My busy schedule has kept me away from the blogoshpere the past couple months. I had heard of Adobe's layoffs but I was kind of depressed for a bit last night when I read that they had affected Jason Delmore, former Product Manager of CF. What a blow to the community that was-- and I just had the pleasure of meeting Jason at Adobe Max this year.
I'm feeling better now though.
As I continued reading, I went on to see that Adam Lehman, who followed in Ben F's footsteps as ColdFusion Evangelist, has stepped up into the role of CF Product Manger. I absolutely loved what he said on his blog. What hit home to me was when he likened the advance of CF to a Revolution.
I remember when Adam came on the scene. I'm not sure how long he has worked for Adobe, but I had never heard of him until he stepped into Ben's big shoes. In short, he made waves that left a lot of people uncomfortable. We were very used to Ben's mild manner, his subdued green blog, and his quiet professionalism. Ben's pleasant, bearded face was also the face of Blackstone and Scorpio in user groups all around the country.
Adam splashed down as a hip, young radical with an irreverent web site and a bone to pick with "open sores fanboys". I still remember kick back from that in the community. Over the past year I've seen the CF community warm up to him. I believe he has an intense passion for CF that I can identify with.
I chose the blog name "Coder's Revolution" to try and capture the excitement I feel towards the corner the RIA world has been turning. I think Adobe is more-than-capable of shaping the future of RIA's and I believe that we, the programmers, are in a great position to realize that vision.
I really like how Adam likened the battle of ColdFusion to a revolution "with our own ideas and our own innovation". Maybe some day I will finally be able to meet Adam. His dance with a car in London last year kept him away from Max. I leave you with these powerful words from Adam's Blog:
...I do not plan to focus on our competition at all. If we spend our time watching what everyone else is doing, we're doomed to compete with them. If we want to start another revolution, we need to look forward, with our own ideas and our own innovation. Revolutions are born from minorities who challenge the status quo. The ColdFusion community is ripe and I believe it is our job at Adobe to light the fuse and feed the fire.
I believe that ColdFusion is the best platform for building web applications. I believe the sums of its strengths are far greater than that of its weaknesses. I believe that all of ColdFusion's problems are solvable. I believe that regardless of size or popularity, the ColdFusion community contains the best damn programmers on the Internet and I plan to do everything in my power not to let them down.