Announcing a new Meetup for The Online ColdFusion Meetup!

What“TDD Demystified: Get Started/Hone Skills w/ Katas”, with Ryan Anklam/Jon Dowdle

Our 12pm (US ET) talk on Thursday Oct 21 will be “TDD Demystified: Get Started with TDD and Hone Your Skills With Katas”, with Ryan Anklam & Jon Dowdle.

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: (provided by the speaker)

Test Driven Development, or TDD as its commonly known is becoming increasingly popular with ColdFusion developers as more people are taking an Object Orientated approach to their development. For many developers Test Driven Development presents a difficult paradigm shift. Katas are one way to help developers wrap their minds around a test first approach.

Katas are simple problems allow developers to practice these concepts outside the confines of complex business applications and requirements. Katas help beginning developers wrap their minds around the concepts of Test Driven Development while allowing seasoned developers to take creative approaches to solving problems.

This meetup will start with some Unit Testing basics and continue with a Test Driven Primer. Once the audience has the basic building blocks of Test Driven Development two developers will be doing a live demonstration of a well-known Kata problem named ‘fizzbuzz’.

DURATION: Approx. 1 hour
Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at

SPEAKER: (provided by the speaker)

Ryan Anklam

Ryan Anklam is a Technical Solutions Architect at IDL Solutions, an enterprise and government focused technology company based out of Milwaukee, WI. Ryan has been working with ColdFusion since 1996, where he was first exposed to it while writing the first version of the Wisconsin Lottery website. Currently he has been focusing on architecting business-centric applications projects for the United States Government and Community Action Agencies throughout the country. Ryan has recently been focusing on increasing the quality of ColdFusion applications through good Object Orientated practices and thorough code testing. When he’s not writing code he’s either coaching basketball, riding his mountain bike, or spending time with his family.

Jon Dowdle

Jon Dowdle has been working with ColdFusion since 2006. Currently a senior software developer at Nexus Systems, Jon has also worked in various fields from higher education to accounts payable. He blogs at, enjoys beer and lurking in the Coldfusion channel on DalNet.

WHEN: Thurs. Oct 21, 12:00pm US ET (UTC/GMT-4)

What time is that for you? The following link shows what the time would be for you. Here’s another option that shows the time as US ET, and lets you choose your city from the list offered to see what time that is in your own timezone.

RECORDING: As always, the meeting will be recorded, and the recording URL will be posted after the meeting at

In addition to the streaming recording, we not also post downloadable recordings (FLV, MP3, and MP4) usually within a day after each meeting, also offered as a link from the recordings page.

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RSVP, but only if coming: We do appreciate folks RSVPing if they plan to come (using the link on this email or at the meetup site), though it’s not mandatory and it’s not a commitment. But there’s no need to RSVP if you can’t make it let alone explain why you can’t. With over 2,100 members, no worries. 🙂

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