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Re: Open Letter to Tim Buntel

Subject: Re: Open Letter to Tim Buntel
From: "Steve Sommers"
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 16:18:26 +0000 UTC
Newsgroups: macromedia.coldfusion.cfml_general_discussion
CHEERS! I fully agree with the issues brought up here and in the referenced 
blog entry.

 I'm having a harder and harder time keeping support for ColdFusion in my 
company as our primary web facing environment. In my circumstance, It has 
nothing to do with pricing -- my company has no issue with the $1300'ish per 
copy. It has nothing to do with capability or application development time from 
conception to market -- CF is the most capable web development application on 
the market, bar none. The problem I am having is that we cannot find qualified 
and experienced CF developers and I think this is directly related to the 
issues brought up here.

 The lack of marketing, the high entry point costs, the little defense of 
various CF demise comments, etc., etc., etc. all directly effect the number of 
people learning CF. Apple is still around today because of all the free and 
highly discounted equipment it gave to schools and universities back in the 
80's. Microsoft got a kick start using some of the same techniques. Why 
couldn't Allaire, Macromedia and now Adobe give it a try?

 My personal opinion is that CF is slowly dieing on the vine. It has nothing to 
do with how capable the product is or how much money is thrown into the R&D 
budget. It has to do with lack of marketing and market penetration. It is the 
best kept secret in the industry and that's what will be on it's tombstone. I 
truly hope I'm wrong.

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