Sunday, August 1, 2010

My CFFree Presentation from Dallas TechFest

Dallas TechFest was last Friday and although I was sad to be missing the final CFUnited, TechFest was a blast. It was incredibly refreshing to see 400+ CFML, PHP, .NET, Java, and Flex people all in the same place at the same time for some geek cross-pollination. This doesn't happen nearly enough so thanks to all the organizers of the event, all the great speakers, and to Dave Shuck for inviting me to speak.

The talk I gave was entitled "CFFree: Building and Deploying CFML Applications on a Free Software Stack." This was a 90-minute introduction to developing, deploying, testing, and monitoring CFML applications using Tomcat, Open BlueDragon, Railo, and a plethora of other free software applications and tools.

If you didn't make Dallas TechFest this year and are interested in this topic you're in luck! I gave everyone who attended my session a VirtualBox VM that has all the free CFML goodness installed on Ubuntu 10.04, and you can download the VM from my Dropbox (2.5 GB).

You can also view the presentation directly in Google Docs; just make sure to click "Actions" at the bottom then "Show Speaker Notes" to view the speaker notes since the slides alone don't tell you all that much.

As always if you grab the VM or read through the presentation and have any questions about any of this feel free to contact me. I'm considering doing a couple of screencasts on this topic because due to time constraints I had to breeze over some of the configuration details, not to mention some of the free software goodness I didn't get to show at all.

If you want to learn more about free CFML in person, next up on the calendar is a full day hands-on session that Adam Haskell and I will be doing at BFusion in September, and then of course three full days at OpenCF Summit in February 2011. Hope to see you at one or both of these events!


Thomas Loyd said...

Matt, you rock! I've been looking for something like your presentation above for the LONGEST time! I especially like your even-handed view of both open source CF Engines too and look forward to working with them! This definitely makes life easier in working towards a very inexpensive n-tier application with these running. Too bad you don't come out this way or I'd buy you a beer or beverage of your choice! Hell, if I bump into you out DC way, I'll get you one.Thanks,Tom

Matthew Woodward said...

Thanks Tom--glad you found the presentation helpful. If you have any questions or need any help getting going feel free to contact me.I actually live in Seattle now in case it makes a difference on that beer. ;-)

Thomas Loyd said...

I'm actually going to be up in Seattle in October for my brother's retirement from the Navy. I'll have to look up you then and treat you out!

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