Updates for ColdFusion 2016 and ColdFusion Builder 2016 are available now

This post is to announce the availability of updates for ColdFusion 2016 and ColdFusion Builder 2016.

ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 3

ColdFusion 2016 Update 3 includes support for Windows 10 Version 1607 and IBM Websphere Application Server 9. It also includes approximately 180 bug fixes(including ~100 external bugs) related to Language, Document Management, Serialization, Net Protocols, Database, Administrator and a few other areas.

For more details, refer this tech note.

ColdFusion Builder (2016 release) Update 3

ColdFusion Builder 2016 Update 3 includes:
    1. Important security fixes
    2. Bugs fixes in the areas of Editor and Security Code Analyzer.
    3. Upgraded PhoneGap libraries(from version 5.2.0 to version 6.0.0)
    4. Dictionary (Code Assist) changes to accommodate the changes/enhancements in ColdFusion 2016 Update 3 and earlier.
    
For more details, refer this tech note.

NOTE: We will be back porting all the important/applicable fixes to ColdFusion 10 and 11 version. Pre-release build for the same will be available in a couple of weeks for your feedback.

Configuring JNDI Data sources in ColdFusion

For configuring JNDI data sources, it should firstly be supported by the
application server.

Tomcat server, which is built-into ColdFusion server, has the support for
this by default.

While there is a blog Here on this how to configure, I want to explain few mistakes
that are tend to be done while configuring. 

  One common mistake generally done is:-
  When the data source is configured from the ColdFusion administrator by
providing irrelevant    username/password.
  You may tend to provide Database’s username/password. This is NOT
Database’s username/password.
  It is the application server’s username and password on which data
source is configured.
  It should be left blank when the credentials are not required by the
server.

Prepending java:comp/env/ is required for the actual JNDI name that is
registered in xml while registering the name in administrator.

It is not mandatory that you register the JNDI data source in ColdFusion administrator.

As long as the app server supports JNDI, you can invoke the data
source that is configured in the application server in cfm source code directly
either in case of standalone installation or EAR/WAR deployment.
But for consistency and preferred names that can used in ColdFusion should be
registered in ColdFusion.

This is applicable to both ColdFusion 10 and ColdFusion 11.

 

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ColdFusion 11 Installers refreshed-Has fix for Server fails to start on enabling J2EE Session variables and Installation on Japanese OS

During first week of December 2014, we had released Full installers for ColdFusion 11 with update 3 in-built. The build number was 11,0,3,292480.

There were two issues with the build that was released(Full Installers only).

1) After Enabling J2EE Session Variables server hangs on restart/start.

2)On Japanese OSes, installer doesn’t recognize the Japanese locale.

If you have applied the update 3 through Hotfix, these 2 issues won’t arise for you. And also, #1 is not applicable for J2EE deployments done as EAR or WAR.

 

These two issues are fixed and we have refreshed the Full installers this week. The build number is: 11,0,3,292866

If you have come across #1, either you can download and use the new installer or apply the workaround on your existing server itself.

The workaround is:

Open the xml file C:ColdFusion11cfusionruntimeconfcontext.xml (Change it as per your installation path)

and uncomment the tag: <Manager pathname=”” />

Existing:

   <!–
    <Manager pathname=”” />
    –>

Change it to:

    <Manager pathname=”” />

 

If you have come across #2, you have to download and install.

 

ColdFusion 11 Update 3 and ColdFusion 10 Update 15 are available now

This post is to announce the availability of new updates to ColdFusion 11 and ColdFusion 10.

ColdFusion 11 Update 3

Most awaited update of ColdFusion 11 is available now. It includes support for JDK 8, Tomcat 7.0.54 and other platforms/servers/databases besides ~195 bug fixes (internal and external) in AJAX, Charting, Caching, Database, Language, Mobile Support, Net Protocols, Security and other areas.

For more details, refer this article.

ColdFusion 10 Update 15

This update includes a fix for vulnerability mentioned in the security bulletin APSB14-29.

For more details, refer this article.

ColdFusion 11 Update 1 now available

The first update for ColdFusion 11 is now available to you for install from within the administrator via the update mechanism.

Here is the link for the associate technote which details out the important issues fixed.

