Since the announcement hit the wire this morning, the various ColdFusion related lists have been buzzing with rumors, speculation, and predictions. Of course, that is all they are, rumors, speculation, and predictions. I don’t think anyone really knows what this means for any product yet, and it’ll be a while until all that gets figured out. But, here is my take on what this means for ColdFusion.
When Allaire and Macromedia merged the community asked the same questions and had the same misgivings. Back then I repeatedly said that as long as ColdFusion continued to do well there would be no risk of it being put out to pasture, there would be no reason to do away with a successful product. And that has proven to be the case. Under the Macromedia name we released a brand-new rearchitected ColdFusion in CFMX, and more recently the most customer-driven feature-rich ColdFusion to date in CFMX7. Obviously, ColdFusion transitioning from a small company (Allaire) to a big company (Macromedia) did not hurt ColdFusion at all. On the contrary, ColdFusion continues to thrive.
So what comes next? What happens to ColdFusion when it transitions to an even bigger company (Adobe)? My response would have to be the same. If CFMX7 were not doing well I’d be worried (with or without acquisition announcements). But CFMX7 is doing very well, sales have exceeded expectations, and customers are very happy with the product. And so the ColdFusion team is already working on what comes next, planning the next release (figuring out what and when it will be). There is no reason for that to change.
Will ColdFusion change in some way? I’d hope so. It took a couple of versions of Macromedia influence to see great new CFMX7 feature like Flash Forms, and I’d hope that in the future we’d see integration with Adobe offerings, resulting in features and technologies that would enable us to build even better applications faster than ever before. Those would be very welcome changes. Aside from that, the ColdFusion team is as committed to the product as they have ever been, and are excitedly planning on setting the bar even higher than we just did with CFMX7.
And now, back to work on CF ===censored=== planning.
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