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State of the CF Union survey 2014 - partial results

Below are the partial results to date for the 2014 State of the CF Union survey. If you missed the survey you can take it here. See how you compare with other CFML developers. Discover what most developers use for tools, languages, database and development methods.

Can you help? If you are on a ColdFusion list, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google group please share the survey so that we can get a more complete picture of the current State of the CF Union. Thanks!
 

I will announce the final results on Tuesday Feb 11th 2014.

 

Scroll right to see numbers and percentages, scroll down to view more results

Note that the results are batched processed so they may not include your votes immediately. Check back in a few hours if you want to be sure.

State of the CF Union survey 2014

Help us find out the State of the CF Union with this survey - what versions of ColdFusion do people use, what frameworks, tools etc. We will share the summary results and a report on the state of the union with everyone who completes the survey so that you can see how you compare with other CFML developers. That way you can stay ahead of what tools top developers are using today, what databases are hot and see if the project issues you have are common or unique.

Hey perhaps acting on the gap between where you are today and what you see in the survey report will get you that next promotion or new job. Or at the least make your next project more successful. Knowledge is power!

Thanks for your time completing this survey.

We will announce the final results on Tuesday Feb 11th 2014.

President Obama

 

Survey Q and A

  • Q: Where are the results from previous years' surveys?
  • A: CF State of the Union 2013 survey results are here.
  • CF State of the Union 2010 survey results are here.
  • CF State of Hosting 2010 survey results are here.


If you have other suggestions please comment or email me.

State of the CF Union survey 2013 - results and winner

Thank you everyone who voted in the State of the CF Union 2013 survey. Despite some worries ColdFusion is alive and well with a new version released since the last survey 3 years ago, and another in the works. I noticed that many folks are not on the latest version of CF and are yet to adopt a framework. However CFC use is nearly universal. And open source products such as CFEclipse, MySQL and Railo are used by about half of developers. Group learning resources such as user groups and conferences are used by about half of developers (down a bit since last survey).

Here are some of the interesting things I learned from the detailed results:

  • Three quarters of developers are using CF9, with about half that number using CF10. This is a similar adoption curve as 3 years ago for CF8/9
  • If you are running CF7 or earlier you are behind the curve
  • Just over quarter of developers are using the open source Railo ColdFusion, little change from 3 years ago
  • More than half are using Enterprise CF (vs Standard). The ratio of Ent/Std is little changed from 3 years ago.
  • 80% run on Windows. Same as 3 years ago.
  • A 30% use Fusebox with other frameworks FW/1 and ColdBox the second and third most used. Fusebox, Model Glue and Mach-II have declined in use over the past 3 years, ColdBox about the same and FW/1 has increased in use. However the most popular "framework" is No Framework at all.
  • While nearly everyone uses CFCs just less than half use ColdSpring or similar to organize their CFC and only one in three do data via CFCs using ORM. These are respectively slight and substantial increases in dependance injection and DAL use over 3 years ago.
  • UDFs, Custom tags and CFIncludes are still as popular ways to reuse code as they were 3 years ago but still a little behind CFCs in popularity.
  • Most developers have used CF for more than 10 years and 90% use object orientation
  • CFers are heavily multi-lingual - using Java, PHP and .Net in large numbers. These languages are in similar use by CFers as 3 years ago, where as Flex and AIR use has declined by about half over this time period.
  • SQL Server remains the database of choice, with MySQL closely following. Oracle and Access runners up. All except Access are used by similar percentages as 3 years ago, with a moderate decline in Access use.
  • Half of developers use subversion, and Git is now used by a third (up since 3 years ago). But the same 20% as 3 years ago of developers don't do source code control at all.
  • CF Builder, Dreamweaver and CFEclipse are the top tools, all used by a similar number of developers. CFEclipse is down in use a bit over 3 years ago.
  • Half of developer attend a local user group some of the time, which is down over 3 years ago.
  • CF.Objective() is the most attended conference by CF developers, followed by MAX. Overall conference attendence is down as a percentage of respondees.
  • The top challenges facing developers today is too much work, followed by maintaining someone else's badly written code and integrating with legacy apps and security issues.

