First off, it was an awesome conference for no other reason than I got to meet a whole bunch of people I know only by their blog, or blog comments. Second, I now get the allure of a Twitter back channel. (Even if it annoys some of the people on my Twitter list who aren’t ColdFusion geeks.) Third, I haven’t been this mentally stimulated by a work related conference, like ever.
This conference was awesome for the sheer access it gives attendees to the people who are leading our niche of web development. There’s something very convincing about Mark Mandel advocating Transfer, or Joe Rinehart showing off Model-Glue:Flex. And there’s something really entertaining about watching Mark Drew curse and compile his way through preparation for a CfEclipse demo.
But the biggest thought going through my head now is “What do I do, now that I know everything I do is wrong?” Granted that’s an exaggeration of the truth, but it’s certainly the feeling I have. But a more productive version of this question is “How do I introduce all of these great techniques into my regular work?”
Here’s my list:
- Start using Coldspring
Start using an ORM
Start using a real framework
- Stop thinking about objects in terms of data
- Start doing development on my local machine
- Stop spreading rumors that the man saying he is Sean Corfield has the real Sean Corfield tied up in his hotel room.
That’s a pretty tall order. Of course the smart thing to do would be to accept that there is no way that I can do all of this and therefore not try any of it. (Hold off that on that comment… I’m not just done yet.) So that’s not a good attitude, but it isn’t an uncommon one either.
I think the actually smart thing to do would be to accept that it’s possible that I wouldn’t implement all of these any time soon. However, I’m going to try and implement some of these things in bits and pieces where they make these most sense over the next few months.
I’ve already got a virtual server running a complete development environment, and I maintain that I never saw the real Sean Corfield this weekend…
Oh well, at least I managed to cross one of those off my list.