CFUNITED started today here in Bethesda, MD. Tim Buntel and I presented the opening keynote (which has been blogged repeatedly in the past few hours).
Key points were:
- ColdFusion MX 7 is doing incredibly well (in fact, over 50% of the attendees are already using version 7, that's phenomenal).
- ColdFusion MX 7 features lots of goodies that have gone unnoticed (I enumerated several of these).
- An update to ColdFusion MX 7 (codenamed Merrimack) is in the works (in beta now), it fixes some issues, adds a real Mac OSX installer (that one get lots of spontaneous applause) as well as support for additional Linux flavors, Oracle AS, and WebSphere WAS ND, exposes CFCProxy for invoking CFCs from Java, and more.
- Following the recent Macromedia Eclipse announcement, we announced plans to work with and support the CFEclipse project.
- The next major version of ColdFusion is codenamed scorpio, and two keys areas of interest are improved presentation abstractions, and better access to server internals for profiling and troubleshooting, etc.
The best giveaway I've seen thus far are little blue M&M's with CF_EAT on them (handed out by AboutWeb). Too cool! ;-)