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Hello World,

Last night’s meeting and presentation with the Capital Flex users group was very informative. After the presentation (and pizza break) we began an informal “round table” discussion about the various FREE and OPEN SOURCE tools web developers use to test, debug, inspect, and manage. I did my best to remember all of the great tools that were mentioned that night.Here are a few:

An open source ActionScript 3 library for client-side PDF generation

Web application testing tool

A Firefox add-in that enables you to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

A tool that captures and displays ALL HTTP traffic

A software stress and load testing tool

An open source content management system

A Firefox extension that displays ColdFusion debug information in a separate tab

Web Developer
A Firefox add-in toolbar containing various web developer tools

It is likely that I may have forgotten to mention one or more of the tools we discussed last night. If you attended this meeting and see that I failed to mention a tool that you use, please feel free to comment. If you did not attend this meeting but you still have a valuable web developer tool that you would like to mention, please feel free to comment. Later I may create a page devoted to listing many of the web developer tools.

Thanks everyone in advance!



Hello World!

It’s been sometime since my last post. It has been a very busy few months and that’s a good thing. However it’s now a new year and with it comes new opportunities, new presentations. I will have the pleasure of appearing in front of fellow developers in the next few months. I hope to see some on hyou there;

Web APIs in AIR: Twitter-licious

Capital Area Flex Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 07 2009

In this presentation I will demonstrate how to use some of the more popular web-based public data sources and open APIs in a Flex/AIR applications. I have created a sample Flex/AIR application that uses the Delicious and SnipURL APIs to create a Twitter-like app. I will show you the API methods available and how to call upon them to retrieve its data.

MATE: A Flex Framework “Extreme Makeover”

Maryland ColdFusion Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 13 2009

MATE is a tag-based, event-driven framework for Flex development. Using MATE in your Flex development can help you build powerful, loosely coupled applications. During this presentation I will take a simple Flex application and show how you can perform an extreme makeover that will greatly enhance the application’s architecture, allowing it to scale properly.

Skinning Components in Flex 4 (Gumbo)

Maryland ColdFusion Users Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 13 2009

Adobe has made great improvements to the skinning architecture and process since Flex version 3. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to use Flex 4, currently known as GUMBO, to skin your Flex components.

In addition to the user group presentations listed above I am very excited to have been invited and selected as a speaker at the following popular conferences.

Essential Flex and ColdFusion Integration

cf.Objective() 2009 CONFERENCE
Date: Wednesday, May 14-16 2009

This presentation is designed for the experienced developer who wants to learn how to create Flex 3 application that can connect to server-side data using ColdFusion. It is also for the Flex developer who wants to learn how to effectively retrieve, manipulate, format, and communicate with ColdFusion-based server-side scripts.

I will provide developers with the essentials of connecting Flex 3 applications to remote data services using HTTPService, WebService, and RemoteObject calls. You will learn how to create and use the various Flex and ColdFusion classes that can be used to provide a one-to-one mapping between the client-side and server-side data. In addition, you will learn how to accept and manipulate the data in various formats such as XML. This presentation will cover topics such as handling results and faults, understanding value objects, manipulating complex data.

Skinning Components in Flex 4 (Gumbo)

CFUNITED 2009 Conference
Date: Wednesday, August 12-15 2009

Adobe has made great improvements to the skinning architecture and process since Flex version 3. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to useFlex 4, currently known as GUMBO, to skin your Flex components. During this special conference presentation I will also demonstrate how to use some of the other Adobe tools to help in the skinning process, including Flash and Fireworks.

Well, that’s it – so far. This year already looks to be a very exciting year for all of us. Not only are we looking forward to a very exciting release of Flex 4, code named GUMBO, 2009 also promises the following releases:

Centaur – This is the codename for the next release of ColdFusion. As of this writing beta applications are current being accepted.

Bolt – This is the codename for Adobe’s new eclipse-based development tool. As of this writing beta applications are current being accepted.

Flash Cataylst – Formerly called Thermo, this is Adobe’s new design tool for quickly creating application interfaces without coding.

… and many more. We have a lot to look forward to this year – new tools to learn, more exciting conferences and user group meetings, and thus more opportunities for all of us.

