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Into the Box 2017 Schedule Released

Gavin Pickin
Feb 07, 2017

 

Logo Banner - Into the Box 2017 - Coldfusion and Java redefined

Ortus Solutions' very own conference, Into the Box conference, has expanded in 2017, from 1 day of conference content, to 2 days of conference content + 1 day of workshops. We are hosting Into The Box 2017 in Houston Texas in April. Wednesday the 26th has 5 great workshops, Thursay April 27th and Friday 28th is 2 full days of great conference sessions, with 2 tracks to choose from… over 30 sessions.

We are so excited to finally unveil the schedule lineup for our Into The Box conference.

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Call For Speakers Open for Into The Box 2017

Brad Wood
Nov 30, 2016

 

We're gearing up to bring Into The Box back-- our yearly Ortus conference of Boxy goodness.  This year will have some major changes from previous years.

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CBCMS2016 - Webinar - ContentBox + Mobile : Love is in the air

Gavin Pickin
Jul 19, 2016

 

ContentBox 3 is a big step forward for us, as we have discussed during our month long roadshow... and in todays technological state, we can't talk too much without mention Mobile apps. This Friday, July 22nd 2016, at 11 Central, Scott Steinbeck will be leading a webinar on ContentBox + Mobile, to give you an overview of how he designed the Into the Box app for our conference in St Paul MN in June, written with Ionic and ContentBox.

Register today for this free webinar.

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Win a FREE pass for Into The Box 2016 Conference

Luis Majano
Apr 27, 2016

 

Adobe Sponsors a FREE Conference PASS

Thanks to Adobe, we just announced a cool little developer contest and you can win a FREE pass to this year's Into The Box Conference - June 14th, 2016 in Minneapolis. Just check out the official Contest Entry, Code, and Win!

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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!

 

 

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CommandBox v1.0.0 Released!

Luis Majano
Feb 04, 2015

 

After almost a year in development, we are so excited to finally announce the release of CommandBox 1.0.0 Final.  This has been definitely one of the most challenging and fun projects we have overtaken here at Ortus.  We had a vision of how we could accelerate not only development, tools and ultimately the ColdFusion (CFML) landscape by building a tool that could put us up to par with many other technologies.  I am glad to say we have now a great foundation to move forward.  CommandBox brings CFML to any Operating System and even embedded systems like the Raspberry and Banana Pi.  It also gives ColdFusion (CFML) developers a much better workflow to work with their projects and a sense of community we lovingly call ForgeBox.  

With anything we do here at Ortus, it is fully documented using our new book formats.  So head on over to commandbox.ortusbooks.com to download or read the entire CommandBox documentation.  In the next coming weeks we will begin our CommandBox 5 week roadshow that will include weekly blogging tutorials and video presentations, so stay tuned as each week progresses.  So without further ado, I present to you project Gideon: CommandBox CLI!

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Into The Box Conference is back for another round

Brad Wood
Dec 01, 2014

 

We are excited that Into The Box is coming back for another round in 2015.  ITB is a 1-day, 2-track conference happening the day before dev.Objective().  It was sold out last year and can only get bigger and better.

ITB is put on by Ortus Solutions, the makers of the ColdBox MVC platform.  While ColdBox is the flagship product of Ortus, their repertoire has grown to include tunes of CMSs, NoSQL, security, and performance.  Many of the hits on Ortus' playlist such as WireBox, CacheBox, LogBox, and CacheBox got their start in the ColdBox platform before they set out on their own.  They're available to any CFML developer these days, but we'll always consider them part of our family.  

So it's only fitting that ITB will not only be about ColdFusion's de-facto MVC platform but about the full line of productivity tools offered by Ortus-- most of which are open source like ColdBox.  We're still busy hashing out the exact topic titles and if you have suggestions or are open to actually presenting a session, check out the call for speakers over on the ITB blog.  

For the rest of you, the registration form for ITB 2015 is already open so head on over and get your ticket now.  Also, watch for discounts coming soon for dev.Objective() attendees.  See you there!

 

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Into The Box 2015 Registration is Live!

Luis Majano
Nov 25, 2014

 

We are extremely excited to announce the comeback of the Into The Box developer conference.  This year we had a sold out conference, over 14 incredible sessions and even a surprise Mariachi band in the closing session! Into The Box 2015 will be bigger and brighter!  

Into The Box is a 1-day, 2-track event with speakers from around the world presenting on topics surrounding web technologies, software craftsmanship and the Ortus Solutions product stack.  It will be held 1 day before one of the biggest enterprise development conferences in the world: dev.Objective() on May 12th, 2015.  We are currently seeking speakers and will providing a line up in January.

