ColdFusion is a pretty cool web development language. It’s purpose is to provide a way for a website to integrate with a database server and to provide database information to web pages. This adds an extra level of functionality to website forms, reports and applications. For the longest time, Macromedia ColdFusion was stuck on version 7, even long after MacroMedia was purchased by Adobe. ColdFusion has undergone some criticism lately as well, having made a “Top 10 list” of technologies that have become obsolete. I’d argue with that statement. Sure, ColdFusion isn’t found on most of the major “paid website host” services. But Dreamweaver is the #1 selling web development platform, and ColdFusion is a large part of that platform. I don’t see ColdFusion going away any time soon.
So to me, it’s pretty good news today when I read that ColdFusion was being upgraded to version 8. It will be very interesting to see what Adobe has done here. I can’t think of a single programming language developed by Adobe that I’ve ever used or even imagine one that I could enjoy using. Macromedia did such a great job with ColdFusion, by making it easy to use and easy to learn, that Adobe has a lot stacked up against them. I can only hope that they left much of the core of ColdFusion 7 in place and only added functionality and fixed bugs. That would be enough for me to consider an upgrade for ColdFusion enabled servers that I use.