EDIT: There is an upcoming update (post update 1) that has more than 100+ bugs fixed for CF10 and CF11 along with updated platform support for recent releases of OS, Application Servers, Java 8 and Databases. The intent of this first update was to release some of the critical issues blocking CF11 use sooner than making it a part of the larger upcoming update.

ColdFusion: News, Initiatives and Updates from Adobe

 

This is the season to celebrate and the intent of this post is to share a series of positive news and initiatives from Adobe that we are excited to share with the community.

ColdFusion 10 feedback and ColdFusion Business

We have received positive feedback for ColdFusion 10, and this is also reflected in the way business for ColdFusion has turned up. The business is doing better now than any point in the last few years. This quarter has been ColdFusion’s best since 2008.

This is very encouraging to Adobe and we will continue to make efforts to grow the product. Thanks to you for supporting the product.

Roadmap discussions

We have initiated new roadmap discussions where Senior leadership from Adobe participate in engaging discussions with customers. In these discussions we have received excellent feedback on ColdFusion 10, and our customers also like the future directions that we are taking and look forward to the upcoming versions of ColdFusion.

Cloud Release

As you may be aware, the promised cloud release of ColdFusion on Amazon EC2 has been delayed due to issues with agreements between Adobe and Amazon. We have resolved these issues and we are slated to offer an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for ColdFusion 10 with flexible hourly pricing.

Shorter Release Cycles

We are looking to reduce the release cycles for ColdFusion to create more impact through new features and functionalities and also make use of the window of opportunity that lies with ever changing space of new and upcoming technologies.

Education Initiatives

During the next year, one of our major efforts designed to grow the size of the community is promoting ColdFusion at various community colleges. Adobe will come up with a detailed semester-long curriculum for server side programming concepts demonstrated through ColdFusion. Instructor guides, quizzes, exams, and software required to teach will all be provided; along with access to a community expert that the instructors or students can interact with. If you have any contacts at colleges near you, please let us know. If you have any other ideas to promote ColdFusion in education, share that with us as well.

ColdFusion Conference from Adobe

Due to MAX’s focus on Creative Cloud tools and services, we are considering a full-fledged ColdFusion conference to be organized by the ColdFusion Business Unit at Adobe. While Adobe will be the primary organizers, we want to maximize community involvement in various aspects such as content selection.

Recharging CF User Groups

We are looking to actively engage with the ColdFusion user groups during the next year. ColdFusion 10 events are already in the works with interested user groups, and more is on the way.

Future Directions

We are also excited about our future releases – Splendor and Dazzle. A high level overview of each is available on our public facing roadmap available here. If you have questioned Adobe’s commitment to the platform, I encourage you to take a look at the roadmap. All of the customers with whom we have discussed the roadmap responded positively and gave promising feedback. Customers are also excited about the directions that we are taking, addressing key technological challenges in upcoming versions. If your organization is keen on participating in a roadmap discussion with the senior leadership from Adobe, let us know!

We look forward to exciting times for ColdFusion.

I will leave you with some of the photographs of the party that the Product Team had to celebrate the quarterly result and the success of ColdFusion 10. Here is the link.

Leave your thoughts and inputs as comments on this post.

Happy holidays everyone and come back for a great 2013 for ColdFusion!

 

ColdFusion 10 Server Lockdown Guide

The server lockdown guide for ColdFusion 10 is now available on the Adobe website. The ColdFusion 10 Server Lockdown Guide will help server administrators secure their ColdFusion 10 installations. You will also find several tips and suggestions intended to improve the security of your ColdFusion server. 

You can access the lockdown guide here.

ColdFusion 10 update 5 – security update – now available

The ColdFusion 10 Update 5 is now available for install within your administrator. Update 5 is a security update that resolves a vulnerability affecting ColdFusion on Windows Internet Information Services (IIS), which could result in a Denial of Service condition. Adobe recommends users update their product installation.

Refer the security bulletin for all the details associated.

ColdFusion 10 support on Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion

[Update: Support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012 announced for ColdFusion 10 and ColdFusion Builder 2.0.1 : link]

The support for ColdFusion 10 on Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion is coming. We will be releasing new installers to support these new platforms. While it is not possible to point out the release date for these installers at this time, the installers will be made available in the next 3-5 months time.