Hey Man, Where have you been?

{ Posted By : Eric Cobb on April 27, 2012 }
Related Categories: Personal

Well, that's a good question. Obviously I haven't been blogging. Things have been super busy at work, and I really just haven't had the time to blog like I'd like to. But, to be completely honest, I really don't feel like I've had much worth writing about lately. Things have changed up at work and I'm not doing much day-to-day development anymore. When I do get to do some coding, it's usually just a quick fix on a CF site, or some SQL Server stuff. I've started playing with ANT some lately, too.

Nowadays javascript and mobile development seem to be on everyone's mind, but to tell you the truth I'm just really not that interested in them. I don't have any particular reason why, there's some really awesome things going on in those areas, but that stuff just doesn't appeal to me. I've never really enjoyed design work or front end development, especially javascript. jQuery makes it less painful, but it's still just...meh. My interest has always been in back end development. I love working with things like CF, Java, web services, ANT scripts, and especially databases. I think in another life I would love to be a DBA. You can have your browser compatibility issues and never-ending IE hacks, I'll stick to working behind the scenes. :-)

I've been pretty busy outside of work, too. As a father with an 18 month old and a 4 year old, it's non-stop play time when I'm home. By the time the kids are in bed, I'm ready for bed myself. I haven't been doing much coding or working on side projects in my spare time, although that's starting to change. I've recently started working on a little pet project, just to keep my chops up. I hope to be blogging about it some in the near future.

One thing that I'm super excited about is I'm getting ready for another trip to Moldova. Last year's trip was incredible, truly a life changing event. I can't wait to go back. If you ever have an opportunity to go on a mission trip, I highly recommend that you do! It will enrich your life just as much as it does the people you go to help. If you would like more information about the group I go with, check out the JMI website, they have trips to several countries each year.

So, that's about it for now. I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to update the CF world and let you know that I'm still around, and hopefully I can get this dusty old blog revived soon.

Reay Mackay's Gravatar Hi Eric,

I read your following post on an Adobe CF forum this evening:

Eric Cobb, Community Member Dec 23, 2010 7:26 AM Report
I'm always interested to see people's opinions on this, as I've wondered the same thing myself. I posted this question on my blog not too long ago and got some good responses, (http://www.cfgears.com/index.cfm/2010/10/4/ORM-vs-... ich-is-better)

I've always been a big fan of letting the database do the database work. No third party system (CF, Hibernate, etc...) is going to be able to access a database more efficiently than the database itself can. They may get close, but in the end I feel like letting the DB do its own thing with stored procs, views, etc..., will always win out.

That being said, I still want to use ORM on an upcoming project, if for no other reason than just to learn it so the next time I can make an informed decision on as whether or not to use it. If I can cut my development time with negligible performance inpact, I may be all over it!

Eric Cobb
ECAR Technologies, LLC


I'm very keen to learn how you got on with CF ORM? Let me explain further my current situation:

CF ORM/Fusebox integration with existing CF application

During the last 12 years, VM Learning has developed a Training Management System called aXcelerate (www.axcelerate.com.au) using ColdFusion 7/8/9.0 with an SQL Server 2005 database. We have also begun substantial development work on a new module and version of aXcelerate using CF ORM and Fusebox. We have undertaken some work to 'tie' the CF ORM application to the existing CF 9.0 application but there are still a number of technical challenges to overcome to integrate the two applications so that they can co-exist under the 'one skin'. Whilst we could progress forward by ourselves, I subscribe to the belief that there must be someone out there who could help us achieve our goal more efficiently and effectively.

Therefore, we are seeking the expertise of a suitably qualified and experienced CF expert who can provide advice and guidance on the best strategies to pursue to achieve our development objectives. We would expect that such a person would have at least 8-10 years experience with ColdFusion and at least 2 to 3 years of CF ORM experience. We are willing to pay for this expertise at an agreed rate per hour. We expect that this advice and guidance will be facilitated in the virtual space as complete access to our web application will be provided.

Can you please reply to me to let me know if you or anyone in your network can assist us with the above support.

On a completely separate matter, but related, we are trying to find someone who has built a Workflow Management or Automated Task Management engine that we can buy and adapt to our existing application. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate your help.

Best wishes, Reay Mackay, Managing Director, VM Learning (www.vmlearning.com.au)
# Posted By Reay Mackay | 5/17/12 6:13 AM