I've been reading a post by Mark Kruger on Coldfusion Panic - why CF coders scare easily, in there he talks about how easily CF coders get scared when big changes happen.
This is something so poignant at a time, when we've got the Adobe/Macromedia merger happening.
We all remember the change from Home Studio/Cold Fusion Studio to Dreamweaver, and how the lessening of support for the older IDE's.
Face it, we are very empassioned in our interest in Cold Fusion.
We all have things we love to do in coldfusion, that we like to do a certain way, and that really is natural and okay. Even if we sometimes disagree sometime.
For example, I am of the minority that use a text-editor, textpad instead of Dreamweaver of Home Site Studio. It really doesn't matter, and there should be no need to push our choices on others.
I started my path to Cold Fusion, working as a Tech Support for an ISP, being bored, so I worked my way up to Webmaster and Hostmaster. But even that did not challenge me enough, so I kept asking questions of the nice web gurus in the web department.
I had to teach myself, which has it's good and bad parts.
And I've done good coding and bad coding, but it's so hard to know what is the right way of doing things or the wrong thing, during my earlier times, because there was no training, no leading by example, other than the few articles of CFDJ.
But like many technical skills, it takes experience to shape us, and then as we learn more and more, we become driven to become better and better, learn new things, keep our minds challenged.
There really are so many interesting and exciting things we can do with Cold Fusion; from working with Flash, PDF's, CFC's, Webservices, UDF's and more.
And we must keep growing, and that growth can be both exciting and frightening at times.
I know there's part of me that likes the old non-gui, non-rich internet days, but we must move on and not backwards.
I guess that's what makes me a purist.