So, hey, how are you doing? You’re here because you said something about ColdFusion, and questioned if anyone uses it, or something to that effect. If you’re genuine in your questioning of ColdFusion use and not just flamebaiting, let’s talk.
I work for Adobe, and I am the evangelist for ColdFusion. I can say categorically that people do use ColdFusion.
But what are the hard numbers that we can quantify? From our sales, community and web teams I can grab the following numbers:
- 12,000+ companies are customers of ColdFusion
- 350+ ColdFusion user groups are in existence
- 11,000+ copies of ColdFusion Server and ColdFusion Builder are downloaded every month.
Number of developers is a trickier issue. There is no direct way of tracking this. We can look at sales, but there isn’t a typical ratio of server to developer. So we have to rely on estimates. We have recently had some conflicting data here. Third-party numbers that we have access to say one thing; our internal estimates based on older models say another thing. Both agree that we’ve gained developers, but the numbers are too far apart to be useful. We are in the processes of doing a ColdFusion developer census using a new method, so if you are a ColdFusion developer please participate.
Numbers are great, but let me introduce you to the community of ColdFusion developers.
First, you probably met some when you dissed ColdFusion on Twitter. As you discovered the ColdFusion twitters are passionate, but you may not have seen how helpful they are. Ask a real question about ColdFusion on twitter something like:
- Do #ColdFusion Excel features let you work with xls files only, or does it handle xlsx?
- Does outer joining work for objects work in HQL in #ColdFusion?
- What’s the CFscript equivalent of cfquery tag in #ColdFusion 9?
I assure you, you’ll get the best responses 140 characters can buy.
Now, you might notice that participation is constant, but not a tremendous amount. That’s because the ColdFusion Community tends to be a bit insular. As a whole the community is working on it, but when you look at ColdFusion only resources like CFTalk and ColdFusionBloggers.org you’ll see constant volume.
Finally, if you look at the number of open source projects available at Riaforge.org, you’ll see again that there are definitely OS collaboration around ColdFusion.
Finally check out the list of ColdFusion conferences. A third of them are new conferences and have popped up over the past 3 years. We’re seeing a shift from huge national conferences to smaller regional conferences in the US, as well as a few more international events and activities mostly in Europe.
All of these point to a vibrant community that is engaged and loves using ColdFusion. Are we the biggest community? No, and no one will dispute that. But we are a community; we’re evidently still growing in numbers, and still branching out into new social networks. We use ColdFusion, and we love it.
To sum up this long answer to your short question: Do people still use ColdFusion?
Now, you might be changing your argument, from “no one uses it” to “well it’s not good because…” Well if that’s the case, I have another blog post for you to read.