I was unable to attend the summit, which is too bad. I love Vegas in October and I love ColdFusion… great combination. Most importantly, it seems like everyone who was able to attend had a great time.
On the flip-side, the coverage outside this event has been HORRIBLE! Beyond bad! Aside from Ray’s post (of whom I share the same sentiment as the first commenter), where’s the blog entry covering everything that happened at the event with slides of the presentations (thanks to the dude on twitter who shared the dropbox link)? In that entry there should also be links to all the slides of those who presented. How about bullet points of all the new features covered in CF11 including the cfclient crap nobody wants (and maybe at least try to sell us on it). How about an official response regarding the stolen source code. Honestly I’m still miffed about EOL Dreamweaver support… how about a meaningless apology followed by details, screenshots, etc on an improved CF Builder which I currently loathe, but dying to hear info on improvements because you know, CF Builder is still EXTREMELY inefficient to code with (seriously, it’s painful… like adding days, not hours, but days to projects) and I’m clearly not going to get CF11 Dreamweaver extensions. How about maybe a shout out to what’s going on with ColdFusion Brackets support as well.
I’ve been hanging on the fence whether to continue ColdFusion development for future projects. Hell, Ben’s response to me in one of his blog entries was quite unsettling: ‘even ColdFusion at some point in the future will end up in maintenance mode‘. To reiterate, Ben’s closing statements (according to Ray’s blog entry) further acknowledged: ‘it is no longer enough for us to be “ColdFusion developers” but rather “developers” instead‘, which isn’t really a big deal because this has really always been the case, but it is a big deal regarding what seems to be Adobe’s attitude toward ColdFusion as a language. C is hanging around in forms that are being used to code all of our iPhone apps… so why does ColdFusion have to ever go into ‘maintenance mode’? Java’s oldschool and so damn awesome that ColdFusion rides on top of it (lets not mention Java’s use on Android… or everywhere else lol). It’s almost hard to swallow, but is maintenance mode the plan for ColdFusion with Adobe? And it’s not like there was public information that came out of the event… if you haven’t read Ray’s post or followed Twitter, there was NO information period! Thank goodness I was tipped off to follow the #cfsummit2013 hash tag on Twitter (make sure click on the all link at the top), but it is very difficult to sort through the nonsense and figure out the very little information that is relevant. Nearly a week after the event we get an ‘official success‘ blog post with absolutely no information about the event… not even a picture! So there’s an education program that’s long overdue (like so overdue it might be too late) and there’s statistics that nobody can validate but Adobe….
CFSummit also gave Adobe an opportunity to showcase both the current and future of the product and receive valuable feedback from the community.
Showcase what? There’s not a single link, screenshot or code sample in the post. This event was a success? If getting from start to finish is what measures a successful conference, then I guess it was. I was unable to attend so I know I’m missing the ‘conference high’, but I have certainly found nothing motivating, refreshing or exciting out of the conference to drive me to want to continue being a CF developer other than my current commitment to the language, my clients and their projects. And I tried to follow the conference as closely as I could, but man I had to pry and dig for info. Who the hell handles the press for this anyway [rhetorical]? So I’m still on the fence and rapidly coming to a point where I must make a decision.
I was expecting this weekend geeky buzz/high on ColdFusion information for me to pick through and go over and there hasn’t been so much as a peep. I used to show off features to clients when I was beta testing so my clientele could get a glimpse of how easy the cool new stuff was. If you want to get people excited about ColdFusion again, the communication outside of this year’s summit is exactly how NOT to do it. Hell, the headlines on ColdFusion in Google news are still on the source code being stolen nearly a month ago. Was that covered at the conference? There’s not even so much as an afterthought of the conference to be found anywhere. Did it even happen?
I keep telling myself it’s irrelevant whether CF is dead or not because I use it (and like it). But if I have to code an application that needs to last ten years, stay relevant and stay functional in ten years before it’s redeveloped (precisely why frameworks and MVC are unacceptable), I’m beginning to believe I need to look elsewhere. Maybe I’m the last one to realize this… or do I wait till cf.Objective() 2014? /sad CF fanboy.