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I Don't Hate Dreamweaver
It might be time for a second look

Uttering the dreaded "D" word in front of a room of hard-core ColdFusion developers is a brave act indeed. Hating Dreamweaver and berating its deficiencies has become a popular pastime among ColdFusion purists, so what I'm about to say may get me in all sorts of trouble. But, here goes... I don't hate Dreamweaver. Actually, and now I'm really asking for it... <nervously> I even kind of like Dreamweaver. Really.

Ben and Dreamweaver: A Brief History
Before I begin, let me explain why I'm even writing this now. At MAX 2003, I presented a hands-on session on using Web ser-vices with ColdFusion. The session ran four times, and was more than sold out each time. The attendees used Dreamweaver for all coding, and many expressed surprise that Dreamweaver actually worked for them. In fact, several attendees commented that they liked the features we were using, features they previously did not know even existed in Dreamweaver!

Now I know that some of you are going to assume that, as a Macromedia spokesperson, I have to like and use Dreamweaver. And you'd be wrong. It wasn't that long ago that I was one of Dreamweaver's most vocal critics, both internally and publicly. When Allaire and Macromedia merged, the then Dreamweaver product manager asked me for a quote stating that Dreamweaver is the best tool for ColdFusion developers. I refused. I was not going to say that because, frankly, it wasn't. It wasn't a product I wanted to use, and I don't ever recommend anything that I myself would not use. It's as simple as that.

And then came Dreamweaver MX, and things changed. My biggest objections to earlier versions of Dreamweaver, including all those popup panels, toolbars, and menus that seemed to make little sense, and auto-generation of some of the worst CFML code I have ever seen, had been addressed. The UI was cleaner, I found that I had far greater control over what toolbars and menus and panels were staring at me, and the generated CFML code is actually quite good (the Dreamweaver team even invited me to critique the code generated previously and made lots of changes based on my recommendations).

Not that Dreamweaver MX was perfect; it was not, but suddenly I found myself hating it a whole lot less. Of course, there were still things that bugged me about it. Application load time was appalling, having to define sites for everything was a pain, and the SQL query builder was less than useful.

And then came Dreamweaver MX 2004, and once again things improved. The load time, while still not as snappy as I'd like, is much better, and sites are no longer needed. (The SQL query builder, unfortunately, is still useful only to absolute beginners.) And something funny happened: I actually found myself using Dreamweaver more and more, to the point that I barely use ColdFusion Studio (oops, I mean HomeSite+) anymore. I really have gotten used to Dreamweaver, and have even started to like it!

So, is Dreamweaver MX 2004 the best tool for ColdFusion developers, and if I was asked to say so now would I be able to do so? I think I'd have to answer that with a qualified "possibly." It is probably not the best tool for all ColdFusion developers, but for many it is. Is Dreamweaver MX 2004 a replacement for ColdFusion Studio? Absolutely not (and I know that some Macromedia sales reps spin Dreamweaver that way, and they're wrong). If it was, we'd not include HomeSite+ with every copy of Dreamweaver bought, would we? The reason we provide both products is that there is value in both, and as a ColdFusion developer you get to pick which works best for you, using one or both as suits you best. (Yes, if you are a Windows Dreamweaver user, then you already have a copy of HomeSite+ that you may use too; it's included with Dreamweaver but needs to be installed separately.)

So, Dreamweaver has gotten better, but it is not a ColdFusion Studio replacement. Why use it? Why have I started to like it? Simply because there are Dreamweaver features that I really do like, features that I have come to rely on heavily, features that are uniquely Dreamweaver, features like the ones I'll now describe.

Cool Feature #1: CFC Introspection
The Dreamweaver Application panel hosts four tabs, two of which are incredibly useful (sorry, the Bindings and Server Behaviors tabs do nothing for me personally). The Databases tab functions just like the ColdFusion Studio Databases tab - it displays defined data sources, and allows drill-down to see tables and schemas (and stored procedures for some DBMSs). Just like in ColdFusion Studio, the Databases tab requires RDS support (but unlike ColdFusion Studio, viewing data won't try to retrieve every row, effectively killing your machine).

