This time my decision is for real, and this time even David Powers past efforts to convince me to stay for another year will be of no avail. After 6 years of being a proud member of the Adobe Community Professionals (ACP) Program I will not reapply in 2013, and I´d like to explain the reasons:
1. In October 2012 I took up a part-time job as mailman, because I could no longer fool myself thinking that my long standing work experience does still make me a much sought-after web designer/developer these days — my balance sheets just illustrate that this is not the case, period.
I happily admit that running around and/or driving an e-Bike to deliver mail turned out to be fun! Doing this work 6 hours a day is of course an exhausting exercise too, however the degree of physical fitness and stamina I´ve gained by now is quite a reward in itself.
There´s of course one downside to this: Since October 2012 I have done very little work as web developer, and I have done absolutely no work at all as ACP. Let´s be honest: Due to this I currently can´t consider myself “professional” anyway, and I definitely don´t deserve to remain in the ACP program anymore.
2. With the demise of the infamous PHP server behaviors from the CC versions Dreamweaver IMO has lost its status as halfways serious development platform for (fully or partially) PHP based websites respectively applications.
Yes, we all know that the code that was generated by these server behaviors was pretty much crap and very outdated — but with some effort these behaviors could have been technically improved rather than dumped altogether, and regardless of what you think about the quality of what these behaviors produced, one can´t deny that this very feature has been immensely helpful to many users.
2. As regards to being an ACP member for Dreamweaver respectively related web technologies I noticed that I was increasingly lacking something I consider a basic requirement when publicly getting wound up in “all things Dreamweaver” and trying to provide help in some forum, writing tutorials or whatever: an identification with the ACP job and – more significantly – Adobe itself.
Let´s try to make this a concise explanation: It´s not fun to wear the ACP badge in public and “do something” for the community when you notice that Adobe has, since 2007, turned into a company where the right hand doesn´t know what the left hand does, where (…mainly referring to Dreamweaver, but you could also apply this to the SPRY framework…) not just a few product related decisions are taken in full awareness that there going to alienate many loyal customers who grew accustomed to an essential product feature and — usually over night and often without any advance notice which would allow them to adjust their workflow and/or look for alternate solutions unhurriedly — have to deal with the sudden disappearance of this feature in the next product version.
I could name some other reasons which made my work as ACP an increasingly unpleasant one, but I´ll leave it at that. However I really think that Adobe is still a great company with great products and such, but what worries me is the “not just since yesterday” tendency to repeatedly shoot itself in its own foot, not really learning from their own mistakes despite all their promises to do better next time, and of course: leave it to background actors such as us ACP´s to clean up that mess by trying to explain matters to the community which quite often are even inexplicable to us and which I personally find increasingly hard to endorse.
Was it all negative? Of course not, and here´s the Thank-You´s:
a) Thanks Adobe for having considered me worthy to be an ACP all these years. It has been a true privilege!
b) Thanks and Chapeau to – among some others – my esteemed Dreamweaver ACP colleagues David Powers and Murray Summers. You guys are the real backbone of the Dreamweaver ACP program, you guys *absolutely know* what you´re talking about. What an inspiration you have been to me!
c) Thanks to Alexandru and Bogdan, the heads of the former Romanian company “Interakt” for recommending me as ACP when your company turned into Adobe Romania.
d) Thanks to the numerous Adobe employee in charge of managing the ACP program over the years. Everyone of you unsung heroes did/does a awesome job!