I’ll be in New York next week doing two events:
Tuesday June 7th 2011
Razorfish: 1440 Broadway 18 Flr. New York, NY 10018
Thursday June 9th 2011
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I’ll be in New York next week doing two events:
Hats off to Luis and the rest of the ColdBox team. They’ve rolled out a release version of ColdBox 3after over a year of work on it.
Congrats guys, can’t wait to see what people do with it.
Ray Camden wrote a blog post earlier today about my demeanor towards ColdFusion advocacy. I am very appreciative of his kind words, and thought it would be a good time to share a little bit of the philosophy behind my attitude.
A phrase that has stuck with me through the years is “Make your line longer.”
It’s my paraphrase of a story from Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams.
Basically the story goes :
I will remember one of my initial sessions at his dojo in Los Angeles where I was practising Kumite (sparring) with a more skilful opponent. To make up for my lack of knowledge and experience, I tried deceptive, tricky moves that were readily countered. I was outclassed, and Parker watched me get roundly trounced. When the match was over I was dejected. Parker invited me into his small office; a small sparsely furnished room with only a scarred desk and battered chairs. “Why are you so upset? ” he asked. “Because I couldn’t score.” Parker got up from behind the desk and with a piece of chalk drew a line on the floor about five feet long. “How can you make this line shorter?” he asked. “I studied the line and gave him several answers, including cutting the line in many pieces. He shook his head and drew a second line, longer than the first. “Now how does the first line look? “Shorter,” I said. Parker nodded. “It is always better to improve and strengthen your own line or knowledge than to try and cut your opponent’s line.”
From KenpoKarate.ie (emphasis added)
The idea here is that people waste time trying to undercut their opponent instead of improving themselves. Undercutting an opponent benefits you once. Making yourself better is an investment that benefits you for the rest of your life.
What does this have to do with ColdFusion? The reason I don’t reciprocate to haters or bash competition, is because these are attempts to cut at their lines. I’d rather lengthen my own line. Show how ColdFusion is better. Make it do cooler stuff. Honestly accept and answer criticism and make ColdFusion and its ecosystem better.
And for those that don’t believe it can work, I will tell you it can. I’ve gotten into several conversations on twitter with people. One of my favorites I remember the best was with a Ruby on Rails guy who was bashing the tag based nature of CFML. Instead of fighting the tag/script war I talked about CFScript, and pointed him to my Google Translate API CFC on github. He admitted me might have been wrong, and was impressed by the fact that ColdFusion had unit testing. I didn’t convert him, but the next time he encounters ColdFusion he’ll take it a little more seriously.
The fact is that some people are haters, and will never accept somebody else’s argument. They’re d-bags. And with so many of us coming to age in a post-Internet world, they’re just getting worse. Don’t waste your time.
But there are many more venters in the world. They come to something they don’t understand and get frustrated, and when they do they vent. When they vent about ColdFusion, see it as an opportunity to help un-frustrate the frustrated, not a chance to avenge the hate. Do it by making your line longer, and not trying to cut the other guy down.
That’s what I’ve tried to do.
I’ve gotten a few question about this lately.
I’m heading to Southern California in two weeks to do a miniature User Group tour. I’ll be talking about development for the BlackBerry PlayBook using Adobe tools. I’ll also cover ColdFusion as a Mobile Backend. If you’re in Southern California, and close to one of these meetings I invite you to stop in.
Thursday February 3rd
Hosted by IECFUG
6:15pm – 9:00pm
5-16 of building 98C
(the C/L/A building)
Cal Poly Pomona
There are several ways to approach mobile application development. You can:
It’s be nice if it did all that, and didn’t make me jump through hoops to get the same backend to do all three of them with the same code. If you threw in SMS communication, that would just be gravy.
Monday, October, 25th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
We just posted a new case study about Alcatel-Lucent using ColdFusion to power their new business to business social media tool. They used ColdFusion as part of a total solution that leveraged AIR and Flex as well as ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder to power it.
“We often deploy ColdFusion as a middle tier between business logic and web services on the back end and the presentation layer on the front end. The ready-made hooks make things happen very quickly”
Add this to your list of resources to answer the question “Why ColdFusion?”
That’s right, there’s a whole heapload of awesome coming at you from Boston this November.
RIAUnleashed is the last East Coast Adobe developer conference of the year. It will also be one of the first post Adobe MAX events. Meaning it will be a great opportunity to question and discuss all of the new things Adobe’s unveiling this year.
To help with that, notable Adobeans will be on hand, including: Ryan Stewart, Adam Lehman, James Ward, Greg Wilson and Christophe Coenraets.
Also Community leaders from the Flex, Flash and ColdFusion community will be on hand: Jesse Warden, Jesse Freeman, Raymond Camden, Mark Esher, Simon Free, Charles Schulze, Brian Diette, Jeff Tapper and Chuck Freedman plus more.
So come to Boston this November 11 and 12 and get in on the awesome.
Ed Sullivan announced on the ADC blog that they are starting a new contest around the ColdFusion Cookbook. Every cookbook entry will get you a piece of Adobe schwag. So check out the contest, get the rules, and start writing some recipes.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Self, I would like to do that, but I have no idea how to participate. I have no recipes.”
First off, stop speaking to yourself in the third person, that’s creepy.
Second, I have some suggested ideas. You are not required to use them, you may use them, or you may use them to inspire one of your own:
So go, get going, write some recipes.
I’ve been working on a little proof of concept idea and wanted to see
if other people liked it and perhaps wanted to see it go further.
I’ve heard a couple of calls for command line ColdFusion. I wanted to see if it could be done. My first experiment was trying to use AIR new native processes to make a command line client for ColdFusion. It didn’t pan out. But the api I used to make it was easily adaptable. I combined it with a socket listener event gateway to make a ColdFusion telnet server.
The video shows it in action.
Like it? Want more. Let me know.