I’ve been browsing the messages I’ve received from ColdFusion users concerned about the acquisition. Basically, I can summarize the concerns as follows:
- They don’t understand developers, and so they won’t understand ColdFusion.
- ColdFusion does not fit into their product space, they’ll have to kill it off.
- ColdFusion is not a strategic product for them, and so they won’t continue to invest in it. (Slight variation of prior bullet).
- They are not as approachable and community involved, and community has always been one of ColdFusion’s biggest assets.
I think that sums up just about every concern that Allaire users had about the Macromedia acquisition …
Whoa, wait a sec, did you think I was referring to the planned Adobe+Macromedia deal? No no no, I was just reminiscing, remembering all of those tough questions lobbed at panels, the doomsday prophecies, and the general paranoid confusion of four years ago. But now that you mention it, the concerns are indeed the same, and if they proved unfounded back then …