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No Scotch for me!

May 25, 2009 ·

I was due to speak at all three venues for Scotch on the Rocks but unfortunately, I have to stay home. As many of you on Twitter and Facebook already know, my wife slipped and fell on Friday and hurt her ankle very badly. We were in the ER until 4am and x-rays confirmed her ankle was broken. Badly broken! She has a tri-malleolar fracture which essentially means she's snapped off the bottom of both her tibia and her fibula. She'll be going in for surgery as soon as the swelling has gone down enough to operate, hopefully on Thursday. She's going to be off her feet for about a month and I need to stay home and look after her. I'm very bummed about missing Scotch - it was the one conference I wanted to speak at this year (and originally was going to be the only conference I spoke at)! Here's looking forward to Scotch 2010! Andy and Kev should be publishing an updated schedule in the next few days - I know they have backup speakers on the waiting list. In the meantime, here's Jay's x-ray: Click for a bigger image!

Tags: personal · scotch09

Railo at cf.Objective() 2009

May 04, 2009 ·

I've had a few people ask me whether Railo will be doing a session or a BOF at cf.Objective() 2009 - and my colleagues say they've also had similar questions. The content for cf.Objective() was picked some time ago, before our open source release and before the expansion of Railo into the UK and the US. Similarly, most of the BOFs were selected in early March and the only open slot is in the RIA track. Despite that, the Railo team will be there in force. Mark, Peter and I are all speaking at cf.Objective() and Gert will be there too. We'll be around every evening for any questions you may have - think of it as a Railo BOF in the bar! I look forward to seeing you there. All four of us are speaking at Scotch on the Rocks in London - I'm speaking at all three venues and I think some of my colleagues will be attending Manchester and Edinburgh as well. All four of us are speaking at CFUNITED as well. You'll be hearing plenty from us at future conferences!

Tags: cfobjective · cfunited09 · coldfusion · railo · scotch09

Scotch on the Road topic change

April 22, 2009 ·

Since Mark Drew was also covering cloud computing in London, we've decided to offer a version of my framework comparison talk instead. I'm looking forward to that first week of June despite the crazy travel schedule (I arrive Sunday afternoon and fly back the following Saturday, hopping from Edinburgh to Heathrow on a horribly early flight).

Tags: coldbox · coldfusion · machii · modelglue · scotch09

Railo sponsors Technology Amnesty at Scotch 2009

March 12, 2009 ·

If you're tired of CFML being bashed by PHP / Rails / .NET / whatever folks, send them along to Scotch on the Rocks for free! Sponsored by Railo, Scotch on the Rocks is offering ten free tickets to non-CFML developers! What a great idea! The blog entry has instructions on how to contact Andy Allan et al to arrange education for your misguided friends.

Tags: coldfusion · oss · railo · scotch09

Scotch on the Road 2009 - Venues and Pricing confirmed

February 23, 2009 ·

Kev has posted confirmation of the dates, venues and pricing for the three-legged rolling conference that will be Scotch on the Rocks Road 2009. As promised, pricing has been kept extremely affordable - under fifty quid for any one event with discounts for attending more than one (and discounts for groups). See you there!

Tags: coldfusion · scotch09

Scotch on the Road 2009

February 11, 2009 ·

In addition to my cloud computing talk, I also submitted a talk on Behavior-Driven Development using cfSpec to Scotch on the Road 2009. I don't know yet which talk(s) I'll be giving at which location(s) for that conference but I'll blog more details once the schedule is updated. I found out today they've decided to go with just the cloud computing talk (but possibly at all three locations). I still plan to develop a BDD talk but it may just end up being given to user groups at this point.

Tags: coldfusion · scotch09

Living in the Cloud

February 10, 2009 ·

I submitted a talk on cloud computing to Scotch on the Road 2009 and just discovered that it has also been accepted for CFUNITED 2009. The talk will cover what it took to migrate Broadchoice's ColdFusion-based CMS (our "Community Platform") from a traditional data center to Amazon EC2, what sort of application design issues you need to consider and what it's like to live in the clouds. Here's the talk abstract:
The dream of cloud computing is cheap, scalable, on-demand power. What is it really like to run your production applications up in the cloud? What are the design issues you will face? How could you migrate from a traditional data center? Broadchoice runs its two main products on Amazon EC2 and uses S3 for persistent storage. Come and find out how we did it and the challenges we faced along the way - and why we like Amazon as a hosting environment!

Tags: cfunited09 · coldfusion · hosted · scotch09

Scotch on the Road 2009

November 24, 2008 ·

Big Mad Kev has made it official: Scotch on the Rocks will hit the road in early June 2009! The plan is a day in London on June 1st focusing on CFML, a day in Edinburgh on June 3rd focusing on CFML and Flex and a day in Dublin on June 5th focusing on Flex and AIR. The tentative schedule allows for seven sessions, starting at a leisurely 10am (registration starts at 9:30am). The intent is to reduce your costs by having the conference come to a city near you instead of you having to travel and stay somewhere.

Tags: coldfusion · flex · scotch09

A Wee Dram of ColdFusion, part 2

September 26, 2008 ·

And so onto the afternoon's sessions... Mike Brunt's "High Availability" session covered the concepts of clustering and the pros and cons of JRun clustering (he prefers hardware load balancing so you get web servers in the mix rather than just app servers). He was happy to go off on audience-driven tangents about memory monitoring (e.g., the JRun logging options) and hand out general wisdom about clustering and performance based on his (extensive) experience over the years. Next up was my talk on branching and Subversion which seemed to go over pretty well (and the slides are available on my blog). Kurt Wiersma was next with his talk on building a solid development environment. He talked about best practices for setting up multiple tiers (dev, test, prod etc) as well as setting up a localhost environment based on multiple CF instances and a local DB. He went into some detail about configuring Apache and showed his local hosts file with lots of sites set up in it. Finally Gert Franz walked us through several of the new and interesting features of Railo 3.0 and the roadmap for Railo 3.1 and 3.2. The timeline is end of November for the open source Railo 3.1 to appear on with a series of 40-50 "Railo Extensions" (some of which will be commercial) that can be easily installed using the new "Extension Manager" (think 1-click installer for applications). Railo 3.2 will appear in summer 2009 and that will introduce Hibernate integration (following Adobe's lead - which is why it won't be in 3.1), JBoss Cache integration, reduced use of reflection (making Java interop performance much, much better) and adding as many of the Centaur language enhancements as they can (keeping core CFML compatibility across the products). It was a great event - kudos to Kev and Andy et al for organizing this at such short notice! I heard a number of people say that they learned a lot and enjoyed the relaxed structure (being able to drink pints of beer during the sessions seemed to be a big plus!). At the end, Kev and Andy unveiled their plans for Scotch 2009: a three city tour, with a cheap, one-day event in each of London, Edinburgh and Dublin. "We're bringing Scotch to you, the community" said Andy. I'm looking forward to it!

Tags: coldfusion · scotch09 · weedram08

Scotch on the Rocks 2009

September 05, 2008 ·

Details will be announced at A Wee Dram Of Scotch and attendees at that one day event will get a 10% discount on Scotch 2009 tickets!

Tags: coldfusion · scotch09 · weedram08