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.

November 2016

Gavin Pickin

Ortus Solutions reaches a milestone with their Open Source Projects and number of Pull Requests

CFML Language, CFML Server, ColdBox, CommandBox, ContentBox, IntoTheBox, WireBox

Several years ago, my company and I spent time reevaluating the ColdFusion community, searching for a framework with great tooling, lots of documentation, training and professional support. We found that with Ortus Solutions and ColdBox. After a bootcamp, I started contributing however I could, a little code, some documentation, online presentations, conference sessions. At first, diving into Open Source was scary, but when you dip your toes to test the water, you realize its warm, like our ColdFusion community, and Ortus is no different. Over time I have done more and more with Ortus's many open source projects, but that is nothing in comparison to what everyone else has done.

Recently, Ortus Solutions, with their many projects, passed a milestone.

November 2016

Gavin Pickin

Day 5 - Ortus Developer Week 2016 - Friday Nov 18, 2016

CommandBox, Conferences, ContentBox, Ionic

Its been a great week so far, its the last day for Ortus Developer Week 2016, and we still have 5 great sessions for you. We start today off bright and early, 7am PST with a bonus session from Alex Muramoto bringing us Ionic 2: More Framework, More Hybrid, More Better. Dive into whats new with Ionic, from an actual Ionic Developer Advocate. We are also going to see presentations on Realtime Web Sockets, Couchbase and its new N1QL SQL like querying language, Advanced HTML 5 features and a closing session, where we'll give you a hand on walkthrough using box products, building a module and submitting

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