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Look ma, I'm speaking at Max. Thanks, Adobe. :-)

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Well, I got an email from Adobe today confirming that I'll be speaking at the Adobe Max conference later this year in San Francisco. Of course I'm delighted and very happy to announce it.

A couple of folks had pointed out to me last week that I was listed on the site as a speaker, but I was waiting for confirmation before announcing it (just seemed prudent). Anyway, I certainly thank the powers that be at Adobe who selected me.

I mentioned in a note last week that I'd had the pleasure to speak at 5 other conferences earlier this year. I'm looking forward to adding this to the list!

My first chance to speak at Max, after 3 "Devcon"s

This is all the more special because while I've attended the last two Max's, I've not spoken at them. I did speak at the Macromedia DevCons in 2001 and 2002 (and before that the Allaire DevCon in 2000), but during my time with New Atlanta from 2003 to early 2006, well, I missed out on Max. :-)

The Topic: Derby

I submitted a few topics and curiously the one selected was:
"Using Apache Derby, the Open Source Database Embedded in ColdFusion 8"

Learn about the Apache Derby database included in ColdFusion 8. A full-featured database with a ten-year heritage, Apache Derby is fully transactional, easy to use, and standards based and has the advanced features you'd expect in any quality DBMS. Yet it's small, at only 2MB. In this session, you'll find out how to use Apache Derby within ColdFusion, as well as about tools that work with it and where to learn more.

I realize many have missed or dismissed the embedded Derby DB. I've made the argument before that it's very much worth your looking into. (And I was glad to see Scott Stroz promote it several weeks ago.) You'll definitely want to check out my resource page to learn more in the meantime.

Would love to take it further

So I'll see some of you at Max. If you attend my talk and like it, please do offer your feedback forms. I'd love to present at the other Max events. :-)

(BTW, when I use the term "look ma" in my titles, that's just in jest. I'm not really hoping my mom will see the entry: sadly, she passed away several years ago. I do miss her.)

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Looking forward to seeing you at MAX, Charlie! :)
# Posted By Rachel Luxemburg | 7/9/08 12:25 PM
I'm sure you'll make a good presentation.

Just a few thoughts why derby is not heavily used by my company:
We have a lot of DBMS, so why use Derby: How does Derby perfrom compared to others, especially MySql and PostgreSQL?
Which sql implementation does derby have? Is Join-syntax possible, CASES, subqueries, top/limit?
What if we need more than 1 cf server for a project - is it possible to connect the 2nd machine with the first (great idea for cf9 clustering features: automagically sync derby databases)?
For which type of application/project is derby usable?
and so on
# Posted By Michael | 7/10/08 4:12 AM
Thanks, Rachel. Don't know if you saw my next note, but it turns out that my speaking at Max is more momentous than I first realized (see http://carehart.org/...)

@Michael, yours are common questions. While it may not have been clear, the resource I pointed to above, http://carehart.org/..., which I wrote previously, covers those and other common questions. People are often surprised to learn how quite capable and performant Derby is, compared to the more well-known competition. (That said, I wouldn't say "always use Derby". It has its place, and times when it may not be the best choice. I'm just saying it's more respectable than many realize.)

I'll admit, though, that I hadn't offered an answer to your question about clustering Derby servers. I just looked into it and updated the resource. See "" at http://carehart.org/...index.cfm#cluster." target="_blank">http://carehart.org/...

Even so, as long as you brought it up, I'd ask what CF9 clustering features you're referring to? I might have missed something but I don't recall hearing anything new at the various conference previews of possible Centaur features. Then again, CF has had clustering features since CF 4 (improved in CFMX and above, of course), but I don't see what they would have to with clustering of any DB, let alone Derby.
# Posted By Charlie Arehart | 7/10/08 2:33 PM
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