Charlie Arehart talks about “More you missed from Adobe ColdFusion 10, 11, And 2016” in this episode of the CF Alive Podcast, with host Michaela Light.
Are you moving up to CF2016, or maybe 11? In doing so, are you skipping over 11, or perhaps even 10, in that move?
Shops often drag their feet upgrading from one version of CF to another and may well skip multiple releases in the process, so that they may not have paid attention to what was new in the release(s) skipped. Can you name the top 5 or 10 features/changes in these three most recent releases?
In this presentation, veteran CFer Charlie Arehart will help fill these gaps for you, highlighting the top features of 10, 11, and 2016, along with some hidden gems. (Whereas his classic “hidden gems” talks have gone deep to uncover a few dozen features per release, this talk will necessarily focus on just some key ones.) With demos and resources for learning more, you'll be in a better position to take full advantage of your new CF installation.
- Show notes
- What are the top features CFers may have missed
- Isn’t CF10 end of life?
- With CF 2018 about to come out why should CFers care about these “old” features?
- JVM changes – in CF 10 and forward
- Cloud deployment shifts
- The Elvis operator
- 100% cfscript is possible as of CF 11
- No day zero security issues for 4+ years
- CF Summit East
- CF conferences in DC
- Mentioned in this episode
- Listen to the Audio
- Interview transcript
What are the top features CFers may have missed
Isn’t CF10 end of life?
- Yes but lots of people still running it (or CF9) ← security risk!
- State of CF Union Survey
With CF 2018 about to come out why should CFers care about these “old” features?
JVM changes – in CF 10 and forward
- JRUN → Tomcat
Cloud deployment shifts
The Elvis operator
100% cfscript is possible as of CF 11
No day zero security issues for 4+ years
CF Summit East
- Dual track
- 10 speakers
- Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
- 999 Ninth Street NW
CF conferences in DC
- Allaire DevCon 2000
- 20th anniversary of first CF conf in FT Collins CO Robi Sen
- CFUN in NIH
Mentioned in this episode
- The State of the CF Union survey 2018
- CF Alive Charlie episode on CF 10, 11 and 2016 missed features
- CF Alive Mike Collins CF Scaling episode
- Charlie’s forum post about “CF 2016 It Works!”
- “I'm not aware of any issues with CF2016 specifically, affecting some large percentage of folks moving to it, which should lead someone to conclude that they should not move to CF2016”
- Charlie’s blog post CF 10 updater help
- Charlie Arehart's Ultimate List of 200+ New ColdFusion 10 Features
- ColdFusion 11 New Functions and Tags
- ColdFusion 11 Hidden Gems
- ColdFusion 2016 What is new
- ColdFusion 2016 Hidden Gems
- Adobe products End of Life and Release dates
- CF10 End of Life 5/16/2017
- CF 11 End of Life 4/30/2019
- ColdFusion EULA
- All of Charlie’s presentations (over 100!)
- CF2016: What's deprecated and/or ‘no longer supported' (note: nothing ‘removed')
- With the Update of ColdFusion 9 to ColdFusion 11 the underlying chart engine changed from WebCharts3D to ZingCharts
- Adobe bug tracker
- CF-oriented Troubleshooting Consultants
- CF-oriented Application Development Consultants
- Beyond the CFML reference – the developers guide 3000 pages developing cf applications
- The first CF event at NIH was called the DCCFUC (DC CF User Conference) – see the bottom of
Listen to the Audio
A veteran server troubleshooter who’s worked in enterprise IT for more than three decades, Charlie Arehart (@carehart) is a longtime community contributor who as an independent consultant provides short-term, remote, on-demand troubleshooting/tuning assistance for organizations of all sizes and experience levels (carehart.org/consulting).
Michaela: Welcome back to the show. And today, we're gonna be looking at what you may have missed in C.F. 10, 11, and 2016 with Charlie Arehart. And if you don't know Charlie which I find hard to believe because everyone knows Charlie in the C.F. world. He is a veteran ColdFusion trouble shooter. He's been doing it since like the first version came out and he's been an I.T. wizard for like more than three decades now I think. But right now, he helps out people with their ColdFusion servers.
So when they're sick or not doing what they should be doing. And what we’ll look at today is something you may not have considered. There may be bunch of features in older versions of ColdFusion that are still in the version of ColdFusion used today that you don't even know about. So we’ll talk about that. And we'll also talk about C.F. Summit East where Charlie will be speaking. And if we had a chance, we'll reminisce about some of the other conferences in Washington D.C. So welcome Charlie.
Charlie: Hey there! Thanks for doing this as always. It's great that you do that for the community.
Michaela: You’re so welcome. So isn't ColdFusion 10 gone end of life? Why would anyone care what features were in C.F. 10?
Charlie: Sure, sure, so you know and that's reasonable question. The point of the presentation is that as I've been helping people over the past several years ten years, 20 years now. And I'm sure you can attest to this yourself that people don't migrate up as quickly as the new releases come out. So there are people that today are still running on C.F. 9 or, and here's the bigger point. They say, “Well I'm on nine anymore. I've moved up to 11 or 2016.” Well often they will have skipped let's say ten. And so ten was such a watershed release compared to nine or earlier ten and later are quite different because nine on earlier ran on JRun and ten and later on Tomcat. So I just use that as a marking point to say for anybody that maybe jumped from nine or earlier to ten or later, these are things to be aware of.
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Because… perhaps you are responsible for a mission-critical or revenue-generating CF application that you don’t trust 100%, where implementing new features is a painful ad-hoc process with slow turnaround even for simple requests.
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You’re making a high-stakes bet that everything is going to be OK using the same old app creation ways in that one language — forever.
All it would take is for your fellow CF developer to quit or for your CIO to decide to leave the (falsely) perceived sinking ship of CFML and you could lose everything—your project, your hard-won CF skills, and possibly even your job.
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