ColdFusion: News and Updates from Adobe

Over the last few weeks there have been quite a few passionate discussions happening on ColdFusion, including the blog post from Cutter recently. 

I thank the ColdFusion community for all the feedback and I want to assure you that Adobe is very much a part of the story on the revival of ColdFusion. There is no denying that the road ahead is challenging, but all of us here at Adobe strongly believe that there is enough potential in ColdFusion and want to see the platform as successful as ever. Rather than viewing Adobe and community as two separate entities, we are keen to work with the community with a common goal of reviving ColdFusion. And in that context the feedback that we have been receiving is extremely valuable. 

While not every single feedback can be acted upon, I want to make the point that ‘WE HEAR YOU’ and we are taking actions and will continue to take them for the better of ColdFusion. I want to use this opportunity to discuss with you the initiatives, updates about the product and its ecosystem as well as product news from Adobe.

New Customers

We do hear news about an organization moving away from ColdFusion. How about we start by talking about how many new organizations are adopting ColdFusion? Nearly 2000 new organizations have chosen ColdFusion as their web application platform over the last one year. And this not a random number being thrown at you. There is data in our system to back this claim.

User Group Engagement

Since the beginning of this year, we have been engaging with ColdFusion User Groups across the world providing them support to keep the User Groups active. While we only had 22 active User Groups at the beginning of this year, the engagement levels have gone up. We now have 74 active ColdFusion User Groups that meet at least once a quarter across North America, Europe and the rest of the world.

CFSummit

CFSummit, as most of you know, is the first ever dedicated ColdFusion conference from Adobe. Thanks to great efforts from teams within Adobe and the ColdFusion community, CFSummit will be the largest ColdFusion conference with 500 + expected attendees. We have more than 20 speakers and 28 engaging sessions spread across two action packed days in Vegas. ColdFusion is going to rock Vegas, baby! Be there! Don’t forget to say hi to the Product Marketing Manager of ColdFusion, Kishore Balakrishnan, who is instrumental in running this large ColdFusion conference. 

ColdFusion Community Portal

The ColdFusion Community Portal was launched by Adobe this year : http://coldfusion.adobe.com

The community portal is one centralized access point for information on the latest in ColdFusion. It also provides our partners and consultants to showcase their capabilities and latest innovations with the platform. It is also a User Group hub where ColdFusion developers can find information related to various User Groups and their events.

ColdFusion case studies

Organizations, across the board – from small, medium to large, continue to derive value from ColdFusion. This is evident in the case studies listed below where organizations have reported flat learning curve, product launches now taking under two hours which used to take a day, ColdFusion allowing 40% more projects on a single server, less lines of code (100k vs 4.5 million) and more. Here are the links for the recent case studies that talk about each of these in detail,

Prospective Medical Data International Inc. 

ten24 Digital Solutions

SimulTV

Invision

 

Education Initiative

We at Adobe already have designed a brand new curriculum titled 'Introduction to Web Development', focusing on the latest in Client-side Development, Mobile Application Development and Server Side development through ColdFusion. The idea of the course is to provide a holistic view to web application development rather than focusing on individual aspects of web development. I can even challenge that there is no other web application development curriculum available for education that provides such a complete learning of all concepts related to modern web application development. All of this is made available free of cost along with the licenses required. 

We are actively looking to partner with colleges. We have three colleges/universities that are using the curriculum in the fall semester. We will have many more in the upcoming spring semester. We are really looking forward for involvement from the community to promote the curriculum in your local colleges. The support from the community so far has not been encouraging although there a few who have made all efforts to spread the word to get adoption at colleges. We clearly need more support! We are open to not just colleges/universities, but also to anyone who is willing to teach web application development even at a local community center. There is enough instructor guidance available through videos for the entire forty hours of curriculum.

We are even willing to work with a community leader who can take the curriculum to an online platform for a much wider reach. Do reach to us if you have any ideas here!

