Feb 9 2008

Night of The Living Dead is(NOT) - Our World

Posted by Mike Brunt at 6:11 AM
17 comments
- Categories: ColdFusion

I did not see Night Of The Living Dead, till a good number of years after it was filmed and released; it was actually released in 1968.  So what does that have to do with ColdFusion? 

For years we have been hearing and enduring ongoing tales of ColdFusion's impending demise.  I thought it would be interesting to dig back and paraphrase a few here.  It's almost like all us CF'ers have been perpetually in our own Living Dead state. 

*The July 2006 piece I found is quite startling and during this small research project I came to realize how many ill-informed and downright ineffective technical publication writers there are.  I just hope decision makers who have the responsibility to spend company money on application architecture and development dig a bit further than some of the other stuff I found.

Another common comment I see in the articles I read was that MySpace has either gone totally off CFML or is pretty much there in that respect.  So a little perspective on that.  There are 18 links at the top of the main screens on MySpace.  Of those 18 only one is not CFML and digging down through the links all I see is CFML.  So once again we have ill-informed writing with little or no research.  I applaud NewAtlanta for the work they did there I think they were as important as News Corporation in ensuring that MySpace survived and prospered.  I also think both Macromedia and Adobe missed a golden opportunity to cite MySpace as living proof that CFML can and does scale. 

January 30, 2004 - Hal Helms on Syscon - "When they hear that I run a class entitled "Java for ColdFusion Programmers," many developers ask me: "Why the class in Java? Is ColdFusion dying?"" Of course, Hal goes on to explain that there is no imminent "death in the family".

*July 2006 - Application Servers 2006 Rankings.  This is a worldwide survey and shows ColdFusion in number one slot and Jrun in second place.  That body just won't die!  I have to ask myself, when we are constantly bombarded by how great the likes of Weblogic and Websphere are and here is CF and even JRun trouncing them.  This should have been blogged and written about much more in my opinion.  Rob Brooks-Bilson did blog about this by the way.

May 24, 2007 - The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills. This is the infamous article from Computerworld which placed ColdFusion is 5th place of dead or dying skills.  Even if we set aside the fact that CF is in there, which is annoying; this is just so poorly researched and written, it's almost pure drivel in my opinion.

July, 2007 (Edit) - Ghosts in the Machine: 12 Coding Languages That Never Took Off.  This is probably the most ludicrous article in all thoseI found in my research.  I am not certain of the date here, it may just be "today's date"?  In any case, I have never heard of most of the languages shown here and to include ColdFusion - CFML with such a list is just either incredibly biased or very inaccurate.

October 05, 2007 - Can Adobe make ColdFusion hot (again) or not?  This is another article from Computerworld.  It is marginally more flattering than the previous one above but still has somewhat ludicrous and ill-informed statements.  They are addressed in the comments section and the title is off putting enough, in itself.

My work is now mainly based in large Enterprises where I help with projects such as building High-Availability environments and tuning existing architectures.  I have encountered and interfaced with Java, .NET and other languages and frameworks and what a joy it is to have CFML ColdFusion as my language of choice and of course the integration possibilities in CF8 just enhanced those capabilities even more. 

I don't know why these stories of negativity about CF keep swirling around. As the company with both the financial resources and marketing muscle, I hope Adobe can bring reality to bear so the real truth gets out to these morons who blog and write such ill-informed rubbish and more importantly into the corridors where the technical decision-makers, decide.

Comments

Brian Rinaldi

Brian Rinaldi wrote on 02/09/08 9:06 AM

A couple of corrections here. Adobe didn't promote MySpace because it is running on BlueDragon .net. New Atlanta promoted it but it was overshadowed a bit by the fact that this seemed like part of a slow transition to straight .net.

The last article actually appears to be from July of last year.
Mike Brunt

Mike Brunt wrote on 02/09/08 1:28 PM

@Brian, thanks for the real date on that last article I'll change that shortly. I was actually working on behalf of Macromedia when I first stumbled onto MySpace and at that time they were on CF5. They had tried to move to CFMX 6.1 but they had performance problems with the JDBC drivers. NewAtlanta stepped in with their .NET CFML server which allowed MySpace to use ADO.NET drivers. My entreaties to Macromedia (not Adobe) were to sent someone in there before Blue Dragon was utilized. I realize Adobe can't plug MySpace as a win but it was still ColdFusion that started it all. I also wonder if CF8's ability to integrate with .NET might change issues; who knows.

Thanks Again
Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts wrote on 02/11/08 8:34 AM

I heard a few months ago that MySpace is almost completely ASP.NET now but left the cfm extensions due to the number of links and bookmarks pointing there. I've seen many myspace error screenshots that show ASP errors pages for cfm pages. (ex: http://fourstones.net/vt/pix/myspace-errors.PNG)
Mike Brunt

Mike Brunt wrote on 02/21/08 7:12 AM

@Dan thanks for the insight, I had not seen any of those errors.
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