The State of ColdFusion

Apr
8
2008

Fremantle Maritime Museum

Every so often the media, recruiting firms or someone at a conference stands up and says “Coldfusion is dead”, and everyone goes into a tizzy.

It seems to be that Coldfusion is like the development platform whipping boy, that gets throw out of the cupboard for a beating every now and again.

Now I’m not a “gun” Coldfusion developer, I used to work heavily with the product about 4-5 years back. But lately despite the frameworks and the version 8 advancements my interest in Coldfusion has wained. I guess this really started when I was finding it hard (yes hard) to get Coldfusion work several years back. That to me was the first sign to move on. At that point I suspect I made a decision with respect to Coldfusion. Now that’s not to say that I still think it Rocks.

You have to ask why this constant reporting of the demise of Coldfusion is happening at all, particularly in Australia. Have people just lost interest. The various Coldfusion communities will tell you there is no lack of interest. I disagree. We have taken our eye of the ball.

Is it just the natural shift of people to the popular development platforms like .Net. Maybe we can add Python and Rudy on Rails to that list as well.

Maybe it’s a price factor. Coldfusion in Australia isn’t the cheapest product on the block, add to this the fact that the costs for a hosting providers it isn’t competitive. All the pricing leads back to Adobe. Now I can understand why, Australia has always been a very small market, and small markets don’t get price breaks. Not Adobe bashing here, this is just reality. The open source Coldfusion implementations may help on this front.

The Coldfusion community tells me that there is a lack of experienced good developers and that this shortage is causing existing developments in the Coldfusion to be re-evaluated. Fair enough can’t get a developer you can’t proceed. Developer can’t find work, they retrain. That’s a double edged sword on that one.

Now on the flip side when did you last hear about:

  • A Coldfusion developer standing up talking about a Coldfusion based development at a major Australia conference, not dedicated to Adobe products (WebDU doesn’t count).
  • In fact anyone standing up talking about Coldfusion outside of a ColdFusion User Group. Doing this would at least make people aware of Coldfusion.
  • Any promotion of Coldfusion outside of the Coldfusion User Groups.
  • Coldfusion servers and educational package being rolled out free to universities so they can teach Coldfusion.
  • A graduate who knows what Coldfusion is.
  • A new book on Coldfusion in a bookstore online or otherwise.

No good bitching that Coldfusion is dying if you are just promoting it within your closed community. Sitting around the campfire grumbling that no one likes your beans isn’t going to help one bit, get out there look around the other campfires.

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