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Why should companies or developers modernize?

No one likes maintaining legacy code. Yet we all have legacy code. Modernizing is the way out. It allows us to convert legacy code in to code that we enjoy working with without rewriting from scratch.

Why is ColdFusion (CFML) still relevant?

CFML is still relevant because CFML is still evolving. Open source engines like Lucee and companies like Ortus are pushing what we can accomplish — creating powerful abstractions, frameworks, and tools to match the developer experience in other languages.

What would you like to experience during the conference?

I love the collective brain trust that gathers for ITB. There are so many great ideas thrown around. I hope to have time to sit down, hopefully with some of the attendees, and add some great features and fixes to our open source arsenal.

Which speaker at ITB do you want to sit down and ask a few questions?

I really am looking forward to chatting with Wil. He's been at the front of Quick and qb and I look forward to hearing his experiences. Matthew Clemente always has great insights to making our Ortus products more accessible to the wider CFML community and I enjoy hearing his ideas as well.

Why should attendees go to your session?

If you want more portable, version-controlled development environments, come learn about cfmigrations and commandbox-migrations.
If you have used CFORM in the past or have no idea what an ORM is, come see how it helps you interact with your database with Quick.

What is your favorite *Box Product and why?

It would have to be ColdBox. Modules and ForgeBox changed the game for CFML and have enabled many more shared libraries and frameworks to emerge.

Meet our speaker

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson (@_elpete) is a cfml and javascript developer at O.C. Tanner in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and received a degree in Information Systems thinking he would hate programming as a career. He started programming in cfml (and in general) in 2012 and has never been more happy to be proved wrong. What he lacks in experience, he makes up for by demos and blogging. A beginner himself, he blogs about many beginner topics at