I've been reading Mark Kruger's post about Coldfusion and its undeserved Bad Rap - is it I?. While it's a great post, about why it's so easy to do ColdFusion wrong, we're still focusing on the wrong things.
The problem with coldfusion code, is not coldfusion's fault, it's the coders fault.
So let's stop putting the blame on the language, and more on the coders.
I'm not saying coldfusion is the language to solve every problem, but it has it's strengths and weaknesses like any other language.
But for 90% of most web applications, Coldfusion is one of the top 2 solutions for it.
Let's explain why ColdFusion is one of the top 2, and let's be realistic.
1. ColdFusion coders are much cheaper and faster than java/main frame coders, simply because it's a markup language, easy to use, but hard to master.
2. Now that ColdFusion is now a java application it is much more stable, than it ever was.
What was the slogan of ColdFusion when we just got started?
Rapid Application Development
So that means speedy development of applications, if we code it right.
So let's stop downplaying ColdFusion because it's not OO-enough, java enough, framework friendly enough, that is 1% of what ColdFusion was created for.
Rapid Development of Applications, using good and reasonable standards of coding. If a framework helps improve ease of coding, while not interfering with scalability and performance, than by all means use it.
Think about it from a client's end. Does it really matter if you use the latest standard? Only if it's a good standard that delivers scalible code.
I know I really repeat that point, because I don't feel like many people really get that. And instead of worrying about quality code delivering for high performance, they worry about the latest framework, oo/mvc, cfcs.
Let's talk about CFC's. First of all, I am glad they are a part of the ColdFusion language set, but they were only specificially designed for webservice usage, and instead we get tons of people using them for regular applications, when they're not an improvement in performance.
I know it's a cool way of coding applications, but SO WHAT?
What's more important? The coolness of the coding style, or delivering applications that don't crash the server? Or causes endless errors?
If CFC's are proven to be of at least equal performance as cfincludes, then I'll be happy to use them, until them, they are a waste of time and energy.
I remember, when I was working for a previous job, and an outsourced company was hired to create a checkout process, and instead of using normal coding methodology, they did it as a CFC.
Are they BLEEPING Serious? CFC's are specifically just for web service usage, and instead you wasted weeks and money which I'd eventually have to re-do, because it wasn't scalible.
And don't give me this crap, oh you haven't worked on an enterprise application, of course I have. Maybe it's not in huge teams, but I've been working with top national companie's, being the main coder, having to clean up everyone else's code.
You can call it my nickname, Mr. Clean. I am the one who has to clean up everyone else's code.
And I am sick and tired of everyone else caring more about using the latest gui, methodology or standard, than producing scalible, quality code.
I've been forced to clean up fusebox code too. Because we needed an application, like 100% of ours, had to be Search Engine Friendly, so we had to waste more time and money re-doing it, into a regular application.
I understand the need for a framework and methodology, and fusebox has brought a lot of good ideas, but really when you look at the app from a customer's point of view, it's really not user friendly.
And it's not really coder friendly.
Unless you are that group of people who are fuseboxers and only work on 1 part of an application.
I know i am of the rare ones, that work on a full application, and that has a lot of benefits.
I get a much better idea of what everything is supposed to do, I am a much more complete and thorough coder, than if i were a fusebox coder.
But I am tired of being angry, I just want more people to get a grasp of common sense.
Of course, since I am not flouting what the popular bloggers say, so more people will hate me, but that's my due I guess for being different.
Long live ColdFusion!