Sixth CF Underground Event
October 31st, 2004 10:00am - 5:00pm
New Orleans, LA
Ben Forta (tentative)|
Ben Forta is Macromedia Inc.'s Senior Product Evangelist, and has over two decades
of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training,
and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application
Construction Kit and its sequel Advanced ColdFusion Application Development,
as well as books on SQL, JavaServer Pages, WAP, Windows development, and more.
Over 1/2 million Ben Forta books have been printed in a dozen languages worldwide.
Ben co-authored the official Macromedia ColdFusion training material, as well
as the certification tests and Macromedia Press study guides for those tests,
writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends
a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development
Shlomy Gantz is an independent technology and management consultant . He was formerly the co-founder
and vice president of technology for CoreActive ACG., and Chief Developer for Melig, Ltd.
He has over a decade of application development experience, and an extensive background in database
development and project management. He has written articles and presented in conferences and various user groups. He was also the technical editor for "Mastering cold fusion 4.5".
Hal Helms is a well-known speaker/writer/strategist on software development
issues. Hal has a monthly column in "ColdFusion Developer's
Journal" and has written and contributed to several books.
His latest book is "Discovering CFCs" available at
techspedition.com. Hal holds training sessions on Java, ColdFusion,
and software development processes. He is the author of the
popular "Occasional Newsletter" series. For more information,
contact him at [email protected] or see his website, halhelms.com.
Simon Horwith has been using ColdFusion since version 1.5. He is a Macromedia Certified Advanced ColdFusion and Flash developer and is a
Macromedia Certified Instructor. In addition to administering the CFDJ-List mail list and presenting at CFUGs, universities and colleges, and
conferences around the world, Simon has been a contributing author of several books and technical papers. Simon also writes a monthly column
and is one of two technical editors of ColdFusion Developers Journal. Simon is CTO at eTRILOGY, a small software development company in
London, England. He may be reached via e-mail at [email protected]
Starting 1997 with developing in Java and using the former Allaire
technologies ColdFusion and JRun since 1999, Kai is now developing
also Rich Internet Applications using technologies like Flash
MX 2004 Professional and Flex.
Besides that he is supporting the Macromedia community with running
a ColdFusion User Group (CFUG Nordwest) in Germany and blogging
about MM-server technologies on Blog in Black (bloginblack.com)
In his role as a software architect at msg at.NET, a German
Macromedia Premier Partner, Kai is responsible for the software
and system architectures in a lot of customer projects over whole
Additionally Kai is serving as a speaker on several Macromedia-related
conferences like MX Down Under, MAX Conference and CF_EUROPE and
is regularly publishing reviews and technical articles in several
German IT-magazines like "i'X", "Internet professional" and "MX Magazin".
Kai holds several Macromedia Developer Certifications and is a
Macromedia Certified Instructor for the server curriculums ColdFusion
Lucas Sherwood is one of Macromedia's Product Evangelists. He is also quite well known throughout the EMEA ColdFusion community for his rapid fire presentations on everything from Performance Tuning to CFScript. Lucas is also very active in the MMUG community, presenting at user group meetings when he is in town (any town!) as well as running a global diary for all MMUGs
Lucas joined Allaire's consulting services division several years ago where he was responsible for ensuring the success of many ColdFusion based projects around the world.
Lucas is a Certified ColdFusion Developer and currently holds the land speed record for a ColdFusion MX presentation.
As the CTO of InterAKT Online, Bogdan is primarily responsible of designing the company's product suite. He uses the international experience gathered in over 10 years of work in the IT field to create tools used by thousands of web developers around the world. A big adept of "text-only" programming at the beginning, he got involved in Rapid Application Development tools, and he can't imagine the world without Dreamweaver MX now.
Bogdan likes technical challenges and always wins, and his hands-on techniques proved to be very valuable for the company products. He loves to share his vision on web development and is always trying to optimize things (even if he knows about the "premature optimization that is the root of all evil").
Find more about Bogdan's work at http://www.interaktonline.com/
Michael Smith is President of TeraTech, a 14-year old Rockville,
Maryland consulting company that specializes in web and database development. TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from
corporations to government agencies. In addition to ColdFusion, the TeraTech staff also have extensive experience in SQL
databases, ASP, HTML, Access, Foxpro, Visual Basic and more. Michael has been programming for over 20 years and has
been coding in ColdFusion since version 1.5 six years ago. He has
an MA and BA from Cambridge University, England and graduated in the top 10 of his year. Michael runs the Maryland
ColdFusion User Group and organized three very successful CF events including CFUN-2k
with 700 attendees. Michael volunteers at ByteBack, a non profit organization which
provides computer training for unemployed and under-employed inner city residents. He
also is a frequent contributor to Fusion Authority, the ColdFusion Developer Journal and
the CPCUG monitor.
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