Am I tired of doing it? Am I leaving the language? NO, and NO!
As an Adobe UGM, one of my responsibilities is to endorse and evangelize the product of Adobe ColdFusion (ACF). For numerous reasons over the past year or so, I have found myself at growing odds with this task. As competing open source engines such as Railo and OpenBD are gaining in functionality, stability, and performance, as well as being made freely available to the CFML community, it is impossible to ignore them as true contenders in this space. Where they were once viewed as free alternatives, they have moved to the position of driving change and driving features that I would like to see in ACF. I wholly feel that these engines are the future of our community, and should be given equal attention rather than be viewed as just an alternative. Based on that fact, it is disingenuous for me to continue in my role as an Adobe UGM.
As of its inaugural meeting on April 5, 2011 at the Paladin Consulting office in Dallas, I am going to serve as coordinator of the DFW CFML User Group, a non-product-specific user group composed of enthusiasts of the CFML language, regardless of the engine that runs it. Without the pressure of promoting one company’s product over another, we can focus on what is really important to us, which is the power of the CFML language and the diverse ways that it can be used across various platforms.
It is important to note that the new group will not be strictly an “open source” group, nor is this a swipe at any kind of Adobe itself. The group is simply not going to endorse a single product as the only viable solution to writing enterprise level applications in CFML. Our content will doubtlessly include Adobe ColdFusion, but will not be exclusive to it.
So where does this leave the DFWCFUG? Adrian Moreno has served as co-manager of the group for several years now. Adobe mandated this hierarchical approach to how their groups will be organized so that in the event of the departure of a manger, the group can carry on without interruption with the co-manager taking over. I have spoken with Adrian at length on this topic, and he does not share my vision on the DFW CFML User Group, and feels that it is important to have a product-focused user group under Adobe. As a result, he has opted to take the role of group manager effective immediately and will be leading the DFWCFUG.
I want to make it abundantly clear that this will not be an “us vs. them” scenario between the two groups. We are in this together as one community with varying interests and it is in all of our interests to positively promote both groups.
Fortunately, I think that this leaves the DFW CFML developers with some excellent options!
I plan on sharing much more about the new DFW CFML User Group in the near future. Please follow us on Twitter at @dfwcfml and look for upcoming announcements in the next few days.
Lastly, thanks for letting me serve as leader of the DFWCFUG all these years. It has been an honor and a privilege to do so.