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ColdFusion in 30 Minutes or Less

ColdFusion in 30 Minutes or Less

Tim Buntel, the ColdFusion Product Manager for Macromedia, started a new blog about Blackstone (the next release of ColdFusion) that's well worth reading and bookmarking over at

In it, he makes reference to something that we've talked about here and elsewhere before, but puts it so brilliantly, talking about the goals for Blackstone, that it's worth mentioning again: "If we can get someone to install the product and, within 30 minutes at their desk, create a basic dynamic Web page, we will win them over to CF."

That's certainly what attracted me initially to the world of ColdFusion a few years back, as well as the majority of developers that I've spoken to. Now, granted that those first few applications that I, and many others, made were absolutely awful, the point was that it was done fast, and easily, and without a wealth of knowledge. The basics of ColdFusion represent one of the least steep learning curves out there in the world of Web development, and I'd naturally put it at the top of the list.

That's a point that I hope Macromedia will push, and push heavily because it's the sticking point that should be helping to drive new developers over to the world of CF in droves. With today's economic and corporate realities, cutting down project time is essential, and there are few faster ways to get up and running than with our dear CFML.

Back to Tim for a moment. His blog is already interesting, and I'm sure it will continue to grow as time goes on.

We'll be discussing Blackstone and lots more at the CFDJ author's panel at CFUN 2004 this June, and we'll be providing full coverage in an upcoming issue. I hear the numbers for this year are stronger than ever, which is another great sign for our community.

2004 Readers' Choice Awards
Speaking of communities, I am proud to announce that nominations are now open for our 2004 Readers' Choice Awards program at As we wanted to include the rest of the Macromedia product line, and didn't want to leave ColdFusion out of the MXDJ Readers' Choice Awards, we've started a brand-new awards program combining categories from both magazines into one mega-awards program.

Nominations are now open, and voting will start shortly in what I'm predicting will be our biggest Readers' Choice Awards program yet with the combined support of both leading publications. Categories include all the usual ones, such as: Best Book, Best CF Web Service, Best Consulting Service, Best Content Management Tool, Best Custom Tag or Component, Best E-Business Software, Best Education and Training, Best Web Application, Best Web Development Tool, Best Web Hosting, Best Web Site or Community, and Most Innovative Application. There'll be some new ones too, so check it out and add your favorite products and services if you haven't already done so.

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Mario 06/23/04 02:09:33 PM EDT

Sorry - surposed to be last two sentences:

They really do not(should have been do not and not just do) care about how long it take to code, how easy it to learn, they will just throw a few consultants or some extra money and the project will get done in .NET or Java. Do they care that you are a point and click programmer - no - all they want is the app written, remember point and click with no real skills are alot cheaper to hire and lot easier to replace. It all comes down to the bottom line.

Ryan 06/23/04 02:07:54 PM EDT

I agree with Macromedia''s strategy, as that''s what got me hooked on it. But, I still believe ColdFusion is dying. Though I''ve enjoyed working with CF far more than JSP, PHP, ASP (old and .Net), the fact that it''s basically the only one that costs money will be its downfall. Also, as Paul mentioned, there are no ColdFusion jobs out there, but I''ve seen a large number of postings for PHP, J2EE, and .Net developers. I plan on porting some of my apps to .Net over the next year or two, so I don''t have to worry about purchasing future upgrades of CF.

Mario 06/23/04 02:06:31 PM EDT

Macromedia needs to do something to address the Corporate world. The corporate world is either going towards .Net or J2EE and Macromedia has done nothing to address this issue. We are in the process of converting our CF code to J2EE, the olny 2 choices here are now J2EE and .NET. CF has been ruled out because of all the issues in the past with CF 4.5 and 5.0 - tech support is terrible and the architecture that CF needs has tons of issues. Macromedia sould seriously look into creating CF as a service that runs under a J2EE or .NET - just like BlueDragon. I also think that Macromedia is more interested in the client side tools (Flash and Dreamweaver) and now FLEX and are going to slowly phase out the server end once it does not generate a profit anymore. As far as the corporate worls id concerned .NET is free and Java/J2EE can support enterprise wide applications and CF cannot. They really do care about how long it take to code, how easy it to learn, they will just throw a few consultants or some extra money and the project will get done in .NET or Java. Do they care that you are a point and click programmer - no - all they want is the app written, remember point and click with no real skills are alot cheaper to hire and lot easier to replace. It all comes down to the bottom line.

Duane Tanner 06/23/04 12:10:43 PM EDT

We started our company''s intranet in 2000 using Cold Fusion and established an architecture for distributed operations processing delivery. We''ve gone through the various CF versions and are currently using MX CF 6.1 to obtain Win2003 support.

Unfortunately, after a long history of calls to Allaire, Macromedia, searching forums, talking to the "experts", etc., we have given up on Cold Fusion due to the "choke point" it presented in handling large numbers of users, especially when they hit in peaks. All of our front end processes, login, etc. have been re-written in .Net, performance has never been better, and the "choke points" are gone regardless of the numbers attempting login.

We have completely stopped all new development in Cold Fusion. New applications are being written in .Net and as the older applications go through the release/upgrade process, they are being evaluated on a case by case basis as to whether they are completely re-written from CF to .Net. Cold Fusion is a very fast development tool, but the architecture it carries with it has serious performance issues, especially in a multiple server, load balanced environment, with highly variable traffic peaks.

Pam 06/23/04 11:56:23 AM EDT

I agree with Paul Stewart 100%. I selected Cold Fusion and all the Macromedia products because I am used to intelligent programming. I don''t want to sit next to a *click and drag programmer* that knows nothing about code.

paul stewart 06/23/04 05:45:25 AM EDT

The very fact that macromedia is trying to make it easier rather better sugggests that macromedia is going after those with a non computer science background. Not doing a lot to win over the tech heads of the corporate world. Making job opportunities for us few CFers in the UK even more scarce. CF is without doubt the best scripting langauge around but sadly if its not going to get me a job than i am afraid i will have to go and learn more about uncle bills toys.