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Getting Design Signoff

As developers, many of us, at one time or another, take on the role of designer. When doing so, getting our customer to finalize and agree on a design and then stick with their decision can turn into a frustrating process. Paul Boag, one of my favorite designers, has some good insight on this in his presentation, "Educating Clients to Say Yes".… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on December 14, 2008 at 22:30 — No Comments

Next Stop - ColdSpring

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I was going to be spending time reading how others have applied OO principles to ColdFusion. Naturally, my reading led me to various frameworks used with ColdFusion to accomplish and/or manage some of the tasks that I have been performing manually. Tasks such as instantiating and managing data access objects (DAO) and other business logic CFCs. I usually create these as singletons… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on December 2, 2008 at 4:30 — No Comments

Sometimes I feel as if I'm the last person to catch on...

Since my last post, I have been quite busy using my new found knowledge. For the last two months I have been busy working on the project that prompted my company to send me to the ASP .Net training. The developer I had the pleasure of working with is very knowledgeable. He used to work for Microsoft as one of the developers responsible for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. He was one of those developers that I have Hal Helms mention. One who listens to your ideas with interest even though… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on November 23, 2008 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

The Training....

My next step to learning ASP .Net and C# was to find some structured training. Time is a factor on the project I'm working on so the training needed to be intense. I found just such training provided by the folks at Hands On Technology Transfer, Inc. After reading the topics covered and the time in which they cover it, I thought that if I could keep up, I would not be bored.

My only concern about an intense training is that I…


Added by Mike Harman on September 19, 2008 at 3:00 — 3 Comments

The Developer's Tool Chest

It's funny, developers tend to get used one language or technology, sometimes we get the mindset that we are a {insert language here} developer. I know, because it has happened to me. As a ColdFusion developer, I have found myself in the mindset that things need to be done in ColdFusion. I know I am not alone in this because during a number of conversations following my company's decision to have me learn ASP .Net and C#, I found myself being asked the same question, “Are you still going to… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on September 9, 2008 at 5:00 — 3 Comments

Has it been that long?

I just looked at the date of the last post - June 8. Has it been that long? It doesn't seem like it. It seems like just last week that I was D.C. for the CFUnited conference. But much has happened since the conference.

At the conference, I focused mostly on the OO aspects of CF and Flex. I was very much looking forward to applying some of the techniques and principles from CFUnited. Although this was my plan, the company I work for was forming other plans. We have a large initiative… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on September 8, 2008 at 2:40 — 1 Comment

CFUnited is just around the corner

So CFUnited is just around the corner and I have yet to respond to Liz's post on the CFUnited Blog. I noticed that many blogs that I read had posted their response. So here we go.

What are you looking forward to most?

This is a tough one. I work in a very rural area and have little interaction with other developers. So I guess, I'm looking forward to recharging my batteries by interacting and networking with other… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on June 8, 2008 at 3:30 — No Comments

CFUnited is on the schedule this year

For a couple years now I have not been able to attend CFUnited. This year, I did everything in my power to make it a priority. It has paid off! Registration has been completed, tickets bought, hotels reserved - I'm ready to go.

I will be arriving early and taking a working-pseudo vacation for a few days. I have been around the area several times, but this will be my first trip to D.C. proper. This being the case, I plan on… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on May 30, 2008 at 2:30 — No Comments

Newest Addition to the Family

I'm very proud to announce the arrival of Taylor Renee Young. Born to my baby sister, Margie and her "high school sweetheart and the love of my life" (from her myspace page), Jared.

Taylor Renee was born at 12:24 a.m. on Monday, May 26, 2008. She weighed in at 5 pounds 15.4 ounces (the doctor predicted Margie would have a 6 pound baby) at 18 inches long. She has the thickest black hair and the largest eyes!

The coolest thing.... I remember holding Margie when she was the… Continue

Added by Mike Harman on May 26, 2008 at 2:30 — 2 Comments

My new computer arrives tomorrow!

I have been debating with myself whether to buy a new computer or not. After all, I did buy a new laptop (Mac Book) a little over a year ago. The problem is, the Mac Book I have is limited to 2GB RAM. I prefer to set up my development environment so that I can do everything on one machine. If I am to do this, I need to have ColdFusion, Apache, and (because most clients I work with use MS SQL) Parallels with Windows XP and MS SQL server running on the same machine. Needless to say, this…


Added by Mike Harman on May 1, 2008 at 2:23 — No Comments

Interview with Jake Marsh

Jake Marsh is at CF Objective for the next few days and is the first on-site interview I have heard of. I would recommend checking it out.

You can read the interview over at

Added by Mike Harman on May 1, 2008 at 2:00 — No Comments

Personality Test

So I was catching up on some blog reading and Jeffry Houser had a post recommending that readers take a personality test, so I did. Here are my results:

My Personality…


Added by Mike Harman on April 27, 2008 at 2:00 — No Comments

Learning Flex

I'm learning flex, finally. So one thought keeps coming to my mind, 'Why did I wait so long?!'

Since I'm a ColdFusion developer, I'm particularly interested in the integration with CF. For now however, I'm doing the crawl before I walk thing. I'm keeping my eyes on the integration of Flex, Life Cycle Data Services, and…


Added by Mike Harman on April 20, 2008 at 2:00 — No Comments

I suppose it's time

I have been putting off starting a blog, but I suppose the time has come for me to jump on the blogwagon.

The proper things would be for me to introduce myself.

My name is Mike Harman, I am a Systems Analyst/Developer for Orenco Systems, Inc. and have worked there for the past 16 years. For the last ten years I have also ran my own consulting and…


Added by Mike Harman on April 20, 2008 at 2:00 — No Comments

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