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Discussion on: Yes, ColdFusion is "Unpopular". No, I don't care.

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Michael Born Author

I appreciate your insights, I really do. We can't move forward with CF until we address our flaws, and CF is not perfect. I had to chuckle at your mention of Twilio, though - I integrated with Twilio over a year ago in a CF app, and it only took a few minutes because there was a couple libraries out there. This one seems to be the most popular at this point: forgebox.io/view/twilio-sdk

As far as online learning goes, I'd definitely like to address that. Cfdocs.org is a great reference site, but it's hard to find quality, up-to-date tutorials to help show the bigger picture.

Taking down riaforge was a poor move by Adobe, in my opinion, but it was only for really old stuff anyway - modern CF libraries are on GitHub and ForgeBox.io.

I'm curious, did you leave the scene before CommandBox and ColdBox came along?

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Derek

No, I've known about it. Just seemed daunting. Like learning a new language. Doesn't that Twilio package need coldbox? Twilio may be a bad example, but there are definitely not as many as the other languages.

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Michael Born Author

You don't like learning a framework because it's like learning a new language - and so you actually learned an entirely new language?
Maybe Twilio is a bad example for your purposes, but it illustrates mine perfectly. No I don't believe it needs Coldbox, but it would need Wirebox, a standalone DI framework.

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Derek

Yes, as I stated, I don't have a choice but to learn something new because there are zero jobs or contracts here for CF. No point in figuring out coldbox if it's not going to get me anywhere. How does 1 or 2 OS projects for Twilio illustrate that CF is thriving? And now I have to introduce wirebox. CF was meant to be RAD, and to me, it's no longer that. Going with Eclipse for the IDE was a huge mistake IMO. They should have learned from ColdFusion Studio, or Android Studio and partnered with JetBrains. At least take time to make some a great plugin for VSCode.
Anyway, people like what they like. If you can make money doing CF, then do it. Just learn a something else as well.

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