    By the time this meeting ended, it was plain to see, to all who attended, why Jeff Houser earns the big bucks! Jeff's presentation was very informative, and demonstrated the various ways that CFC's and User Defined Functions can be used in ColdFusion. Jeff will give me his presentation and code for posting ASAP - I'll update this entry when it's avilable.

    Erik brought up the idea of getting group projects in various web technologies such as Flex and Ajax going, and Baryy offered data from his site for backend data. I'll be folllowing up with both, and get back to the group with more information about hosting, etc.

    A signed copy (by author Ben Forta) of the CF MX7 Web Application Construction Kit was raffled off, and won by Doug. Congratulations, and may it serve you well!

    The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 - Many thanks to everyone who attended.

    David

     
    Feb 09, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group February Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    February 21st, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Creating Reusable Components in ColdFusion.

    Agenda:
    Our very own Jeff Houser will be presenting this month - this it the same presentation that Jeff gets paid millions of dollars to give at ColdFusion conferences all over the world (well, D.C. and Minnesota, and don't quote me on the "millions" part!).

    This presentation will look at options in ColdFusion for creating reusable components.  It will talk about CFCs, includes, custom tags, UDFs, and CFCs, examining the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

    We'll also talk about the recent survey, which had a great response, and our plans for the rest of the year - this is a chance to make your opinion known.

    Door Prize:
    We'll be giving away a copy of the official ColdFusion MX7 Web Application Construction Kit - by Ben Forta and Ray Camden - the book is signed by Ben Forta himself (and the geeks go wild!).

    About Jeffry Houser:
    Jeff Houser has been working with computers for over 20 years. He owns a DotComIt, a web consulting company, manages the Hartford Macromedia User Group, and routinely speaks and writes about development issues. You can find out what he's up to by checking his Blog at www.jeffryhouser.com.

    More information about Jeff can be found here: http://www.jeffryhouser.com/about.cfm

    Dinner will be served - please RSVP so we know who, and how many, to expect.

    David O Malley, Group Manager.

     

     
    Jan 24, 2006

    Meeting Minutes - 1/17/2006
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter DiSalvo - eWish.com
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Doug Bernstein - Studio Blue Design
    Aymii Couzelis - MediFit Corporate Services
    Diane Schmidt - MediFit Corporate Services
    Jeff Vilenski - Gartner Group

     Dinner was served at 6pm and the meeting began shortly afterwards - unfortunately, flu season stopped the attendance of a few regulars - including one of our presenters, but we made do with what we had.  We would like to welcome first timers Doug Bernstein and Diane Schmidt.

    To start a few notes:

    1) We are now officially an Abode ColdFusion User Group - no news on any changes to the format or support of the user group. It appears that Adobe wants to foster a strong user community like MacroMedia. I'll share news as I get it.

    2) for those of you that cannot attend MAX (due to either price or location), CFUnited will be taking place in Washington D.C. from 6/28 - 7/1. Aymii and Steve are attending, and if you register with them by 1/31, I believe everyone gets a 10% discount - Please email Steve Wood or Aymii Couzelis directly if interested. I'm sure some car pooling would even be possible!

    3) There is a group survey on Survey Monkey (here is a link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=31711493229). This group will only be a success if it caters to interests of the members, and this survey is the best way to let us know what you are interested in. It's not long, please take a moment to fill it out.

    On to the main event!

    Jeff Vilenski gave a fabulous presentation (here is a link to his presentation materials) on his battles with implementing a successful content management system, and the impact it had on his development team. A highly informative, and very well presented topic, we would like to thank Jeff for sharing his knowledge and experiences with us.

    Unfortunately, due to illness, Phil Hayes was unable to attend, but he did send his presentation (here is a link), and that was the catalyst for a roundtable after Jeff's presentation. Finding an online editor that is both functional and affordable is difficult these days, and Phil did a great job researching the best options out there. His presentation is complete with links to web sites for each editor, and pricing information, if applicable.

     The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 - Many thanks to everyone who attended.

    David

     
    Jan 12, 2006

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group January Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    January 17th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT
    Topic: Content Management techniques and tools.

    Agenda: 
    How, oh how, to manage content? Lets face it, the most important part of your web site, and the reason why people come to visit, is probably also the most labor intensive. When done right, content management can give content managers (usually the people we work for) the tools to review and update content on their own terms - freeing up developer time to better business solutions, and reducing your overall bottom line. When done wrong, well, the opposite!

    Part 1 of our meeting will be presented by Jeff Vilenski (bio below), and will be a primer on the principles of effective content management. Jeff has been on the front lines of this subject in the past, first at Hyperion Solutions, and now at the Gartner Group, managing corporate web sites and intranets alike.

    Part 2 of the meeting will be presented by Phil Hayes, member and co-founder of Sirius Innovations, and he will be demonstrating his research into various web based text editors that will serve as the front end of any content management solution.

