August 2016

Gavin Pickin

ContentBox 3 - blood, sweat and tears - its finally released

CFML Language, CFML Server, ContentBox

I have officially been on the Ortus Solutions team for a year now, and a big part of my work has been focusing on ContentBox 3. I am happy to say all the hard work has paid off, and we have released the final version of ContentBox Module CMS 3. We have closed over 130 issues, its been 1.5 years in the making, its a major change in so many ways, developers are saying "the latest ContentBox has revived my enthusiasm for cf".

As a long term users of ColdFusion and CMS's... I am proud to say that ContentBox is a solid complete solution, with all of the customization you need, with all the help you need to be productive. All my development work starts with a ContentBox site, pick a theme, customize, build new modules and go.

I'm proud of our hard work, find out more below.

June 2016

Gavin Pickin

June already? That means I have 3 sessions at 2 conferences in 2 weeks

CFML Language, cfObjective, Conferences, Dev.Objective, IntoTheBox, Javascript, Server Admin, Unit Testing

This year is a little different, with the CFML Conference season starting in June, and not May. Dev.Objective() changed their date, and Into the Box followed suite to give us an action packed week of materials. I am excited to be presenting at both conferences again, and getting to talk with all of my old friends, and make some new ones while I am there.

May 2016

Gavin Pickin

ContentBox 3 - Extending ContentBox 3 easily with Modules

ColdBox, CommandBox, Conferences, ContentBox, Dev.Objective, IntoTheBox

Guest Post on Ortus Solutions Blog - ContentBox 3 - Extending ContentBox 3 easily with Modules

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. ContentBox 3.0 has been a massive project, with so many changes and features, its really exciting to be a part of it. The good news, the testing is almost all done, we're going to cut a final release very soon. This means I have a lot of great things to blog about...

March 2016

Gavin Pickin

REST2016 - Testing your API with TestBox via Ortus

ColdBox, Unit Testing

Are you writing APIs? Going to start writing APIs? Now is the time to start testing. Do it early, and often, and reap the benefits as the project grows. TestBox, the defacto CFML test suite, can help your test your API, whether it’s CFML or not.

View the blog post I wrote here on the Ortus Solution Blog here: REST2016 - Testing your API with TestBox


November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Day 5 of Ortus Dev Week - 5 sessions including bonus 7am PST from Ray Camden

CFML Language, ColdBox, Javascript, Node.js, Server Admin, Unit Testing

Day 5 of Ortus Developer Week is here, sadly, this is the last day of Ortus Developer Week for 2015. Since we know you are all sad, we decided to spice up today with a Bonus Session with Ray Camden, called 'Why you should dump your fancy app server and go completely static.' starting at 7am PST. We also have 4 more great talks, with RESTful Services, TestBox BDD, Extending ContentBox CMS, and to finish the week, Mark Mandel, a Google Representative will show us 'Scaling Node.js with Docker and Kubernetes'.

November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Day 4 of Ortus Dev Week - ORM, FusionReactor, Pull Requests and ContentBox CMS

CFML Language, ColdBox, Conferences

Day 4 of Ortus Developer Week is here, more than half way through this week, and we're going to finish strong with another 4 great sessions. We start off with 'Killing Shark Riding Dinosaurs with ORM" before diving into FusionReactor with some sneak peaks into the new 6.0 beta. Followed up with How to make a Pull Request - Contriburing to Open Source and then a Getting Started with ContentBox - where you can learn more about a great CMS built on ColdFusion.

November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Day 3 or Ortus Dev Week - NoSql, Travis CI, Commmandbox, Testbox, Jasmine, APIs and Contentbox

CFML Language, ColdBox, CommandBox, Conferences, Javascript, Unit Testing

Day 3 of Ortus Developer Week is here with another 4 interesting sessions, but I might be bias since one of them is mine. I am giving my presentation that I just gave at CF Summit is Las Vegas last week, on "Testing my API with TestBox on Server and Jasmine on Client", which I am happy to say got a lot of positive feedback, so for all of those who missed it, catch me today. We are also going to look at Commandbox with Travis CI, some NoSql data modeling, and my new favorite Content Management System (CMS) ContentBox.

November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Coldbox and Ionic - Day 2 of Ortus Developer Week 2015

CFML Language, ColdBox, Conferences, Ionic, Javascript, Mobile Development

Day 2 of the newly renamed Ortus Developer Week is here. Yesterday we had 4 great sessions, and today we have 4 more for you to watch. Lots of ColdBox content today, but what I am really looking forward to is Mike Hartington,  a representative from Ionic, discussing V2 and beyond.

November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Free Online Live Presentations - Ortus Developer Week Starts Today

ColdBox, CommandBox, Conferences, Ionic, Javascript, Lucee, Mobile Development, Online Interactive Learning

After 3 years of ColdBox Developer Week, the name has changed, but the concept is still the same. Ortus Solutions is putting on another Developer Week, with 21 great sessions, all online, free, and live so you can interact, and will be recorded as well in case you cannot make them all. Ortus Solution is involved with so much more than just ColdBox now, so changing the name made sense, as there are sessions from representatives from IBM, Google, Ionic and lots of great community contributions. Today Monday November the 16th, 2015, is the first day, lets see what sessions we have coming up.

November 2015

Gavin Pickin

Building a Bigger Better CFML Community

CFML Language, CFML Server, cfObjective, Conferences, Dev.Objective, Lucee

I have been thinking about submitting a session or two for dev.Objective(), especially fueled by yesterday’s CFML Panel at CF Summit. I decided we need to be more vocal, so I wanted to write an outline for a session to submit to dev.Objective(). The more I thought about it, and discussed with people in the hallways, I came to the conclusion to make it more than a normal track session, but maybe a keynote, or a general session… so there are no other sessions competing with it… because I think it’s something EVERYONE should think about.

Please note, I am not saying that I am the one that should be leading the charge, giving the talks, or calling the shots, but I have an idea, I have a lot of ideas, some good, most bad, but sometimes putting an idea out there, can let it snowball and evolve into something good, and that’s what I am doing here. I encourage you to speak out, respond in comments, and let’s start a conversation.

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