 But Databases is not the tab I'm most interested in. The fun one is the fourth one, the one labeled Components. This tab exposes all available ColdFusion Components in a nice tree control (as seen in Figure 1). The list is built dynamically, returned to Dreamweaver by ColdFusion, and features the following:

  • Right-click on any CFC and select Get Details to see the name, path, and inheritance information.
  • Right-click on any CFC method and select Get Details to see the name, access level, return type, and more.
  • Right-click on any method argument to see the data type, whether or not it is required, and the default value (if there is one).
  • Right-click on any CFC and select Get Description to see the ColdFusion generated HTML docs for the component.
  • Double-click on any CFC or method to open the file for editing.
  • Drag any method into your code and auto-generate the complete <CFINVOKE> call (with any needed <CFINVOKEARGUMENT> tags).
The CFC browser is incredibly useful for individual development, and even more so for team development (write a CFC and anyone else on the team can easily find and use it). I've so grown to depend on this feature that this alone has made it difficult for me to go back to ColdFusion Studio.

Cool Feature #2: SOAP Support
Web services are fun, and occasionally useful (okay, I'm being facetious, they're very useful, but most of their use thus far seems to be for playing and for proving that they work; thankfully this is starting to change).

ColdFusion makes Web service invocation easy, and Dreamweaver makes ColdFusion Web service invocation even easier. That same Application panel Components tab lets you switch between ColdFusion Components and Web services. If you select the latter, Dreamweaver displays a list of known Web services in a tree control (seen in Figure 2), allowing you to browse methods, look at parameters, and even auto-generate CFML invocation code by simply dragging methods into your code.

 

How do you add a Web service to the list? Simply click the + button and you'll be prompted for the WSDL URL (as seen in Figure 3). Enter the URL, and Dreamweaver will obtain it, parse it, and add it to the menu for you. It's that simple.

 

Cool Feature #3: the CFC Wizard
I've been writing constantly about ColdFusion Components (CFCs) since we first introduced them in ColdFusion MX. I firmly believe that CFCs are the most important core CFML language enhancement since, well, since the creation of CFML.

Creating CFCs requires working with a series of nested tags to define the component, the methods, any method arguments, and the details of each. This is not a terribly difficult process, and it is one that can definitely be done by hand. But why would you want to?

Dreamweaver features a Create Component wizard that can build the entire skeleton CFC for you. Click the + button at the top of the Components tab (make sure that ColdFusion Components is selected, not Web services) to display the wizard (shown in Figure 4). Then:

 
  • In the Components section, define the name (this will be the CFC file name; specify just the name, not the .CFC extension) and the directory. If inheritance is needed, select the component to be inherited from the Extends list.
  • In the Functions section, click the + button to define each of your functions (methods). For each you'll be able to specify the name, the access level, the return type, the output flag (which should generally be "false"), and more.
  • In the Arguments section, select the functions one at a time, and for each, click + to define the method arguments. For each argument you'll be able to specify the name, the data type, whether or not it is required, and more.
  • When finished, click OK, and Dreamweaver will generate a CFC file based on your selections, save it, and update the ColdFusion Components list so that you can start using the new CFC right away.
This is a really nice feature, and one that few users even know exists.

Cool Feature #4: Debug Output
The last feature I want to share is also a little-known one, and very useful. We all use ColdFusion debug info, that output appended to the end of generated pages (or displays in an associated popup window). We've all gotten used to how that information is presented, but the truth is that the data presentation is far from ideal.

If pages are executed in Dreamweaver (by clicking the Server Debug button), then Dreamweaver grabs that output and displays it in its own tab in the Results panel (as seen in Figure 5). Debug data is cleanly presented in a tree control and the interface is even interactive. Click on a debug entry and the appropriate <CFQUERY> will be located and highlighted in the editor; click on any included file listed in the Template Stack and that file will be opened, and so on.

