The year 2017 was very “generous” with conferences about ColdFusion. If we take a look how many of them were, plus webinars and other online resources, we can say it’s the best so far. And to think that a year or two back, people were asking “is ColdFusion dead?”
- What will you be reading:
- Muracon 2017
- Adobe ColdFusion Government Summit
- IntoTheBox 2017 ColdFusion Conference
- Featured Technologies
- cf.Objective 2017
- CFCamp 2017
- Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2017
- ColdFusion webinars
- Ortus Developer Week 2017
- ColdFusion Docker Containers Roadshow Webinar
- Confirmed conferences for 2018
- CF Summit East 2018
- Into The Box 2018
- cfObjective 2018
- NCDevCon 2018
- CF Summit 2018
- CFCamp 2018
What will you be reading:
Adobe ColdFusion Government Summit
IntoTheBox 2017 ColdFusion Conference
Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2017
Confirmed conferences for 2018
Muracon 2017 conference was held February 9 and 10 in downtown Sacramento, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
“MuraCon 2017 was focused on experiences – those of the Mura user and developer, and of the digital community at large – with a power-packed roster of presentations from industry-leading experts and prominent Mura CMS community members.”
The attendance was the highest ever, which made the organizers happy. It makes me happy as well! ColdFusion is Alive! 🙂
The Muracon 2018 is already announced and will be held on April 5-6 2018. See you there for the first time this year!
This conference took place in Washington DC, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The main topic was to learn how government agencies across the U.S. are leveraging Adobe ColdFusion to rapidly build and deploy web and mobile applications. This is a big thing for ColdFusion since there were a lot of debates about the security and cybersecurity of CFML. But hey, if the government is using it, shouldn’t that be ‘enough said’?
Anyway, we got to:
- Learn how Adobe is committed to ColdFusion, both now and in the future
- Gain insight into ColdFusion improvements and its surrounding ecosystems
- Explore product improvements Adobe has in store for future versions of ColdFusion
I believe this was the first time Rakshith Naresh talked about the CF Roadmap 2018.
This was the 4th year in a row that the ITB was held. It offered a lots of useful information and fantastic barbecue (I myself am not that big meat lover, but the people really enjoyed, and so did I hanging out with them). Organizers are the guys from OrtusSolutions, Brad, Gavin, Jorge and Luis.
It was in Houston, on Wed, Thurs, Friday April 26-28, 2017. And, it wasn’t just about Box CFML products – sessions on ColdFusion and development best practices and a place for CF developers that want to take their developer skills to another level and earn more. There were two simultaneous tracks per day plus some keynotes.
You can call this conference the Face of Modern ColdFusion Development
It’s about empowering CF developers to modernize themselves
My favourite part was about how to inspire CF developers.
- Letting go of CF Language-shaming
- ColdFusion developers need to be proud of their line of work, because you are doing modern stuff
- Bust the CF myths that drag us down
- CF Couchbase
- Angular JS
- Preside Platform
- Rabbit MQ
- Fusion Reactor
And the famous Mexican hats at the end! 🙂
This is noticeable right away since the name of the conference used to be Dev.Objective. cf.Objective definitely states that it is again more ColdFusion centered.
The conference session list typically includes topics by speakers from companies such as Google, Adobe, Mozilla, Netflix, and IBM.
I wasn’t able to attend it this year, but I interviewed most of the speakers for the CF Alive Podcast and followed it closely online.
We are also still waiting for this years NCDevCon and I know it will be a blast!
CFCamp in Munich was awesome. 150 people came, which is a record for the organizers, gallons of coffee drank, and an ice cream machine!
This was a 2-day full-on conference with 5 official coffee brakes, and with a great quiz at the end of day 1 with Mark Drew and Rob Dudley from Localhost Podcast. We have had a pleasure of listening 25 presentations with 20+ speakers. Very impressive.
A general impression from everyone I’ve talked with is that it was an excellent organized show, with very interesting topics, covering ColdFusion, and also covering some interesting topics that are not completely CF-related. An example is a talk about IoT, by Dorian Schneltzer, and Cyber-Security seen by an IT-Manager.
Big thanks to Michael Hnat, the organizer of CFCamp! We hear that this venue might be too small for the next year, because it has reached its maximum capacity!
Big thanks to all the speakers and see you next year! Michi (Michael Hnat) is still keeping us in the dark about this year’s conference, but I have a feeling it will be awesome.
Intense two days of presentations, meetings, and networking at Las Vegas and all that under the Adobe hat. And an awesome pre-conference training.
This is basically a place to be if your a CFer. Or you’re connected to ColdFusion in any way. So many powerful developers, and smart people in one place. Just plain awesome. And a very powerful message again, that CF is very much alive!
Ortus Developer Week 2017
Very interesting thing to follow this year was Ortus Developer Week 2017– FREE, Live Webinars For a Whole Week! Technically it is not a conference but a webinar, it still was very interesting to see and watch.
Sessions are covering software development and usage of any of our open source and commercial products. It is hosted by the Ortus Team and other developers from around the world.
Here are the speakers at the ODW2017:
- Brad Wood
- Luis Majano
- Gavin Pickin
- Eric Peterson
- Erik Brandsberg
- Esme Acevedo
- George Murphy
- John Farrar
- Jon Clausen
- Nolan Erck
- Sander Bruinsma
All of the sessions were recorded and available for download, but it is always good to attend these webinars and ask a few questions and follow the general chat.
