The power we wield...

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So this is a (slightly edited) email I got earlier today. I didn't want to blog it as it sounds like I'm just bragging on myself (ok, I am a bit), but it reminded me of the power that those of who blog (or participate in the community in general) have, and it's something we need to keep in mind. Sometimes it seems like I'm preaching to the choir, but it's nice to know that we can have a greater impact:

So, I thought Friday was just any average day. The owner of the company pulled myself and a colleague into an office. We were being told that a developer/manager that had left the company years ago is returning and is going to be a Project Manager.

The discussion somehow turned into us (developers) ambushing the owner of the company and showing him what we've been up to development-wise. We got several "Wow, I had no idea" repeatedly and an follow-up meeting has been requested.

Today, I find out that all of our software upgrade requests (CS3 Upgrades) have been "Approved" along with CF8. That wasn't the big news though. I was taken aback though as I thought we'd just be upgrading our standard boxes. Nope, the upgrade to Enterprise has been approved. I was just happy to get CF8 in-house, but news of Enterprise has me speechless. The company don't normally spring for purchase like this and getting anything software approved is like pulling teeth as we're a small company doing some major work around [[Deleted]].

Apparently our discussion impressed him. Want to know what I did? During the course of explaining/demo'ing our existing capabilities, I mentioned CF8 features such as "Ajax" and I demo'ed http://www.coldfusionbloggers.org/

Thanks Ray, for having coldfusionbloggers.org up and running. I thought you might like to know that your work inspired something out there.

Sweet. Maybe I can get a royalty check out of Adobe. ;)

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Robert Owen posted on 8/7/2007 at 4:40 PM

with great power, comes great responsibility

Comment 2 by DK posted on 8/7/2007 at 6:43 PM

Ray,
did you notice the valid XHTML and CSS links on the bottom of the bloggers site actually show that neither is valid?

I think using CF8 AJAX stuff will never allow your CSS to validate as it uses yui.

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 8/7/2007 at 6:49 PM

Nope, didn't notice. I'll probably just remove the links as I see no need for them. (Not for validation in general, but on the site I mean.)

Comment 4 by James, F.E. posted on 8/7/2007 at 7:04 PM

That's great kid! Don't get cocky. - Han Solo ;-)

Comment 5 by Chris Jordan posted on 8/8/2007 at 3:07 AM

Ray, that's really cool! It must be nice to get letters like that. I have to agree with the author of that email. I really appreciate all that you and the other heavy hitter type folks do for the community. ;o)