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Mach II is not dead

June 17, 2007 ·

For some reason, I've had a number of emails recently asking me if Mach II is dead. I guess I get these emails because I'm still listed as a contributor on the Mach II site and the site has not been updated since November 2006. Obviously the folks asking these questions don't listen to The ColdFusion Weekly podcast by Matt Woodward and Peter Farrell! Anyway, I figured I'd put a note out based on the answers I've been giving these folks. First off, Mach II is alive and well and getting some serious attention from Matt Woodward, Peter Farrell, Kurt Wiersma and others (like Dave Shuck who is taking on the role of Mach II community manager). Second, Mach II is a mature, stable framework so you should not expect to see a steady stream of changes. That would make life hell for developers trying to use the framework! One release a year is probably a good pace for a framework once it is well-established. Third, a public beta of Mach II 1.5 should be released at CFUNITED along with a brand new web site. Hopefully that will stop the questions. CFUNITED will be a major event for frameworks: Mach II 1.5, Model-Glue 2.0 and a public beta of Fusebox 5.5 (I hope!).

Tags: coldfusion · machii

6 responses

  • 1 Kurt Wiersma // Jun 17, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Thank you for helping us get the word out! I would like to add that Mach II has a great mailing list that has been getting more active every month. If you join the mailing I think you will see further evidence that Mach II is far from dead. :)

    You can subscribe or monitor the list at:
  • 2 Kurt Wiersma // Jun 17, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Whoops that is the MachBlog mailing list, which is also not dead! :) The Mach II mailing list link is below.
  • 3 Peter J. Farrell // Jun 17, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Just wanted to say that a working on getting a public beta by CFUnited, not the official stable release to be more specific.
  • 4 Sean Corfield // Jun 17, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    @Peter, I updated the post - thanx for the clarification (and good luck!).
  • 5 Bob // Feb 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Mach-II is now officially dead.

    The only question remaining is how long until CF dies too.
  • 6 Sean Corfield // Feb 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    @Bob, yup, Fusebox, Mach-II, Model-Glue.

    Good job there's still FW/1 and ColdBox. And cfWheels still toddles along.

    Adobe seem to keep chugging along with CF11 in Beta now, and CF12 promised for a year or two out.

    Railo has 4.2 in Beta right now with plans for Railo 5 and Railo 6.

    CFML is in decline - no question - but it's not going to die any time soon. COBOL is still earning a lot of people a good living.

    That said, not many people are learning COBOL these days (or CFML) so the pool of developers is shrinking and the available jobs are in decline too. If you only know COBOL your career has a time limit, same with CFML.