Tridib Roy Chowdhury talks about “The Future of ColdFusion (it is Bright)” in this episode of the CF Alive Podcast, with host Michaela Light.
The state of CF
- 22 years old and it continues to do well
- Over last 8 years it is not dying
- Annual % growth 6-7%$
- New releases every two years
- 18 quarters beat our sales goals
- Room for bigger goals
- What is CF?
- A glue that holds many systems together
- API glue
- Adobe API manager – faster and the least memory of any API manager
- Internal Adobe survey
- 80% of CFers believe it is the fastest developer language
- 78% of CFers have built new apps this year
- CF Builder is most used IDE (31%), beating Sublime Text (22%)
- Improving speed and fixing bugs
- Speed of CF apps, security
- 70-80% of CF apps are external facing vs intranet apps
- Why takes users a long time to upgrade to latest version
- Backwards compatibility good
- Improve performance without CFML code changes in old apps
- Performance monitor
- Show exact line of CF code or SQL that is causing problem
- auto tuning – Make tuning more data based decision
- AI and ML methods
- Historical performance data
- Code profiler
- Distributed caching built in and still works with 3rd party cache (plug in)
- OOPS enhancements to lists etc
- Parallel operations
- X.0 release
- customer code
- Reducing false positives
- Automating QA
- No automated upgrade wizard – because have to do QA anyway
- Adobe Senior leadership team look at outstanding bug list every 2 weeks
- Keep prior promises on existing features
- no day zero issues for over 4 years
- But important that you install security patches as they come out
- Move to the cloud has made security even more important (Adobe is one of the largest cloud companies)
- Dedicated CF security team monitoring worldwide
- CF Security czar
- A priority for all developers
- All engineers are certified on security best practices
- 3rd party security audit of new releases of CF
- Lockdown guide
- Docker containerization official version released
- Metered Licensing
His take on the future of CF.
CF Summit East and West.
- Adobe CF education edition
- Adobe program to sponsor colleges to teach web dev using CFML
- Video CF training
Why are you proud to use CF?
WWIT for you to make CF more alive this year?
- AI, ML
What are you looking forward to at CF Summit?
- Wed April 25th in Washington DC
- Celebrate great CF customer stories
- CF community portal
Mentioned in this episode
- White paper on API manager performance (PDF)
- “In our tests, when using a lightweight web-service, a single node of API Manager served 500 concurrent users at the rate of 22,000 requests per second, with a latency of less than 14 milliseconds. A single node of API Manager, can therefore, serve close to 2 billion requests per day. A cluster of API Manager Nodes can handle an even higher volume of traffic or it can lower the latency.”
- Adobe bug tracker
- Approx Size of CF test code base for regression testing new CF releases is currently around 700k lines of code in the Adobe test code base. This keeps on increasing with every release.
- Research report CF is most secure entreprise development system
- CVE details specifies the number of critical vulnerabilities. In comparison with other languages.
- CF Alive episode on CF Summit East
- CF Alive episodes on API manager
- CF community portal
- CF Docker containerization official version
- The official version will be released in April
- CF Docker metered licensing cost
- The cost details will be released in April
- “Security Czar” for the Adobe ColdFusion Team
- Adobe ColdFusion education edition
- Adobe ColdFusion Video training
- Adobe program to sponsor colleges to teach web development using CFML
- “We have a course curriculum for colleges which are interested in teaching CF. Also we are offering free licenses for students and teachers under the Education program for teaching purposes.”
- the Education initiative can be found at this link
- CF Summit East
- CF Summit West
Listen to the Audio
Tridib Roy Chowdhury
Tridib Roy Chowdhury is the G.M. and Sr. Director of Products at Adobe Systems and is responsible for ColdFusion.
Over the last 10 years at Adobe, he has built a global team consisting of engineers, product and data architects, product managers, product marketers, experience designers and sales.
Tridib has been driving data-driven decision making much before it was fashionable.
Michaela: Welcome back to the show. And today, I've got Tridib Roy Chowdhury. He's the general manager and senior director of product Adobe systems. He's the ultimate man responsible for ColdFusion. Got an enormous team working for him. And we're gonna talk today about the state of ColdFusion, what we can look forward to with ColdFusion 2018 that's coming out this year. And also his take on the future of ColdFusion and things that Adobe's doing there. So welcome Tridib.
Tridib: Thanks, how are you?
Michaela: Doing great. So I know that you've been Adobe for over ten years. You've built a team of engineers, and architects, project managers, sales, designers. You've got a whole team there. And I know also that you've been moving to having more data driven decisions at Adobe. So exciting stuff. So I am very interested to ask you about what your take is on the current state of ColdFusion.
Tridib: So you know like that's going to start a little bit with how I see the business as it stands right now. So now like we are a 22-year old product. And it continues to amaze me how well we continue to do on the business site.
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