I have been hearing a lot of Hype for along time about how great CFEclipse is, but I have been using ColdFusion Studio/HomeSite+ for over 9 years now and I've never had any desire to change. I am a creature of habit. I am one of those people who will go to the same restaurant all the time, and with every visit, I read the whole menu thinking I will try something new this time. Then, when the server comes to take my order, I still always order the exact same meal I got the last 200 times I went to that restaurant.
So why am I deciding to change now, you ask?? Well there a 3 main reasons why.
The first is that Adobe recently release ColdFusion 8, and as usual, I installed the HomeSite+ updates. Well, much to my chagrin, the updated help files, in my opinion, are not nearly as informative or useful as they have been for previous versions. There are no more cross referencing links to related tags and functions, and there are no more detailed explanations of the attributes. This to me seems like the folks at Adobe are subtly saying, "We don't think HomeSite+ has a real future, and we aren't going to put much effort into keeping it current and useful".
Secondly, I got a taste of CFEclipse when I took a Hands On session with Ben Forta at Adobe MAX 2007, and I thought it had some pretty cool features, especially when it came to developing and using CFCs.
And lastly, I am switching to CFEclipse because everyone else is doing it, and I want to be cool like them.
Now all have to do is figure out how to install the darn thing... I will start a new post for that.