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Curious what’s hot and happening in the coding realm? Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2021 is the place to be! Whether you’re a beginner, someone with little or no experience, or have been coding for years, we have sessions for everyone.

Like last year, we’re hosting the Summit online yet again! You get to hear from the pioneers in coding and get all your questions answered, right from home. And that's not all! We also have exciting prizes lined up for active participants.

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Our Speakers

Keynote Session

Ashley Willis is the director of Developer Relations for Microsoft Azure and a certified Google Dev Expert, dedicated to working with Open Source communities. Lend her a ear at the ninth edition of the Adobe ColdFusion Summit, as she talks about the future of DevRel! Find out why Developer Relations jobs are now more popular than ever, and how DevRel differs from evangelism.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Track 1
  • 07:30 AM PT – 08:30 AM PT +

    DevRel: How we got here and where we're going

    As Developer Relations jobs become more popular you may have asked yourself, “What is DevRel?” This talk aims to answer that question and many more. Ashley will talk about the history of DevRel, how it’s different from evangelism, and what the future holds.

    Ashley Willis
  • 08:40 AM PT – 09:30 AM PT +

    Hidden gems in CF2021, a year later

    It's been a year since the release of CF2021, and also since Charlie Arehart offered his "hidden gems" talk at last year's CF Summit. Perhaps you caught his talk then, or not, and maybe you've started using the release--or still have not. Either way, there've been a number of updates as well as some changes in features since the release. In this updated talk, Charlie helps both audiences consider aspects of CF2021 that they may have missed.

    Charlie Arehart
  • 09:40 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT +

    CFML Design Patterns and Uses

    Design Patterns are some of the biggest benefits that come from using CFComponents. They're reusable techniques that can solve problems in a variety of projects - and the same patterns can be reused across other OOP languages as well. Just like a for() loop or an array, learning how to apply Design Patterns to your projects is a skill that will be helpful regardless of the type or size of your projects! You may already be using a Design Pattern or 2 and not even realize it!

    That sounds great and all, but how do you actually USE these things!? Enough UML diagrams, we get paid to write code! When the heck should I put the Factory Pattern to use? What's a Template Method Pattern look like in actual code and why do I care? That's what we'll cover in this talk - we'll look at actual code samples from real-world applications, all of which use these patterns, and we'll take a close look at the problem that was solved with each pattern, so you'll walk away with a better idea of when to implement such patterns in your own applications.

    Target Audience: CFML developers that are comfortable building CFComponents. Attendees should know how to create a CFC and be familiar with the basic benefits of using components. They should also understand some fundamental concepts of OOP such as constructors, inheritance, and composition. The code examples we'll give in this talk will be done in CFML but conceptually the information will work in a variety of other languages as well.

    Main takeaways:

    • What is a Design Pattern?
    • The Design Pattern you're already using and don't know it.
    • Some common patterns: Factory, Template Method, Dependency Injection.
    • Real CFML examples of when to use them.
    • Are there such things as bad design patterns?
    • Resources for further learning
    Nolan Erck
  • 10:40 AM PT – 11:30 AM PT +

    Tackling ColdFusion Security

    Security can be a thorny and intimidating topic. Where do you start and what should you prioritize? In this talk we'll aim to set you on a path to improving the security of your ColdFusion Applications.

    Pete Freitag
  • 11:40 AM PT – 12:30 PM PT +

    Relationships are not for everything

    The majority of systems have some data aspect in them. That could be from something basic to something very elaborate. For most, when starting a system, you go with a select few databases. Why? Well, probably that is because that is what you are used to. Just go with the old tried and true because you know it works. It's not wrong, but maybe there is a different way. Maybe a better way?

    Most systems don't need an elaborate, and possibly expensive, relational database. Most can get by just fine with something else. This session is aimed at looking at the different database options that exist. Using that knowledge we can see what database type is more appropriate than others for certain data. We will also look at where using a hybrid of databases makes sense and how that would look to a system. We will also demonstrate the ease of use and power of ColdFusion 2021 when using these alternatives.

