Last week, inspired by recent community conversations about ColdFusion certification, I built a "proof of concept" site to see if there would be any interest in a community-driven site for ColdFusion certification preparation. In a fit of unbridled enthusiasm, sheer laziness, and poor judgement, I posted several of Brian Simmons' CFMX Exam Buster test questions to my site in order to demonstrate how my "proof of concept" site would work. I did so without crediting Brian and without getting his prior approval.
My intent was not to take credit for his work but rather to put some content on the "proof of concept" site in order to demonstrate functionality and to generate interest. However, intentions aside, this egregious lapse in judgement was both wrong and hurtful; it has shaken Brian's faith in the security of his hard work and intellectual property and it has tarnished his reputation. I am deeply sorry for the anguish that this has caused him and his family.
Brian's CFMX Exam Buster software is quite fantastic and without it, I surely would not have been able to obtained my advanced certification status. I feel absolutely horrible at the thought of jeopardizing either this essential piece of software or Brian's efforts. It is a product that I have recommended to many people (and will continue to do so) and I hope that it continues to be upgraded with each new version of ColdFusion.
In an effort of redemption and for various other concerns including legalities and quality control, I have decided to take down my "proof of concept" site. I cannot apologize enough for how I have made Brian feel and I hope that with time, Brian can learn to forgive me for my actions and that he will truly believe that my intentions were not malicious.
I also recognize that this display has tarnished my reputation and my standing within the ColdFusion community. I love this language very much and I love this community and I would like your trust. I understand that building trust takes time and effort and I promise that I will do everything in my power to gain your trust and to give back to the community that has given me so much.
My sincerest apologies to Brian Simmons, CentraSoft.Com, and to the entire ColdFusion community,