I’ve seen a variety of opinions on the announcement that this year will be the final year for CFUnited. Some are lamenting, some are worried, and some are FUD that I’m sure will be turned into self-promotion. I figured as ColdFusion Evangelist I should weigh in.
Disclaimer: I never attended CFUnited before I joined Adobe. I am a long time Max attendee, and a cf.Objective fan. Those were my gateways to the community. So I’m not trying to say you shouldn’t be nostalgic for CFUnited, but I am not.
CFUnited’s end is decidedly an event on the ColdFusion Community timeline. Adam calls it the end of the Silver Age of the ColdFusion community, referencing the comic book era.
I see it as a bit of creative destruction. See in the past few years, we’ve seen the rise of smaller regional conferences:
They aren’t limited to ColdFusion, but all include it, and put ColdFusion in front of more new eyes than CFUnited.
This is of course in addition to our long-standing specialized or regional conferences with ColdFusion content:
The great thing about all of the conferences I mention here both new and older is that they are cheap for attendees and sponsors, attract new people, and have a low barrier for entry. That means that people who aren’t long-standing members of the ColdFusion community can break in and get a chance to speak despite not being a “name.”
I see CFUnited’s end as an opportunity for Adobe and the ColdFusion community to invest in more of these local specialized and regional events. We now have more resources collectively to do that together.
So I issue a challenge to everyone lamenting CFUnited’s demise. Show up for CFUnited’s last hurrah, and then invest in one of the other conferences. Or start your own…