Upcoming CFLive! Previews of 2006 CFUNITED Topics

CFUNITED

As the organizer of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group I'd like help spread the word that CFUNITED's Michael Smith and I have been sponsoring online previews of the topics which will be presented in full at the conference. These previews cover ColdFusion development as well as related web technologies. Moreover, the CFLive! talks are given by the original speaker for the topic, and they are intended to provide a summary and flavor of the subject matter so that you can decide if you'd like to add it to your conference schedule to hear the full session.

These talks are about 1/2 hour including time for Q&A, usually Thursdays at noon US/Eastern time. (Timezone Help)

The url for the Breeze meeting is listed in the MORE INFORMATION section of the RSVP page. In the Breeze Meeting, just click the button to login as GUEST with no password but enter your name when prompted, and then you'll join the meeting from your browser.

If you've never used Breeze, get a quick overview.

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Simon Horwith's preview of CFUNITED

Chaos during Breeze MeetingSimon Horwith provided an overview of the talks and activities that he will conduct at this year's CFUNITED ColdFusion Conference. This talk was the first in a series called CFLIVE!, where upcoming speakers will provide a sneak-peek of what they'll be doing at the conference. If you'd like to be notified of and join upcoming CFUNITED previews, sign up for the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group (the largest CFUG). For Simon's Breeze presentation today, the archived recording is available below.

CFLive! Simon Horwith on Architecture, CF 101, & Helms Cage Match


Simon experienced a problem with his USB microphone, so as a last minute hack that I've used before, Simon called me and I put the speaker phone next to my microphone and then we were good to go.

Coming up in a couple weeks... Ray Camden.

BlogFusion by Jake McKee,... Today!

At noon today (US/EST) Jake McKee will provide an overview of his ColdFusion-based blog (and photoblog) software, BlogFusion. BlogFusion is a powerful, un-encrypted, easy to install, easy to use blog functionality. If you would like to set up a ColdFusion based blog in a matter of minutes, this one's for you. This event is hosted by the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group.

BlogFusion by Jake McKee
Please RSVP here for the meeting and to get the Breeze Meeting URL.
(The Breeze Meeting URL is the link under more information on the RSVP page)


This is a free event at 12:00 noon US/Eastern time today. For time-zone assistance see Time-Zone Converter.

To join the meeting, first RSVP, then open a browser at the meeting time and date and go to the URL shown below under more information of the RSVP page. When Breeze Meeting starts, click the button on the right to enter as a guest, where you will be prompted to enter a name. (ignore the pair of text fields on the left for username and password, just use the Guest login to the right).

Please enter your name when logging in to the meeting if you wish to be eligible to win a giveaway at the end of the meeting. The giveaways will be a BlogFusion license and a book on an Adobe product. Users with unidentifiable nicknames such as "fozzy" or "aaa" will not eligible, and you must send me the link to your member profile on the OCFMG website.

If you've never used Macromedia Breeze, get a quick overview.

The meeting has just been recorded for public viewing later. You can watch this presentation at any time with the following URL:

Archived: BlogFusion 5 by Jake McKee. Approximate running time is 1 hour.

Get Yours: Video Introduction to Total Training

Think Geek, Think Total TrainingNow that the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group is registered with Total Training, I've received a box full of introductory DVDs with a couple hours of sample lessons for learning products such as Adobe Photoshop CS2, After Effects, Illustrator, and more.

If you would like to receive one of these DVDs (by snail mail), please contact me with your name and mailing address. I'll send a "Video Introduction to Total Training" DVD to you by regular mail.

The Online ColdFusion Meetup Group holds free online events with Adobe Breeze Meeting on a regular basis with ColdFusion topics presented by ColdFusion gurus. If you've never used Breeze Meeting, get a quick overview here .

From the Total Training Introduction Video DVD label:

Presented by top experts in their fields, Total Training's CD- and DVD-based video series offer informative, memorable, and fun explorations of some of the most popular and powerful software programs available. With an in-depth and graphical instruction, Total Training gets you up to speed on the basics, and then helps take you to the next level.

Enjoy this introduction to Total Training, and get a first-hand look at how our video production instruction is changing how users look at their software, for the better.


Read about how much I like using Total Training DVDs.

Doug Hughes on Reactor: Inline Dynamic Database Abstraction Generator

Once again Doug Hughes pulled off a great presentation for the members of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group with today's topic Reactor. Doug's Reactor project is a new persistence framework he has been working on. It is an Inline Dynamic Database Abstraction Generator. What this means is that by using Reactor you can dynamically generate database objects on the fly in your code as needed. Additionally, these objects will be rewritten as your database changes. Reactor is simple, quick and powerful.

The event was recorded and is available for viewing at the link below so feel free to watch!

