I just arrived in Houston from Rio de Janeiro, and am waiting for my connecting flight to Detroit. I had no Internet access at all in Rio, the hotel was having ISP problems, dial-up kept dropping my connection, and there was no time to get online between meetings. So this is my first time online since Wednesday morning, and there is so much mail waiting that I cannot download it over a dial-up (and there is no high-speed or 802.11 in Houston International). Ugh.
The CFUG event in Rio went really well, there was so much interest and so many questions that we ran about an hour over schedule. Close to 100 attendees took part (most of whom had never attended the user group before), about 2/3 were CF users, and only 1/3 had Flash experience. Almost none of the CF users were using CFMX yet. This was a far more professional and formal feeling event than the one in Brasilia, it took the crowd a little time to warm up, but once they got going there was no stopping them. Incredible interest in CFMX (in particular, building hybrid CF/Java apps, and working with multiple instances of CF), and even greater interest in Flash MX Pro 2004 and using it to build CF clients. Thank you to long time CFer Marcello Frutig for putting it all together.
For a change I actually had a little time (as in an hour or so) for a quick tour of Rio. What an incredibly beautiful city; opening you hotel room curtains to reveal a gorgeous sunrise over the beach is a pretty awesome way to start a day. I’ll post pictures shortly (I am not going to attempt that over a dial-up). Unfortunately there was not time to go to the top of Suragloaf (or Pão de Açúcar), I’ll have to leave that for next time.
Oops, time to head to the gate …