 

The data displayed in the Server Debug tag is the same information as is usually displayed at the bottom of generated pages, but the output and interaction is much cleaner, it takes far less space, and does not interfere with generated output at all.

Conclusion
If you've gotten this far, then I have to assume that I have successfully piqued your interest in Dreamweaver. I've only listed my four favorite features. There are others worth looking into too, including amazing CSS support (probably the best in any product on the market); integrated browser validation and compatibility testing; built-in basic image manipulation (via embedded Fireworks technologies); support for secure FTP; and an extensibility layer that's even more capable than that of HomeSite.

If you're a ColdFusion Studio (or HomeSite+) user, don't throw away that tool yet; you'll likely still want to use it. But at the same time, you may want to take another look at Dreamweaver; not only is it now a decent editor, it also boasts features that may actually make you more productive. The best of both worlds, that's a good thing.

About Ben Forta
Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Technical Evangelist. In that capacity he spends a considerable amount of time talking and writing about Adobe products (with an emphasis on ColdFusion and Flex), and providing feedback to help shape the future direction of the products. By the way, if you are not yet a ColdFusion user, you should be. It is an incredible product, and is truly deserving of all the praise it has been receiving. In a prior life he was a ColdFusion customer (he wrote one of the first large high visibility web sites using the product) and was so impressed he ended up working for the company that created it (Allaire). Ben is also the author of books on ColdFusion, SQL, Windows 2000, JSP, WAP, Regular Expressions, and more. Before joining Adobe (well, Allaire actually, and then Macromedia and Allaire merged, and then Adobe bought Macromedia) he helped found a company called Car.com which provides automotive services (buy a car, sell a car, etc) over the Web. Car.com (including Stoneage) is one of the largest automotive web sites out there, was written entirely in ColdFusion, and is now owned by Auto-By-Tel.

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I have to agree with ALex Hubner and the file window style used in CFStudio. MX takes a lot of real state on the screen for all the tabs it uses. A practical solution that I have found through Hardware was to use a dual monitor setup. I know the solution may not be applicable to everybody, but one has to use one of these setups to really understand how useful they can be. You may not use a single monitor again(unless you do most of your work from your laptop).
The cost, in my case at least, was less than $70. I went to a second hand computer store bought a 17 inch CRT monitor for $40 and a decent PCI video card for about $20.I also bought a VGA extension cable for about $10.
Since Windows 2000 MS has included support to dual monitors so the installation was a snap. Now I have my code window in one screen (left monitor) and all the tabs (the file window included) in the right monitor.
Probably not the best solution but truly a good one. I find myself having two windows open, one for the coding one for the testing, one in each monitor and I dont have to cover my code to see what the pages would look like.
An added extra feature: I have a VGA card that has a TV input so I can see the news on the right monitor while working on the left one.
no 29 inch monitor required :)

My main problem with DWMX (and MX2004) is the lack of a smarter way to deal with the files in the "resources window". Since the launch of DWMX (the one that people claimed the "substitute" of ColdFusion Studio) I don't understand why Macromedia droped one of the most visceral properties of CFStudio: the file window style, small, simple and effective. Adobe's law suit?

You might take a look on my critics:

http://www.cfgigolo.com/files/cfstudio_dwmx.htm

Wow! I've been looking for the split screen trick since I started using DW.

Now if only I could get the column position...

Firstly, on the split screen issue. It's sorta in there. Next time you have a file open hit F10. That'll bring up the "Code Inspecter" which you can dock below the code window. Then just drag up on the tab between and down to resize the 2 windows.

Secondly, there is one setting that seriously effected my DWMX2K4 perfomance. Go to Edit/preferences. Select he "Invisible Elements" and at the bottom you'll see "Server-Side Includes". UNCHECK THIS. I'm not sure whether you have to restart dreamweaver of not to get this to take effect. But, it made a dramatic effect on my dreamweaver performance. Like sometimes it used to take 20 seconds to save a file. Now - instantanious.

