I responded to an open call for panelists for one of Brian Meloche’s Birds of a Feather Sessions, titled “Fixing ColdFusion Perceptions and Reputation.” I’m in.
I looking forward to it, especially since I disagree with a lot of the solutions I hear to solving the problem. A quick preview or my opinions:
- I don’t think Adobe has to give away production-ready ColdFusion
- I don’t think Adobe should sell an IDE.
- I don’t think Adobe should take over CFEclipse (I’m not against them throwing some pounds Mark Drew’s way)
- I don’t think magazine or journal articles are the problem
My thoughts aren’t fully fleshed out, but I think it has to do with the fact that ColdFusion’s niche isn’t clearly defined. If you’re a Microsoft shop, you use a .Net solution. If you’re a startup you use Ruby or PHP. If you see yourself as providing enterprise solutions you use full blown Java. Caricatures to be sure, but I think close to the mark.
I think if you asked most ColdFusion programmers why they use it, they would say, “Because it makes my job easy.” But people who like things to be easy, is a sort of hard niche to get a hold of, I mean who doesn’t want that.
Anyway, these are just ramblings. Feel free to argue with me either here, or next week in Chicago.