Friday, February 11, 2011

My Take on the ColdFusion Team Changes

So, if you haven't already read the news, head on over to Adam Lehman's blog and read about what he dubs "The Modern Age of ColdFusion", aka some major shifts in the direction of the ColdFusion platform.  I figure I'd throw out my interpretation...

When I first heard about this, I grilled Adam pretty hard and I only had one concern: Will the new product champion(s) have at much at stake in ColdFusion's success as he and Alison did?  Time will tell, but Adam has assured me that the person leading this up not only understands what he and Alison have laid out on the ColdFusion roadmap, but also came to many of the same conclusions.  Another good thing (my understanding) is that the stellar team who has been creating ColdFusion is still there.

What this translates to is that moving ColdFusion under a new business unit gives its developers (not end users, the people who write the ColdFusion engine) a unique opportunity to take the time and money necessary to have the next version of ColdFusion fulfill Adam and Alison's vision, which, coincidentally is what the community at large has been asking for.

On that note, I'd like to express my gratitude to both Adam and Alison for not only the awesome roadmap they have laid out for the next version of CF, but for the dedication they have demonstrated and the flak they have taken on behalf of (and sometimes at the hands of) the ColdFusion community.  Look at where we've gone in the last two versions of ColdFusion including my love/hate relationship with ORM, extensibility features with Microsoft Office, ColdFusion as a Service (CFAAS), enhanced CF script including MUCH better ECMAScript compliance, image manipulation, core engine improvements and all of ColdFusion Builder!  Heck, that only scratches the surface.  So I raise my glass to Alison and Adam and say 'Viva la ColdFusion!'

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