Doug Hughes on Reactor
http://adobe.breezecentral.com/p63651304/


One lucky member at today's event won a FREE copy of ColdFusion MX 7 Standard Edition!

If you have a ColdFusion related topic or product that you'd like to share with the developer community, let me know and I'll work with you to hold your own Breeze Meeting. I'm looking for speakers for the next few months, so don't be shy :)

Doug Hughes on the Alagad Image and Captcha Components

Doug Hughes generously donated his time to the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group on Thursday of last week to present two projects, the Alagad Image Component and the Alagad Captcha Component. Doug actually presented the same talk the day before as part of the Macromedia User Group Tech Wednesday program. For the Online CF Meetup Group, Doug gave away two free licenses, one for each of the components, and I gave away a copy of the Macromedia Flash Professional 8 training book (Its in the mail Dave!).

Recording URLs are available below so feel free to watch again and again!

Doug Hughes on the Alagad Image and Captcha Components

Online ColdFusion User Group
http://adobe.breezecentral.com/p98616096/

Macromedia User Group Tech Wednesday
http://mmchats.breezecentral.com/p13991042/


On Thursday of this week, Doug will present again on his new project Reactor. I will be giving away one copy of ColdFusion MX 7 Standard Edition or an Adobe software product of equal or lesser value per request of the winner. Please RSVP to attend.

If you have a ColdFusion related topic or product that you'd like to share with the developer community, let me know and I'll work with you to hold your own Breeze Meeting. I'm looking for speakers for the next few months, so don't be shy :)

Installation and configuration of CFMX 7.01 on RHEL 4 with Apache and MySQL

This meeting of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group has been recorded and is available for viewing here:

http://adobe.breezecentral.com/p15449246/
The subject of this meeting was installing ColdFusion MX 7.01 server application on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, configuring it for the Apache webserver, and connecting to and using the MySQL 4.1 database. I tried to cover everything you need to know to get started while demonstrating the range of problems that some users encounter and then showing the solutions.

The topic list includes:

  • Installing ColdFusion MX 7.01 Server Configuration
  • Usage of Red Hat System V "boot scripts" with the service command.
  • Identifying and fixing CFMX problems due to missing X libraries
  • Identifying and fixing SELinux security context problems the right way. Security Enhanced Linux is now ACTIVE by default in Red Hat 4 and Fedora Core 4
  • Configuring Apache webserver and adding the CFMX connector module to the same SELinux security context as Apache.
  • MySQL 4.1 commandline usage to create databases and assign users in a secure manner
  • Configuration of JDBC driver for CFMX to connect to MySQL 4.1 (rather than 3.2x)
  • Demonstration of Linux user and group management for web application development


  • Installation of the CFEclipse plugin, a free and alternative IDE to develop ColdFusion applications while working on Linux or Mac OS X workstations, rather than using Homesite or Dreamweaver.

After watching the recording you'll be able to set this up for yourself at home all for free. Apache, MySQL, and Eclipse/CFEclipse are free products for home use, and rather than using Red Hat Enterprise Linux you can use its little brother Fedora Linux instead.

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Breeze Presentation Archive of CF Birthday Party

From: Christine Lawson
Subject: CF Birthday Party Recording!


Hi Everyone, For those of you who could not attend the various User Group events last night here is the recording from the ColdFusion 10th Birthday Party hosted here in Newton, Ma:
http://macromedia.breezecentral.com/p64775146/. Amongst the speakers were JJ and Jeremy Allaire, Tim Buntel, Ben Forta, Charles Teague, Sim Simeonov, Adam Berry, Damon Cooper and Edwin Smith. Please be sure to post this on your blogs and share it amongst your fellow community members on the various lists.


Thanks!
Christine Lawson
Team Macromedia Program Manager


For my personal VIDEO of the event, see this blog entry.

Video Archive of ColdFusion Birthday Party with Founders Panel Discussion

Watch the video of Macromedia's ColdFusion birthday party event held in the Newton, MA office yesterday, July 13 2005. The founders of ColdFusion, which was almost known as Prometheus or Horizon, recant the early days of Allaire Corporation.

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Ryan Guill presents on COAL, the ColdFusion Open Application Library

EVENT:
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 13, Ryan Guill will present COAL, a new project for the ColdFusion Community.

TOPIC:
COAL, the ColdFusion Open Application Library was created to create a single repository for coldfusion components to be exposed as services and used in any ColdFusion application. The idea is similar to php's PEAR, althought there are several differences. The idea is to create a library of reusable services to keep developers from having to do the same tasks over and over, or having to reinvent the wheel everytime they need to create a new application. COAL puts these services in a position to be used very easily and makes them very flexible. COAL is built using the Java Service Locator pattern which makes for a very robust platform for delivery of the services.

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