    Time will be made available for a roundtable afterwards.

    Dinner will be served! For obvious security and preparation purposes, we do need to have a rough idea of how many people are coming, so please RSVP. We won't hold you to anything if something comes up and you can't make it - likewise, if you come last minute, you won't be turned away.

     

     

    More about Jeff Vilenski:
    Jeff Vilenski is currently an associate director within IT at the technology research firm Gartner in Stamford, CT. He is a project manager for various Web-related projects ranging from small upgrades and enhancements to the rollout of complex e-commerce applications.  Before Gartner, he spent five years as a developer and project manager at Hyperion where he implemented and maintained two different content management solutions.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Nov 28, 2005

    Meeting Minutes - 11/8/2005
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Bob Naughton - Sirius Innovations
    Phil Hayes - Sirius Innovations
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Peter D - eWish.com
    Erik Cussinamo - dataviz.com
    Vincent Descoust - Big Ideas Productions
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services

    For the November meeting, I had the honor of presenting a summary of the MacroMedia MAX conference, which I attended in October and the meeting was called to order shortly after 6pm.

    MAX is the flagship conference for MacroMedia, and is held annually in North America. Since the new product on show at MAX was the new Flex product line, the presentation followed that lead. Also presented were related technologies, such as Flash and Mobile technology.

    The big news is the introduction of a Flex Product Line - No longer a "one product fits all" strategy from MM, Flex will become a developer tool, just like Dreamweaver, and will be available at a relatively affordable "under $1000" (according to the marketing messages).

    The ensuing roundtable discussed the new products, currently in Alpha testing and due for release in April 06, and how they can be used in each of our current business models.

    As promised, this is a link to the presentation.

    After the presentation, was the great MM giveaway! Everything went, from t-shirts to travel optical-mice and Peter won the free version of ColdFusion.

    The meeting was adjourned at about 7:15.

    My thanks to everyone who attended - it was a full house at the MediFit conference room!

    David

     

     
    Oct 25, 2005

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group November Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    November 8th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT

    Topic: Macromedia MAX 2005 wrapup.

    Let's face it, we're a part of this group becuase MacroMedia products affect us in one way or another. For some of us, we make a living coding on their platform. Some are managers or business owners whose businesses rely on Macromedia products. It's important to keep on top of the latest innovations in the Internet world, and for this group, that starts with MacroMedia products.

    MAX is the annual MacroMedia conference where new products are revealed and directions outlined. The conference was held in Anaheim, California from October 16th - 19th. These days, it's tough to get the time and money approved to get to such conferences, so the November meeting will bring the highlights of the MAX conference to you!

    Among the topics to be discussed are:

    • The Flex product line - when will we ever get to afford this? And what functionality will we have to give up?
    • Advances in the Flash platform.
    • MacroMedia Labs unveiled.
    • Anything new with ColdFusion?
    • Mobile devices are still in focus (and there's one big reason why!).

    For obvious security and preparation purposes, we do need to have a rough idea of how many people are coming, so please RSVP. We won't hold you to anything if something comes up and you can't make it - likewise, if you come last minute, you won't be turned away.

    We will not be having a December meeting, so this is it for the year. We will also discuss next years direction, and topics you want to touch on.

    Year End Raffle!

    Everyone who's attended so far has been given raffle tickets, and this is when to use them! A sample of the prizes to be raffled off are as follows:

    Bring your tickets from previous meetings - we'll be giving more at this meeting.


     
    Meeting Minutes - 10/13/2005
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Bob Naughton - Sirius Innovations
    Phil Hayes - Sirius Innovations
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Robert Long - Gartner Group
    Peter D - eWish.com
    Erik Cussinamo - dataviz.com

    First of all, my apologies to our Jewish members - I scheduled the meeting to be right in the middle of a holiday - I'll check the calendar from now on.

    Due to incliment weather, things started got started a little late (the pizza arrived on time, however). We were introduced to three new members (whose mug shots will follow shortly), and very welcome they are indeed.

    The meeting topic was "Business Impact of Rich Internet Applications", and on view was a promotional video from MacroMedia, featuring Al Ramadan (MM Executive VP of Marketing) discussing what makes up the "experience economy".

    While most of the demo's sites featured were Flash based, the potential of Ajax and good old fashioned DHTML were discussed also.

    Robert Long is an experienced Flash developer and he explained how as time goes by, the "time line" seems to be making way more and more to the structured language of ActionScript.

    The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30, the next meeting will be Tuesday November 8th - a notice will be emailed.

     

     
    Oct 06, 2005

    Connecticut ColdFusion User Group October Meeting
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    October 13th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT

    Topic: The Business Implications of Rich Internet Applications.

