I’m John C Bland II

Husband, Father, Tech Author, Deacon.
Founder ofย Katapult Media, and full-stack polyglot developer.
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I create. I launch.

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Flex 4 in Action – Hot off the press!

IT’S ALIVVVVVVVE! ๐Ÿ˜€ Go get it!

Writing is a beast. It is truly a long road but it is well worth it for this moment right here [well…royalty checks aren’t bad either; lol].

This book will enhance your knowledge. There is some really great information in there to pull your Flex 4 skills to top notch. The goal is to take you from Beginner to Winner in ~25 chapters.

If you’d like to discuss the book, visit the forum.

Also check Dan Orlando’s thoughts on the release.

Co-authoring Flex 4 in Action

Flex 4 in Action

Flex 4 in Action

I’ve been hesitant to post anything about this ordeal (co-authoring Flex 4 in Action or Fx4iA for short) until things were solid but since things are flowing forward and the light is green…why not? There isn’t a ton of details to give at this point beyond what Tariq Ahmed (author) posted on FlexInAction.com. Manning, so far, is a great publisher to work for and I’m REALLY enjoying their style, support, and overall preparedness for their authors. They really have their stuff together.

For a while now I’ve, as I told Tariq in my initial email to him, “yearned” to write in a Flash Platform specific book. Tariq has a great plan together and it feels like I’m working with an all-star team. Project planning is an art perfected by Tariq and shown evident in this book process. He has the whole thing spec’d to the letter and planned with a full project plan including dates, etc. Along with planning he’s writing and running a team at Amcom Technologies…where does he find the time!!?!?? ๐Ÿ™‚

Dan Orlando and I met a bit ago on the interwebs and, little did i know, this dude is a Flash Platform PIMP! (shameless plug: get your pimp shirts here) What’s crazy is, when I resided in AZ, I lived probably ~10 minutes from him and didn’t know him. ๐Ÿ™ I’m excited to work with him in this capacity. Dan is writing all over the place in all sorts of magazines and online pub’s all the while holding down a consulting gig. Rock on!

Overall I’m thoroughly excited, if you can’t tell, and gracious for the opportunity. I’m going to do my best to put down some great writing to help each and every reader get from 0 to 60 in as short a time as possible! That is our goal as a whole and I’m taking it personally. ๐Ÿ˜‰

[in my best infomercial voice] BUT WAIT!

You don’t have to wait for the book to come out…”Buy now through MEAP (Manning Early Access Program) and get early access to the book, chapter by chapter, as soon as they become available.”

Support us in our venture. Let us know how we can make it better and we will!

Article: AIR Data Synchronization via LiveCycle Data Services ES 2.6

My latest article published today on InsideRIA.com. It has been a long while but that was because I had personal issues delay my delivery of the article which pushed back the release date a few months.

Shortly after I submitted my final draft, Christophe came out with an app to show the offline sync abilities in 2.6. His app looks really nice and he has a custom Java assembler included in his source. My app uses the LCDS samples data so look to Christophe’s for more on the Java side. Great app.

Anyways…read up and enjoy!

InsideRIA.com Contributor

You can see my mugshot on the “Contributor’s page of InsideRIA.com”:https://www.insideria.com/contributors.html. My latest article will be published sometime in the next month or so. I look forward to writing more for InsideRIA. “Rich”:https://blog.everythingflex.com/ is a cool dude and an easy editor to work with.

Just an FYI for now. More to come when the article publishes.

CFWACK 8 Volume 2 is here!

I finally got my Volume 2 book today and it is amazing to see my name on a book. I knew it would be on there…I had my moment with Amazon.com having my name listed as well as an author profile…and Peachpit.com has my name as well. Those were cool but seeing it on the actual CFWACK is pretty sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I just have to decide if I want to crack the plastic wrapping on it and actually thumb through it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Get your copy “on Amazon”:https://www.amazon.com/dp/0321515463?tag=geelif-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0321515463&adid=0GXX4ZYVCTJ2XK1B80DQ&.

Volume 3 coming soon.

5 Copies of CFWACK Volume 1

I didn’t expect the books today but I got’em. One of the perks of writing in the series is 5 free copies of each volume. The covers look even better in person than they do on Amazon. ๐Ÿ˜€ This is cool but I can’t wait until Volume 2 is in my hands.

CFWACK for ColdFusion 8 – Book 2, Chapter 32

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Notice something interesting highlighted in yellow? ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s right…I’m a co-author of the upcoming ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 2: Application Development. I’ve been holding out on talking about it until I turned in my chapter (which was a little late; writing for a book is tougher than a 3 page article) but now that the chapter is in I’m fine with speaking about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways…give me some time and I’ll start posting some more info on the chapter (Chapter 32 – Working with PDF Files; without giving away the goods). Use the link below to buy any one of the 3 books and make me some money while you’re at it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

**Book 1**
**Book 2**
**Book 3**

I want to thank “Ben”:https://www.forta.com, “Sarge”:https://www.sargeway.com/blog, and “Ray Camden”:https://www.coldfusionjedi.com for helping out, being sounding boards, and (Ben) cracking the whip (at times). ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a pleasure. I can’t wait to finalize the tech review changes and see the book in person.