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May 31, 2005

As most of you probably already know this year marks the 10th birthday of ColdFusion. I was reading Tim Buntel's blog and he pointed to a page on the Macromedia website where you could post how ColdFusion has changed your life and details on applications you built with CF 1,2,3 or 4. I wanted to take a moment and share my story

It was 1997 and I didn't know what a web app was. As an Army Officer I was tasked with building a system to exchange information for the Second Infantry Division in South Korea. I expored ASP and CGI and found them too cumbersome. I stumbled upon the Allaire site after looking across the net and found ColdFusion. I downloaded CF 3.0 and printed out the hundreds of pages of docs and read them on a long bus ride over the weekend. That next week I started developing a prototype and had something put together in a two weeks that we used in a battle exercise. Sparing the details the application replaced people from building powerpoint slides of information that was hours old. ColdFusion allowed us to build a web based system that was submitted from laptops across the battlefield on a tactical network providing up to the minute information on equipment, personnel and other tactical information. Developement continued over the next six months to build a fairly large although simple to use application

A few years later I implemented Tacweb at the Third Infantry Division in Fort Stewart Georgia and other units across the army started using it. I recieved emails early this year about it and it was used during the Iraqi war.

You can find more information about TACWEB here
http://www.bpurcell.org/tacwebfiles/tacweb.htm
http://www.bpurcell.org/tacwebfiles/papers/WebNet_98.cfm

If it wasn't for me stumbling across ColdFusion I would have never had the job I have today with Macromedia. I decided it was time to get out of the Army in 2000 and posted my resume on Monster.com and Allaire called me to support ColdFusion working remotely from my home.  Well the rest is history but I have loved my time so far with Allaire and Macromedia and consider myself very lucky to be able to work with the technology, products and people that I work with on a daily basis.

It is too bad I will miss the birthday party on the 13th of July. I will be on sabbatical starting in June, but it will be nice to enjoy the time off.

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