CFUnited is this week, and I will be there from Wednesday to Friday. Since this will be my fourth CFUnited - I have the t-shirts to prove it - I have a pretty good idea of what the sessions and format will be like. The three days will be packed with information that is nearly impossible to remember without rereading any notes I happen to take.

CFUnited sessions are far to short to fully cover most topics. ColdFusion is just too deep and rich to do so. Instead, I approach each session with the following goals:

  • Learn one new aspect of the topic. For example, what does an XSS attack look like in the logs.
  • Get introduced to the broad aspects of the topic. For example, what are the high-level abilities of ColdFusion to connect to a Microsoft Exchange server.
  • Get acquainted with the latest buzzwords and "must-haves" in the ColdFusion world. A little tongue-in-cheek, but unfortunately I do not always have time to keep up with the various email lists and blogs.

Each session is an opportunity to become interested in a new or different approach to solving a problem (and everything is a problem to resolve). Just leave room for chatting with vendors and maybe even other developers. ;-)