ColdFusion Community Portal is now live!

At the Adobe ColdFusion Summit this year, we announced the launch of the new Community portal for ColdFusion developers.

The ColdFusion community portal is a one stop portal for anything ColdFusion. Ask a question, post a blog, showcase your work, post your ColdFusion testimonial or even start a discussion. The Ask a question is linked to Adobe forums where a post will be made on your behalf on the Adobe forums.

You accumulate points for every contribution you make to the community portal. You start as a newbie and move up the ladder based on the points you accumulate. For instance, if you reach the highest level, which is legend, you get incentives such as a free pass to Adobe ColdFusion Summit, including travel (within the US) and accommodation during the event.

Start exploring and start sharing with your fellow developers from the ColdFusion community!

8 thoughts on “ColdFusion Community Portal is now live!

    • I should also mention that it is still a shame you guys don’t use ColdFusion to build sites such as this. It would go a long way with your team, and the product, if they actually used ColdFusion themselves.

      • The portal is built upon the same tech underlying the longer-existing https://elearning.adobe.com/, so it really didn’t make sense for the team to create an entire equivalent in CF, just to show it off (and really, how many others would leverage the result, if they did and were to open source it).

        Could we quibble that the elearning team should have written the app in CF? Maybe, but if it was itself based on something that already existed, one could ask why they would want to have bothered writing something from scratch.

        And really, I doubt that many people will even notice that it’s “not CF”. I don’t see any file extensions indicating what the underlying tech is, and of course CF shops can be setup the same way. Even if some folks can determine the underlying tech by inspecting various aspect of the HTML source, how many folks will really bother?

        I hope folks just get past that, and just celebrate that there is such a portal (as Miguel did, indeed, in his first comment). But I realize there are varied opinions on this, like his second comment. I’m simply sharing a different perspective on the matter. Not saying I’m right.

  1. Really wasn’t a lot of complexity going on there. Many of us would like to see Adobe take its own advice rather than tell us would should be using a product they don’t use themselves.

    Whether I care or not really depends on where the community site goes from here. If its flexible and can add many more of the great features I’ve listed, then its achieved its higher purpose regardless of its build. If it just sits and rots away because the team doesn’t have enough control or time to create such features, then I’d say it was a poor descion to not build it in CF.

    Also don’t underestimate the power of turning a feature or process into a product. The most successful instance of building something internal from scratch and then turning it into a product everyone can use I can think of is AWS. Multi billion dollars later, I think they think they made out alright.

  2. Shawn, what are the “great features you’ve listed”? Is there a comment somewhere other than here, or perhaps a forum post, that you’re thinking of?

    As for your last comment, well, the CF team has put their energy into something they’re building “from scratch” with a hope of reaching a much larger audience: the API Manager.

    As for whether there will be time, inclination, resources, or even technical possibility of them extending the platform which underlies the new portal, that remains to be seen. I’m just saying that I’m not surprised they saw it to be more efficient to use the one existing for the elearning portal, rather than take the time to build what would likely be a one-off portal. Anyway, I realize we’re just batting opinions back and forth at this point.

    My main reason for writing is in the first paragraph I’ve written. As always, just trying to help.

  3. Unfortunately the CF community is losing one of the largest customers in ColdFusion in Brazil. The Post Office – ECT.
    More than 400 projects in Coldfusion currently in production, and Adobe Brazil without giving any support to the company.

    Would not Adobe USA be able to avoid this loss ?:

  4. What kind of support do they want? Does it need to be in Portuguese? That may hamper Adobe US or any other “CF support” vendor from being able to help.

    But do you know for sure that’s the reason for the loss of that client? Might it simply be that someone in leadership there, like in many orgs, has been led to believe that some other tech platform will be “better” (whether that proves true or not)?

    And do you know if it’s on the verge of being switched off? Or more just that you’ve “heard they are moving” to some new platform at some point? Lots of orgs say that and then take years to transition..all the more likely with “400 projects”. But maybe they have been working on the transition for years already and it’s now about to happen.

    If not, the bigger tragedy in a case like that (where an org says “we’re moving off CF”) is that some CF folks in the org start looking elsewhere themselves, seeing the “writing on the wall”, so the org starts to suffer brain drain. And while it’s said that CF people are hard to find everywhere, it is indeed possible (and often better) to train experienced devs from other web platforms to support it. Still, that’s harder of course when the word in the org is that they are “leaving CF”.

    Another unfortunate side-effect of such news is that it the may also spread, like you have shared it here, which can lead some to think “there goes another CF shop”. What we don’t hear about is the folks coming in new, but as Adobe has announced in keynotes in recent months, they are coming in. See the version of the talk that CF Product Mgr Rakshith gave last month to the Online ColdFusion Meetup, at http://recordings.coldfusionmeetup.com.

    Anyway, you raised this story as a cautionary tale for Adobe (I suppose). I wanted to not only ask more about it, but also share how such stories are often troublesome in ways not so obvious.

    But let’s not lose sight of what was the whole point of this post: the new CF community forum. It has been very active and hopefully will remain so, and that’s a good sign. (If some may want to comment that there’ve been no posts in 8 days, that’s because the primary Adobe person responsible for approving posts has been out. Hoping new posts start showing up soon. I know I have one pending, so I suspect there are others.)

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