Normally I use my blog as a vehicle to share what I have learned. I typically put things in my blog that are intended to help other developers. Today is a little different; this blog post is mostly for those that don't use ColdFusion. I am not sure that people who don't use ColdFusion will read my blog but hey, this is what I got.

I have had a twitter account (www.twitter.com/dfgrumpy) for a long time. I never really used it until recently. Thanks to applications like TweetDeck it makes it much easier to use. I setup a search for "ColdFusion" to see what is going on out there. During the past couple weeks I have seen some things that seriously tick me off. I am generally a pretty calm person. It takes a lot to push me over the edge. I, as a general rule, try not to comment on the bantering of others. I find it very time consuming and tiresome.

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I am beyond annoyed with people that say "ColdFusion Sucks" or any variant of that statement. Then there are the people complaining that ColdFusion is crashing their server. The never ending comparison of (language X) is so much better than ColdFusion. Then there is my latest personal favorite, "ColdFusion is so hard to learn.. I am going back to .net".

All these statements come directly from the uneducated, uninformed individual that does not know what they are talking about. These people usually heard someone else make one of those statements then jumps on the proverbial bandwagon. I find that some of these people aren't even programmers but managers listening to the banter of their programmers.

My comment to all this is just 2 simple words... "Shut up". If you don't know what you are talking about don't comment. Keep you unfounded opinions to yourself. Use ColdFusion for more than a week or do more than read the docs before you form an opinion. Also, make your own opinion; don't just regurgitate the opinion of someone else. Don't discredit something because you don't want to learn it or because you feel something may be easier.

If you are having issues with your ColdFusion server and don't know what is wrong get some help. Don't just bitch that ColdFusion sucks. There are plenty of people out there that will offer their expertise to help people fix stuff, usually for free too.

Just like the previous point, if you are having coding issues, get help. There are more user forums that I can count. Most of us have probably already ran into the issue you are having and know how to fix it.

In conclusion, get yourself an education. Generate an informed opinion. Then if you still feel the need to bash ColdFusion then fine. But at least you will have something to back your decision.

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My thoughts were all over the place on this. I hope I was able to wrangle them all together in a meaningful way.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

Till next time...

--Dave