Announcing a new Meetup for The Online ColdFusion Meetup!

What“Getting Your Workload Under Control: Mylyn/Tasktop for CFE/CFB”, David Shepherd

Our 12pm (US ET) talk on Thursday May 19 will be Getting Your Workload Under Control: Using Mylyn/Tasktop to Organize Your Tasks in CFEclipse or CFBuilder”, with David Shepherd.

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

Developers are currently facing a crisis of productivity.  They’re spending more time on meta-work (e.g., searching, handling interruptions, communicating, switching applications, etc.) than on actual work (e.g., editing code, testing, debugging, etc.). This talk will focus on eliminating many of the common time-wasters from the developers’ day by using Mylyn (Open Source Framework) or Tasktop (Commercial Extension).  We’ll discuss how bringing tasks into the IDE saves time and enables task-specific views of source code.  These and
other highlights, demonstrated in commonly used ColdFusion IDEs, will give developers a roadmap to optimize their own workday and leave work on time.

The talk will be an altered version of the talk that I gave at cfObjective, likely with more demo and less slides, depending on the feedback from that talk.


DURATION: Approx. 1 hour

RECORDING: All meetings are recorded. The URL will be posted after meeting at

SPEAKER: (provided by the speaker)

Dr. David Shepherd has been creating Eclipse-based software tools since 2002, first as a PhD student at the University of Delaware and more recently as a postdoc at the University of British Columbia. Although he enjoyed researching software tools, eventually his practical side won over his academic interest and he now develops software tools at Tasktop Technologies. Along the way, David has presented at international software research conferences, organized workshops, and taught large university courses. His experience presenting, coupled with a penchant for visual thinking and a passion for software tools help him deliver engaging presentations.

WHEN: Thurs. May 19, 12:00pm US ET (UTC/GMT-4)

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