You’ve worked with Cold Fusion developing applications for years. What is a positive and a negative about the evolution of this area?
The positive is that Cold Fusion is a GREAT programming language that allows rapid development. I can create applications in a fraction of the time it would take for me to develop them in other languages. The features of Cold Fusion are phenomenal – from interacting with databases, to creating reports, to printing PDFs on the fly. The only negative thing I can say about Cold Fusion is the folks at Adobe roll out the new versions too quickly! As a developer, we spend most of our time “heads down” on a project. It can be challenging to keep up with and learn the latest versions of the language.
Specifically what types of applications have you developed?
Most of the applications that I have worked on have been “inherited”, meaning they were already developed. My task has normally been building upon the existing functionality and maintaining it. Some of these include the AIG car insurance application where users manage their car insurance accounts and a high level reporting tool within Cingular Wireless that management used to keep up with the productivity of their employees. Currently, I am rebuilding an entire application in Cold Fusion that was developed in classic ASP (web scripting technology).
Is there a popular app or program out there that you wished you would have developed and why?
Facebook, for the money! I actually thought of something similar, really!
Personally why do you feel it’s important to get more African-American women involved in technology?
For one technology has and will continue to change our lives. For economic reason alone, it is very important that we are not left out of this revolution. Imagine an African-American Steve Jobs! We need to see these scenarios. I was listening to NPR this week and they are predicting another technology bubble. I am hoping that we step up to the plate as a community and that we see more innovators of technology verses users of technology. The economic impacts on our community could be endless. Facebook is worth what $70 Billion? What we have to realize is that there is still an opportunity to create another Facebook or Google. We have to be visionaries and look 10 years beyond what we have now and start there.