The registration for this event not only gets you in for a great day of training and networking but also you will receive the following and more:

  • 50 Free Business cards by Moo.com
  • 1 copy of Ortus DataBoss Standalone
  • Free subscription to HackMyCF
  • Much more

See you there in May!

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Project CommandBox (Gideon): The CFML CLI, Package Manager and REPL

Brad Wood
May 16, 2014

 

So at Into The Box this week we unveiled our latest here at Ortus that we've been calling project Gideon.  I'll note now that I'm blogging this to the Ortus blog because this is not beholden to the ColdBox MVC platform, but a new general tool we hope to help color the CFML developer's toolbox with.  Of course, even though this is a general tool aimed at the CFML community, you can bet your bippy we're cooking up some sweet Box love for our existing libraries.

CommandBox

CommandBox is a standalone, native tool that will have binaries for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  It provides a Command Line Interface (CLI) for developer productivity, tool interaction, package management, embedded CFML server, application scaffolding, and some sweet ASCII art.  We are working on a number of command namespaces to easily interact with TestBox, ForgeBox, ContentBox, CacheBox, etc.  Built-in help is completely integrated for every command.  You can pop open a CommandBox shell in your terminal window and manually type commands, or even automate things externally via the CommandBox binary with your OS's native shell.  

Package Management

So one of the biggest things we think the CFML community is missing is a true package management platform.  With this in mind, we are going to be reworking ForgeBox this year and opening it up to the entire community.  We have created a spec for a box.json file which will go in the root of CFML packages to describe metadata about the package, how it should be installed, and dependencies that the package requires to run.  Hand in hand with this move, is the complete modularization of the ColdBox platform.  75% of its code has been stripped from the core, and moved into modules on ForgeBox.  CommandBox is getting a tight integration with the ForgeBox REST API to search, view, and install packages/modules directly into your app from the command line.  We want the community to follow in this manner, and if they aren't writing modules for ColdBox (which are getting some sweet new features in ColdBox 4) at least start writing package-able CF code that can be distributed in a consistent and scriptable manner.

Application Scaffolding

CommandBox will have tons of command for quickly building out applications.  Create a new ColdBox app with "coldbox create app", add a handler with "coldbox create handler".  You can even get actions added to it, views created, and BDD integration tests stubbed out at the same time.  This can bring new productivity for people who like to live on the command line and especially for those who want to be able to automate stuff they do a lot of.

Embedded Server

One of the cool things CommandBox brings to the table is the ability to spin up an ad hoc, lightweight, CFML server in any directory from the command line.  Simply change your working directory to the root of your app, type "start" and a super fast Railo server spins up on a new port running your code.  When you're done type "stop" from that directory or use the little icon that's showed up in your system tray.

Whiz Bang Cool

So one of the most interesting things about this entire project is that the actual commands are written in CFML itself!  CommandBox is small, lightweight, integrated at the operating system level, but actually running on CFML at the same time.  This means you will eventually be able to extend it with your own commands that do cool stuff for a different framework, or automate repetitive tasks you're tired of doing every day.  All the code for CommandBox is open source and already available on GitHub.  Tonight I did an informal demo of CommandBox to a BOF here at cf.Objective().  I recorded it on Connect.  I start out talking a bit about ColdBox 4 and ForgeBox, but just stick with me-- I'm laying the groundwork to help paint the bigger picture we're trying to achieve here at Ortus.  We're really trying to push the CFML world forward with tools no one else is making that fall into a bigger picture of productivity, automation, and modular applications.  We hope to have an alpha out in the next week or so to play with and provide your feedback.  Watch the 20 minute recording below and then fire off your thoughts in the comments.

http://experts.adobeconnect.com/p6bz0oi4ppi/

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Into The Box 2014 Registration is Live!

Luis Majano
Jan 21, 2014

 

Just in case you have not heard, the site for Into The Box 2014 is now live and ready for your order!  Into The Box is a 1-day, 2-track event with speakers from around the world presenting on topics surrounding the Ortus Solutions product stack, CFML and web technologies. It will be held 1 day before the biggest enterprise CFML conference in the world: cf.Objective() on May 13th, 2014.  We have already a great lineup of speakers and sessions.

The registration for this event not only gets you in for a great day of training and networking but also you will receive the following and more:

  • 50 Free Business cards by Moo.com
  • Free access to the CBDW2012 and CBDW2013 online training courses
  • 1 copy of Ortus DataBoss Standalone
  • Free subscription to HackMyCF
  • Much more

See you there in May!

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