Is Adobe ColdFusion Dead Or Getting Better?

You might hear ColdFusion is a dying language. I’ve believed it myself. Since being introduced to ColdFusion (CFML) around 2005 and respecting its power & simplicity, my curiosity had moved on.

At first ColdFusion was something I needed to support for customers. Eventually however that evolved to developing internal tools for monitoring mysql performance, integration with marketing automation systems, recaptcha and more. It was fun and I learned a ton.

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That’s also when I learned that app development wasn’t for me. One of the greatest reasons ColdFusion loses traction remains: It’s so easy anyone can pick it right up, but to develop a strong foundation for a long term development career you’ve got to have more depth. I didn’t have that, but have many friends who are also amazing ColdFusion developers, that do.

In less than one month ColdFusion developers will gather for the Adobe CF Summit, which I will be proudly attending. You might wonder, since you aren’t a developer why would you go?

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I haven’t lost respect for ColdFusion

The question “Is ColdFusion Dead” isn’t often forged from hard facts about its failure to deliver as a language but rather but social queues. The better question is can developers still respect ColdFusion as a language?

A few reasons not to:

  1. ColdFusion had a period v8-v9 of few relevant feature releases.
  2. ColdFusion is a closed source development language.
  3. Community support (and paid) for ColdFusion was not improving or impressive.
  4. ColdFusion lacks structured packaging & deployment for continuous integration.

In an interview with Jake Hand we talked about the past, present and future of ColdFusion. Jake has spent several years tuning ColdFusion servers. He had a fantastic point of view – pointing out positives regarding the future of CFML.

There’s great reasons TO respect ColdFusion, and these were his points:

  1. Since the ColdFusion development team moved to India there’s been:
    1. Increased support for bugs and problems in CF 10 and CF 11.
    2. Many new features were added, some adopted from opensource CFML engines.
    3. Jake mentioned Anit Kumar Panda has been a great resource.
  2. Adobe ColdFusion Summit was launched, improving community comradery.
    1. This also provided the opportunity to meet and mingle with the CF dev team.
  3. Tools for continuous integration are easily accessible and inexpensive.
  4. ColdFusion Hosting is more affordable than ever.
  5. Personally I have found the CF Team (Kishore Balakrishnan especially) accessible and helpful.

I still enjoy supporting ColdFusion and helping developers with the best ColdFusion Hosting solutions. My curious mind still has room for ColdFusion, more so toward the infrastructure side than development.

I’m excitedly anticipating Adobe ColdFusion Summit, and especially looking forward to attending Pete Freitag’s pre-conference security workshop.

Stay tuned for more about ColdFusion

Over the next 2-3 weeks we will share some awesome resources for the ColdFusion developer & engineering tips as we approach the Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2015.

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Also, I plan to share how experience gained from managing ColdFusion servers can translate to other fields of expertise.

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