Adobe MAX kicks off today

Adobe MAX officially began today–sadly without me this year. This year marks only the second time since I started going to the event (then called DevCon) in 2000. Alas, having recently become completely self-employed, I couldn’t justify taking a week without pay at this point.

 

Ben Forta posted an entry to his blog yesterday saying that the opening keynote for this morning was to be awe-inspiring so hopefully Adobe or someone will release that video to those of us who couldn’t make the trip this year.

 

One of the things that I’m really going to miss by not getting to go is catching up with all the folks I’ve gotten to know over the last (nearly) 7 years that I’ve been doing ColdFusion work. It’s always neat to see folks that you used to work with and are now in different positions as well as those you see at these conferences year after year.

Story behind the title

The thought occurred to me that I should probably explain how my blog got it’s title. Last year my brother-in-law needed someone to take over one of the teams in his fantasy football league. I agreed to take over control and play the season as the owner of the team.

 

After several tries, I finally came up with a name for my team. Since it was my rookie season and I really didn’t know what to do or how things worked, I named my team the “Driveling Idiots”. Judging by my record last season and thus far this season, I chose a good name. So, the title of this blog is an extension of that since I really don’t have any experience running a blog of my own (just reading what other people have written).

Working vacation comes to an end

As I mentioned when I started this blog, I’ve taken a new job that requires me to travel to a client’s site each week and am currently working on a project outside Washington, DC. For the last 2 weeks, my wife and 3 kids have been here with me.

 

My wife homeschools our twin 9-year-old daughters (and most likely will our son, but at 7 months old, he’s not a very good student right now). Homeschooling not only gives grat flexibility in when you do school, but also WHERE you do school. So for the last two weeks, their “schoolhouse” has been relocated up here. As you can imagine, the Washington, DC area is a gold mine in terms of things to see and do and the girls have had an absolute blast going to all the different museums, monuments and attractions around DC. Even the ride on the Metro (subway) here was a treat for them.

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Frameworks, frameworks, frameworks….

The last few months I’ve been spending some time trying to get my head around some of the different ColdFusion frameworks that are floating around these days. I’ve been playing with ModelGlue:Unity (which includes ColdSpring and Reactor) and have recently begun using the cfcUnit testing framework in a project I’m working on.

 

I have to say that, not having come from an “OO” background, the MG:U stuff is way over my head. I had a project for a client that I was contemplating using MG:U on and, after monkeying with it for a couple weeks, I decided that it was going to take longer to get up to speed on the framework than I could afford to spend on the project. I’ve since decided that I’m going to try to use only Reactor in this version of the site so that maybe I can get my head around that part and come back to Unity later.

 

There has been a lot of buzz over the last few months about unit testing CF applications with cfcUnit and we’ve jumped onto that train in another project I’m involved in. I’m still trying to make myself remember write tests before actually writing the code. The other thing I’m trying to get my head around is how to write tests to test some of the more intricate CFCs where the basic tests don’t do anything useful. I’m hopeful that we can get someone to do a session on cfcUnit for the