    Click! (Refresh), Click! (Refresh), (Back Button, Back Button) Click! (Refresh). Sound familiar? Ah yes, the trials and tribulations of an average user, making their way through a web site, to get the information they need. Some in the IT world don’t think this user experience is good enough, and they are determined to change it. Are they right?

    Rich internet applications promise to merge the best traits of desktop applications with the benefits of the Web. Is this something that can benefit your business? Is it something your business will eventually have to compete with? What are the implementation options? Open source or enterprise? Flash based or Ajax ?

    All this and much more will be discussed at the next meeting of the Connecticut ColdFusion User Group. Although ColdFusion is a development language, we welcome business owners and managers to attend.

    Pizza and Soda will be severd at 5:45 - Please RSVP so we know how much to order. Contact information can be found on the web site (http://www.cfugitives.com)

    Sincerely,

    David O Malley, Group Manager.

     
    Sep 30, 2005

    Meeting Minutes - 9/20/2005
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    In attendance:

    Jeffry Houser - DotComIt
    Steven Wood - MediFit Corporate Services
    Bob Naughton - Sirius Innovations
    Phil Hayes - Sirius Innovations
    David O Malley - MediFit Corporate Services
    Vincent Descoust - Big Ideas Productions
    Aymii Couzelis - MediFit Corporate Services
    Barry Hyman - RealtyView.net

    To get things started, merciless attention was paid to the pizza, particularly by the MediFit folks, and the meeting was called to order shrtly after 6pm. We started with introductions, and moved into a presenation by David O Malley outlining the aim and focus of the group (click here for a link to the presentation).

    Those in attendance had a wide range of involvement with ColdFusion, from full time developers, to business owners and managers that rely on MacroMedia products to run their business. The feeling is that this is a strength, and as much as possible, we'll try make this a solutions oriented group, that includes more than just tecchies.

    A fairly informal discussion began between members, and focused mostly on ColdFusion, and the new integration with Flash, in the form of Flash Forms and Flex. Jeff Houser lent his expertize in this matter, explaining the very real impact of these new technologies (works cited included the Watergate Hotel).

    Raffle tickets were handed out - various MacroMedia goodies (including a full copy of ColdFusion) will be raffled off before the end of the year (Click here for more details).

    After some quick group photos, the meeting was adjourned at about 7:15. The next meeting will be on October the 11th at 6pm - a notice will be emailed.

     
    Sep 27, 2005

    A Very Special Welcome
    Posted by Aymii Couzelis having to do with All Points Bulletin

    Hi all,

    Hidden in the welcome message below is a cypher.  The first person to email domalley@cfugitives.com with the correct solution to the cypher will win a most excellent prize (and of course bragging rights) to be awarded at our next meeting.

    As the meeting (Oct. 11th) draws closer I will post additional clues here if no one has solved it.

    Your Ringleader,

    Aymii (acouzelis@cfugitives.com)

    CYPHER CLUES:

    1.) Check your punctuation!

    2.) The first word is: You

     

    ******CYPHER BEGINS BELOW THIS LINE (this line is not part of it)******

    Welcome to CFUGitives! You are one of our inaugural members.  Our sincerest, utmost thanks.  We are very excited to host this new group.  In order to start things off right here is a bit of information about us.  Norwalk is our home base.  The host team loves to eat pizza – help is always appreciated!  Everyone is encouraged to come with questions, fun facts, interesting problems or anything else you would like to discuss.

    RSVPs are encouraged (so we know how much pizza to order) though not necessary.  Come join us.  You are welcome to bring friends, please do!

    Here is a general idea of what to expect at our first meeting: Everyone spends a few minutes meeting each other.  Refreshments and pizza all around!  After we are sufficiently full, we will chat about what we all hope to get out of the group.  Anything from meeting times to speakers to products.

    Really hope to see you there!
    Dave the CFUGitives organizer

     
    Sep 02, 2005

    APB for all CFugitives
    Posted by David OMalley having to do with All Points Bulletin

    Welcome to the Connecticut Cold Fusion User Group.

    Based in Norwalk, CT, and serving ColdFusion professionals from New Haven to Westchester and beyond, we are proud to bring you the Connecticut ColdFusion User Group.

    Although the stated focus of this group is ColdFusion, we'd like to think of ourselves as "solutions" oriented. So, if that means Breeze, Flash, Flex or even non Macromedia technologies, then we welcome it at this group.

    This site is still under some construction, we hope to have a members section up and running pretty soon. The site, like the group, will find its content from members - be it photos, technical resources or speakers at meetings.

    The first meeting will be:
    September 20th, 6pm
    At the offices of MediFit Corporate Services
    17 High St. - 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT

    Additional information is in the "Meetings" section of this site. Pizza and soda will be served, please RSVP to domalley@cfugitives.com so we can order accordingly.

    p.s., what's with the "fugitive" theme? Well, obviously a play on words, but we plan on making this group as much fun as possible

     

     


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