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ColdBox RESTFul Roadshow 2016 coming your way!

Luis Majano
Mar 02, 2016


We are so excited to bring this month a RESTFul roadshow based on ColdBox technologies.  We will have several blog posts all month long and several live webinars from the team as well.  Below you can find a schedule of our presentations that we will be conducting live.  We will also record them and publish them in our Vimeo and YouTube channels.  The URL of all webinars is

Date Presenter Topic (Click for recording)
March 4, 2016 at 11AM Central Brad Wood Intro to REST with ColdBox
March 9, 2016 at 11AM Central Curt Gratz Powering Angular JS with RESTFul Services
March 16, 2016 at 11AM Central Jon Clausen + Gavin Pickin RESTFul Tools for Lazy Experts (Relax)
March 23, 2016 at 11AM Central Luis Majano Advanced REST Building with ColdBox
March 30, 2016 at 1PM Central Scott Steinbeck Building Ionic Apps with ColdBox REST

So stay tuned all month as we discover and empower you with great RESTFul building knowledge using ColdBox MVC.  


If you want to find out the time for your local timezone, then just click here and find out:

ColdBox MVC, Community, REST, RoadShow 1

Into The Box Conference Schedule Released!

Luis Majano
Feb 08, 2016



We are so excited to finally unveil the schedule lineup for our Into The Box technology conference.  We have over 15 speakers from around the world and over 20 sessions around technology, software craftsmanship and many of our Ortus products.  We are also excited to try a new format for our afternoon sessions we are calling: Tech Tasting Sessions.

Our tech tasting sessions will be 25-30 minutes sessions, back to back, culminating in our Happy Box event, where you will then have some nice food and drink tasting sessions.  We believe this format will allow attendees to get exposed to other technologies, approaches and speakers, instead of traditional 1 hour sessions.

Please remember that space is limited and seats do go fast, so get your early bird special on this conference.  See you in June!



Community, Conferences, Into The Box 0

Ortus Developer Week 2015 is coming!

Luis Majano
Nov 02, 2015


Thanks to the huge success of our first three years of ColdBox Developer Week, we are back again for a fourth year, with a new name, Ortus Developer Week (ODW). ODW will be a series of FREE and live webinars hosted by the Ortus Team and seasoned developers from around the world. These sessions will cover software development, technologies, craftsmanship and usage of many of our open source and commercial products.  Visit our virtual conference page to get the latest information on sessions, speakers and details.

Register 4 FREE!

Come and join us for over 20 hours worth of FREE and live training. If you can't make it to all sessions, then don't worry, we will record all sessions for you and make them available through our Vimeo pages and we will also be creating our online training course out of these materials. So get your thinking caps on and get ready for a tremendous BOX geek-out week!  We will also have several prices from Ortus and Computer Know How.  We will raffle off 4 $50 gift cards, Sublime licenses and much more.  So make sure to register so you can be eligible to win.

We have a great range of sessions lined up this year that cover topics even outside of CFML like Travis CI, Ionic, and AngularJS.  We also have some great speakers presenting like Gert Franz, Mark Mandel, and a bonus session by Ray Camden.

Community, Conferences 0

TestBox v2.2.0 Released!

Luis Majano
Oct 21, 2015


Team TestBox is proud to bring our latest release to fruition, v2.2.0.  This release includes a collection of fixes but also several new cool features like gherkins-like syntax support, spec data binding, test listeners and much more.  We invite you to read our updated documentation book and the what's new page for an in-depth overview of the release.

You can also very easily get started or update your project with TestBox via CommandBox CLI for ColdFusion (CFML):

# install testbox
box install testbox

# update testbox
box update testbox

#what you thought there was more?

Major Features

Below you can find quick updates on our major features for this release.

ColdBox MVC, ColdFusion, Community, News, Releases, TestBox 0

FREE CFCamp 2015 ContentBox Beer-Shop

Luis Majano
Sep 30, 2015



Ortus Solutions is pleased to announce that we’ll be bringing a ContentBox CMS 3.0 pre conference Free Beer-Shop for this year's CFCamp 2015.  What’s the point of doing a workshop in Germany if you can't drink beer? Well the answer is simple: none. In Ortus we like to make sense, at least most of the time, so we are giving away free beer during the ContentBox 3.0 workshop, hence the name, beer-shop.

