June 7, 2013
I had a great time attending and presenting at Scotch on the Rocks 2013 in Edinburgh. For the past several years now, I've been talking about the importance of caching as part of an overall application architecture consideration. Although I've presented on the topic a dozen or so times now, each presentation I give is different from the last.
If you would like a copy of the slides, along with demo code that illustrates all of the points I covered during the talk, you can download it here:
Any questions about the content, please leave a comment!
May 19, 2012
Thanks to everyone who came out to hear my presentation on Ten Steps to Move your Use of Caching Beyond the Basics at cf.Objective 2012. As promised, here are the slides, demo code, and ehcache.xml config file from the session.
January 19, 2012
If you happen to be in the Phoenix area on Wednesday, January 25th, stop on by the University of Advancing Technology at 6:30 pm to catch a preview of my upcoming cf.Objective presentation: Ten Steps to Move Your Use of Caching Beyond the Basics. Here's a short description of the presentation:
We all know that caching plays an important part of any performant and
scalable application architecture and that with ColdFusion 9 caching is
easier than ever. This session explores 10 steps you can take to move your
use of caching beyond what ColdFusion provides out of the box.
*Please note that this presentation won't be recorded/streamed. You have to be there in person to see it. Normally I'm all for recording and streaming, but since this is a preview of a talk I'll be giving at an upcoming conference, I want to limit the audience out of respect to those attending the conference.
May 24, 2011
As you might have heard, Terracotta -- the makers of Ehcache, the Terracotta Server Array, Quartz Scheduler and Big Memory recently announced their intent to be acquired by German software company Software AG. If you're wondering who Software AG is, you're probably not alone. Until recently, Software AG was a relatively little known company in the US. Although they've been in business since the late 1960's, their main market had been Europe. That all changed in 2007 when they acquired WebMethods, one of the largest providers of integration systems and services. This more than doubled their North American customer base. They continued to fuel their rapid growth from their mainly through acquisition. After WebMethods came IDS Scheer in 2009, Data Foundations in 2010, and now Terracotta. Each of their acquisitions has succeeded in growing their customer base, and in most cases, their revenue as well.
So, why Terracotta when Software AG is known as a business process and SOA infrastructure company? The first reason is for the technology itself, mainly Ehcache, Terracotta, and Big Memory. Software AG has big plans for the cloud, and in-memory capability and scalability play a huge part in building out their PaaS infrastructure. There are other potential benefits as well. Open source Ehcache claims an install base of over 500,000 with a sizeable open source community to back it. Although Software AG has little experience in the open source market, they've committed to the Ehcache and Quartz communities going forward. There's also the opportunity to improve job scheduling within the existing WebMethods suite. If you've ever used their existing scheduler, you know that it leaves much to be desired.
The company I work for has been a Software AG customer for close to 7 years now. We started with their ESB (Crossvision Service Orchestrator) and Tamino XML database, upgraded to WebMethods Integration Server after the merger, and have added capabilities around Business Activity Monitoring and SOA Governance since then. All along the way, Software AG has worked closely with us to meet our often challenging requirements. I think in that respect, Terracotta customers are in good hands. I've also spent considerable time working with Ehcache and Terracotta over the past 3 years now – writing articles and blog posts about their caching technology as well as speaking at several conferences. Although I didn't see the acquisition coming, I think combining the passion and talent of the folks at Terracotta with the resources and track record of Software AG will be a win for everyone involved.
While that last statement might sound like rainbows and unicorns, there is one area where I hope Software AG can learn from Terracotta, and that's community. Having been involved with various technology communities over the years, I feel that the Software AG community could use some help. With the exception of a few sites, there's little evangelism that happens outside of Software AG branded properties. Sure there are official Software AG blogs, and Software AG forums, but what I don't see is a vibrant community outside of Software AG writing about and talking about their products. Contrast that with Terracotta, and especially the Ehcache community and you'll see exactly what I mean. Let's hope that Software AG makes the most of the community they're getting along with the technology.
May 13, 2011
Slides, config files and code for my cf.objective() 2011 presentation, "Undocumented and Off Script: ColdFusion & Ehcache" are now available. You can view the slides inline, or download the attached zip file which contains the presentation and all files/code from the presentations.
As always, if you have questions or want to discuss, leave a comment or hit me up on twitter at @styggiti.
July 27, 2010
If you've been following my series on caching in ColdFusion 9, you know that ColdFusion 9.0 includes the powerful caching platform Ehcache from Terracotta. What you may not know, though, is that in ColdFusion 9.0.1 Adobe upgraded the Ehcache engine from version 1.6 to 2.0. This brings several new caching capabilities to ColdFusion and makes them dead simple to implement. If you're interested in learning more, Mike Allen from Terracotta and I are presenting a webinar on August 12, 2010 at 11am Pacific time. Here's the official announcement:
Join me and Mike Allen, the head of product management at Terracotta in a discussion about simple and effective ways to scale and boost the performance of ColdFusion applications using Ehcache.
In this webcast, you'll learn:
- Why caching is important
- How ColdFusion leverages Ehcache to boost performance
- Tips and tricks to leverage the newest features of Ehcache in ColdFusion
- How to take advantage of the ability to snap in Enterprise Ehcache to scale out your applications
Please register for this webcast even if you are unable to attend and you will get an email with a link to the recording.