    Dave Ferguson
  • 12:40 PM PT – 01:30 PM PT +

    Faster Apps That Won't Get Crushed With Queues And Pub/Sub Mechanisms

    We all want our web apps and APIs to respond quickly and scale to dizzying heights of traffic, but have we really built our apps to scale to ten times, or even double, our current traffic? Asynchronous messaging is a powerful architectural pattern that will help us avoid fundamental problems with scaling while keeping our ColdFusion apps fast and responsive. In this session, we'll look at how systems like Amazon's Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Simple Notification Service (SNS) - along with similar systems from other cloud providers - can help you build highly responsive, highly scalable apps and services. We'll also see how easy it is to talk to these messaging services from your ColdFusion apps with the latest cloud integration features in ColdFusion 2021.

    Brian Klaas
Track 2
  • 08:40 AM PT – 09:30 AM PT +

    Gatsby Talk

    If you've worked with React developers anytime in the past few years, you'll likely have heard the terms "SSR" or "SSG". Likewise, if you're on Twitter, you've likely heard of Vercel (previously ZIET) or Gatsby.

    What are they, why are they useful, and what's the deal with airline food anyway?

    In this talk, we'll cover:

    • Learn what SSR, SSG, and CSR are
    • See the benefits (and downsides) of SSR and SSG
    • How the React ecosystem takes from both new and old
    • What's Gatsby and how does it differ from NextJS?
    • Livecode a blog with pagination, author pages, strong SEO results, and more!
    Corbin Crutchley
  • 09:40 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT +

    The dawn of Machine Learning, AI, and You

    Machine Learning and AI are massive buzzwords but are they relevant for you? You might be surprised to know Machine Learning is available on Supercomputers, Smartphones, and tiny Internet of Things devices. No longer the domain of Artificial Intelligence PHDs, AI and ML have been democratized and are ready for your use. In this talk, I’ll discuss the current state of ML, and AI, show you practical examples of both, and then give a demonstration of TinyML, a service to enable machine learning for all developers with an open source device SDK.

    Adam Benzion
  • 10:40 AM PT – 11:30 AM PT +

    UX Best Practices in Games and AR

    Designing for games and AR comes with its own set of UX challenges. In this talk, attendees will come away with a practical list of UX best practices that anyone on a team can use as a guiding light to creating seamless experiences.

    Coraly Rosario
  • 11:40 AM PT – 12:30 PM PT +


    Yes this is in our ColdFusion past; however C++ and Java are increasing in usage in blockchain as is the need for API interaction, this because of the use of oracles (not necessarily the database, although it could be) and cross-chain bridging. After working on blockchain based projects for the past 2-3 years I would like to show where the "swiss-army" toolset which ColdFusion gives us, as we move ever more quickly into a blockchain-distributed ledger (DLT) world. Of course I am not suggesting we create a CFX_Blockchain custom tag; however I do feel we can go "back-to-the-future" with ColdFusion. I will share my experience and thoughts on ColdFusion and blockchain in this session, as we rely ever more heavily on outside dependencies.

    Mike Brunt
  • 12:40 PM PT – 01:30 PM PT +

    Migration Migraines: Common pitfalls to avoid when migrating your Adobe ColdFusion stack to AWS

    Migrating your Adobe ColdFusion server infrastructure from on-premise to Amazon Web Services can feel like a massive undertaking. In this session we will go over lessons learned from challenges that we faced and explain how we overcome them, preventing unnecessary headaches for you.

    Whether you are mid-migration or still in the early planning stages, successfully mastering these challenges will put your organization ahead of the curve by enabling an accelerated plan-to-execution with reduced time needed for troubleshooting design or process issues. So if your goal is to do it right the first time with minimal downtime, workarounds, or delays, please join us!

    Brian Bockhold
Track 1
  • 07:30 AM PT – 08:30 AM PT +

    CSS Crash Course for CSS Haters or Novices

    This class is intended for a complete novice to CSS, or those who know enough to get by but hate everything about it. We will be covering the basics of CSS (including specificity), using preprocessors, as well as several practical best practices to keep you out of CSS hell.

