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I'm going to NCDevCon!

posted under category: Life Events on August 13, 2014 at 8:13 am by MrNate

Did I mention I moved to Charleston, South Carolina? The move has kind of been the focus of my life for quite a while now, and it feels good to be coming down form the stress of packing up my whole family and moving them all the way across the nation. It's kind of a long story, but if you see me, feel free to ask.

And where might you see me?

Well one of the benefits of living on the Eastern Seaboard, and especially being in the Carolinas, is that Raleigh, where NCDevCon happens, is only an afternoon drive away! Yeah, I'm driving, and hopefully it will even be with some co-workers here from the airplane company.

I've heard a lot of great things about it NCDevCon. Dan and the group up there have been doing an awesome job for years now. I'm super excited, and it's only about a month away. See you there!

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Yes, I will be at CF.Objective() 2013

posted under category: Life Events on May 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm by MrNate

I will be at CF.Objective() and I hope I will see you there, too!

Here are the sessions that I have a good probability of attending. There are so many great ones, as usual, and most of these were hard decisions, so they are not set in stone. I'm just so excited to be going, I had to share!

Thursday
Writing Secure CFML with Pete Freitag I keep hearing great things about Pete's security talks, and in previous years it was either in a time slot against something else I was interested in, or that I was talking for.
Go Node Without Code with Brian Rinaldi Node interests me in the way that I believe server-side JS is the future, but I think Node isn't the way to go, so Brian's talk sounds interesting.
Railo's Top 10 Developer Features with Mark Drew Railo always interests me, even though I don't run it anywhere in production.
ORM, noSQL and Vietnam with Sean Corfield Just like Sean always does, he pushes us to the edge of cool development practices & technologies.
Mura 6 for Developers with Steve Withington Steve is a big Mura fan, I'm betting this will be awesome.

Friday
How WebKit Renders Web Pages with Elliott Sprehn Because Google is amazing so everything Elliott talks about is like magic.
Semantic Markup with HTML5 by Christian Ready Don't know how much I'll learn, but I do love me some hypertexts.
How Groovy & Grails made me a better CF developer with Scott Stroz I've played with Groovy a bit but am curious about how to get into more.
Who let a bum into the kitchen with Nathan Mische I've heard about these quick dev server setup tools, but am unsure how or why, so this will probably be over my head, which I like.
JavaScript Enterprise Workflows with Jeff Tapper This is something I honestly want to improve on and teach to my co-workers.

Saturday
Deep Dive: The ColdFusion 10 Scheduler with Rob Brooks-Bilson Something I plan to use soon, but mostly I just want to know more about it. I may skip out to Charlie's IIS8 session for the second half, not sure.
ContentBox with Luis Majano I'm interested to see what Luis has done here.
Git Workflows with Tim Cunningham I've done my homework but I always want to know more about how best to structure my Git setup. Not sure about this versus ElliottZ's second session. Or Brad Woods' Agile talk. Too many good ones in this slot!
Building Modern Web Apps with Adrian Moreno Sounds like a lot of things that I'm doing, I like to see how other people put it together.

Again, these are highly subject to change, and again, I'm excited!

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Yes, I will be at MAX (kind of)

posted under category: Life Events on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm by MrNate

If you are in the Adobe User Group Managers group, or the Adobe Community Professionals group (or any other related groups), then you know about "The Summit" we do every year. It's a free event Adobe does for us, we talk about the community, we talk about improving things, and then we have a party!

This year, the Summit is only a half day on the Sunday before MAX, and I will be there! I can't stick around for the conference, I don't have the time (but thanks to Megan for offering).

I'm driving my wife & kids across from Phoenix to L.A., on Sunday, for the Summit, then driving back on Monday. It's not so glamorous, but my kids haven't seen the ocean in a couple years.

So anyway, if you want to say "Hi" to me, you have like 6 hours. See you there!

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A couple days of downtime

posted under category: Life Events on March 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm by MrNate

We're having a hosting change, so expect Dopefly to be down for a couple days while we get it sorted out. Also the azcfug.org site will be down and a few other sites we have hosted here. Thanks to my friend Steven Benjamin for finding us a new home!

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Hey what's happening? (August 2011 edition)

posted under category: Life Events on August 20, 2011 at 3:09 am by MrNate

A little quiet around here for the second half of the year. I hate those blogs that do nothing but apologize for lack of interesting content, and I don't like blogging just because it's been too quiet, but I have a goal for this year, and that's to blog more than last year. I have more than doubled it already, I think I'll beat the last 2 years combined, so I'm able to feel a little smug there. See, I like to set goals that I've already hit. No disappointment that way.

