Archived: Charlie Arehart & Lou Honick CFUNITED Preview Breezo

Part 1) Charlie Arehart - Integrating CFML and ASP.NET Server Controls

Part 2) Lou Honick - How to Build, Refresh or Rebuild Your Datacenter on Time and Under Budget

These talks are two 15 minute "preview" talks from CFUNITED speakers.They will provide an brief introduction to their topic during these sessions.

This event was recorded and is available for viewing again at this location:

CFUNITED, the premier ColdFusion conference, June 29 - July 1 2005

Registered for Joe Rinehart's CFMX OO Course at CFUNITED

I hadn't planned on taking a pre-conference course at CFUNITED this year, but after reading Sean Corfield's many recent posts about migrating from Mach-II to Model-Glue my interest has been spurred.

I've signed up for Joe's course on the preceding Tuesday:

Forms and Beans: Refactoring existing ColdFusion using Objects

To prepare, I expect to read the Quickstart Guide at a minimum.

I had taken the one day Hal Helms course on Mach II at Teratech last fall. Frankly, I was disappointed with that only because the course should have been titled OO Development in CFMX instead of Intro to Mach II. I certainly loved the material and Hal's presentation style, he's one of the best speakers, but I felt mislead because we ran out of time and hardly ever touched Mach II at all. I mean, I paid out of pocket for this and flew down just for the day, so I wanted more Mach II.

My expectations for this course are better suited. Joe said that this course will review how to turn a procedural app into an a OO one, and if there is time he'll get into Model-Glue. I hope we find a way during the conference to get further into Model-Glue as I would like to walk away from CFUNITED feeling confident in the framework style.

ColdFusion Live! Geoff Snowman and Robi Sen, a CFUNITED preview

At 12:30 EST today, Geoff Snowman will discuss SQL Server 2005 for CF Developers, and Robi Sen will discuss Advanced Scaling and Tuning in ColdFusion.

These are two 15 minute "preview" talks from CFUNITED speakers. They will provide an brief introduction to their topic during these sessions.

12:30 - 1:00 US/Eastern Time
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Scalability and Reliability in J2EE Clustered Environments

The Boston Java Meetup Group will host Cameron Purdy of Tangosol to discuss application development considerations for maximum scalable performance and reliability in clustered J2EE environments on May 23, 2005 at 7pm in Somerville, MA. Check out the Java Meetup site for details and map. I will ask them for permission to broadcast this live, but no promises yet.

Check out my blog entry on Tangasol's Coherence clustering software, which I learned about when I met Cameron at the last meeting.

Cameron will focus on improving scalability and scalable performance of applications through the use of clustered caching, and will describe Tangosol's architectural approach to the challenges of reliably sharing live data among clustered JVMs in the application tier while providing transparent fail-over.

About Cameron: Cameron Purdy is president of Tangosol and has ten years of experience with Java and Java-related technology. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and has received a number of awards in recognition of his contribution to the Java community. Cameron regularly participates in industry standards development and is the specification lead for JSR 107 (jCache).

ColdFusion Live! Michael Smith on Personas and Simon Horwith on Design Patterns

Join the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group for this week's ColdFusion Live! preview of the CFUNITED conference. Today's event will begin in about a half hour from the time of this writing at 12:30 PM US/Eastern time. Later the recorded, archived meeting link will be posted to the OCFMG message boards and to

Two 15 minute "preview" talks from CFUNITED speakers. They will provide an brief introduction to their topic during these sessions.

12:30 - 1:00 US/Eastern Time
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Part 1) Michael Smith Personas for better apps. Personas are a way to make a better User Interface for your users without going crazy.

Part 2) Simon Horwith Design Patterns and CFML. Design patterns are a way to making architecting your apps easier and to reuse common software designs.

CFUnited - The premier ColdFusion conference, June 28 - July 1, 2005.

Let Jennifer Wilbanks Be

Give me a break already. What an oversensitive pack of wussies we've become if people are seriously considering prosecuting the so called "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks, whose story has been sensationalized though the headlines of all the major news networks. I think the popular media is perpetually in a frenzy, looking to produce overhyped stories that lead to showcase trials which the American public sadly loves to consume for pure entertainment value.

Watching CBS News this morning, there was a debate between some witch lawyer from Boston and Gloria Allred, a self-styled victims'-rights advocate. The witch was salivating over the prospect of prosecuting Jennifer and compared her to serial killer Jeffrey Dawmer and Andrea Yates who killed her children in a fit of depression.

Let Jennifer go home, settle down, and think about what she's done. She freaked out about getting married, nothing more. Enough already, send the media home, and kick them in the ass on the way out the door!

In a related "we're all a pack of wussies" story, Boston news has recently highlighted a man who spanked his child with a belt, 3 slaps, for chronically not doing his homework. Clearly the father and son generally have a good relationship, and this man was not abusing his son, and even the law permits spanking your child within a reasonable amount if the parent thinks its warranted. But the child got scared the next day and called his mom, the father's ex-wife, and she called the police and got a restraining order.

Again... Give me a break!

