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Any ColdFusion developers working with web services?

First, an admission: until 3 hours ago, I had never worked with ColdFusion in my life.

A friend came to me, exacerbated, because he was having trouble with his ColdFusion app that was calling a web service. Turns out he was constructing SOAP messages by hand through string concatenation and then parsing the responses by hand. (!)

I knew that Macromedia couldn't be so daft as to miss the whole WSDL thing, so I began Googling...

... only to find that that there are very few good resources on consuming Web Services from ColdFusion MX. Here are three that I did find:

Are there any ColdFusion-heads out there who regularly consume web services? Is this a common paradigm in CF applications? If so, any favorite tutorials or books?
PWills Send private email
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Johnny Boursiquot Send private email
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Consuming web services with CFMX is very straightforward and a common thing. Check out this article:

there are times when more complex web services require a little more effort. In those cases, check this article:

A good place to get help for CF-related issues such as web services is the CFCZone mailing list.  Archive is at:

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thanks for the mailing list link. That is exactly the sort of resource I was looking for.

The CF dev community is definitely much smaller than I would have thought. Do you think it's a dead-end framework, or will it continue to be active for many years?
PWills Send private email
Thursday, February 09, 2006
No problem.

I definately don't want to start a CF vs <insert your favorite web development language> thread, but suffice it to say I don't think it's a dead-end language.  I'm sure others will disagree but that's cool.

btw, you might be interested to check out BlueDragon, specifically BlueDragon.NET that allows you to run CFML on .NET and integrates nicely with IIS/ASP.NET
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I would have to disagree also, Coldfusion is definitely not a dead-end language, and in fact, seems to be picking up a lot of growth since CF MX was released.

A cursory search on Google provided the following link to companies using CF:

The Coldfusion developer community is larger than it appears at first blush.  There's probably a Coldfusion user group in a city near you.
ejustice Send private email
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Coldfusion gets a lot a criticism in the dev community, and prior to my current job I was very critical of it also.

However, after working on several very large ecommerce projects with Coldfusion / Fusebox I have to say its very productive and has scaled very well.

The dev community for CF though is pretty weak when compared to some of the other frameworks
some web dev
Friday, February 10, 2006

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