NCFUG Model Glue:Unity Preso

So tonight I did a presentation for the Nashville ColdFusion User Group on Object Oriented Development with Model Glue:Unity. This was a preso I was supposed to do last month, but some minor confusion with a new location (and the happy birth of a child a few days prior) had me standing in front of an audience of one. This actually worked out great, because it gave me an extra month to prepare, and allowed Aaron time to figure out the best way to record the presentation via Breeze (or 'Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional', as it is now called.)

This preso covered some "Why should I?" type questions, basic setup of the Unity frameworks and sample application template, as well as a hands on demo of using Reactor to do the grunt work. I need to give a big shout out to Aaron for picking up a really nice Logitech USB Headset w/ Mic the day before, as well as a thanks to all of those who attended either live or via the breeze session.

Once again, you can view the recording that Aaron put together during the presentation, or just go to the Nashville ColdFusion User Group's website. I'm including a FlashPaper copy of the slides with this post (the Download link below), but the hands on demo is in the presentation.

Moving On Up

OK, well I've made the jump to BlogCFC 5.5.002. Can I tell you that it is almost impossible to keep up with Ray Camden. The man is a fiend. I have no idea how he finds the time to manage his job, family, side work, and tons of open source projects. The guy is truly amazing. Thanks again, Ray, for everything you do for the CF Community.

As some of you can tell, I will have to look into a few changes now. I'm using the 'liquid' layout here, so some adjustments will be needed to handle the graphic at the top of the page. But that, my friend, is for another time.

I'm also going to incorporate a new 'about' pod that Charlie Arehart has sent to me. We've been going back and forth in email on some common interest stuff, and he pointed out to me that I don't have any sort of 'identifier' on my blog. This new pod will be great. Thanks a lot Charlie!

Structures: CF5 vs CFMX

In every project there are gotchas, little unforseen issues that must be worked through as you migrate from development to production. In a previous post I brought up transitioning a Model-Glue: Unity application from a Windows development platform to a Linux platform while using two slightly different versions of MySQL. That would be one example.

Another recent project serves as a case in point as well, creating compliant header/nav/footer includes to be used site wide for a small site. Easy work, three or four files, including the stylesheets, with some example usage templates thrown in and a lot of comments for the developers who would use it. Oh yeah, did I mention it had to work on ColdFusion 5?