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Even more speakers - and Kai wins!

September 22nd, 2011 · Comments

This is another episode in which Mark and I are talking to some of the speakers that are going to attend and present at cf.Objective(ANZ) + Flex this year. Today we're discussing a variety of topics: General concepts and pros/cons of version control (Dennis Clark), Test-driven development for ColdFusion developers using MXUnit (Gavin Baumanis) and task-oriented workflows within Flash Builder and ColdFusion Builder (Mike Henke).

As usual it came to a lot of spin-off threads such as why Subversion is still relevant (Gavin is the Patch Manager for the Subversion project), how the Farcry guys work when it comes to version control and why they still use Subversion and some other bit and pieces. One interesting project to link to would be the Ant4CF library, a set of ANT tasks to use together with ColdFusion.

Finally, I won. After being introduced by Mark as "intellectual" this time (first small win), I won our bet that we had more than 2 US-based listeners. A lot of comments on the Episode 12 blog post proved my point and also proved that Mark clearly can't count :)

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control · Testing

Episode 12 - More speakers! Bjorn, Geoff and Robin.

September 12th, 2011 · Comments

Yet another speaker panel from cf.Objective(ANZ) + Flex! We're joined by the fantastic crew of Bjorn Schultheiss, Geoff Bowers (our first return guest) and Robin Hilliard who joined us to give us an introduction to the topics they are presenting at the conference.

This leads us to talk about designing testable Flex code, new feature in the Farcry framework and implementing domain specific languages using custom tags in ColdFusion.

From there, things digress into a history lesson on Spectra, and we also have a talk on how to find quality developers, irrespective of programming language.

Kai also made me link to this video. Apparently it's the game he was trying to explain in the podcast ;-)

More speaker sessions to come!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Farcry · Flex · Testing · Process

Episode 11: Tanya, Andrew^3 and cf.Objective(ANZ)

September 7th, 2011 · Comments

We finally managed to record episode 11 after a hiatus of nearly 2 months, geeez! This was mainly due to a combination of work trips, vacations and renovation projects on my (Kai) end, so don't blame Mark for any of this.

In the current episode we're starting a series of speaker interviews (or rather speaker panels) for cf.Objective + Flex (ANZ). The first session features Tanya Gray, AJ Dyka, AJ Mercer and Andrew Meyers. We start off by discussing mobile web development frameworks like SenchaTouch, jQuery Mobile and jqTouch. Flash and Flex on mobile becomes a topic of interest along the way as well and there's a common perception that the Flex components are "not quite there yet" when it comes to performance.

From there we move on to automated deployments and build scripts for cloud-based CFML development and the pros and cons of various version control systems. We talk about cloud hosting offerings and RESTful service design as well as development adhering to the idea of REpresentational State Transfer. Kai gets another chance to rant about SOAP-based web services, which he happily jumps on :-)

We close the panel discussion with a chat about Mura CMS, its extension/plugin mechanism and CFML-based content management systems in general.

Thanks a lot to Tanya and the three Andrews for taking the time to have a chat with us. There are some more sessions with cf.Objective(ANZ) + Flex speakers in the pipeline - September will be a busy podcasting month :-)

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control · Flex · Javascript · Community

Episode 8 - cf.Objective() Wrapup

May 25th, 2011 · Comments

Mark recently got back from the amazing cf.Objective() conference in the US.

We discuss the content that was part of the keynotes, as well as the new features that were revealed about the next version of ColdFusion - including the revelation that the next version of ColdFusion is coming sooner than expected...

We then go through some of Mark's favourite sessions, including, but limited to:

  1. Undocumented and Off Script: ColdFusion & Ehcache
  2. ORM Zen
  3. Implementing an In-Memory Distributed Cache Using ColdSpring AOP and Ehcache
  4. Advanced Web Application Security
  5. Test Driven Development in JavaScript with JsTD and Jasmine
  6. What is Functional Programming? (and why should I care?)
  7. Intro to AngularJS, JavaScript Done Right

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · ColdFusion Next · Testing · Javascript

Episode 5 - Mark’s Addiction

April 23rd, 2011 · Comments

We're back again!

Starting off this conversation, we discuss Mark's (and probably soon Kai's) addiction to Spiral Knights, which is an incredibly simple and fun Diablo style freemium cross platform MMO (Friend Mark as 'Neurotic', if you play too).

Kai takes us through his experience at WebDU this year, and talks about how much he enjoyed the conference. We have a good discussion about his presentation on developing for mobile platforms, ranging from phones to tablets, and the pros and cons to different approaches.

