Adobe ColdFusion Review
Compared to other server-side languages, it has a way more developer friendly approach and a less steep learning curve.


What is our primary use case?

I develop applications with Coldfusion to service the requirements from my clients and help them grow their business.

How has it helped my organization?

Especially the integration with the client-sided programming is really friendly. Of course, other languages have improved a lot and this valuable features is getting less and less important for choosing ColdFusion.

What is most valuable?

When I started using ColdFusion, I only had experience with PHP, and compared to that language, I was amazed by the simplicity and the structure. From that moment forward, I got experience with Java, JavaScript, Mendix, and more. And compared to other server-side languages, it has a way more developer friendly approach and a less steep learning curve.

What needs improvement?

My major concern is the fact that Adobe is not actively pushing the development of ColdFusion since they bought Macromedia. However open source development initiatives like Railo, Blue Dragon and Lucee are picking up the pace and making sure development stays possible.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

With larger applications I had issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I had no issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Never had direct contact with Adobe ColdFusion customer service.

Technical Support:

Never had direct contact with Adobe ColdFusion customer service.

Which solutions did we use previously?

PHP for about 6 months, I switched because my employer utilized ColdFusion, however after using it for a couple of months I was sold on the product. And that's why up to today I keep on using the product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it by using an in-house team and my own personal experience in later projects.

What was our ROI?

I believe that developing with ColdFusion saved me about 25% time compared to Java and PHP projects. ColdFusion has a lot of useful built-in functions that the others lack by default. Although via scripts created by others you will still be able to implemented those.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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