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Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

In this month's issue, as we start the fifth year of ColdFusion Developer's Journal, we've paused to look back at the past. Charlie Arehart wrote the retrospective cover story for this month, and I think you'll enjoy his trip down memory lane, starting back in version 1.0 of ColdFusion (1995), advancing to our first issue (1999), and stopping to look at all the major highlights that happened in between and since.

How well do you know your CF trivia? Do you remember the fist logo? Do you remember when ColdFusion was the Cold Fusion Application Server (our editorial staff loved when they removed the space)? Would you like to know how ColdFusion moved on to the Java platform? For answers to these questions and lots of other facts, give it a read.

This issue isn't just about looking back, however, it's also about looking forward, and to that end, we've gotten our first (and hopefully not the last!) guest editorial straight from the top of Macromedia - CEO Rob Burgess. Many of us enjoyed his opening keynote this year at Macromedia DevCon, so we asked him if he would contribute a piece to the magazine, on that very same topic.

ColdFusion developers are, as he writes, "at the cutting edge of Internet development," and it's good to see and hear that from Macromedia directly. Their support is of course crucial as the company behind the technology, but what I personally find exciting about Macromedia as a whole is that there seems to be a genuine excitement for all that they do - in terms of innovation, integration, support, and playing a part in our daily development lives. I think that's well represented in Rob's article this month. Macromedia is always open to feedback, so let's keep telling them what they're doing right, and what they're doing wrong.

At CFDJ, we're open to feedback as well, and I want to thank all of you who wrote to compliment the magazine's new, simpler, easy-to-read design. We're continuing to improve the layout, and the content, of course. This month, we've also improved the layout of the source code, another reader request. If there's anything else that we could be doing better, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

We've always tried our best, since day 1, to represent the community as best we could, to help bring CFers together at industry events and at user groups, and to cover what's happening every month online and off. To that end, we've launched a new site this month that I'm quite proud of, having been involved in much of its development and construction (all running on ColdFusion MX of course!).

developer.sys-con.com is our hot new developer portal site. Check it out for its rich variety of technical meat and informed discussion threads, plus all the latest industry reporting, instant polls, and more....The whole thing is free and it's growing fast. There have already been a few popular ColdFusion discussions there, but it's not limited just to the world of CF - it's also got sections on all of the other major i-technologies from Java to WebSphere to WebLogic to Web services to Microsoft .NET, at the opposite side of the spectrum. The site aims to monitor the pulse of the developer community, so go check it out - I'll see you there.

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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