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Entries from September 2011

Episode 14 - Phil Haeusler and Frau Hofrätin Mamoli

September 29th, 2011 · Comments

And again Mark and I ran a session with two guests - coincidentally both speakers at cf.Objective(ANZ) + Flex 2011: Sandy Mamoli and Phil Haeusler. Yet again Mark proved that he struggles to pronounce European last names with umlaut-replacements correctly (well, he's usually not even close) and yet again Mark found a new approach to introduce me weirdly at the beginning of the show.

We talked about Sandy's and Phil's sessions which basically deal with agile technical concepts (in Sandy's case) and geolocation/GIS (in Phil's case). Phil explained a few of the basic concepts of geolocation, we got into chats of him FB- and GIS-stalking his children when they're older (which Mark seemed be very interested in picking up to monitor his future offspring :) and general privacy discussions re use and abuse of such data.

Sandy points out that her talk is not going to be an agile introduction, but rather in introduction is some technical practices that people regularly use within agile workflows. Most of them are actually best practices for any development process, such as unit testing, continuous integration and more.

When Mark brought up the idea that he and I should talk about our sessions as well we got into a discussion on A/B testing and if/how it can be seen as an agile technical practice. Not sure if we reached any agreement on that though. I introduced my JVM tuning topic and one of the comments I got from Sandy was: "wow. and you can talk about that for 45 minutes?  VERY impressive". Thanks Sandy - I'm always trying to please :-)

Two jobs: CF Developer in Melbourne and Flex/Java developer with GIS knowledge in Brisbane.

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Tags: Conferences · Mobile · Flex · Testing · Process · Community · Agile

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