We took a couple vacations over the last couple months. Legoland in May, then San Antonio and Schlitterbahn in July. My wife likes to keep me away from screens when she can. We were supposed to head up to the Rim this weekend but she's going to be busy showing houses. She's planning on closing her first two within the next few weeks, working her tail off. Also, I won a big glass award trophy thing at work for a project I did last year. I need to find a way to top that.

Anyways, before August slips away, I really do have 3 interesting things to say.

1. AZCFUG has famed CF podcaster and presenter Dave Ferguson to talk about Application Intrusion, Detection and Tracking. If you haven't seen it yet, you should come and catch this talk before he stops giving it! That's next Wednesday, the 24th, check the AZCFUG site for details.

2. Along with Dave and a lot of other really smart people, I am speaking at the Adobe MAX ColdFusion Unconference. The unconference area is where the smartest, coolest, most attractive people hang out, so naturally I'll be there most of the time. My time slot is on Wednesday afternoon, so don't leave the conference early, the best stuff is on the last day! The topic of my talk is LESS CSS, being a programmer while working with stylesheets, and doing amazing things with beautiful technology.

3. With all that LESS stuff, I have learned far more than I can put in a single technical presentation, so I'm going to start leaking LESS content onto this blog. Hopefully it will whet your appetite enough to catch my talk. Look forward to it. You will love it. Also you can catch the preview at the CFUG in late September, and after MAX if your local user group or tech conference wants to see it and can book my time.

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How I got started with ColdFusion

posted under category: Life Events on August 1, 2011 at 3:00 am by MrNate

August 1st 2011 is "How I started ColdFusion" day, thanks to Steve Bryant.

This may not be entirely fantastic, but it's my story.

I was working at 7x, a start-up web design and development company in Anchorage, AK. there were only a small handful of those when I started out of high school in 1997. Development at 7x was all based on Tango; the "server" was a mac, Tango would crash often and there was only one guy who could hack it. We started hearing about ColdFusion as a better web platform. A little positive press and the CEO was sold.

The following year, 7x sent 3 of us to a week of training in Seattle. The other two with me wore those customer relations, project manager and designer hats, and I was really a web producer or content engineer at the time. My business cards actually said I was the 'Sr Web Slinger'.

Thinking back I can't believe how naive I was at the time. I knew so little. The world was all blurry to me.

The training was an Allaire class put on by a guy who drove down from Vancouver, BC (as opposed to Vancouver WA where I was born). Nice guy, I think his name was Jonathan. We actually went through two classes in the week, first was a web development (in general) class, then the "Cold Fusion" class. I think I was the only one of the three of us from 7x who seemed to really get what was being taught in the CF class. It's that technical brain of mine I guess.

This was my first business trip. We toured Seattle, I visited my uncle in Kirkland, discovered GameWorks and Ikea, and made some life-long friends.

They put me right to work when I came back, working on shopping carts and early CMS-like apps. I sure hope none of that code is still running today.

So, here's to the bright future! I hope I can look back at this time and say "I knew so little" 13 years further down the road.

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Where have I been?

posted under category: Life Events on May 1, 2011 at 12:52 am by MrNate

Thanks to the iPhone GPS tracking debacle and nPhoneTrack, I can see where I've been over the past year.



And in my home town, Phoenix, markers in the east valley are extremely dense.

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Hey, I'm speaking at CF.Objective()!

posted under category: Life Events on January 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm by MrNate

I'm really excited about this!

I mean, if you know me, then me really excited is like me really not excited, except with more to say. But still, I'm really excited.

This is my first conference speaking gig, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into, but I'm plunging ahead. It will be great. I'm presenting on day 2 in the afternoon, the same talk I've given for some smaller groups over the past year: "Holistic Program Quality and Technical Debt." Yeah, that's really what it's called.

I just noticed the conference speakers page has my name on it, as well as the sessions page, and the schedule. Oh, and there's a whole page about my session.

If you can, please come watch the show. It will be amazing. Guaranteed.

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I got the iPhone

posted under category: Life Events on July 23, 2009 at 10:53 am by MrNate

Last month before our AZCFUG meeting, we (the UGMs and ACEs of the Phoenix area) were hanging out with Ryan Stewart (who has an adobe go link now) at Four Peaks Brewery. It became quickly obvious that only Rob Brooks-Bilson (who has his own wikipedia entry) and myself were on dumbphones. Rob picked up his iPhone that following weekend. I held out for 2 more weeks (hey, we had a baby, cut me some slack). My wife & I had planned to upgrade to something, I was leaning towards Android, but, thanks to HTC's mediocre Android devices and my employer's fantastic corporate rates with AT&T, we switched and I got an iPhone 3GS.

