Christian Ready just sent this along to me. Apparently, another article has come out that preaches ColdFusion as being one of the programming languages that never took off. This time, coming from SoftwareDeveloper.com in an article titled:
I don't know what is wrong with people. You'd think the name, Adobe, would at least make people go ahead and do something silly like, I don't know, fact check their articles? Too bad we don't all have editors as awesome as Judith Dinowitz!
Here is the excerpt involving ColdFusion:
ColdFusion (aka "ColdFusion Markup Language" or "CFML") was billed as the next big web development language, in the same veign as ASP.NET or Java Entrprise. ColdFusion was expected to be very popular because of its ease of use and accessibility for beginner programmers.
CFML uses tags reminiscent of HTML and need not be well-formed, which is a big help to newer (or non-meticulous) programmers who frequently forget to close tags or confuse capitalizations.
Given its ease of use and its position as a transitionary language from HTML, it is rather surprising that ColdFusion's popularity has waned so quickly. The ColdFusion killer wasn't due to a failure in marketing the programming language, nor due to any particular language design flaw. Instead, ColdFusion has been slowly displaced by ASP.NET and PHP, which offered a MySQL integrated product in a free open-source form.