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Episode 38 - Lucee, the fork and open-source licenses

June 12th, 2015 · Comments

As announced towards the end of our previous episode, this time we had Geoff Bowers on the show. People might know Geoff from things like Sydney's MXDU resp. webDU conferences, him being the benevolent dictator of the Farcry CMS community and other funky ventures. Also, Geoff's current the secretary of the Lucee Association Switzerland (LAS) and that made him an excellent person to talk to about the Railo fork into Lucee.

This is essentially what this show is about. There's a lot of discussion around the legalities of the fork and the points that various parties made in blog posts or Twitter comment. But - you really need to listen to find out more about all that. We also talk about a few other bits and pieces, such as open-source licenses in a more general way, how to deal with intellectual property of employees and about some events.

Please note that Geoff's audio stream for the first part of the show (until he drops off Skype...) is not the greatest, but it should hopefully still be good enough to get a lot out of it. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · OSS · Community · Railo · CFML · Lucee

Episode 37 - California, Lucee, Google Cloud and other things

May 27th, 2015 · Comments

Mark has arrived in California, so we spend quite a bit of time talking about his experiences over there (mind you, it's been three weeks so far). His new job is a Developer Advocate at Google and given Mark's previous excitement about working with Google Cloud Tech over the last 12-18 months or so, it's fair to assume that this podcast is not ending up being more of an advertorial than it always has been.

When moving to the cloud, cost is an interesting issue --- and that comes up after talking about Mark's recent move of his blog. For starters, we have a very nice comparison of various cloud technology offerings and their features as well cost. Another big topic is the ongoing discussion about Railo -> Lucee and all the gossip around that. Interestingly enough, Mark has a slightly different opinion on the Lucee fork than I have and we'll elaborate on that during the show. You might want to read the blog post from the "majority shareholder" of Railo and Lucee's response and the summary of their excellent keynote at dev.Objective() to be fully on the same page.

We also talked about our ongoing efforts to learn new languages. Kai was playing with Node at dev.Objective() and went through part of the Nodeschool curriculum at an excellent BOF session with Adam Tuttle. Node is clearly an interesting platform, not the least because of the vast amount of available extension modules. Mark has started to learn Haskell in the meantime.

We're back in ~2 weeks and our guest of honour will be Geoff Bowers, Acting Secretary of the Lucee Association Switzerland to fill us in more about Lucee. Hopefully by then I've tried Lucee on a Google Cloud Managed VM and can talk a bit about that, too.

If you have any recommendations for Android- or general Mobile-development-related podcasts, please leave them in the comments.

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Tags: Conferences · OSS · Mobile · Railo · CFML · NodeJS · Android · Google Cloud · Lucee

Episode 31 - The 2DDU Technology Radar

July 17th, 2013 · Comments

G'day, it's been a while.

Today's episode features our first 2DDU Technology Radar. Oi? What?

The guys at Thoughtworks have recently gained a lot of well-deserved fame for doing their Technology Radar. It's essentially a structured list of "stuff" to use, look at, evaluate or be careful with when it comes to technology. It contains everything from processes via platforms and tools up to specific technologies and languages.

Here's our personal view on technologies: the 2DDU Technology Radar. It's a long episode, nearly 1 hour and 50 minutes. Feel free to agree or disagree with our views in the comments, discussion is very appreciated.

If you want to look at the list of technologies we're talking about while listening to the episode you're very welcome to use our published Google Doc to do so. Have fun!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Version Control · Virtual Machines · OSS · Mobile · Cloud · Testing · Process · Javascript · Agile · IntelliJ · Railo · CFML · Clojure · Ruby · JRuby · Groovy · NodeJS · Python

Episode 30 - Broken Code, Rayguns, Enterprise Software and an Ark

April 20th, 2013 · Comments

Today we've been joined by John-Daniel Trask, one of Kai's Wellington-based friends who's also the co-founder of both Mindscape and Raygun.io.

Kai admitted that Mark clearly won "thing of the day" this time, but he's already planning his come back from that loss for episode 31 in about two weeks.

After this unavoidable business of the day we start talking to JD about Raygun.io, a cloud-based service to track unhandled errors in your software. It's a very interesting product that stands out from the competition (according to Mark's 3-minute market research) by supporting a variety of different technologies as well as looking pretty.

The latter triggered a brief interesting discussion on the importance of the user interface, the Novopay debacle in NZ and how enterprise software (the likes of Oracle Forms, Adobe Lifecycle, Microsoft Sharepoint etc) now jump on the HTML5 bandwagon and what we'd expect to happen with that.

JD explains the tech stack Raygun.io has been built upon and it's interesting to see that they've used Mono on an AWS infrastructure for the core parts of the backend. While we're talking about AWS, Kai jumps to Glacier and his experience of backing up into Glacier using a Mac OS X tool called Arq.

The unavoidable Mercurial topic comes up again as well - Kai's got a Mercurial column in Tweet Deck now that's actively being monitored and JD chimes in that he used to use Mercurial a lot in the past because of the lack of good Git tooling on Windows, too. However in the last 12 months that has changed, in particular because of Github providing a lot of good services (if one is willing to still use the command-line). Side note: Atlassian's SourceTree is available on Windows now, too - only supporting Git (and not Mercurial) at this stage though.

