Would you like to win a seat at the "Building Secure CFML Applications" pre-conference training at cf.Objective()?
In case you don't know, Pete Freitag and I are offering a full-day training on writing secure applications with CFML at cf.Objective() 2010 in Minneapolis. The training will be on Wednesday the 21st of April, 2010 (which is the day before cf.O() starts).
We are going to give away one seat at this training.
In April I will be presenting a lot of things at cf.Objective(). Here is a short list:
Secure CFML trainingPete Freitag and I will be doing a full-day training on building secure CFML applications. We are going to be taking a fun, pragmatic approach to the topic.
We will start with an application that is full of vulnerabilities and we are going to hack that applications. We are actually going to deploy real attacks against the application to see how it works. We'll even use some hacker tools to automate attacks. By doing this we can better learn how to think like a hacker, which better enables us to code while thinking "how could this be exploited?".
I hope everyone is aware of the cf.Objective() conference that takes place in Minneapolis/St. Paul every year. In case you are not, you should know that it is an absolutely AMAZING event.
cf.Objective() is touted as "The World's Only Enterprise Engineering Conference for ColdFusion Developers". I have been to two cf.Objective() conferences so far, and this year will be my third. I am very excited about it.
Two years ago, there was a two-day pre-conference training session held on the Mach-II framework. It was a very successful training (I believe they sold out every seat), but beyond that, it was a fantastic training. I attended it, and I loved it. I learned a lot. Last year they had ColdBox training prior to the conference. I did not attend that one, but I hear it was also great.
This year, the organizers of cf.Objective() are trying the pre-conference training again, but with more training sessions. This year there will be six!
I received word last week that two of the topic proposals I submitted to the cf.Objective() planning committee were accepted. I am very excited and honored by this. It's nice to know that people think what I have to say is worth while.
You may have guessed that I will be talking about security, since that seems to be what I enjoy talking about most. But this year will be a little different.
I don't know about you, but I am REALLY excited about cf.Objective(). I only get to go to one conference a year, at cf.O() is it! I went last year, for the first time, and it was incredible. The sessions were fantastic, the networking was unparalleled, and the people there were so much fun to talk to and learn from.
I am anticipating that this year will be even better. Last year, I did not know anyone in the community. There were only one or two people there that I knew before the conference began, but that changed quickly. This year, it will be like getting back together with old friends.
This year I will be more involved with the conference, I have one presentation, and I will be "hosting" (if that is the right word) one Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session along with Bill Shelton. I am really looking forward to both.
One of the best times I had during last year's cf.Objective() conference was when a large group of us went to see Iron Man.
This year, Troy Pullis (The manager of the Twin Cities ColdFusion User Group) is organizing an outing to see the new Star Trek movie at the IMAX Theater at the MN Zoo. I think this is a great idea and I have already signed up.
It will be next Thursday Night @ 9:00, I plan on driving so I will be more than happy to take up to 5 people out there with me, so hit me up if you want a ride.
Here are the details: http://www.webdh.com/startrek/
Last year, after attending cf.Objective(), I became really excited about blogging and learning more, and presenting something at cf.Objective() 2009 because a personal goal. I even added it to my list of goals for 2009 on my annual review at work. Now it looks like I will achieve that goal. Sweet.
cf.Objective() ended yesterday and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. I have never been so overwhelmed by info and yet excited about it all at the same time. The sessions and the speakers were outstanding, the accommodations were good, and the camaraderie was the best around. I got to meet many of my favorite bloggers, meet some of the super-talented experts in the field, and make some new friends. I really had a great time and I can hardly wait until next year.