Product Improvements

Although we make improvements with every release, we understand that there is more to be done in the product to overhaul the platform. ColdFusion has lost aspects of productivity benefits in web application development to some of the other emerging platforms over the years. 

There are quite a few language improvements such as full script support and member functions that are already a part of the upcoming version – Splendor. The goal of Dazzle, the version after Splendor, is to transform ColdFusion into a high performing nimble platform that is truly modular, powered with revamped language constructs and an enterprise class package manager to encourage an ecosystem around the platform. I believe these, along with the mobile application development focus in Splendor and the continuous innovation in future releases, have the potential to bring ColdFusion back on par as a modern web application development platform.  

We will also actively deprecate/remove features that no longer are relevant although keeping in mind not to affect existing ColdFusion applications. You will notice action here starting right from ColdFusion Splendor.

Support Improvements

Earlier this year, the ColdFusion support launched a new alias through which the community can directly reach support for free and instant support regarding all installation issues via the cf.install@adobe.com email alias. The support team effectively handle around ten email queries on a daily basis in  cf.install@adobe.com related to updates, installation and applying hotfixes.

Here are a few Customer testimonials for support team: 

"I contacted cf.install@adobe.com and they helped me very quickly."

"I wanted to thank you for the dedication and patience which you have shown our team here. You are a tremendous asset to your company and we truly appreciate your efforts on this case."

"The person who I was interacting with in the support team is magnificent and very very knowledgeable. He resolved the easy ones quickly and patiently stuck with me on the tough ones and got me through"

Support team is also active on Adobe ColdFusion forums providing close to real time resolution. This engagement on the forums is beneficial for ColdFusion developers who face issues and the forum interaction can lead to the solution being used my many more. Two of the support engineers are also one of the recent top contributors on the forum.

Even IDC in its whitepaper on ColdFusion believes that “ColdFusion's role as an integration hub of multiple paradigms of technologies and multiple developer ecosystems will continue as all the features that have been built into it are further integrated with new technology currently in planning.”

While all of us realize that all is not rosy, we need to work together to elevate ColdFusion from its current state. There is enough to be done by both Adobe and the community at large. Now that we have a fair feedback and idea on what is required, it is time to take the next steps. Here’s to many more years of ColdFusion! We are open to feedback. Reach out to us with any of the ideas that you may have on how we can work together for a better ColdFusion. 

 

ColdFusion Feature Usage Survey

Please participate in this ColdFusion feature usage survey. This is not a typical feature usage survey for ColdFusion. The purpose of this survey is to understand the usage of some of the old or not-so-popular features of ColdFusion.

The information gathered here will help Adobe deprecate/retain/provide alternate features in the next major version of ColdFusion.

Thanks for your time.

JRun End of Sale post April 2013

Adobe JRun will no longer be available for purchase post April 2013. Adobe will continue to fulfill its obligations under existing maintenance contracts through the term of such contracts.

ColdFusion 9, however will continue to be under core support from Adobe.

Here’s the link to the updated JRun product page and FAQ page on adobe.com. 

 

 

Pre-release for ColdFusion Splendor

Here’s some exciting news about ColdFusion Splendor. We will soon have pre-release open for Adobe ColdFusion Splendor, next major version of ColdFusion server and ColdFusion Builder Thunder, next major version of ColdFusion Builder. This time we will have a single pre-release program for both Builder and Server. 

If you are interested in being a part of the pre-release, do take this survey linked here.

Please realize that participating in this survey does not guarantee a pre-release invite. The plan is to start the pre-release with a reduced number of participants and eventually increase the number of pre-release of participants. You will receive an invite as soon as your interest is accepted. The acceptance may happen now or in the coming months when we decide to increase the number of pre-release participants.

Your participation will be valuable in shaping up the future version of ColdFusion.

 

 

ColdFusion 10 on AWS Marketplace

 

I am excited to post about the new Amazon EC2 offering on AWS Marketplace for ColdFusion 10.

