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November, 2009 meeting
The November, 2009 meeting of our Central Illinois Adobe User group was held on Nov. 5 in room TC 210 on the East Peoria campus of Illinois Central College. This was a joint meeting with the Central Illinois chapter of the World Orgaization of Webmasters. I gave a presentation on the use of local development environments. We briefly reviewed various server technologies for deploying web applications. These included the LAMP stack, Microsoft's IIS ecosystem, Coldfusion, and Java Server Pages with WebSphere. Regarding local test environments, we covered the use of XAMPP in some detail (including modifying Aptana Studio to focus on that server instead of the Aptana supplied Jaxer server).
I also spent some time discussing the Virtual Box soution from Sun to run a local copy of Ubuntu Server on Vista Home Premium. Since many other virtual environments require some form of IIS on Windows and VIsta Home does not support that, this is an alternative for many students who run Vista Home Premium.
We discussed the separation of test, quality assurance, and production environments and the importance of having such a setup.
We also spent some time discussing possible changes to the website to attract a greater number of participants to our local meetings.