Is This The Future for ColdFusion and other Conferences?
What I am thinking about in this post is a possible future for conferences which are part of an overall product line, such as ColdFusion and Flex-AIR are a part of the Adobe range of offerings. I am couching this in the context that Adobe has an overall conference, (MAX) yet there is some sort of groundswell at the community level that this is not sufficient or focussed enough to adequately address the needs of a community. Of course, this pre-dates Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia as CFUnited, CFObjective and WebManiacs-FlexManiacs can attest to. I should get to the point here but I will finish this section by saying that all these conferences, including MAX, are expensive to attend.
In just over one week there will be a free conference in Bloomington IN at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, details are here; BFusion, BFlex 08. I wonder what the effect would be if we could spread this sort of event around the USA in educational institutions such as Indiana University? As Adobe prepares to make ColdFusion free to students and faculty should we not also be thinking of trying to spread free conferences throughout the USA?