News and Views
Saturday, June 16, 2007 2:23:03 PM
I posted my sessions for the few people who were able to make it to the sessions "Dreamweaver Data and Beyond" and "ColdFusion Custom Tags." The first session showed how to use basic Dreamweaver server behaviors with a little hand-code modifications to make horizontal loopers, multiple updates and inserts, and some other things. The second session was an introduction to custom tags and showed, among other things, the CF custom tag template system I use to drive this site and every other site I build. The concept is identical to ASP.NET master pages. The sessions are posted at http://www.tom-muck.com/sessions/.
TODCON is always a key event for the Dreamweaver community, despite it's small size. I should say because of -- not despite -- it's small size. Everybody is accessible, and by the end of the conference everybody ends up knowing each other. This year it was even better, as Adobe sent over a dozen representatives to meet with the attendees to gather feedback. They sent some of the top-level people on the Dreamweaver team, including the product manager Kenneth Berger. I got to talk shop for quite a while with Randy Edmunds (formerly from the Drumbeat team) and former Interakt guys Lucian and Christian. I also met and reconnected with some people I've known through the newsgroups and the Dreamweaver community. Being Vegas, there was also gambling, drinking, and eating. I played a bit of poker and went down a little, but didn't get to play very much. Mostly I was preparing presentations and socializing, with a little poolside relaxation mixed in.
I also didn't see a lot of the presentations, but of the ones I saw, the keynote was the most interesting -- showing the cool new features of Photoshop CS3 and Fireworks CS3, which I have not used yet. I was sorry I didn't get to see any of the Flex presentations, but CFUnited at the end of the month will have quite a few of those.
Next year TODCON will likely return to Orlando, but if you have a chance to get to one you really should check it out.
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