PS. Tell me if it helps.

Well, I am still mixed...

We haven't really moved into MX and CFC's all that much yet but are gearing too, and I hope to see the advanced benefits of doing so.

However, my biggest question on DMX2K4 is why is it so drastically slow compared to the CFStudio core in actual file operations. CFStudio was for opening, saving, and migrating thru file directories just amazingly fast. I find with Dreamweaver it's often a long wait.

I also very much MISS my "SPLIT SCREEN" view. Can we add this in a Dreamweaver update or something?

I attended a CFMX presentation by Macromedia when it was first launched almost 2 years ago and enthusiastically bought the upgrade from CF5 and Studio5. I tried using Dreamweaver and Homesite+ for 2 or 3 days before giving up in disgust.

Macromedia did a great job of catering for brochure-oriented website developers and totally ignored the needs of CF application developers, in the process moth-balling a tool that Allaire had been fine-tuning through 5 versions.

However, cfmx had some really cool new capabilities, like cfcs, webservices and flash remoting. Unfortunately it's only now, after 18 months of major aggro, that I have finally got a stable cfmx server. At last I have started to take advantage of some of those neat new capabilitites.

What Ben describes sounds just like what I'll need. However, I presume from his description that it's only available in Dreamweaver and not Homesite+. If that's the case, I have to ask why?

For any Macromedia developers who might get to read this - I DON'T WANT A GRAPHICS ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT - it doesn't suit what I do.

Provide all the same functions that were available in Studio5 and add in some of those neat new features that Ben described above and I will finally consider paying for an upgrade.
I'll then use Homesite+ and my daughter can play around with Dreamweaver.

In my books Macromedia get an A+ for catering for brochureware developers and a D- for what they've done for application developers.

I've used ColdFusion Studio for a long long time... and when Dreamweaver MX was launched, I tried it... for about a day! Could not get used to it, did NOT like it, as a WYSWIG tool its awesome I applaud it.

When Dreamweaver MX 2004 was launched, I did not even bother with it... until I attended the one day hands on class at Macromedia MAX 2003. I have to say, I was impressed, especially with all the features that Ben mentions in this article.

I now use both DW MX 04 and CF Studio 5, but there are still some features in ColdFusion Studio 5 that I'd like to see in DW, maybe they exist but cannot find them?:
Ability to split the screen.
Ability to "hide" lines of code.
Access to the 'expression builder'.
This one other feature in CF Studio (that I do not know what its called), you select a begin tag e.g. then you press Ctrl + M and it will position the cursor at the end tag

Anyway, it is getting better, but not quite there yet... still, great job Macromedia!!!

You know, I have always loved ColdFusion Studio 5 to code all my ColdFusion Appplications. However I recently began a new career with a company in FLorida (RecruitMax.Com) and they have implemented a standard coding environment with Dreamweaver MX.

At first I was shocked to hear that I would have to use dreamweaver.. I mean anyone who's ever spoken to me or knows me knows that Dreamweaver to me is the spawn of Satan (no hard feelins Macromedia).. :)

Now, I installed Dreamweaver and at first, I'll admit I was a bit over run with all the areas and all the things it had (not ina good way either)... but after giving it a shot with an OPEN MIND I have to agree with Ben on this one... I still love and use ColdFusion Studio 5 and am transitioning over to Dreamweaver slowly... but I do like some of the things I am seeing..

Dreamweaver, is not as bad as I originally thought and I think it just might have a chance in my STRICT requirements for a good editor...

Good job Macromedia on the newest release of DW... I am getting more amazed everyday I use it...


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SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.

