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January 25, 2006
2005: One of the Most Significant Years in ColdFusion History

Great CFDJ editorial by Simon Horwith that pretty well summarizes the significance of 2005 for ColdFusion customers and the ColdFusion product team alike:


I'm glad to be a part of it, and I'm happy to say that we're full-out working on more truly great CF innovation.


ColdFusion MX 7 Makes 16th Annual JOLT! Award Finalist List

We're finalists in the Web Development Tools category along with:

• Backbase Standard Edition 3.1 (Backbase)
• ColdFusion MX7 (Adobe)
• DevPartner Studio 8 (Compuware)
• JBoss Application Server 4x (JBoss)
• Macromedia Studio 8 2005 (Adobe)
• Rails 1.0 (rubyonrails.org)
• Zend Studio - Enterprise Edition 5.0 (Zend)

Very cool. It's great that Studio 8 also made the cut. Here's the full announcement:


A little about Software Development Magazine's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards from the link above:

"For the past 15 years, the Software Development Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards have been presented annually to showcase products that have “jolted” the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier, and more efficient. Jolt Cola, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software developers for sustenance during project development marathons, sponsors the awards presentation."

“Our twenty Jolt judges—leaders in the software development field—have selected 89 impressive finalists from hundreds of nominations,” commented Software Development Technical Editor Rosalyn Lum. “The number of nominations we received this year was unprecedented and the process of narrowing down the finalists was a massive, albeit exciting, task, with many more products contending in each category. These products represent a cross section of the most ground-breaking tools for every phase of the software development lifecycle—a testament that the spirit of innovation is alive and well in the software development sector."

“In the next phase, we’ll be ‘looking under the hood’ at these select products, not only examining the standard criteria of audience suitability, productivity, innovation, quality, ROI, risk, and flexibility, but also seeking products that are: ahead of the curve; universally useful; simple, yet rich in functionality; redefine their product space; or solve a nagging problem that has consistently eluded other products and books."

"The awards ceremony will take place on March 15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center during SD West 2006, which attracts more than 3,000 software developers, renowned industry speakers, and press annually. Winners will also be featured in the June 2006 issue of Software Development magazine."

Hopefully we can win the award as well. :)


January 21, 2006
Expecting our first, a boy
As the CF team knows already, my wife Irina and I are expecting our first baby, (a boy), to be named Michael Damon Cooper, and I thought I'd blog it officially, since that's what bloggers are supposed to do, right? :)

Still somewhat surreal, but I'm really excited and scared at the same time. I've delivered major commercial server software releases on time within budget with many innovations and patents resulting, but I've never had a little life on the way to deliver. He's due in May, and my hope is I won't muck up being a father somehow. I guess I'm somewhat comforted that this whole thing has been going on pretty much uninterrupted for about 5 million years, so I'm hoping most of the bugs have been ironed out of the development, beta and delivery processes by now :)

Anyway, to those of you who have already become parents, congrats and I wish you all the best.

To my boy who may one day dig this post out of an archive somewhere: son, you were loved before you were born, and I apologize in advance for anything I might not get right.


January 6, 2006
Next Stop: "Mystic"
As you may know, the Adobe ColdFusion team is hard at work on "Scorpio", the next major release of the ColdFusion product. We're making great progress, but we've decided some functionality in particular is just too sweet to hold onto till then, and so the next stop will be "Mystic".

2006 will be a GREAT time to be a CF developer.

Happy New Year!