Does anyone else find it disturbing that the City of Charlottetown, in its RFQ for Design/Development of Public Interface to Historical Information [PDF] says:
The web-based heritage application is to be built with Macromedia’s Spectra product, a ColdFusion-based web portal framework. Therefore, the web development vendor selected by the City must have formal training and/or project experience in both ColdFusion and Spectra.
Clearly the City, through Town Square, backed a dead horse of a product. They should cut their losses and proceed with the adoption of proven, tested, mature open source technology that doesn’t involve vendor lock-in.
The RFQ goes on to say:
During the development and implementation of the site, the vendor will be required to work in conjunction with Island Telecom’s Spectra team as they have the overall responsibility for the maintenance of Town Square2.
With the double whammy of a dead product, and having to deal with Island Telecom, I would sooner cut off my nose than have anything to do with this RFQ. As would any web developer worth their salt.
I fear the result of all of this is that the we citizens are going to be saddled with another ugly, non-functional colossus of a website.