October 2018

Gavin Pickin

My presentation on VueJS at Adobe CF Summit 2018 in Las Vegas, Nv

Books and Training, Javascript, jQuery, VueJS

I was lucky enough to present at Adobe's CF Summit 2018, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, October 1st-3rd. I presented my session "The easy way to make your CF App Pretty and Cool with VueJS and CF APIs" on Wednesday after lunch. To make sure I was kept busy, when Adobe reached out for speakers to be volunteers for the preconference, I signed to be a TA, where I ended up helping Nolan Erch and Carl Von Statten in their preconference workshop. After the conference, I then spent Thursday and Friday leading the ColdBox Zero to Hero workshop with 16 great Coldfusion developers looking to modernize their ColdFusion development. Read more for the Slides and Demos

April 2018

Gavin Pickin

Attending MuraCon 2018 in Sacramento California April 5th and 6th

CFML Language, cfObjective, Conferences, ContentBox

MuraCon6 - April 5th and 6th 2018 in Sacramento CaWorking for Ortus Solutions has a lot of perks, and one of them is being involved with a great company that supports ColdFusion in many ways. One way is sponsoring conferences, this week I am going to MuraCon 2018 to represent Ortus Solutions in Sacramento, California on Thursday April the 5th, and Friday April the 6th. You might think a ContentBox guy going to a Mura Conference is strange, but I'm not going there to spy ( although I might a little ), but I'll be there to discuss other great Ortus Solutions products like CommandBox, CacheBox, and probably the most in demand topic, Docker and Containerization. I will also be there to listen to a lot of great speakers giving great presentations. It might be refreshing to be able to attend a conference without speaking as well. That hasn't happened much lately. Find out how to find me and what I'll be attending while at MuraCon.

March 2018

Gavin Pickin

Speaking at Into the Box 2018 in Houston Texas April 25-27th

Conferences, IntoTheBox, Podcasts

Into the Box 2018 is coming up, and again this year I will not only be presenting a session, but 2, as I will also be leading a 1 day workshop the day prior to Into The Box with Eric Peterson. To find out more, please read this blog post, check out the Into the Box website, and listen to my upcoming interview on ColdFusion Alive.

November 2017

Gavin Pickin

Presentation - 3 ways to test your ColdFusion API - at CF Summit 2017

Conferences, Javascript, Online Interactive Learning, Unit Testing

CF Summit 2017 was a lot of fun, lots of new faces, and good to meet friends, old and new alike. I really enjoyed the ColdBox 2 day training, RESTFul Training Bootcamp. I also enjoyed, Pete Freitag's Hands On CFML Security Workshop. It was fun, and terrifying at the same time. My session on 3 ways to test your ColdFusion API went well, lots of interest, and lots of discussion after the class. I am sharing my slides in this post, as well as a collection of other Video Presentations from previous presentations by myself, and others, which will help build upon the information presented.

August 2017

Gavin Pickin

Docker Roadshow - 5 free webinars and many more blogs from Ortus this September

CFML Server, CommandBox, Containers, Docker, Online Interactive Learning, Server Admin, Tools and IDEs

Anyone heard of docker? Its the new cool out there, in dev ops, server ops, but surprisingly, its for developers too. Ortus Solutions is doing some cool stuff with Docker, Swarms / Clusters, providing images with CommandBox, ContentBox, and more. If this all sounds greek to you, then you won't want to miss the first online webinar, tomorrow September 1st... by the famous Mark Drew. He's a great guy, smart cookie, great presenter, owner of CMD, and one of the first CFMLers that started talking about Docker at conferences in the past. Check him out tomorrow in the Intro to Containers.

July 2017

Gavin Pickin

cf.Objective() in DC this week - July 20 & 21 2017

cfObjective, Conferences

This year has flown by. I've been busy, and obviously writing blog posts for my personal site has fallen by the way side. Into The Box converted from a 1 day conference, to a 2 day conference, and was a huge success in Houston in April... and this week is the next conference, cf.Objective(). Yes, dev.Objective() has been renamed back to cf.Objective() and has moved from MN to Washington DC. 

I am lucky to be speaking at cf.Objective() again, with 2 sessions, plus, if you get into DC early, I am presenting at the NORTHERN VIRGINIA COLDFUSION USERS GROUP (NVCFUG) on Wednesday night.

February 2017

Gavin Pickin

Free Hands On ContentBox Workshop at ITB 2017 in Houston

Books and Training, Conferences, ContentBox, IntoTheBox

Come attend the free day-long ContentBox workshop, being held the day before IntotheBox, as we will walk through converting an existing CFML-based website (one which you may recognize) into ContentBox, including the steps from scratch, the benefits, and available features and options to really empower and improve most any site.

February 2017

Gavin Pickin

I'm speaking at Into the Box 2017 - Join me for my free ContentBox Workshop

Conferences, ContentBox, IntoTheBox

For those following me, know that I have spoken at previous Into The Box conferences, and this year is no different. Into the Box conference, has expanded in 2017, from 1 day of conference content, to 2 days of conference content + 1 day of workshops. Ortus Solutions are hosting Into The Box 2017 in Houston Texas in April. Wednesday the 26th has 5 great workshops, Thursday April 27th and Friday 28th are 2 full days of great conference sessions, with 2 tracks to choose from… over 30 sessions.

Read more and learn more about my FREE Workshop

December 2016

Gavin Pickin

CommandBox rewrites are easier and more powerful

CFML Server, CommandBox, Lucee, Techie Gotchas

Using CommandBox as my every day dev server is awesome. I know the pain developers feel, trying to run multiple versions of their server software locally. I have even presented at conferences about how to get your host machine setup to run Railo, Lucee, and ACF 9 through ACF 11 on the same machine, with a lot of headaches, but you can do it. There is a demand for that, and to be honest, CommandBox put me out of a job. Although, as great as CommandBox is, for running multiple servers, a couple of things were not that easy, a couple of things the lightweight built in webserver didn't do as well, mainly REWRITES... until now.

December 2016

Gavin Pickin

IntoTheBox 2017, New Year, New Venue, New Format, More Great Content

cfObjective, Conferences, IntoTheBox

Ortus Solutions is happy to be an active member of the ColdFusion / CFML community, one way we contribute to the community is with opensource, another is continued education and training. After successful bootcamps, trainings, and online conferences, Ortus Solutions created their own conference, IntoTheBox in 2014. After 3 years in MN, the day prior to CF.Objective() ( also knows as dev.Objective() ), its time for IntoTheBox to make some big changes and go out on its own. ITB 2017 has a lot of changes, read more to find out all the details.

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