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ColdFusion (CFML) language gaining in popularity

According to TIOBE Index for July 2016, ColdFusion has moved up from #102 to #66. The list contains all languages, not just web languages, so being #66 is not too shabby but still way behind PHP and .NET. Even T-SQL is more popular than CFML on this list. But still, does this mean CFML is making a comeback?

My take is, YES!, and this is not the only indicator out there. One of the obvious indicators are the free CFML servers Railo, which is now Lucee, that have been very successful and have contributed to the rise in popularity of CFML. Licensing costs were the main culprit of ColdFusion’s decline and it’s no longer an issue.

But another indirect contributor to CFML’s re-emergence is perhaps the ever rising popularity of Agile and DevOps. The original concept and claim to fame of ColdFusion was that it was a faster way to develop web applications because of it’s simpler language and the bundled tools that made it easier to deploy. And you do not need to go through a complex systems design to develop and deploy ColdFusion apps.