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AMDG

PAUL
VenueNext

SMITH
Eviot

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goTraverse

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CHAMBLISS
ReadyTalk

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WOOD
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VARAN-
NATH

GE

SRIDHARA-
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Pulzze

METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
Cisco

NAKA-
GAWA

Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

VANDER-
MINDEN

Flatiron
Strategies

JAME-
NSKY

Embotics

KOCHER
Grey Heron

SPROULE
Metavine

BLACK
SQLstream

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
@ThingsExpo New York All-Star Speakers Include

CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

HEDGES
Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

PFEIFFER
NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

LOPEZ
Kurento

KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

LEVINE
CytexOne

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
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Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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General Manager of Window Azure
 
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@SOASoftwareInc
 
Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

@Peak_Ten


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@ThingsExpo Blogs
This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but wanted to do something a bit more fun. So I thought I’d look backwards to the state of technology 50 years ago to gain some insights that we can use to make projections about 2018. That is, what “predictions” made in the 1950’s might tell us about 2018. However, it’s really hard to find predictions about the future made in the 1950’s. There was no Internet or Social Media or Reality TV, so I found the next best proxy…sci-fi movies! I decided to review the most popular sci-fi mo...
Our cities have been connected since the dawn of urbanization in the Indus Valley and on the plains of Mesopotamia nearly ten millennia ago. Cities exist to gather and connect people, bringing us together into communities and joint ventures that need complex networks of communication. But in recent years the connected city has come to mean something more. Today and in the future, the connected city will not just be about people connecting with people, but people with machines, people with people via machines, and perhaps most importantly, machines with machines.
The time of year when crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Copying off since 2012, rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others expect to happen. Top 10 Cyber Security Predictions for 2018 – Infosec Institute kicks off this year’s Top 10, Top 10 list with a look back at their 2017 predictions (AI, IoT, etc.) and dives head first into 2018 noting that Ransomware will be the most dangerous threat to organizations worldwide; cryptocurrency will attract fraudsters looking to mine; cloud security will (ag...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerating application delivery times, and ensuring that developers will become hero...
A strong declaration from a historically antagonist foe should put chills in the hearts of Americans preparing themselves for the world ahead: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world [1]” … The ruler of the world! From the article (with some modification to avoid political landmines), we get the following: “The development of artificial intelligence has increasingly become a national security concern in recent years. It is China and the US (not Russia), which are seen as the two frontrunners, with China recently announcing its ambi...
This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, ...
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been the subject of much discourse in the last several years. They were widely anticipated in the gaming and entertainment industries, but in marketing and corporate settings, the benefits were murky at best. Today, these technologies are becoming more of a reality in all areas of business. For example, the new IKEA® shopping app leverages augmented reality to help shoppers determine how certain popular items will look in their homes – no trip to a crowded megastore necessary. Marriott® deployed virtual reality for customers to see its hot...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As we end 2017, I’m tired of writing “lecturing” blogs about what organizations should be doing to master data monetization in order to power their business models and achieve digital transformation. While the objective of every organization should be to master big data and data science (artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning) to drive “data monetization,” let’s take a breath and have some fun. My recent ankle surgery afforded me the opportunity to binge watch “Game of Thrones.” As I watched the impending battle between the White Walkers and humanity, I couldn’t help but ...
For better or worse, big data has irrevocably altered the digital landscape. The explosion in variety, velocity, volume and value of information presents an abundance of previously unimaginable opportunity. But it also creates a number of challenges that need to be successfully navigated. This reshaped technical world poses the following question to organizations: do you risk presenting, stale, incorrect or erroneous data to your customers? Because, with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data now being created every day, finding a way to manage and harness such potential is a new experience for everyo...
Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of all the post–Net Neutrality fears: the death of the Internet. If you’re still reading, you know that the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules (aka the Open Internet) and replace it with the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. The outcry from the Open Internet camp has been loud, hyperbolic, hypothetical, and mostly based on the fun...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privacy, the growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enterprise applications, the need for better security in light of the onslaught of hacking cases, and the ability to leverage the expanding Internet of Things.
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital Darwinism. The global networked economy will blossom, thanks to the pervasive In...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and ...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infras...
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.