I had many relatives grow up with tough love and they've all turned out fine. Yikes! Get over it already lady! The law which this guy supposedly broke was obviously intended to protect children against serious child abuse and extreme corporal punishment. You can see from the interviews of the child that he loves his father and gets along great.

Library of Congress Series on Digital Future - Free on has a series of 8 lectures on the topic of the Digital Future, available free of charge, published by C-SPAN. Each lecture is about an hour and a half, and downloadable in mp3 format for you iPod.

I can't post the direct link to the lecture series since uses session data in the URL and without the session parameter it logs an error, so just search for the topic title or author on their site.


The Best of Concord Police Logs

I love reading the crazy things that happen around the sleepy town of Concord, as reported in the weeekly Police Logs from the Concord Journal. I've lived in a lot of places, some where most people wouldn't bat an eye if a carjacking were happening, but here in Concord the residents are easily spooked... Enjoy!

I'm proud to claim my own place in the town's log. Here's the what ended up in the newspaper when I was spotted taking pictures in the early morning hours:

    Sunday, Oct. 16 2005
  • At 1:23 a.m., officer on patrol reported a male subject on foot in the Milldam. Officer spoke with the individual, who was taking photos for a college course.

This blog entry will be updated with a selections taken from those logs.

    Week of June 12, 2006
  • At 11:45 a.m., a Simon Willard Road caller reported someone had dumped a bag of brush in her yard. (Why would someone call the police for this? Just pick up the bag and put it in the trash!)
  • At 11:38 a.m., staff from a Sudbury Road country club asked for police assistance with a squirrel that was stuck on a roof. The fire department was dispatched.
  • At 6:13 a.m., emergency crews responded to reports of a smoldering bonfire at White Pond.
  • At 11:48 a.m., a cellular caller reported a motor vehicle versus deer accident on Shadyside Avenue. The deer left the scene.

    Week of June 5, 2006
  • At 7:58 p.m., police received a call about a trespassing bather and his children at White Pond. When confronted the bather apparently got agitated and used profanity.
  • At 8:35 p.m., a Lexington Road caller reported a loose horse and carriage heading down the street. The horse was wrangled by its owner.
  • At 10:31 a.m., a Peter Bulkeley Road caller reported a three-legged pit bull and a Welch corgi running through her yard.
  • At 1:04 p.m., a Manuel Drive caller reported a former friend had posted her picture on a Web site. The pictures were not obscene, the caller said, nor were they appreciated. Police told the caller to contact police in Shirley, where her former friend resides.
  • At 5:19 p.m., a guest at an Elm Street hotel reported she was concerned about the children in the room above her because they had stopped making noise. In an apparently unrelated incident, she also reported heavy set male walking in the hallway. Then she asked for a phone number for the CIA because the FBI had been rude to her.
  • At 7:42 p.m., a resident walked into the police station with her son to report someone had sent the son unwanted instant messages while he as on the computer.

    Week ending July 25, 2005
  • At 8:45 p.m., a College Road caller reported finding dog feces in her mailbox.
  • At 2:50 p.m., a caller reported a male drinking a beer in a vehicle at the West Concord Plaza.
  • At 2:59 p.m., a caller reported a couple engaged in a "public display of affection" on a bench near The Concord Depot.
  • At 5:58 p.m., a Shore Drive caller reported youths swimming in White Pond.
  • At 1:21 a.m., a Shore Drive caller reported people being loud in the area of White Pond. Police found no one at the beach and placed a pair of sneakers, two pairs of sandals, a cell phone, three shirts and a belt into property.
  • At 7:28 p.m., a caller reported two vehicles weaving in and out of traffic shooting water guns at each other. State Police responded


ColdFusion Live! A CFUNITED show with Jeff Peters and Simon Horwith


This is the first in a weekly series of lunchtime events where presenters at the upcoming CFUNITED ColdFusion conference will preview their talks here at the Online Coldfusion Meetup Group in cooperation with the Maryland ColdFusion User Group.

This event will begin 12:30 PM EDT on Thursday April 21st, that's tomorrow! There will be 2 short presentations, about 15 minutes each.

Part 1) Jeff Peters, book author and creator of www.grokfusebox. com will be discussing the Fusebox Lifecycle Process.

Part 2) Simon Horwith, Editor CFDJ and CTO AboutWeb will be discussing the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia

Please come join us to participate in the online discussion. Watch for the archived meeting online if you can't make it.

When: Thursday, April 21, 12:30 PM EDT ... Tomorrow!

Where: Click the link below to watch and listen to the archived meeting:

Tonight! CF's XML Capabilities and CFForm Enhancements

The Maryland CFUG in cooperation with the new Online ColdFusion Meetup Group will have 2 speakers starting at 6:30pm US Eastern time tonight! The meeting will be broadcast via Breeze and you're welcome to join.

Douglas Ward will present CF's XML Capabilities, followed by Simon Horwith's CFForm Enhancements.

The meeting URL is

More information is available at: and

Don't forget to check out CFUnited 2005, the premier ColdFusion conference run by TeraTech's industrious Michael Smith.

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