Coming Back to Coldfusion

Over the last month, I had to reach back into the deep recesses of my brain and pull out some old and dusty knowledge about CF. There are a lot of things that changed since I used it 12 years ago, but in many ways, it still works pretty much the same.

This time around, I am not just interacting with the database, but I am doing some on the fly data analysis, and that took a while to figure out, but thanks to the wonderful IT people at school who helped me get unstuck, I have now a semi-functioning application.

Where I am not liking CF is with its charting customization. Sure there are different types of charts one can add, but the customization is very limited, and the documentation on the customization is even worse.

So I am on the search for some charting engines that will allow me to visualize my data. I tried a number of them this afternoon, but either they were undocumented, or the documentation was terribly written, or just really quirky and did not work. Overall, I think I tried seven different engines, to no avail.

Even though my CF skills are slowly coming back, my Javascript is incredibly rusty, and I don’t feel comfortable enough to tackle that yet.

Yet, I have to admit, despite the frustration of having to kick my brain back into programming gear, I am actually enjoying all this work, and discovering this level of programming all over again. Sure it’s a time sucker, but it’s a fun time sucker.