You’re darn right. We love it when people question why we still develop in ColdFusions — especially since members of UX Team have been developing CF applications since CF was born back in the late 1990’s Allaire years. Not many web platforms can claim to have 20+ years of evolution and stability. Today, there are more than 300,000 developers at over 10,000 companies with more than 125,000 servers using ColdFusion. These are not no name companies either – these are big name companies such as: Bank of America, Mayo Clinic, U.S. Government, Pepsico, Verizon, BMW, Goodyear, Toys ‘R’ Us and many more.
Benefits of ColdFusion
Less Lines of Code:
It’s well known that the CFScript language syntax requires less lines of code to perform common functionality than any other platform. Less lines of code not only means less effort hours but it also means better performance. In some cases, CF can require as little as half the lines of code of .NET and as much as 10x less code than Java.
Maturity and Evolution:
ColdFusion has been around since 1995 but unlike most legacy languages and platforms, ColdFusion continues to evolve. In fact, Adobe continues to support and release new versions and updates to ColdFusion on a regular basis and its product road map currently extends all the 2022.
Quick to Learn:
ColdFusion is a very easy language to adopt and begin coding in no time at all — especially when compared to most other languages. This short learning curve allows developers to quickly ramp up to support or develop ColdFusion applications.
There’s really nothing other coding languages can do that ColdFusion cannot do. In fact, most times ColdFusion can accomplish the same capabilities with less lines of code.
Flexibility and Interoperability:
Since ColdFusion 6 was rewritten as a J2EE application, it can also run on nearly any environment and integrates out of the box with nearly any platform including: COM, CORBA, Java, JMS, XMPP, SOAP, AMF, .NET assemblies, SMS gateways, Message Queues and PDF forms to name a few. In addition, ColdFusion runs seamlessly on Windows, UNIX, Linux, or MAC.
Backed by a $5 Billion Company:
While some will say ColdFusion should be open sourced, others find a great deal of comfort knowing ColdFusion is supported by a large, well-established company like Adobe Systems. If there’s an issue with your business-critical application, is it more comforting to know you can rely on Adobe or an unknown community of open source developers.
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