The Amazon outage (which is still ongoing) becomes an interesting topic, and diverges into discussion about decentralised version control (i.e. what happens when your source control repo is stored on a server that goes down).

Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP comes up as well, and we have a good chat about the Flex ecosystem, and IDE's in general, along with the discussion of an interesting e-week article.

Finally, we announce a ColdFusion Job in Melbourne, and the CS5.5 Asia Pacific Roadshow.

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control · ColdFusion Builder · Mobile · Cloud

Episode 4 - Linux, Mac, Windows and ColdFusion

April 8th, 2011 · Comments

Another long episode! We have a long and winding discussion about running and developing for ColdFusion on platforms other than Windows - generally speaking, Linux (Ubuntu, Mark) and Mac (Kai), which takes us well into how we set up our local development environments. Details like how we use virtual machines, what Eclipse plugins we use, version control clients and the like are talked about as well.

Late to the party, we have a talk about the ol' cfscript vs cftag debate, and how we feel about how people can format their code. Surprisingly no fireballs were thrown in this exchange, as usually this tends to provoke incredibly heated discussions!  As we all know, which line a { goes on, is very important stuff!

Lastly, we talk about the recent broo-ha-ha over whether or not open source developers should be taking donations (Spoiler: we tend to side on the "if you give stuff away for free, do what you like" camp).

And lastly, we put a call out for more people to comment on this site to our podcasts! We love the feedback and being able to interact with our audience, so please comment / send us any suggestions or questions that you have, we'd be happy to talk about them.

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control · Linux · Virtual Machines · ColdFusion Builder · OSS · Mac

Episode 3 - We exhaust Geoff Bowers

March 26th, 2011 · Comments

After a delay of about one week or 10 days due to Mark moving and me traveling around in Australia to see clients and to attend a course, here's episode 3 of your friendly neighbourhood podcast from Down Under. This was an epic recording of about 90 minutes length - here you go and have some fun for the weekend.

This time we have a special guest: Geoff Bowers - the man behind Sydney's awesome webDU conference and benevolent dictator of the Farcry CMS community. We talk to Geoff about webDU 2011 which is actually coming up quite soon (April 14/15 2011 in Sydney - go register as long as there are tickets left). From there we jump into all sorts of topics - one is Agile and how we use (or don't use) it. We talk about the ghost of Spectra (again), how and why Spectra failed and that some of Spectra's good ideas became part of Farcry CMS.

Another big topic today is the next version of ColdFusion. Adobe made a few of their ideas for "CF Next" public at SOTR 2011 earlier this month and we went into discussing a few of those features that are to be expected. ColdFusion Builder 2 is out there in public beta as well - and it gets a mention!

Finally there are a bunch of community announcement re the New Zealand CFUG, the next meeting of the Wellington Flash Platform User Group, some changes in the Melbourne Adobe community as well as the next Brisbane Flash Platform Group meeting in April. As a reminder to all of you involved with the Adobe community in Australia and New Zealand: we're more than happy to mention your event - you just need to let us know about it!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Farcry · ColdFusion Next

Episode 2 - We talk about more stuff

March 1st, 2011 · Comments

Another instalment from the 2 developers from Downunder.

Kai and I talk about a variety of topics, including the books Driving Technical Change, and the ColdFusion Anthology, detour into talking about Adam Lehman's appointment to being the Flash Builder product manager, Kai attending Webstock 2011 and among other things playing the game Werewolf, swerve into discussing software certifications, SOLR, ColdFusion Memory Leaks and local events (and some other stuff I can't think of right now).

There should be something in there for everyone!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Troubleshooting · Books

Episode I - Mark and Kai get started

February 14th, 2011 · Comments

This was always just meant to be an experiment. It was fun and we liked it (even though we recorded it at 6 a.m. in Mark's timezone) - here you go.

In this episode we're talking about cf.Objective(ANZ) 2010, what's going to happen with cf.Objective(ANZ) 2011, we're covering the big announcement of Adam and Allison passing over the stewardship of ColdFusion to a new team and speak about some other random things: What's Oracle doing to Java and why and why Kai thinks Mercurial lends itself much better to corporate, Windows-based development teams than Git.

Tell us if you like it and how you cope with our weird mishmash of accents - if you like us rambling on about stuff for about an hour every fortnight, we might take it on as a new hobby :)

Please note: 2 dudes from downunder is a "work in progess" - Any good suggestions welcome!

UPDATE: Title is sorted. We're now "2 devs from downunder"!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control