Alan Williamson introduced the Open BlueDragon Steering Committee on his blog and I'm pleased to announce that I'm a member. I haven't blogged about my opinions on this, and I'll keep things rather minimal for now, but I think having an open source CFML engine is a very important thing for CFML as a language and can only help grow the community. To me this isn't about one CFML engine being better than another, it's about having choice and the ability to run CFML code on free software (please click that link if you see "free software" and think I mean "free of cost") that's such a huge thing for CFML developers.
I'm very excited about where this is going to take both BlueDragon as a product as well as the CFML language and community. If you want to contact me about the project you can email me at email@example.com. Also please join the Open BlueDragon Google Group. We're going to be talking about ways you can get involved shortly, so stay tuned!
Congratulations on the appointment. The BlueDragon open source announcement is something I wanted to be very excited about. At first I wasn't sure if I cared. But with the likes of you and Mark Drew on the committee, I have a new found interest in where BlueDragon is going.
Congrats! When I first heard about open source BD, I figured they'd get little to no coding support from the community. But seeing Java guys like you (and others) on the steering committee, I think we might see some very cool things come from this, in a much quicker manner than I had anticipated.
It will be interesting to see how the Adobe fanboys react to Open BD, especially if it starts to kick ColdFusion's but feature wise...
Following the same line of thought as the previous comments -- having guys like you, Mark Drew, and Sean Corfield on the BD steering committee definitely gives the project an air of legitimacy and will probably make some people who were skeptical about the project take a second look.
I'm curious about something, though. You mention here that you think it's important that CFML run on "free software", and in your comments in Alan's blog post you state that you're a "huge proponent of open source software." But the "free software" link in your post takes us to a page on the GNU site that states (among other things) that "open source" software and "free software" are not necessarily compatible terms and that there are some fundamental philosophical differences between them. So I'm curious about where you stand on that.
@Tony--good point on open source and free not necessarily being compatible. In the case of Open BlueDragon, however, they absolutely are compatible because Open BlueDragon is being released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, which means not only is it open source, but you have the freedom to do with it anything you want and use it however you want, within the confines of the GPL of course.
This is a pretty detailed and very interesting topic that I'm sure we'll be discussing a lot in all of our blogs as well as on the Google Group.
Matt, this is good news.
Glad to see the "heavy lifters" (and not the pompous has-beens) in the ColdFusion community are getting on board and behind this.
Knock 'em dead!