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Who else is sick and tired of hearing Allaire's product evangelist, Ben Forta, touted as the CF god? Ben Forta this, Ben Forta that. All right already! So he and some other CF gurus wrote a couple books about CF and now we can't go anywhere in CF hyperspace without hearing about it. Well, bad news for us. He's done it again. But this time in the related but separate arena of Structured Query Language (SQL). His Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes is an excellent introductory book that also serves quite nicely as a pocket reference. Before I go any further with this review and sing his praises, I have to disclose that I've worked with Ben on other projects. But don't think this makes me go goo-goo and starry-eyed in his presence. Quite the contrary - I'm actually one of his harshest critics. When I first picked up this book, it was with red pen in hand, ready as always ... (more)

Allaire Developer's Conference:

Here is a first-hand account of one ColdFusion user's experience at the First Annual Allaire Developer's Conference. As the date of the first official Allaire ColdFusion User's Conference neared, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not a nerd just because I was so excited about attending the conference. I was one of the first people to buy conference tickets and I even had my hotel room booked months in advance. You would understand my eagerness, however, if you had attended the first unofficial ColdFusion's User's Conference put on by Robi Sen of Granularity in July of 1... (more)