    Jessica Keener
  • 08:40 AM PT – 09:30 AM PT +

    New Features and Enhancements in PMT

    Performance Monitoring Toolset is an application monitoring suite which helps to gain insights on how your applications perform at runtime. We will begin this session by explaining the process of onboarding ColdFusion servers to PMT. Then, will walk you through the major PMT enhancements made in support of CF2021 which includes Cloud Services monitoring like AWS S3, Azure Blob, AWS SQS, AWS SNS, Azure Service Bus, AWS DynamoDB, and NoSQL database i.e., MongoDB. We will also cover few other major enhancements like Authentication in ElasticSearch, SSL support on datastore, having refresh interval, non-request data collection frequency, shard and replica count configurable to the user, option to set request threshold and advanced monitoring which allows selective collection of data for optimization.

    Megha Bhat K & Rochelle Hannah
  • 09:40 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT +

    Using ColdFusion with No Code & GraphQL

    In the last few years we’ve seen the rise of the citizen developer leveraging no code and low code solutions to build useful, powerful integrations and tooling. In this talk, Mark will focus on utilizing the popular Airtable online visual database building application combined with a plugin which allows you to expose that site as GraphQL endpoints in building web applications with no need for a database developer or database server architecture.

    Mark Takata
  • 10:40 AM PT – 11:30 AM PT +

    The Apex of Agility: ColdFusion 2021 and Automated Pipelines

    Feeling overwhelmed with the mountain of tasks building in your application queue? Are project managers and stakeholders continually asking for updates to satisfy their next Scrum Meeting? You are not alone. The endless rotation of updates and tasks should lead you to one solution, do less, with less. Let me explain.

    With the economic shifts and labor shortages, we must adopt a different way of thinking. Through automation, you can challenge the old mantra of, do more, with less, by doing less, with less. This holds especially true with application development. ColdFusion 2021’s architecture has key advantages over previous versions with respect to DevOps and automating your development and build processes.

    It’s a fact, automation increases your organization’s resilience and agility. By allowing developers to hyper focus on development and feedback loops, their productivity will undoubtedly increase. This presentation looks to break down the underlying process of CI automation and builds. With live demonstrations, simple coding examples and tutorials on how to configure various toolsets, you will gain a firsthand look at how to accomplish the task of automating your builds. From Groovy scripting to webhooks, you can achieve utopia in your development lifecycles, and be on your way to depleting that queue of applications.

    Brian Sappey
  • 11:40 AM PT – 12:30 PM PT +

    Liftoff to the AWS Cloud with Adobe ColdFusion 2021

    Have you been thinking and procrastinating about how to launch your stack to the AWS Cloud Platform? If so this is the session for you. I will take you through how to simply and easily launch Adobe ColdFusion 2021 Enterprise with Ortus Solutions Contentbox 5 or any web application in less than 10 minutes. The tools that we will use to accomplish this will be Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS, Nginx, Adobe ColdFusion 2021 Enterprise, Commandbox and AWS Cloudformation to build it. The building of the stack will all be through a GUI. We hope you can join us.

    George Murphy
  • 12:40 PM PT – 1:30 PM PT +

    Cold Brews: Getting Started with Java in Your ColdFusion Apps

    For ColdFusion developers without a background in Java, the language can be intimidating and its use within applications ignored or misunderstood. Let's dispel this confusion and deepen our understanding of Java, opening ColdFusion applications up the wealth of features and functionality it provides.

    Matthew Clemente
  • 01:40 PM PT – 2:30 PM PT +

    Discussion on the Future of ColdFusion

    How is ColdFusion going to make work easy for our developers in the next 5 – 10 years? What is the team currently working on and what are the themes that are being explored by the team for the future.

    Join Mark Takata, ColdFusion Technical Evangelist with Aditya Nema, Senior Product Manager for ColdFusion. As they brainstorm on where software development is headed globally and what it means for the future releases of ColdFusion.