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Tags: ColdFusion · Version Control · Troubleshooting · Cloud · Testing · Railo · CFML · Amazon AWS · Glacier

Episode 29 - Back from the Summer

April 6th, 2013 · Comments

After nearly 4 months of "summer break" (yeah, right), we're back.

We actually managed to talk about a few really interesting things:

  • Conferences we attended this year (Mark: RubyConf AU, Kai: Webstock) and conferences either or both of us plan to attend. The latter is a rather long: PyCon AU, cfObjective, D2Wc, Strangeloop, CFCamp, Lambda Jam Brisbane and YOW! Melbourne.
  • Distributed Version Control - what's the future of Mercurial (looking at the vast success of Git) and what are the options to host Mercurial in-house after Kiln on premise doesn't seem to be actively sold anymore to new clients
  • IntelliJ 12.1 is out - what's new and which plugins have we experienced to work well/not that well yet?
  • Ruby/JRuby vs. Python/Jython - what's the story with some languages being very popular on the JVM and others not so much?
  • Some CFML-related news: Railo 4.1 beta is out there (and looks great), CF 10 is available on Amazon AWS (finally) and Adobe CF 11 alpha is coming soon.
  • Error tracking with Raygun.io and Mark's efforts in OpenGL and LWJGL.

Here are some more links:

If all goes according to plan we're back in two weeks. Have a great weekend!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Version Control · OSS · Railo · CFML · Clojure · Ruby · JRuby · Python

Episode 27 - Live from cf.Objective(ANZ) 2012!

November 2nd, 2012 · Comments

In this episode we are joined by the venerable Mark Drew where we talk about his favourite features in Railo 4, what his favourite IDE is and the interesting relationship between Adobe ColdFusion and Railo's CFML engine.

It's an interesting conversation all around, and live talks often are, including plenty of audience participation.

Kai also admits to his strange relationship with cats.

Update from Kai: Towards the end of the episode there's a bit of an uproar in regards to Cats that look like Pinups. Please note that the content might or might not offend you. You've been warned :)

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Tags: ColdFusion · ColdFusion Builder · Adobe · IntelliJ · Railo · CFML

Episode 24 - cf.Objective(ANZ) Panel: Mercer, Mclean & Turner-Jones

August 22nd, 2012 · Comments

As per usual, we are conducting speaker interview for the wonderful cf.Objective(ANZ) conference!

On the panel today we have Andrew Mercer who is presenting Work, ReST and Play, about REST based webservices, Justin McLean who is presenting Android Application Development with Java and Richard Turner-Jones who is presenting on Mobile Application development using PhoneGap.

We talk to each of them about their history as programmers, and get some of the details on each of their presentations as well.

It's a lively discussion, so tune in!

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Tags: Mobile · Adobe · Railo · CFML

Episode 23 - More Language Exploration

August 16th, 2012 · Comments

We return after a long hiatus with another episode!

This episode continues to take us on our exploration of other programming languages.

We discuss the work that Mark has been doing with Ruby and JRuby, including integrating it with his ColdFusion project and SOLR as well. This segways into a discussion on Platform as a Service's like Heroku and their position in highly available and scalable applications.

Kai mentions some of the issues he was having around databases when he was mucking around with NodeJS, and asks our listeners to comment on any possible solutions they may know about.

We make note of the fact that Sean Corfield will in Australia soon, and will be presenting at events in Sydney and Melbourne. Looks like both will be packed houses!

Kai took his hand to compiling Railo 4 from scratch, and talks about the issues he faced trying to do that.

We also discuss several events that we are attending / attended:

Resources

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Tags: ColdFusion · Railo · Ruby · JRuby · Groovy · NodeJS

Episode 21 - What would you do if ColdFusion died tomorrow?

April 20th, 2012 · Comments

So in this episode, we propose the following hypothetical scenario:

Adobe decides that it’s EOL’ing ColdFusion, without open sourcing it. Micha, Denny, Gert and Mark Drew all crash into the ocean in a tragic plane accident (they should really fly separately) and we discover that the OpenBD corporation is over an Indian burial ground, and everyone disappears in what looks like a horrific massacre, but no bodies can be found.

So essentially, CF is about as dead as it could possibly get. What do you do? Can you keep your applications with the platform you are on? Do you have to move? Can ColdFusion be resurrected and/or continued? Do you have to move to another language - and if so, which one?

It's a fairly interesting discussion topic, as it really forces you to look outside of "CFML-land", and make a proper examination of the offerings that currently exist, which is something that not a lot of us do (present company included).

As per always, we welcome any comments and or discussions - so please feel free to add comments to this blog post.

Also - if you have experience with any of the languages we have talked about on the show (or some we haven't), and think it would be an interesting addition to the podcast, please get in touch, we would love to have you on.

Links to some items we referenced in the show:

Also, don't forget - we'll be at cf.Objective(ANZ) which is the 1st and 2nd of November this year!

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Tags: ColdFusion · Conferences · Adobe · Railo · OpenBD · CFML