Done Re-inventing the Wheel?

Posted on April 17, 2007 at 6:24 AM in Fusebox, ColdFusion

I'm a hands-on kinda guy. That applies to code as well. The more hands-on I am with it, the better I understand it. So, for years I've shied away from using other people's applications, because I wanted to *know* what was going on with my apps. Recently, however, I was put into a situation where I either had to get the project done in 10 days, or an enormous FREE advertising potential would be lost for a minimum of 8 months, and likely a year. That conundrum made me go "hmmmmmmmmmm", and I ended up using some applications that I knew absolutely nothing about. Interestingly enough, I managed to get the project done, and the free advertising brought thousands of visitors within hours, and they've continued to come.

So, here I am -finally- downloading BlogCFC and putting it to use. I've written my own blogging application before, and it's currently in use on a reasonably busy site (30,000+ unique visitors per month), but unfortunately it's not easily ported to other sites. Given the aforementioned experience, I've decided to finally take advantage of Ray Camden's generosity and put BlogCFC to use. Thank you Ray!

While putting together that project, I started using my half-way assembled framework. The half that was built runs flawlessly. Fast. Lightweight. The problem was the other half. As I began quickly throwing the other pieces of it together and testing it, I realized that it was painfully slow once they were added in. Just debug it, right? Wrong. I only had 10 days to be launched. So, thanks to the advice of my good friend Charlie Griefer, I took a look at Fusebox 5.

All I can say is "WOW!" Thank you to *everyone* involved in putting together Fusebox. You enabled me to meet a ridiculous deadline, and you have saved me the headaches of trying to debug my framework. I am having a really difficult time right now seeing myself -not- using Fusebox.

Am I done trying to re-invent the wheel? Only time will tell for certain, but for the moment, I'm thinking the answer is 'Hell yes!'.

UPDATE: For those wondering, I downloaded FB and had the site launched and on national TV in less than 36 hours. That's the numbers behind how quickly you can build an app in FB!

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On 4/17/07 at 4:01 PM, Sean Corfield said:

Glad you're enjoying Fusebox 5.1! You just wait until you see what Fusebox 6 brings and how much quicker you'll be able to build applications :)

Don't worry, all your Fusebox 5.x applications will run unchanged on Fusebox 6!

On 4/17/07 at 4:11 PM, Matt Quackenbush said:

@Sean - Thanks for putting it out there! Glad I finally decided to give it a try again. Even more cool that FB6 won't break 5.x code. Hopefully I'll have -lots- of FB apps to migrate over by then.

On 4/19/07 at 9:24 PM, Sif Baksh said:

FB is a great tool. Matt keep up the great work brother :)

On 11/15/08 at 5:13 AM, Oyun said:

very thanks for you...

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