ColdFusion Summit 2017 by Adobe Full Review and List of Presentations

Intense two days of presentations, meetings, and networking at Las Vegas and all that under the Adobe hat. And an awesome pre-conference training. And a great breakfast!

From November 15–17 2017 Adobe organized its yearly conference with the main topic ColdFusion. We took enough time to track down and put together a nice list of 13+ useful resources and slides from the speakers. Let’s dive into it right away.

1. 3 ways to test your ColdFusion API by Gavin Pickin

Here’s what Gavin talked about:

  • How to use Testbox to test your CFCs 2 different ways
  • Different types and ways to test JavaScript
  • Overview of client/server side testing tools
  • Building testing into your workflow
  • You are one of many that are not testing your APIs thoroughly

The slides are available here

2. CFConfig — A New Way to Manage Your ColdFusion Engine Config by Brad Wood

Brad covered the generic JSON format that’s used and talked about how you can distribute your code with a full generic set of configuration including CF mappings, datasources, custom tags, or request timeouts without needing to worry about what version of CF the end user is going to have. This tool is a must for anyone using Vagrant, Docker, local development environments, or just managing more than one server.

The slides are available here

3. What’s new in CF 10, 11, and 2016 that you may have missed? by Charlie Arehart

ColdFusion veteran as everyone knows Charlie talked about moving up to CF2016, or 11-> In doing so, are you skipping over 11, or perhaps even 10, in that move?

The slides from his presentation are available here

4. Adventures With WebSockets by Giancarlo Gomez

We already talked about this in our very own CF Alive Podcast episode 1 with Giancarlo. The full presentation and slides are available here

5. Practical Digital Accessibility: Problems and Solutions, by Bouton Jones

It addresses the compelling reasons — including legal — for applying Accessibility to digital documentation: Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and Web. Examples of poor Accessibility are presented with illustrations of the resulting effects for users with disabilities. And, it’s covering strategies and solutions.

Slides are available here

6. Solving problems in ways never before possible, with FusionReactor 7 and FR CLOUD, by David Tattersall

See how FusionReactor goes beyond just “monitoring” to deliver more depth & insight to your production applications and servers — both on premise and (now) in the cloud.

Slides are available here

7. Level Up Your Web Apps with Amazon Web Services, by Brian Klaas

  • Get super fast, infinitely scalable file storage with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Invoke on-demand microservices through AWS Lambda
  • Create entire asynchronous, serverless workflows with AWS Step Functions
  • Utilize a high-throughput NoSQL datastore with DynamoDB
  • Plan for common problems when dealing with cloud service providers

Slides are available here

8. Power of Simplicity in FW/1 Framework, by Masha Edelen

Targeting intermediate level of developers this presentation shows ideas for the use of the framework as well as demonstrate commonly used functions.

Slides are available here

9. HMVC Modular Architecture, by Luis Majano

  • Don’t get stuck back in 2005!
  • What is a package/module in CFML
  • How to create distributed MVC
  • The power of drop-in module conventions
  • How to manage your app’s dependencies
  • Sharing your modular code with the community to stop reinventing the wheel

Slides are available here

10. Keep Control of your PDF Files, By Shirak Avakian

Learn how easy is to securely share confidential information within and outside your organization with controlled access and permissions.

Slides are available here

11. send.Better() — Giving Email a REST, by M. Clemente

The session covered:

  • The benefits provided by using a transactional email service
  • A pragmatic, use-driven comparison of the major players in the space
  • Pitfalls, considerations, and tips when configuring your DNS records and integrating a transactional email service with your application
  • Interacting with the actual APIs, and showing how easy they are to use with ColdFusion

Slides are available here

12. From Legacy to Modern, Techniques to update your Legacy Sites, by Dan Fredericks

Tips to take that legacy CFML site and make it more modern. Dan went over some thoughts on what to look for in a legacy site which can help you determine if you should refactor or not.

Slides are available here

13. Building Better SQL Server Databases, by Eric Cobb

Direct explanations that can be incorporated immediately into your daily development, without all of the overly technical DBA mumbo-jumbo. Regardless of your skill level or programming language of choice, if you use SQL Server this session is for you.

Slides are available here

14. Writing Secure CFML, by Pete Freitag

Pete did another full day training on Writing Secure CFML for the pre-conference. It was sold out at 50 seats and was a lot of fun to present. The demo code for that session can be found here:

Stay tuned as we will be updating the list in the next few days.

Some of the material and info about the speakers and their presentations were picked directly from Adobe CFSummit website and we thank them for that.

Interesting articles:

CF Summit 2017 — Part 1

Nolan Erck conference recap

ColdFusion Summit official Adobe website

Originally published at on November 24, 2017.

ColdFusion development, security and optimization. CEO at TeraTech. Host of CF Alive podcast.