And the winner of the copy of FusionReactor is Paul Ihrig of Columbus OH. If you need to get on top of your backlog of work, learn new CF features, meet ORM gurus then check out our developer webinar series.

 

State of the CF Union survey 2013 - partial results

Below are the partial results to date for the State of the CF Union survey. If you missed the survey you can take it here. See how you compare with other CF developers.
 

We will announce the final results on the day of President Obama's State of the Union address (Feb 12th 2013).

 

Scroll right to see numbers and percentages, scroll down to view more results

Note that the results are batched processed so they may not include your votes immediately. Check back in a few hours if you want to be sure.

State of the CF Union survey 2013

Help us find out the State of the CF Union with this survey - what versions of ColdFusion do people use, what frameworks, tools etc. We will share the summary results with everyone so that you can see how you compare with other CF developers. Thanks for your time completing this survey!

Update: we will draw one person at random from all the survey entrants to win a copy of FusionReactor 1 YR Standard license (a $249 value). (Must provide email to be entered in drawing. You can still take the survey without providing email if you prefer to contribute to the results.

We will announce the final results on the day of President Obama's State of the Union address, Feb 12th

President Obama

Survey Q and A

I got some questions after posting the survey.

  • Q: why is this survey appearing here,of all places.
  • A: The previous state of the union surveys were on CFUnited.com so I just copied and edited the blog entry on there. Didn't realize that this might be confusing to some. Also I am planning to post CF developer and upcoming developer webinar related posts on cfunited.com, so made sense to put the survey here.
  • Q: The site is still "about" CFunited even though the event has not happened in 3 years, might confuse some folks. Are you giving any thought to revising the site to remove current conference event references (like register, pricing, topics, tracks, schedule, travel)?
  • A: Great suggestion, we will remove those (might take a bit of time to redo the graphics). I want to keep all the past presos and other historical CFUnited content. And not have the site be confusing.
  • Q: Where are the results from previous years' surveys?
  • A: CF State of the Union 2010 survey results are here.
  • CF State of Hosting survey results are here.

If you have other suggestions please comment or email me.

CFUnited Session and Speaker Feedback

If you went to sessions at CFUnited-10 that were amazing, or ones that sucked or anywhere in between, then let us and the speakers know with this session feedback form. You can use it several times - upto once for each session/speaker you attend. So bookmark this post for use during the rest of the week. It only takes a minute or two to complete and I know both we and our speakers read all your comments in detail to see what is going well and what can be improved.
Thanks

CFUnited CF Server Hosting survey - raffle winners

Thanks everyone who took the hosting survey. The raffle winners are:

  • CFUnited ticket - Matthew Warren Ken Cook Co. Milwaukee WI
  • iPod - Steve Holland Fusecast LLC Highland UT
  • iPod - Kevin Pyles The Hilltop Institute Columbia MD
  • Fusion Reactor - Shaun McCran The direct agency England

Thank you everyone who entered the survey - you can see summary results here. And thank you to Edgeweb Hosting and Integral (Fusion Reactor) for donating the additional prizes!

CFUnited CF Server Hosting survey - partial results

Below are the partial results to date for the CF Server Hosting survey survey. If you missed the survey you can take it here. See how you compare with other CF developers.
 

We will announce the final survey results and raffle winners the first week of May.

 

Sorry about the scroll horizontally to read the results! You can reach the results via following link too.

Note that the results are batched processed so they may not include your votes immediately. Check back in a few hours if you want to be sure.

CFUnited CF Server Hosting survey - win a CFUnited ticket, iPod, or Fusion Reactor

After the successful State of the CF Union survey, we wanted to find out more details about the state of CF hosting in 2010. Help us find out what ColdFusion hosting issues people have with this survey . We will share the summary results with everyone so that you can see how you compare with other CF developers. Additionally, everyone who completes the survey will get a copy of a 25-page report on Advanced Application and Server Troubleshooting Techniques by hosting expert Edgeweb CEO, Vlad Friedman. Thanks for your time completing this survey!