The beer-shop will be led by experienced beer taster Jorge Reyes, who will show you how to install ContentBox in your local machine using CommandBox CLI and create awesome sites with ContentBox widgets, clustering, offline admin deploys, and much more!

ColdBox MVC, Community, Events, News, Training 0

Submit Your First Pull Request to an Open Source Project

Brad Wood
Sep 23, 2015


Update 10/10/2015 -- New tickets added!

Perhaps you're using open source projects with your work.  You've heard about how Git works, and maybe you even attended one of my sessions on how to submit pull requests. You've never actually tried to do one before though.  You were brave one day and clicked the "Fork" button in GitHub but were left staring at your keyboard wondering what the heck you could do to help out a project that wouldn't sink your entire weekend.

The Wait is Over

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages: your time has come.  Today we're breaking down all the walls keeping from being a productive member in the open source community.  Everything you need is documented and laid out in front of you.  Heck, for this to be any easier, I'd just have to do it for you!  If you've been waiting for just the right chance to come along to submit your first pull request, please keep reading. 

Today we are announcing a special program where we've created a handful of super-duper easy tickets for an assortment of Box products.  These are already entered into our ticket tracker and approved.  All we need is someone to complete them!  You don't even need to know how our products work to help out.  Each ticket spells out what amounts to a one-line change to get your feet wet and experience the process of submitting something that will release to the world in the next version of our product.  We'll even make sure to include your names in the release notes :)

You. Yes, you!

There's a little bit of a catch.  These special tickets are ONLY for people who have never submitted a pull request via GitHub before.  You know who you are.  If you've contributed before, we thank you so much but please step aside so someone who's never been a part of this process can give it a spin.  Please only take one of these tickets too.  If you really love this and want to help more in the future, don't worry-- we'll have lots of other opportunities to put your newly learned Git skillz to good use.  

What You Need to Do

Ok, we've made this super easy.  The tickets already exist in JIRA, but I would recommend creating a quick JIRA account so you can assign yourself to the ticket.  That way, we won't have two people trying to work on the same thing at once.  Here is our guide that covers signing up for a free JIRA account.

How To Create A JIRA Account And Enter ColdBox Tickets

Next, choose one of these simple tickets and assign it to yourself:

Next, follow the step-by-step guide here that will walk you through getting a copy of the code, making the change, and submitting that change back to us.

How To Submit Pull Requests to the ColdBox Platform

If you get stuck or have questions, no worries!  Just jump on the CFML Slack team and give a shout out in the #box-products channel.  Or you can shoot an E-mail off to our Google Group.

Thank You

You did it!  Today you have become part of something bigger than yourself.  You contributed to an open source project and it really wasn't that bad.  A new world of opportunity and collaboration has just opened up to you. Go ahead and kick back while you revel in your new found meaning.  In fact, take the rest of the day off-- I've already cleared it with your boss.

If you happen across this post and the 4 tickets above have already been gobbled up, please give a holler.  I will gladly create more easy-grab changes for first timers to try out.  This is important to CFML and at Ortus we understand that as much as anyone does.  We want CFML to succeed, and for that the CFML community needs to be engaged.  

ColdBox MVC, Community, Tutorials, Tutorials 0

ColdFusion Summit 2015 Training Bootcamp

Luis Majano
Sep 15, 2015





We are so excited to bring our Box training series to this year's Adobe ColdFusion Summit on November 7-8th, 2015 at the Vdara hotel, just a few minutes walking distance from the conference venue.  This training series will be led by Box creators Luis Majano and Brad Wood.  The first day will be a hands-on training on all things CommandBox. The ColdFusion CLI, package manager and REPL tool.  We will then move into ColdBox MVC training for the entire second day thanks to all the goodies we learned in Day 1.  We are so excited to be part of the Adobe ColdFusion Summit and be able to add some training goodness to it as well.  See you there.


