Product Roadmap for ColdFusion

August 13, 2012 / Rakshith Naresh 22 Comments

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Here is the public facing roadmap for the next two major versions of ColdFusion. As with any other product roadmap, The details listed in it are high level themes/directions that are being considered for the future releases and it is not possible to provide more details about individual items at this time.

The intended future features/directions described in this document are under consideration by Adobe Systems and are not commitments for future products, technologies, or services. The roadmap is subject to change at Adobe Systems’ sole discretion and Adobe Systems does not guarantee the features or release dates. 

This roadmap will also be available on the product website soon for download.


22 comments so far ↓

  • 1 zac spitzer // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
    How about rolling some features back into the base edition which are currently enterprise only?
  • 2 Kris // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
    Love the idea of a "pluggable framework" - only load what you want to use. I hope that's available in the non-cloud version of "Splendor" as well.
  • 3 Tom Chiverton // Aug 14, 2012 at 2:04 AM
    Nice to have some insight to what Big-A are planning.

    Any improvement to PDF handling is an improvement. Look at what PhantomJS manages to do for HTML-to-PDF for instance...

    But I wonder about some things - like why CF Next+1 has 'customizable enterprise video portal' as a feature? Surely that's one thing I could build ? I see not reason to have a dedicated CFVIDEOPORTAL tag; let the community build one and plug it in :-)
  • 4 Adam Cameron // Aug 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM
    You guys might wanna post this on the Adobe ColdFusion forums as well. It's a bit hard to avoid the barrage of retweets going on, but I suspect some people on the official forums might not be as involved in the CF community as to necessarily get this message.

    And it'd be nice to have some Adobe patronage there for a change...

    Cheers.

    --
    Adam
  • 5 Aaron // Aug 14, 2012 at 3:58 AM
    I see that you claim support for CF9 until 2014. Could you please explain what this means. Bug fixes for CF9 stopped a long time ago - so I'm not sure how you claim to support it.

    If this is a policy change than I am very very happy - and this deserves a lot more information from Adobe.

    If there has been no change in policy, and currently there is meant to be support for CF - please explain what "support" is. Look at the last time a big fix was released, or the significant amount of bugs still in the big tracker. Currently support fort CF ends 6-12 months BEFORE the next CF release
  • 6 Ben // Aug 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM
    I'm curious about -
    Mobile - Streamlined Mobile Application Development
    Support for responsive multi screen content

    Are these more front end development tools?
    Also fully with @Tom Chiverton on the video portal
  • 7 Stephen Moretti // Aug 14, 2012 at 5:27 AM
    Are there any Roadmap details available for the remainder of 2012? Update time lines for CF9 and 10? That kind of thing?
  • 8 Adam Cameron // Aug 14, 2012 at 5:31 AM
    Yeah, to be completely honest: the bug fix & release roadmap for CF9 and CF10 are more important to me than what might be coming in CF11+...

    --
    Adam
  • 9 Joshua Miller // Aug 14, 2012 at 6:14 AM
    I'll second adding some of the enterprise features into the standard edition. There's a big gap between single-server and enterprise that is completely overlooked. If we manage 3-5 CF servers it would be great to have the same monitoring capabilities, document services, clustering features and deployment options without having to fork over $7500 per server. Maybe restrict them to support a limited number of servers, but the gap in deployment cost between Standard and Enterprise is pretty massive - particularly for mid-sized deployments.
  • 10 Felix // Aug 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM
    I hope you guys will not develop any further frontend tools. Nobody really likes it or using it! Please focus on things we can't do today like video encoding, PDF features, plugable Framework, performance tuning and so on! Please! No Javascript or HTML Grids and so on. The only thing i really like is image / HTML charting!
  • 11 Zack Pitts // Aug 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM
    Yawn.
  • 12 Topper // Aug 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Yawn and frown.

    i wish I wish I wish Adobe would concentrate on improving the core language, making it faster, drop support for the mistakes of the past, make clustering easier/better, integrate memcahed properly, stop adding tags that only useless developers crave eg <cfinput>, have a completely free really useful version to get more developers into using CF over php/rails etc.

    I think Adobe should make a massive push to reintroduce ColdFustion to a wider audience.

    Give us a really easy-to-use rails-like system to drop extensions into a folder and let the community be the ones to create extra functionality like better PDF support.