Plus we will raffle off one ticket to CFUnited (a $1049 value), two 8 Gb iPod Touches and one copy of Fusion Reactor picked at random from everyone who completes the survey. You have four chances to win something awesome!

iPod Fusion Reactor CFUnited

The raffle closes on Friday April 30th. We will announce the winners and final results the following week.

What developers are saying about ColdFusion and CFUnited

Here are some comments from the State of the CF Union survey the other month:

  • (Roy Martin Emerge Interactive) It is very exciting to see the passion and growing involvement in the ColdFusion community since I joined it in 2005. I'm looking forward to joining members outside of my immediate community events and experience the excitement from the conferences first hand.

  • (Seth Aaronson sethron) ColdFusion still makes difficult stuff easy.

  • (Steven Rubenstein Emaze, Inc.) CF still beats all other development languages. But it would be much easier if CF were more accepted in general. Everyone wants Ruby or PHP because they are free and there are more developers available for those languages.

  • (Chuck Stazo UPS) I enjoyed attending CFUnited in 2009; I was able to meet and listen to many of the people whose blogs have helped me become a better coder. Having only been a CF developer for a few years, attending CFUnited really gave me a good sense of what people were doing with the technology and how they were pushing the boundaries of what the technology could do. At the time CF9 was only in beta and it was amazing to me how many people were out there working with the new product and how much they really knew about new features and functionality. I have worked with other development languages and have struggled in the beginning to get up to speed on syntax and best practices, resources were hard to come by and web search results were mediocre at best. With CF and CF users I have never felt that way, I was able to easily grasp the concepts and learn the language, and if I have questions or are unsure of how the best approach, I know the answers I find out on CF bloggers sites are top notch.

  • (Gabriel Roffman etesters) Congratulations on having such a long running conference!

  • (Mike Kelp EdomGroup, Inc.) I've worked in .Net, Java, PHP, Ruby, and Python and still find ColdFusion the absolute best tool for the web development job.

    The biggest disappointments I'm seeing in the community right now are the obsession with cfscript and the number of people getting overexcited about Ruby. There are many far better languages, but it seems people get excited about some of the utility functions that in most cases only help you out of very poor logic or Rails, which has many good ideas but falls short of being the all powerful framework it is pitched as.

    Most people also far underrate CF's capabilities in memory management and efficiency compared to others. Opening your mind a little past the general buzz of the blogosphere you can find some very unique (behavioral, dynamic) design patterns that are so easier to work with in CF than other languages.

  • (Kevin Pepperman Liquid Blue LLC) CFML is my preferred language for web accessible content.

    I feel that it leverages the best ways to deliver and manage web based content, and now that there are open source alternatives to ACF, that the language will continue to be adopted.

    The CFML communitys are second to none.

  • (Daniel Fredericks Alion) Now that I have started seeing CF in a whole new light, being one of the if not the most knowledgeable CF'er in terms of new stuff at my job, I've seen how CF really has advanced. I see how the community is very passionate about CF and how helpful they are as well. CF has really come a long way since I started, and well, so have I. I may not be the best developer, but I really want to learn more and more.

  • (Tom Tedeschi Information, Inc.) Over the years we've found CF far and away the fastest environment to develop in, and have yet to come up against a problem we couldn't solve with it.

  • (Bob Stobener Raley's) ColdFusion is the Macintosh of programming languages. Back when Apple and the Mac was on the ropes in the 90's, everyone had written the platform off. Today the industry follows their lead. I hope the same will happen with ColdFusion. Adobe and the ColdFusion community has to become more aggressive in promoting CF to consultant agencies and IT departments (the ones who make the decisions). It has to gain MindShare. Also, you have to be able to convince Java programmers that their life would be much simpler with CF as a front end, if nothing else. Adobe should be extremely thankful for open source engines like Railo as well as the CF community. They promote externally to Adobe's customer base (while Adobe seems content with it's dwindling customers). Just like Apple and the Mac reinvented itself with a determined commitment to succeed by aggressively showing the world its products, Adobe must relentlessly elevate ColdFusion to the industry and promote its tremendous value.

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