ColdFusion Cookbook Update

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For a few years now I've run (along with Jeremy Petersen) the ColdFusion Cookbook. The idea was simple: Provide a set of very direct questions and answers to common ColdFusion problems. The site did kinda well, and we have over 150 entries, but to be honest, it could be a lot more. Adobe's Flex Cookbook has been quite a success. They have a much more open process which allows for content to be created and shared much quicker than the more rigid process we have over on the ColdFusion Cookbook.

Adobe never intended to compete with my site. They have linked to my site and helped promote it. That being said, they are moving their cookbooks to a platform that will no longer restrict the content to Flex. It isn't intentional competition, but at the same time, I think we can obviously expect ColdFusion stuff to start showing up there.

I've made the decision to shut down the existing ColdFusion Cookbook site. Admittedly I feel a bit sad about this, but frankly, I think its will help everyone. I also want to help seed the site. Adobe has said they would handle as much of the grunt work as possible, but in order to do so, they need the original authors to work with them. Ed Sullivan ( will help work with folks to get their content migrated. I ask that the original authors ping him, and me as well, so I can keep track of what has moved over. I don't want any content lost, so if need be, I can migrate content under my account, but with a nice, clear paragraph that credits the original author, but I only want to do that for authors who aren't around anymore or don't care.

Any thoughts on this? Obviously I could do some massive architecture updates to my own site, but it seems easier to cooperate here and help give the ColdFusion content at Adobe a huge boost. Right?

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Alirio Boquin posted on 5/19/2009 at 3:59 AM

Oh oh, I like very much your site, it's help full, for some people I really know, but your are right, "seems easier to cooperate"

Comment 2 by Kevin K posted on 5/19/2009 at 5:17 AM

Stackoverflow is getting some momentum. You are not supposed to post questions you know the answer to so the data from the cookbook could only be posted in response to a q but it is turning into an amazing resource.

Comment 3 by Scott P posted on 5/19/2009 at 6:23 AM

Big thanks for both of your past efforts.

Sell/give them the name because that part is easy to remember and also since I'm lazy, wasn't the source for coldfusioncookbook available once?

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/19/2009 at 6:26 AM

Yeah, the source was available. Still is - somewhere. I'll post it again once I wrap the final move.

As for selling the domain, I've gotten a lot of free software from them. I'll see if they want it, and if so, I'll give it to them. Well, maybe I'll ask for another CF Guy tee shirt.

Comment 5 by Steve posted on 5/19/2009 at 6:27 AM

Your approach to this situation proves once again how well you play the role of steward for the greater ColdFusion community. It says a lot that you are willing to embrace this development and participate in the creation of a higher profile resource. Given Adobe's continued investment in CF, it makes sense that we all work to make sure there's plenty of cookbook and sample code ready to go for the new folks.

Thanks again, Ray - from everybody.

Comment 6 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/19/2009 at 6:28 AM

Thanks Steve (and all).

Comment 7 by Jason Presley posted on 5/19/2009 at 9:10 AM

I echo Steve's remarks. Thanks for all the hard work Ray. I agree with what you are doing. Hopefully you will see this as one less thing to worry about. You definitely have done a major service for the entire Adobe family with this site as well as your others (I LOVE riaforge and contribute what I can)! Thanks for your work!


Comment 8 by Hal Helms posted on 5/20/2009 at 4:26 PM

Also agree with Steve, Ray. You are The Man.

Comment 9 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/20/2009 at 4:42 PM

Much appreciated folks. :) The 'move' is in progress w/ Ed. Will be awesome for the site to launch with a bunch of content already.

Comment 10 by George W posted on 5/20/2009 at 6:30 PM

@Kevin K,

You could easily and quite acceptably post them to stackoverflow.

One question that sums it up well is here:

This might however be seen as spam, but it would also be nice to see more cfml postings on the overflow.

That said I respect ray's move toward solidarity on cfml cookbook recipes

Comment 11 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/20/2009 at 6:36 PM

I'll ditto George. I'd love to see more questions at SO. SO is very popular and the more CF shows up there the better. I also see nothing wrong with answering your own questions. It happens to me all the time. I try to fix X. I give up and ask for help. As soon as I send the email/post/etc, I discover the solution. So why not help others who may have the question in the future?

Comment 12 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/3/2013 at 5:18 AM

Ahem. Watch this space.