Ciao 😉


The same company that brought you Fusion Authority is about to “Do it again!” Those wonderful people at House of Fusion is about to release the first edition of their newest print journal, Flex Authority. You can get more information on their site –

Much like the Fusion Authority, Flex Authority will be a quarterly print technical journal aimed at the Flex Professional. The first issue will be released this month at 360|Flex in San Jose, CA.

Jeffry Houser, the “wizard behind the curtain” at The Flex Show, is the Editor in Chief of Flex Authority. I’ve been a fan of the Flex Show since it’s first podcast and I love listening to it every chance I get. I now look forward to reading each and every issue of Flex Authority.


New Version Of ColdBox!

Posted: July 21, 2008 in ColdFusion
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A new version of my favorite ColdFusion application framework was just released. ColdBox version 2.60 (Final Release) was just released (yesterday) and is now available for download. This update to ColdBox contains a number of bug fixes and new additions including;

  • Debugger Setting updates,
  • Execution Profile Monitor,
  • Reinit Button on Info Panel,
  • Feed Reader/Feed Generator – New Plugin,
  • And Many More!

Check it out at You will not be sorry.


Have you registered to attend the WebManicas Conference coming to Washington, DC May 19th – 23rd? Why Not? Well maybe this will help you …

My Top Ten Reasons To Attend WebManiacs!

#10 – Over 100 separate topics covering ColdFusion, Flex, AIR, various frameworks, and other technologies.

#9 – A Ben Forta keynote on day one.

#8 – Several two hour hands-on sessions held in their computer lab.

#7 – My kids took all of tee shirts I got from the last conference I attended.

#6 – Very close to public transportation, many restaurants, and our nation’s capital.

#5 – My presentation titled; Consuming and Creating RSS Feeds (CFManiacs Track)

#4 – My presentation titled; Tweens, Behaviors, View States, and Transitions (FlexManiacs Track)

#3 – My presentation titled; Using Custom Events (FlexManiacs Track)

#2 – A “boat load” of presentation materials and source code that can help jump-start your development efforts.

And The Number 1 Reason to Attend WebManiacs!

#1 – Surround Yourself With Dozens Of Colleagues And Industry Experts Who Love To Talk About Battlestar Galactica And LOST As Much As You Do!!

See ya at the conference … then I’ll see ya at the pub.


Hello World,

WebManiacs 2008This May I will be giving two hands-on presentations at the WebManiacs 2008 conference! This five day conference will cover technologies such as; ColdFusion, Flex, AIR, AJAX, various frameworks, and much more.

This first of my presentations will be a hands-on session called Consuming and Creating RSS Feeds (CFManiacs Day 2). In this two hour session I will cover everything you need to know about reading, parsing, and creating RSS feeds using ColdFusion 8.

The second will be another hands-on session called Using Custom Events (FlexManiacs Day 3). This will be a Flex session created to help you fully understand the Flex 3 event model and how to create and dispatch your own custom events.

I am very excited and looking forward to giving these two presentations. I have done extensive work using these two concepts within these two technologies and I am looking forward to sharing what I know to those who attend my sessions.

Each of my hands-on sessions will come with printed materials and code examples on CD. Just bring your laptop and a willingness to learn and explore.

So register for event now! With the release of the most anticipated version of Adobe Flex (version 3) and Adobe AIR coming soon you’ll want to take advantage of the invaluable material that will be presented at this conference. See you then!


FiftyTwo Apps is a Go!

Posted: December 30, 2007 in Adobe, AIR, ColdFusion, Flash, Flex, SQL

Hello World,

Ever year so many people make New Year’s resolutions. Well I am no exception. This year I have dedicated myself to create fifty two apps. And thus was born the FiftyTwoApps web site.

For the next fifty two weeks I will create fifty two apps – from conception to completion, from design to delivery. You will be able to follow my progress as I design, develop, document, test, and deliver each app to … well, all of you. I will make available the full source of each app, a summary of each of the development tasks, time spent on each task, resources used, and lessons learned. Every Monday I will begin work on a new app and one week later, by Sunday at midnight, I will upload the completed app onto the FiftyTwoApps web site. During the week I will publish my progress on the site so you can see where I am in the process.

So visit the site often – if you wish. Starting Monday December 31st I will begin the first of the fifty two apps,
the FlexTimer. I hope to see you there. The next fifty two weeks will be a wild ride.