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Design Patterns and ColdFusion

Presented By Sean Corfield

Forget the hype - you're probably already using some design patterns every day, even if you don't know it. Come and find out what design patterns are really about and how they can make your life easier. Decades of software engineering experience has been distilled into a well-documented set of blueprints that can be applied to common problems to create clean, maintainable code.

Hidden Gems in CF8

Presented By Charlie Arehart

Prepare to be surprised! In this talk, veteran CFML developer Charlie Arehart will introduce over 75 hidden gems in CF8 (Scorpio). Sure, we've all heard about the big features, but in every release there are lots of little things, and in CF8 especially, Adobe has pulled out the stops! Come see if some long-standing problem has been solved, or learn of some new technique that's become available. You may be surprised at all the little things you may have missed!

Introduction to Flex with ColdFusion

Presented By Matt Chotin

Flex and ColdFusion were made for each other, designed to seamlessly combine the simplicity and power of back-end ColdFusion with the rich user experiences made possible by Flex. In this session you’ll receive an introduction to Flex as well as learn how to integrate Flex and ColdFusion to create powerful rich Internet applications.

Offline/Online Features of AIR

Presented By Tony Hillerson

use cases, how to do it with LocalSharedObjects, Files, and SQLLite

Pragmatic ColdFusion: Build, Test, Deploy

Presented By John Paul Ashenfelter

Many developers are aware of tools to automate and empower software development tasks, ranging from source control software to test suites and continuous integration tools. Frequently however, the realities of making deadlines and concerns about complexity or learning curves lead developers to use the same old practices they always have used. This session shows you how to quickly and simply put an open-source, standards-based system in place that can:

  • Control and manage source code using Subversion
  • Write and run code-level unit tests with CFCUnit to improve code quality
  • automate user-level functional and acceptance tests in the browser using Selenium
  • automatically build and deploy code to the appropriate environment using Ant

We'll start with a working demonstration of the automated process, provide an overview of each tool, and discuss the various ways to take these tools and apply them into your current development environment. By the end of the session, you should have a blueprint for trying out the relevant tools in your own environment. Bring your development team and your manager and find out how to be pragmatic.

Test Driven Development

Presented By Paul Kenney

For many folks, the idea of taking a test-first approach to development means writing lots of unit tests for every aspect of an application. In truth, test driven development is much more and represents a completely different paradigm for building applications. This session gives you the key concepts behind test driven development and provides a number of practices and tools which make the test-first approach accessible to ColdFusion developers today.

Using your Whole Brain for Developers

Presented By Michael Smith

Recently Dan Pink's book "A Whole New Mind" suggested that the era of "left brain" dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. We will discuss ways to leverage both sides of your brain for better development including such techniques as mindmapping, FLiP, personas and more.

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