... or a look at ColdFusion from a Flash/Flex developers perspective. I just got back from four days in beautiful Edinburgh for an event I would likely not have attended were it not that I was invited to speak there. Scotch on the Rocks is one of barely a handful of what I'd call real "community driven events" out there, while not as polished as other more commercial counterparts I had a sense that this is the place to be if you want to get a real feel of what is happening in the ColdFusion community and want to network with fellow European developers.
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've only had very limited exposure to ColdFusion and even that was year ago which made it all the more interesting to see what its current state of affairs is.
A couple of observations:
ColdFusion is growing up - while it always seemed to me that it would be difficult to architect CFML in a more OO structure, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of frameworks out there that promote best practices and allow for an MVC type approach. Indeed its not too similar from what we're seeing in the ActionScript community.
ColdFusion and open source - alternative ColdFusion engines are flourishing, notably Open BlueDragon, and Railo who announced going open source and joining JBoss.org during the second day keynote.
I honestly think Adobe needs to take ColdFusion in the direction its going with Flex -- open source it and focus on creating commercial tooling and broadening the ecosystem. I'm sure that would do wonders for adoption for people coming from a Java background and create a more obvious path for companies to start moving towards enterprise LiveCycle solutions.
ColdFusion adoption - pricing and availability of hosting have always been the main obstacles I've had when considering building something on a ColdFusion backend.
The integration between ColdFusion and Flash/Flex front end's is really well done and would be a fantastic time saver considering the built-in Flash remoting gateway, LCDS etc. unfortunately that is something I've rarely been able to take advantage of.
Now with Open BlueDragon, Railo becoming viable alternatives in terms of licensing, pricing and them offering Amazon EC2 images this is looking increasingly tempting to get back into ColdFusion development and consider it for upcoming projects.
Congrats to Andy, Kev, Jatin and the rest of the team for a fantastic event. I'm looking forward to polish up my ColdFusion skills and attending again next year!