The relevance of Coldfusion

I am current working on updates to a site built in Coldfusion 10. The reactions I get when I tell colleagues this and they always say the same thing. “I didn’t think anyone was using coldfusion anymore”.

Coldfusion is a cool “little” server. Which allows non-programmers to quickly build websites. So much of the grunt logic is in the server. Combine it with some neat looping features and simple database connectivity, you can see how it caught on. Adobe has even bolted on some AJAX and OOP capabilities. Its a fine platform.

But is it dead? In this piece Aral Balkan indicates why cold fusion is dead. I’ll let you decide if you agree or disagree.

I don’t personally believe it is dead. It is as “dead” as COBOL which is still used today, 2013, and there are millions of lines being maintained today. But is it suitable for the current “Web 2.0” applications being built. I’d have to say no.  Could I build Facebook with it? I have doubts that I could. But then I’m not a Coldfusion guru.

PHP, Ruby, C++, ASP.Net have so much more power than Coldfusion. IMHO I’d relegate Coldfusion to the legacy maintenence heap. Nothing to ashamed of. like FORTRAN, COBOL it had its boom time.

We’ve all moved on now.