From my research, (doing Google searches with the words PHP
vs Coldfusion) the most important reason for using PHP instead of
Coldfusion is the cost of Coldfusion. The second most prevalent
seems to be that PHP is more flexible (also more complicated).
Anyway, If Adobe where to make Coldfusion free, does anyone else
believe, as I do, that Coldfusion would have a huge resurgence?
Possibly even competing with ASP.net as far as number of users? If
the answer is yes, send emails to Adobe asking them to do this,
before Coldfusion fades even more.
There is more to Coldfusion, than Coldfusion, you have the
tools that are used to write the applications. Making money from
the tools, perhaps would make more money, than they make from the
server software, if they suddenly had a 50 fold increase in users,
and its staying around would probably be guaranteed. You need to
look at the whole picture. I don't have those numbers, does anyone
in software sales have any idea if you could make more money
selling the tools (with a significant increase in users)?
One other way to make money would be to sell professional
services like on site consulting or support. I purchased support
when coldFusion was with Macromedia and I was trying to get it to
work in a cluster environment. We spent about as much on support as
we did on coldFusion itself. I know for myself I get asked more and
more by those I work for why we are not going with ASP.net since we
run Win 2003 ent servers. I want to see coldFusion continue to grow
and gain market share, I just wonder how it can compete in the
Just my opinion, but I'd suggest putting yourself in a
position where it doesn't matter what happens to CF in the future.
Hone your coding skills and gain an understanding of other
technologies (maybe you already have), so that if you have to work
with something other than CF, you can do so with some fluency.
I mean, make your voice heard to Adobe, certainly...but
ultimately, they'll do with CF what they want to do.