Update: unfortunately things weren’t working out with the (dv) server so I have had to revert back to my (gs) account which means no ColdFusion. The (dv) basically requires you to do all system administration on your server which I don’t have the time for. I’m going to look into other options for ColdFusion. MediaTemple may add support for it on their (gs) accounts so I guess I’ll wait for that.
I have just finished converting my gotoAndLearn() site from PHP to ColdFusion. This started out as a learning experience since I will be doing some ColdFusion briefings on my upcoming trip to South America. During the course of the conversion I have actually really started to like the simplicity of the language and its impressive feature set. Since it is an Adobe product, it obviously also has the best and cleanest integration with other Adobe technologies like Flash, Flex, LiveCycle, PDF, etc.
Does this mean that I will no longer use PHP for things? No. But for creating database-driven websites, ColdFusion is by far the easiest language I have ever used. Many people have commented to me that they thought that ColdFusion was dead or that it is on its way out. This is definitely not the case. In fact, ColdFusion is one of the most profitable products in the Flash Platform and has a very loyal community.
For those who are wondering, I have a dedicated virtual server (dv) with MediaTemple and that allows me to have ColdFusion running right along side my LAMP stack. If you have an ooportunity to try ColdFusion I strongly encourage you to do so. There is also a new IDE called ColdFusion Builder which you can get on the Adobe Labs site.