    Aditya Nema and Mark Takata
Track 2
  • 07:30 AM PT – 08:30 AM PT +

    How To Be A Cyber Superhero by Strengthening Your Organization’s Security Posture

    Be a Cyber Superhero by evangelizing and implementing preventive measures to help thwart cyber criminals in order to keep your customers safe and your organization out of the breach headlines. We’ll cover the most impactful ways to bake security into your applications and infrastructure (even if you’re in the cloud) so that you can spend more resources on developing awesome things and less on refactoring, remediation, or even worse, fines.

    Mary Dowd
  • 08:40 AM PT – 09:30 AM PT +

    Can’t see the wood for the trees - just focus on the logs

    Logs have been around pretty much since computing began. Logging is more prolific now than ever before - logging is easy, storage is cheap, applications are more complex - which warrants more logs to understand what’s going on - logs are here to stay.

    This presentation will discuss what companies expect from logs and who benefits from what. We will also show you what components can be used to build a modern, scalable open source log processing architecture.

    Finally, we will demonstrate how FusionReactor’s new log capture and analytics capability can transform your ability to manage, process and gain immense value from the good old logs.

    David Tattersall
  • 09:40 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT +

    Taking Jamstack All the Way to Eleven - An introduction to Eleventy

    Eleventy is quickly becoming one of the more popular ways to get into the Jamstack due to its Node.js foundation and its flexible approach to building web sites. In this session I'll talk about how Eleventy works, cover its major features, and cover practical tips on how to go into production with an Eleventy-based web site.

    Ray Camden
  • 10:40 AM PT – 11:30 AM PT +

    Building the Next Generation of Secure Developers

    As companies migrate to more resilient cloud infrastructures, threat actors continue to turn their attention to the application landscape as the new entry point for compromising systems.

    Despite cyberattacks happening at a pace of every 39 seconds, only 3% of U.S. bachelor's degree graduates have cybersecurity-related skills. While several factors play into this, the most glaring is that faculty just don't know about the security field, leading to gaps between academia and industry. Unfortunately the gap has gotten wider due to constant changes and growing toolchains in software development.

    This is compounded by a consistent lack of employee training in secure coding principles and how it applies to the software development life cycle, causing new entrants into software development to be ill-prepared to build secure systems.

    This is compounded by a consistent lack of employee training in secure coding principles and how it applies to the software development life cycle, causing new entrants into software development to be ill-prepared to build secure systems.

    This session will delve into:

    • The growing security challenges developers face today
    • The current perceptions of “security” within the developer community
    • The need for secure coding education at the university level
    • Opportunities for learning secure coding in educational and corporate environments
    Rey Bango
  • 11:40 AM PT – 12:30 PM PT +

    Beyond CFPDF: Adobe APIs to Supercharge Your Document Creation and Processing

    Join us in this session to learn about new Adobe Document Services to extend your existing applications and easily create template-based invoices, agreements, letters, and more. We’ll also talk about how to dynamically extract content from any PDF file into JSON format for data analysis, content publishing, or other downstream processing. Two new APIs, Adobe Document Generation API and Adobe PDF Extract API, provide everything you need to supercharge any document workflow and can be implemented quickly using our Java SDK.

    Elishia Dvorak
  • 12:40 PM PT – 1:30 PM PT +

    How you can do pixel perfect mobile development using your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills

    Mobile usage continues to rise globally but building apps natively for all major platforms requires expertise in several very different platforms. Who has time to learn all that? What if there was a way you could use your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills, and even the front-end frameworks you like, and build pixel perfect cross-platform apps? Sounds like a dream, right? What if we told you you could have all that, plus a thriving ecosystem complete with thousands of ready-to-go plugins for all your development needs? How much would you pay? Oh really? What if we told you it was all there, ready for the taking, and it was free? Interested? Come to my talk and I’ll show you how you can build mobile apps your users will love, while staying true to the skills you already have.

    Mike Hartington

Who Should Attend

  • Developers
  • Adobe ColdFusion Developers
  • DevOps Evangelists
  • Database Administrators
  • Software Developers/Testers

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