5 days, 15 Live Sessions. What a threat… I hope we will have some interesting stuff this year as well! Waiting for the guys from Ortus to see what they’re cooking.
ColdFusion Docker Containers Roadshow Webinar
The second webinar that was also organized by OrtusSolutions was ColdFusion Docker Containers Roadshow Webinar with Mark Drew.
These series were held throughout the September, every Friday at 11 AM CST. Topics covered anything you would need to build sustainable containerized ColdFusion applications using CommandBox, ColdBox, and ContentBox CMS technologies.
The guys at Ortus have pretty interesting topics to discuss. Here’s what Brad Wood said:
Docker has been the “next big thing” for a few years now and this has led to a lot of questions from ColdFusion developers and sys admins.
- What the heck is Docker?
- How is it different from just running VMs?
- How do I deploy it?
- Is it secure?
- What are the tradeoffs?
One very good thing is that you will also have access to recordings of each webinar, in case you missed it and/or want to watch it more than once. I know I did see it twice already!
That’s all for this year folks. 2018 here we come, two are already announced, and it’s a matter of days when the next one/s will be.
So far the confirmed ColdFusion conferences are:
CF Summit East 2018
ColdFusion Summit East 2018, in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This is the 3rd time it's being organized. It started in the second year of CF Summit in Las Vegas and it's primarily for people who can’t travel to West coast. They're expecting 200 people, with 160 registrations already.
It will offer:
- New features in CF
- Direction of CF
- Roadmap through 2025
You can listen more about the CF Summit East from Kishore Balakrishnan here.
Into The Box 2018
IntoTheBox 2018, in Texas, Wednesday, April 25 – Friday April 27
Gavin Pickin will be talking about ColdBox from Zero to Hero
Choose from 25+ Diverse Sessions on April 26-27
- Building Progressive Web Apps
- Thinking modularly
- Using Portainer.io for Docker Container Management
- CBT – ColdBox Templating Language
- Step into serverless with AWS + CFMl
- Oh my GAD (General Anxiety Disorder)
- WireBox Basics
- GET /cfml
- Alexa and ColdBox APIs
- CFML Features for modern coding
- ColdBox HMVC 5
- Intro to Unit Testing, BDD and Mocking using TestBox & MockBox
- Integrating MVC into legacy
- Automate your tests
- CommandBox Migrations
- Testing for fun on production!
- CI with CFML Deep Dive
- The Big Entrepreneurial Adventure
- ContentBox + Docker
- Postman API with ColdBox, cbSwagger, cbSwagger-UI
- Take your CF apps from local dev to production with CommandBox and CFConfig and Docker
- Connecting Vue.js and CFML with ColdBox
- Before You Code: Discovery and Design
- Assert Control Over Your Legacy Applications with TestBox
- Please remember that space is limited and seats do go fast, so get your seats reserved today!
“cf.Objective() is on hiatus this year…”
Yes, it's true. We can expect it to return in 2019. Until then, we will be looking forward to it.
We still don't have confirmed dates but we're hearing rumors already.
CF Summit 2018
The main Adobe conference for this year, the ColdFusion Summit 2018 will be held October 1-3 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Discuss the latest industry trends and learn valuable skills. Hear from inspiring and informative keynote speakers who will share the latest insights. And have countless opportunities to network with professionals from around the world.”
Over 40 sessions and networking events is what you can expect (I guess that's nothing new when it comes to what Adobe does every year) plus
“In-depth training courses will give you the latest product information, best practices, and tips and tricks”.
- Troubleshooting Common CF Challenges
- Hands-on ColdFusion Security Workshop
“All the workshops are full day BYOD hands on labs and would be a great learning opportunity.”
Tickets are already available for sale, and don't forget an early bird package!
For more information click here
Also, if you're interested in a group rate or government/education rate you should contact Kishore Balakrishnan for details.
Related: Why You Should Attend CF Summit 2018
CFCAmp 2018 will be held 8.+9. November at Courtyard Hotel Munich Garching. As you know this is the only CF conference in Europe so book your ticket on time.
More about CFCamp 2018 here
And to continue learning how to make your ColdFusion apps more modern and alive, I encourage you to download our free ColdFusion Alive Best Practices Checklist.
Because… perhaps you are responsible for a mission-critical or revenue-generating CF application that you don’t trust 100%, where implementing new features is a painful ad-hoc process with slow turnaround even for simple requests.
What if you have no contingency plan for a sudden developer departure or a server outage? Perhaps every time a new freelancer works on your site, something breaks. Or your application availability, security, and reliability are poor.
And if you are depending on ColdFusion for your job, then you can’t afford to let your CF development methods die on the vine.
You’re making a high-stakes bet that everything is going to be OK using the same old app creation ways in that one language — forever.
All it would take is for your fellow CF developer to quit or for your CIO to decide to leave the (falsely) perceived sinking ship of CFML and you could lose everything—your project, your hard-won CF skills, and possibly even your job.
Luckily, there are a number of simple, logical steps you can take now to protect yourself from these obvious risks.
No Brainer ColdFusion Best Practices to Ensure You Thrive No Matter What Happens Next
Modern ColdFusion development best practices that reduce stress, inefficiency, project lifecycle costs while simultaneously increasing project velocity and innovation.
√ Easily create a consistent server architecture across development, testing, and production
√ A modern test environment to prevent bugs from spreading
√ Automated continuous integration tools that work well with CF
√ A portable development environment baked into your codebase… for free!
Learn about these and many more strategies in our free ColdFusion Alive Best Practices Checklist.