Hacking the Matrix at SOTR 2013

Published on: February 21, 2013
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Yesterday I was very fortunate to receive an email that said I’ve been once again accepted as a speaker at Scotch On The Rocks in EdinBurgh on June 6-7, 2013. This conference is in fact the longest running ColdFusion conference and I am very proud to be part of this wonderful event once more.

While this last sentence may sound like some ass-kissing towards the organization, it isn’t. I have been part of this conference for the last 3 years now and I must say, of all the conferences I’ve attended, this is the one with the most amount of crazy people attending… which is a good thing by the way.

Many of you who read my blog will probably know that for ColdFusion, met pet peeve is actually ORM. I just love that stuff. I also love the way it connects so simple to a Flex application, for instance. But you also know that I have a soft spot for R&D and love fooling around with Phidgets and Arduino. Well, for this edition of SOTR I was thinking why not combine both and use ColdFusion to work with physical devices. So, here’s the short introduction on what I’ll be talking about

Most of you have been programming a lot in ColdFusion, creating compelling data-driven web applications or just plain websites. But these types of applications and websites are just the tip of the iceberg. What if you could tap into the matrix and control what’s really out there? In this session you’ll learn about how you can leverage your existing ColdFusion skills to control hardware such as motors, RFIDs and sensors, which allows you to create all kinds of robots and some real world fun and games. And why not take it one step further and use the latest HTML5 possibilities to control those contraptions with your mobile device? Whether it’s domotics, robots or games, the only limit is your imagination (and budget, of course…)

I will be bringing some practical applications with me – that’s going to be another interesting episode at the airport talking my way through security with a bunch of prototyped electronic devices :-S – so make sure you are in the front row to get a good look at what you could be creating next! I hope to see you there!

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