This is a repost of my one and only entry on my old Posterous blog site. I'm moving over to Blogger because Twitter bought Posterous to grab talent, then announced that they were shutting down the Posterous service on April 30, 2013. Hopefully Blogger won't follow the way of Google Reader.
Steve Bryant suggested making today "How I Got Started in ColdFusion" day. Since it seems everyone who is anyone in the ColdFusion community is blogging on this topic today, I figured I didn't have an excuse not to start a blog of my own. Google's Blogger service
About a year before I started working for my present employer, they hired a consultant to develop an intranet geographic information system (GIS) application to share information about the agency's infrastructure. The idea was to provide an interactive map interface to show the land parcels (or properties) that were served and the sewer mains and structures that collected and transported the wastewater to the treatment plant. They chose to use AutoDesk Mapguide (for those of you who are familiar with MapGuide, it's the old version that ended with release 6.5, not the new MapGuide Enterprise a.k.a. AutoDesk Infrastructure Map Server). When MapGuide was purchased by the agency, it came bundled with Allaire ColdFusion (I think version 4.5 or so).
We now have three ColdFusion-powered GIS applications. Along the way, we upgraded to MacroMedia ColdFusion 5.0, 6.0 MX, 6.1 and Adobe ColdFusion 7.0. We then detoured over to BlueDragon JX for a while, then came back to Adobe ColdFusion 9.0.
Our IT department deployed a CMS system several years ago. They are using CommonSpot, which runs on...you guessed it...ColdFusion.
We're in the process of selecting a new GIS technology platform. Whatever it turns out to be, I hope our intranet GIS applications will still leverage all of the power and rapid development capability that ColdFusion brings to the table. Long live CF!