You can now buy ColdFusion AMI (ColdFusion Enterprise Amazon Machine Image) from AWS Marketplace at an hourly based pricing:

 

Large Instance: $0.15/hr

X-Large Instance: $0.30/hr

It is available on both Windows 2008 R2 and Ubuntu 12.0.4.

You are also entitled to get support from Adobe and all you are required to do is send an email to the Adobe support (CFSup@adobe.com) with your AWS account number to start making use of support. Details of which can be found on Amazon’s page for the AMIs as well.

Here are the links on Amazon Marketplace to buy the Windows and Linux AMIs:

Windows: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00BQNEX5S

Ubuntu: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00BR6SYHW

The online documentation for this new offering can be found here: http://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/release-note/coldfusion-10-cloud.html

 

New CHFs for CF 9 and CF 9.0.1

We now have new CHFs available for ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion 9.0.1. This CHFs will address the issues that were present in the previous CHFs. We recomend that you apply this update to your ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion 9.0.1 installations.

Here are the links to the related techotes for CF 9 and CF 9.0.1.

For ColdFusion 10 and ColdFusion 9.0.2 the updates have been refreshed to fix an issue with the Google Map API and the related technotes can be found here : 9.0.210

 

New Platform Support for ColdFusion 10 and ColdFusion Builder 2.0.1: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 are now supported platforms for ColdFusion 10. The new Windows installers are available for download to all retail and licensing customers as well on the trials download page.

Update: For more details on the specific installers for ColdFusion 10 that added support for Windows 8 and Server 2012, see this subsequent blog post, http://blogs.coldfusion.com/cautions-for-configuring-cf-10-with-iis-8-on-windows-2012-server

The ColdFusion Builder 2.0.1 installers have also been updated to support Windows 8. The existing MAC OS X installer for ColdFusion Builder 2.0.1 has also been certified to now support MAC OS X 10.8.

Refer this technote for more details about the support.

 

New updates for ColdFusion 9, 9,0.1, 9.0.2 and 10 – Java 7 now supported

[Update: All the technotes ( for CF10, CF9, CF9.0.1 and CF9.0.2) now have an update section to reflect the change that was made. The refreshed CHFs for ColdFusion 9 and the refreshed ColdFusion 10 update 8 contains a fix for the an issue in Google Maps. New CHFs have been released for CF9 and CF9.0.1 – Read the related post here]

 

The new cumulative hotfix for ColdFusion 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2 includes support for Google Maps JavaScript API v3 and JDK 1.7 Update 15.These Cumulative Hotfixes consists of previously released cumulative hotfixes and security updates.

Details of cumulative hotfixes are here – 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2

 

ColdFusion 10 Update 8 includes support for Google Maps JavaScript API v3, Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and JDK 1.7 Update 15. It includes all the bug fixes from previous updates of ColdFusion 10. 

You apply this update using the update mechanism within ColdFusion 10 Administrator.

For more details about the update, refer the link here.

 

 

The ColdFusion 10 Advantage Webinar by Ben Forta

ColdFusion webinar by none other than Ben Forta on Feb 27th (2:00pm Eastern; 11:00am Pacific)!

Title

The ColdFusion 10 Advantage

Summary

ColdFusion needs no introduction, it helped usher in the era of web based applications over a decade and a half ago, and remains an innovator in this space to this day. With each update, ColdFusion has further empowered us to build and create the ultimate online experiences, and ColdFusion 10 is no exception.

ColdFusion 10 is indeed a very important release, one which builds on the success of ColdFusion 9 by adding invaluable new features and functionality, all intended to make developers more productive than ever before.

Key Takeaways

In this session you will learn about HTML5 and client enhancements that make CF10 more productive, and will also discover why CF10 is more powerful, more secure, more scalable, and better integrated, than ever before.

Register here! http://events.carahsoft.com/event-detail/2301/adobe/

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!