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My Thoughts On The Past Year

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Jeff Howden

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I remember when we were in our infancy. We were tired of being seen as ad impressions, motivated to push outside the box, and full of all kinds of good ideas. I probably consumed more email in that first initial month than any other month since. It was all for a good cause though and I'm so happy to see such positive results from all of our hard work over the past year.

It's been truly amazing what we've managed to become with the help of all of you that visit thesite and are subscribed to thelist. In the year we've been doing this, we've seen impressive growth both on thesite with quality articles and on thelist with some seasoned professionals offereing much needed advice. For those of you who are shy or uneasy about contributing, please get involved. It doesn't matter if it's getting your feet wet by commenting on an article, getting alittle bolder by posting to thelist, or even going all out and submitting an article to thesite. Remember, our results can only be as good as the input we receive.

Once again, thanks everybody for helping us grow over the past year.


Jeff Howden (.jeff) is a web developer working for Vos & Howden, LLC in Portland, Oregon where he's partnered with long-time colleague, Anthony Vos. His skills include ColdFusion, JavaScript, CSS, XML, relational databases, and much, much more. His biggest professional accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

  • building a ColdFusion-based e-commerce solution for Mt. Bachelor that transacted over $1.62 million dollars in September 2001 with 0 (yes, that's zero) ColdFusion errors and then an almost completely rebuilt version transacted $2.86 million dollars in September 2002.
  • being asked to be a Technical Editor for the ColdFusion MX book, Inside ColdFusion MX from New Rider's Publishing company.
  • being asked by BrainBench to perform quality control on their JavaScript 1.5 certification test after receiving the highest beta test score out of 200 testees.
  • managing the server that hosts and withstanding a slashdotting that brought over 1,000,000 hits to the site, over 10 gigs of data transfer, and an average in excess of 2300 unique visitor sessions per hour, all within a 24-hour period and the server never hiccuping once.

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