Note that this article was written when Adobe ColdFusion 2020 was announced. Currently, this has changed and there is now Adobe ColdFusion 2021. It is the game-changing release for the next decade. To learn more about CF 2021 listen to the CF Alive podcast episode with Rakshith Naresh.
Adobe ColdFusion 2020 release date is close. It went into private beta on January 1st, 2020. There’s already plenty of info about what features will be in it. What many CFers are asking me is: When will the beta be publicly released? And when we will be able to get the official release?
- CF 2020 Public beta release 9/5/20
- CF 2020 Official release 12/15/20
In this article we will answer those questions by analyzing the release dates of six prior CF versions over the last 14 years since the release of CF8. Then we predict the dates for the public beta and official release of CF 2020. Let’s do it!
When Can We Expect a Release Date of CF 2020 Public Beta?
Why does this matter? Because CF 2020 looks like one of the coolest versions of CF for years! The Adobe ColdFusion team has already given us a sneak peek into what CF 2020 will bring and I have written about the new features extensively – see the related articles and podcasts at the end of this article.
First, let’s focus first on the expected beta release dates. We analyzed the last 14 years of private beta release dates, public beta release dates, and official release dates for every version of ColdFusion since CF8. From that we can predict when we can expect the public beta version and the official release CF 2020. Here’s a chart that I made from that data.
Note that the CF 2020 numbers are predications, while other CF versions are actual dates from the sources given at end of this article.
You can see that typically it is:
- 100 days from the private beta release to the public beta release and
- about 90 days from the public beta to the final official release.
- with a combined private and public beta time of 200 days.
But CF 2016 was a big exception to this rule, which makes the average days in those beta periods a bit higher.
And perhaps CF 2020 will be longer periods too – considering the big technical leap to multi-cloud features and container deployments. Let alone all the other CF language improvements coming in this release. And corona lockdown-induced delays to boot.
For those that are curious, here is the raw data the chart was made from. Sources are referenced at the end of this article.
|Version||CF 8||CF 9||CF 10||CF 11||CF 2016||CF 2018||CF 2020||Average|
|Private Beta Date||2/1/07||4/1/09||11/1/11||11/11/13||2/5/15||1/1/18||1/1/20|
|Days in Private Beta||89||103||108||100||135||101||248||106|
|Public Beta Date||5/1/07||7/13/09||2/17/12||2/19/14||6/20/15||4/12/18||9/5/20|
|Days in Publc Beta||90||84||88||69||241||91||101||111|
|Official Release Date||7/30/07||10/5/09||5/15/12||4/29/14||2/16/16||7/12/18||12/15/20|
|Total Days to Release||179||187||196||169||376||192||349||216.5|
|Version||CF 8||CF 9||CF 10||CF 11||CF 2016||CF 2018||CF 2020|
CF 2020 Release Date Predictions
Looking at the graph, we can also see a pattern of the release dates. By counting the average days from the beginning of the private beta to the release of the public beta, which is 216 days, gives us a 8/4/20 release. Adding on a month to allow for corona-related delays and the added complexity of creating a cloud version of ColdFusion, gets us to 9/5/20.
Either way, I think the public beta will be released at least a month prior to the CF Summit West on November 17-19, 2020. That will build excitement about the new version at the event.
Starting from the CF 8 version, we see that the Adobe ColdFusion Official Release is usually, on average, 3 months after the public beta release. Allowing for the holidays in November/December, I predict a 12/15/20 official release for CF 2020. That would just get it released in the year of its name!
ColdFusion for 2030
Since coronavirus made all our lives quite different, it is expected that some things might change in all areas, and some dates might be changed too, but one thing is sure: Adobe ColdFusion is looking good for the next 10 years at least. And Adobe has committed to the CF platform for new versions and will provide support until at least 2030!
How you can help
Try out the Adobe ColdFusion 2020 Beta version, give them lots of feedback and help keep CF Alive!
- Adobe ColdFusion 2020, in the Cloud (Modernized CF 2020 For the Next Decade)
- ColdFusion for the Next Decade – All about the Buzzworthy ColdFusion 2020 (Webinar by Adobe)
- Adobe ColdFusion Comprehensive Guide (More Powerful, More Modernized, More Alive)
- Is Adobe ColdFusion Dead? Programmers and CIOs Often Ask This Question
- Podcast episode: Adobe ColdFusion 2020 Roadmap (Multi-cloud, micro-services and more), with Ashish Garg
- Announcement – Pre-release for the next major version of ColdFusion
- Adobe ColdFusion Wikipedia
- Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) | Release Notes
- Adobe ColdFusion (2018 Release) Public Beta
- Adobe Labs- ColdFusion Beta
Michaela Light is the host of the CF Alive Podcast and has interviewed more than 100 ColdFusion experts. In each interview, she asks "What Would It Take to make CF more alive this year?" The answers still inspire her to continue to write and interview new speakers.
Michaela has been programming in ColdFusion for more than 20 years. She founded TeraTech in 1989. The company specializes in ColdFusion application development, security and optimization. She has also founded the CFUnited Conference and runs the annual State of the CF Union Survey.