Adobe ColdFusion Attendees Discount

If you will be attending the ColdFusion Summit you can get an additional 20% OFF by using the discount code for the event:


ColdBox MVC, Community, Events, News, Training 0

How To Submit Pull Requests to the ColdBox Platform

Brad Wood
Aug 28, 2015


The best part about open source projects is you! Many hands make light work and at Ortus we love getting input from the many smart community members out there.  The first way you can help is to report bugs or enhancements in our ticket tracking system.  You can read our guide for that here:

The second thing you can do is to actually submit fixes yourself!  This may seem scary, but it's a pretty straight forward process once you've done it once.  We can never have too many people willing to help. Let's jump in and cover the steps it takes to submit some code to the ColdBox Platform.

ColdBox MVC, Community, Tutorials, Tutorials 1

Gavin Pickin New ContentBox Evangelist + ContentBox Roadmap

Luis Majano
Aug 21, 2015


We at Ortus are excited to announce Gavin Pickin as the new ContentBox evangelist.  He has been involved with the Box Community for a very long time and has always brought great ideas and help to the team and product suite.  In his new role, he will lead the evangelism and direction of the ContentBox CMS Platform.  We are also excited to announce our public product roadmap for ContentBox and the general availability of our beta bleeding edge downloads.  So let’s find out a little about him.


Gavin was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand… before moving to California at the age of 21. When New Zealand’s patchy weather let him go outside, he was constantly playing cricket, soccer, tennis, rugby, track and field, almost any sport that he could. When weather kept him inside, curiosity and computers kept him entertained. Gavin took the competitiveness and curiosity with him to University where he won a Senior Prize for Management Science and Information Systems and was invited into the prestigious Honors program, but decided to head abroad for International Experience. Upon completion of his Degree, he left New Zealand for California, where he has lived ever since. Now with a beautiful wife, and 5 great kids, he’s made a lifetime home in California.


Life in Web Development

While studying at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Gavin starting working Part Time for the School of Business as a WebMaster. In his final year of school, Gavin was invited to be part of the first “E-Business Team”, brought together to build a cohesive brand for the University. This is where Gavin was introduced to ColdFusion 4.5, and in the first weekend, he built a full blown app, and never looked back.

After arriving in California, he worked with a small company, helping them grow to become a million dollar company, with a custom designed k12 focused education content management system, which got the attention of the big players. After 6 years, he moved to a bigger company focused more on custom solutions, where he expanded his knowledge and tools as more detailed end to end systems were built, using ColdFusion and Javascript, including hybrid mobile apps with the help of Cordova.

Responsible for all aspects of the development process, from project specification, database design, devops, graphic design, server side and client side applications, Gavin’s experience has allowed him to fit well into any project, and his passion to learn and grow mean’s he is not afraid to tackle new technology.

History in *Box

After working on several custom built frameworks over many years of work with ColdFusion (that show remnants of fusebox remains), Gavin knew scaling his projects would require an adoption of community driven well known frameworks, not only for technical reasons, but for onboarding new developers. This lead Gavin to a ColdBox Bootcamp prior to cf.Objective() in 2013 where he met the ColdBox team and other new Boxers. It seemed like a natural progression, picked it up quickly, and contributed to the ColdBox world with a starter Project ColdBox Koans and presented at the ColdBox Developer week soon after.

Since then Gavin has continued to integrate more of the Box platform into legacy projects and new projects alike, and dive into new technology like TestBox and CommandBox as it came out. Gavin has continued to participate in the community, on Mailing Lists, ColdBox Developer Weeks, and Into the Box, and also guest blog posts and Roadshow presentations.

ContentBox Roadmap

You can view/download the ContentBox Roadmap document by clicking on the links below:

Our 3.0.0 Beta release is almost complete and the pre-beta binaries can be found in our integration server.

Community, ContentBox CMS 0

Ortus Sponsoring at CFCamp 2015 - Munich

Luis Majano
Jul 28, 2015


CFCamp 2015 - Munich

We are excited to be part of CFCamp 2015 this year.  This is truly an awesome conference with over 26 different sessions, amazing speakers and of course it is hosted in one of my favorite cities in the world, Munich! So head over to their registration and get registered now as this event is around the corner.  We will also be holding a 3 day training event right before the conference on October 19-21st and if you are attending CFCamp you get an additional 30% off the entrance fee.  How do you get it? Use the following discount link:

See you soon!

ColdFusion, Community, Events, News 0
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