    "Enabling Enterprise to easily integrate with Social Media streams" - my heart sinks. What does that even mean. Manager speak. We are developers, don't treat us like babies. Make the core framework, better, faster, easier than PHP & Ruby. Help us win.
  • 13 Rakshith Naresh // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:26 AM
    @Tom: Most Enterprises are looking to create a video portal and are looking for CF to offer a quick solution. The direction will be driven by need and we will have invest time only if there is enough interest during the Dazzle timeframe. I agree this could be a good community project as well.

    @Aaron: If anyone has a support contract for CF9 with Adobe, they will be able to report issues to us for which we will provide a fix. That is what support basically means. However during the core support we will also proactively fix critical security issues on all versions having core support. For instance the last CF9 security fix was released on the 12th of June listed here: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-15.html

    @Joshua: I understand your concern on the gap between Enterprise and Standard. We'll see if that can be addressed in the future versions.

    @Felix: Point noted.

    @Topper: We will continue to focus on the core areas. The other focus areas listed in the roadmap are no less important than the ones listed before that.
  • 14 Rakshith Naresh // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:31 AM
    @stephen: The roadmap will be updated as and when we have an update going forward.

    @Ben: Too early to give out more details at this time. But the overall objective is to ease mobile application development using ColdFusion.

    @Adam: Thanks for that input. I will make a post on the Adobe forums about the roadmap.
  • 15 Tom Chiverton // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:36 AM
    Thanks for the response. I can not believe that
    "Most Enterprises are looking to create a video portal" however.
    You must have a definition of 'most' or 'enterprise' different from what I see talking to people in the UK.
    That in mind, it's useful to know that nothing is carved in stone. I'm sure we'll build something fun with it in in the prerelease, but there is a lot more important stuff that people mentioned above to do first. I'd put a better install experience above CFVIDEOPORTAL for instance, as *everyone* sees the installer.

    For me, that would be to sort out the language and runtime. You've got (at least) two releases in the roadmap so can do the whole 'warn on one, error on the next' for things that are being changed. A simple application variable to set the runtime version (backwards) works for me too.

    PS if the CAPTCHA text includes 'O' how do I tell it apart from a circle in the back ground ? 3rd try now....
  • 16 Rakshith Naresh // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:43 AM
    @Tom: Absolutely. Nothing is set in stone, nor does the order of list indicate the priority associated.

    I guess the CAPTCHA text would be much bolder than the background.
  • 17 Anastassios XCrystallis // Sep 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    Very nice ideas for the roadmap. I guess they could be enriched in the future based on a proposals and ideas of the CF developer community. In this roadmap I noticed that Adobe got the message that world moves around sun, not around flash...
  • 18 mknight // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    How about reducing the price of the Enterprise version down to the same price or less than the standard version? The price is the biggest factor why ColdFusion is simply non-existent in most places. You simply cannot continue asking $8000+ for CF server, even though it is brilliant.

    Also CF Builder should start to move towards Visual Studio 2012 style of Intellisense code hinting and have strong integration with SQL Server.
  • 19 Abhishek // Mar 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM
    In CF11, really want to see the enhancement of the tags like cfinput in the lines on cfselect, like if am binding a cfc which returns a record set so that am able to get a value of specific field from the recordset returned as in cfselect.
    Secondly to enhance mobile development using ColdFusion.
  • 20 Brian Erickson // Oct 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM
    Support for RedHat Linux current versions?
    Instead of being stuck with Red Hat ES 6.1,
    It would be nice to see support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on 7.0+.

    It appears that Adobe is not serious about Linux support.
    Linux being an introductory OS, and better security features than MS Windows.
  • 21 Rakshith Naresh // Oct 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM
    Brain, true. We are evaluating support for RHEL 7.0 +.

    Please be assured that we are keen on supporting Linux platform both at present and in the future as well.
  • 22 Dawesi // Jan 3, 2014 at 4:27 AM
    I think if you allow everything client-side to be removed and replaced, but still allow any framework (and version) to use it using standards like REST. (happy times).

    I've always used Sencha Frameworks (ExtJS) separate to ColdFusion's implementation as CF doesn't minify Sencha code, making it a lot larger than it needs to be. Sencha's grids are now way more powerful than anything that has recently been bunded, but non-standard json formats are a real issue.

    Hoping to be able to use Sencha Touch with CFNext also.

    Just keep it standard, and make it light and fast. Allow a core install with core funcitonality and I'll be happy (reprint from cf 6,7,8,9,10)

    Also needs a beforeRequest event

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