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  • I'm in the same position. I started a position last week where the there is a huge existing code base in ColdFusion. The idea is to move to using an open source dev platform (which is still being debated) but in the meantime....

    My favorite little quirk so far is the lack of block specific variable scoping. For example variables created in cffunctions still have the same global scope as those created outside of functions.

    You can get around this using CFscript's Var() operator to locally scope variables.
    • You're worried about a piddly thing like variable scoping? I was permanently scarred by having to use ColdFusion back when it didn't have user-defined functions, and it continued to lack them for far longer than any non-CF programmer would have imagined. I don't think it really got them until version 5, and I'd be surprised if they were completely usable even today. That's what happens when you have a language designed for nonprogrammers, I guess.