It was also great to meet Andy Allan – even if I had to travel from Edinburgh to London to meet someone who lives just outside of Glasgow. US readers: replace cities with New York, Philly and Minneapolis respectively to get the idea. Which interestingly enough would describe exactly how I ended up meeting Chris Scott at cf.objective() :->
It was interesting to learn more about his approaches to and experiences with Software Product Lines. If you are interested in Code Generation, you should definitely check out the CGN, if you'll be in the UK in May and get a chance, the Conference looks very exciting, and if you happen to work for a company looking to implement a software product line and want some advice, Mark's company might provide a great starting point!
Can’t wait to attend the conference in May! And keep an eye on this stuff. I'd predict that in many ways, application generation (encompassing code generation, software product lines, domain specific languages, language workbenches and language oriented programming) will be as influential over the next ten years as Object Oriented programming has been over the last ten.
Maybe instead of learning another programming language this year you might want to check out another programming paradigm instead!
As a side note, I think we need to institute a rule that any comparisons between CF Eclipse and other IDE's should be limited to IDE's for dynamically typed languages. A lot of the code completion tools you take for granted in Java are just not possible in ColdFusion, Ruby or Python!
Oh, and for future reference, while Mark says he is partial to a Jack Daniels and coke, I can exclusively reveal his drink of choice is Babycham, (see the notes) so please remember that when you’re buying him a drink next time!