[teknoids] To migrate or not to migrate

Tracey McCartney tracey at fairhousing.com
Wed May 8 16:24:16 EDT 2013


Thanks, Erik - that viewpoint is helpful.  I wasn't aware that Adobe 
appears to be committed to CF over the long haul, so if there's going to 
continue to be a robust developer community, we might be able to hang 
with it.


Tracey



Erik R. Beck wrote:
> Hi Tracey,
>
> I would try to figure out how your ColdFusion website works, or get ahold of someone who does, and just carry on with it.  That is, unless you were planning on a full scale redesign and redevelopment anyway.  If you have a decently organized database-driven system already in place, it would be a waste just to scrap it and start again.  Drupal isn't going to make the backend any easier to maintain; in fact it kind of makes things more complicated since you have to build all of your custom stuff up around a collection of APIs rather than just writing the code yourself in a way that makes sense to you.
>
> I worked in a ColdFusion shop for a couple of years and found that CF was okay.  Because it is proprietary and somewhat unpopular you're not going get the robust discussion around using it that you come to expect if you started out in PHP, and finding someone who will teach it to you is not easy or inexpensive.  But there are advantages to being a proprietary language as well: Adobe is not going to abandon ColdFusion probably ever, and they've continued to do a good job updating it and introducing new frameworks.  The 3 volume ColdFusion developers guide that Adobe publishes provides exhaustive documentation in a way that's easy to read and understand.  You can basically figure out everything you need to know in volume one, which I see Adobe now makes available for free on the internet for CF 8.
>
> If your concern is depreciation, I would actually worry more about Drupal.  Open source solutions live and die by developer interest, and Drupal's contrib statistics suggest that the amount of people building new functionality is starting to top out.  
>
> Erik
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tracey McCartney
> Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:04 AM
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> Subject: [teknoids] To migrate or not to migrate
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> We have a fairly large web site built in Cold Fusion by an employee who is long departed, and sometimes it breaks or we need a feature that I'm not qualified to add.
>
> If you were in this situation, and you wanted to maybe future-proof the site so that it will be easier to run (for you and/or others) going forward, and you had the money and time to do it, would you think about migrating it to Drupal?
>
> It just seems to me that the Drupal support community is far more active and plentiful than CF, and Drupal seems like a pretty stable going concern.
>
> Thanks for your thoughts.
>
>
> Tracey
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