Last night’s San Diego CFUG presentation went very well. 55 attendees (most of whom had yet to really see Flex at work) got a taste of Flex 2, Flex CF integration, Flex Data Services, ColdFusion Flex Builder extensions, and a new never-before-publicly-seen wizard which creates complete MVC CF/Flex databases front ends (this demo which I saved until the end was met with applause and enthusiasm)!
But for me, the best part of the event was the announcements before I started. One gentleman stood up and said he was looking for a ColdFusion developer. Another stood up and said that he needed 5 experienced ColdFusion (and Fusebox or MVC) developers immediately for a 3-5 month contract. And then a third stood up (this person works for a placement firm) and said that he was looking for several ColdFusion developers to fill several full-time positions. Very nice to see!

7 thoughts

  1. Thanks a ton for the great presentation! I’ve gotten several email comments since the meeting from people eager for more!
    As a side note to anyone reading this about all the job listings in sunny San Diego, please join the jobs list at sdcfug.org if you’re interested!

  2. See now San Diego sounds like a lot more fun than Manchester UK. Any CF jobs going in San Fransisco or Hawaii? Or possibly the Bahamas?

  3. Ben,
    I understand your point, but it’s actually a problem that ColdFusion staff are hard to come by. It’s not taught in schools / unis so you either need to train someone or hope you get one of a limited resource between jobs.
    It’s the same here in Australia, advertised positions and no one with matching skills applies.
    Have Adbobe thought about this, its getting slowly worse as years go by.
    Regards
    Dale Fraser

  4. I’m with Dale on this one. The current shortage of CF developers is not a good thing. Its great to be in demand if you’re a CF programmer, but if you’re choosing a platform for an application the ability to get good developers has to be important factor in your decision.
    I don’t often get on the "Macrodobe isn’t buttering my bread and cutting the crust off too" bandwagon, but I think pushing CF in univeristies and technical colleges would really help being more people to the fold.
    It has to be easy for teachers, tech staff and course co-ordinators to choose CF over other languages. If PHP looks easier because it’s free or if ASP looks easier because it’s better supported or JSP looks easier because its more in demand, CF will be relegated to the bench. Which is exactly what is happening.
    This is going to cost Adobe initially but having a developer out there working on CF projects and pushing CF as a platform in their workplace or with their clients has to be worth a lot to them in the long run. I know I’ve sold a license or two…

  5. Yep,
    Age old problem.
    What does PHP, .NET & JSP have that CF doesn’t.
    Full OO development and break point debugging, if CF don’t do this in 8 our development team to .NET. Im prety sure they won’t and will just do lots of Flex stuff, so already looking into doing this.
    What does PHP, .NET & JSP have that CF doesn’t.
    A $0 price tag, I don’t care so much about this one.
    BUT! I have a job going, had two people apply from ex very large company, who both told me that this company planned to move off CF long ago because of the $20k in license fees. This is a multi billion dollar company, so I guess the price tag is still a problem.
    Regards
    Dale Fraser

  6. Any job that gives me a view that involves palm trees, or the Golden Gate bridge, I’m there, no really!
    As for finding CF people, we grow our own.

  7. "but I think pushing CF in univeristies and technical colleges would really help being more people to the fold."
    I agree completely. Here in Australia, Melbourne it’s insanely difficult to find decent ColdFusion programmers. Most are taken up by a few of the large CF houses (e.g. Lonely Planet) and the rest are more keen to play the short term contracting market.
    What to do when you’ve based your infrastructure on a technology that has no resources behind it!
    Cheers,
    C.

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