Monthly Archives: July 2010

1 Day of Apptacular

24 hours after pushing Apptacular out, I have over 150 downloads, and only 2 reported problems.


One of the problems was that a user tried to run Apptacular against a database without primary keys. Apptacular and ORM in general have a dependency on primary keys. I should make that clearer in the documents, and error, and I will. But just know that.

In the meantime, keep downloading Apptacular and checking out my materials on it.

Build Hotter Apps Using Catalyst and ColdFusion

I was chatting with someone last night, and they said:

“Most ColdFusion apps are designed to be intranet apps… and boy do they look like it.”

It’s true. ColdFusion enables rapid application development, but not necessarily pretty rapid application development. However Flash Catalyst enables rapid, pretty, application development.

And let’s be clear here, pretty is not superficial. It’s not just about chrome and bling. It’s about making application that your users want to use instead of apps that your users have to use.

So if you’d like to see how to turbo charge your front end development with effective, pretty, ui’s come to my session:

How Catalyst Will Transform the ColdFusion Developer.” Friday 3:15PM – 4:15PM Ballroom D

Get Apptacular

We’ll be releasing Apptacular soon on, but I’m tired of saying “It’s coming soon.”

You want Apptacular: Go get it:

If you have any issues, please report them using this site:

If you want to participate in building Apptacular, you want to look at the source, and tests, etc. Check it out on GitHub:

If you want to know more about what Apptacular can do for you, check out these tutorial videos:

Interested in Making Money from AIR

Adobe and Intel are doing a joint event in San Francisco tomorrow. It’s focused on AIR and Intel’s AppUP Center for distributing apps.

Check it out

Date: Wednesday, July 21st

Location: Adobe Systems Office

Address: 601 Townsend, San Francisco, CA 94103

Parking: Parking will be extremely limited in the Adobe parking structure;however, there is street parking available.

Speaking at Wharton Higher Education Web Symposium

Once again I’m happy to be participating in an awesome Philadelphia based event.

On July 21-22 Wharton will host the Higher Education Web Symposium, an event that brings developers, designers and IT managers from Higher Education together to talk about making web experiences better. It’s open to the public, so if you are not in Higher Ed, but it sounds interesting, feel free to sign up.

I’ll be talking about Flash Catalyst, and showing how it can be used to quickly create interfaces for your web applications.

Can’t wait to see you all in Philly.