I've had it for a couple weeks now, and I've got to say, wow. This thing is great. Really. Everyone should have one. From the seamless phone and ipod controls to the connectivity and web browsing abilities, to the apps and games available, it's been really, really fantastic.

One thing I like the most is that it's easily a hundred devices in one. With nothing added, it's a great phone, navigation system, media player, web browser, PIM and camera. That's just brushing the surface, and of course doesn't cover the thousands of apps you can download, many for free.

Case in point: This last weekend we wanted to play mini-golf with the fam. Alanda (my wife) found an indoor place in North Phoenix - 113 is hot enough to stay indoors! Using the camera and Facebook app, I dropped an adorable picture of Aubri (1 yr, our 3rd child) owning the course. From there, we wanted food. Thanks to the iPhone, we were at in-n-out burger in 5 minutes. Finally, we had to get back to Alanda's Dad's camp trailer. Thanks to the map, we saved at least 20 minutes of driving. As we wound through Fountain Hills, I showed Alanda the Zillow application. She was having so much fun as it showed her the estimated prices of all the houses we drove by, live, as the app tracked us on a map with the iPhone's GPS.

I was especially impressed with how I could buy the device and never need to plug it in to a computer. You can download music, podcasts, movies, apps, games, everything without even owning a PC to plug it into. You'll probably want to, but you don't have to this time. This is in contrast to how my iPod Video was simply a sattelite of the media in iTunes on my desktop.

Repeated conclusion: Everybody should have one. Really.

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I joined facebook

posted under category: Life Events on October 6, 2008 at 11:39 am by MrNate

I had completely promised myself that I would NOT join MySpace, just as a fundamental stand against poor web design, even if they did write it with my favorite programming language. As a result, I had mentally discarded social networks in general, but, when you get married, you know, you make some compromises. So anyways, a few weeks ago, Alanda talked me into joining Facebook (in exchange for me taking out the garbage and cutting down a tree and giving her a massage -- I think she got the better end of the deal).

If you don't know social networks, basically, you find all your friends and talk about yourself so they can keep up with your life. It's less formal than a phone call or even an email, but better than spreading hearsay and 3rd hand information. Then they can comment on what you say and vice versa.

Facebook is especially nice in that the usability of the site is fantastic and the design is consistent throughout. Pretty much any activity I would like to do from any given area is already there. Thus far, they've thought of everything. As far as social web sites, including ones I've worked on, it's the best I've seen, by far.

Just in this past few weeks I've found a friend from school I didn't know was living in town. Anyways, if you feel like it, come look me up.

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This makes three...

posted under category: Life Events on April 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm by MrNate

I tend to keep my personal & family related blogging exclusively on my family's blog. The same segregation works in reverse to keep my family from yawning at the content I typically post here. My aunt, the pharmacist doesn't want to hear about functional programming with ColdFusion any more than you want to hear about the fruit trees in my back yard.

Rarely have I posted cross-over entries, but, today is a different day, so I've added a category for life events.

Today, Aubri Gail Strutz was born. This is my 3rd child. She is perfect and healthy. Her mom is recovering quickly and her siblings are excited. It's been a long night.

Now, I'm not saying I'll start telling you all about my fruit trees, but I think it helps when a blog has a touch of personal life thrown in. Something I feel I've lacked here.

I will, however, make no promises on blogging at all for a little while. But who knows, I've got the week off.   :)

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Farewell Interactive Sites, Hello Boeing

posted under category: Life Events on September 24, 2007 at 2:25 am by MrNate

It's sad when the time comes to leave the best job you have ever had, the best team you have ever collaborated with and the most fun projects you have ever worked on. That time comes for me this Thursday, September 27th. My +2 year term at Interactive sites has been just that. Thanks to everyone who made working there great. Future employees, this is a great place to work.

It's not all sad, however. I'm taking a CF developer position at Boeing thanks to a good friend of mine. The money is even more respectable and the travel time should be less than half of before. Deals like this don't come around often. It's a great opportunity for myself, my family, and hopefully for Boeing.

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Nathan is a co-manager for the Phoenix CFUG (AZCFUG) and a ColdFusion application developer for an aerospace company in the Phoenix East valley (Mesa). Aside from doing ColdFusion applications, Nathan enjoys playing with servers, hacking with a variety of other programming languages and managing his home theater PC. Nathan got his programming start writing batch files in DOS.
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