New Product Roadmap for ColdFusion

Here is the public facing roadmap for the upcoming two major versions of ColdFusion. The document lists out only the high level directions that are being considered for the future releases.

ColdFusion Product Roadmap (2015)

Here is the disclaimer about this public facing roadmap.

The intended future features or 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.

12 Responses

  1. “Ability to manage, monitor, regulate, secure REST and SOAP web services – API management” sounds a lot like a Dropwizard like solution. I hope Dropwizard is the inspiration here and not another purely CF admin managed thing.

    “Command Line Interface to execute CFML” sounds awesome.

    “ability to store sessions in an external cache”. Finally!

    Are all features listed here relevant to the Standard Edition or are some Enterprise specific?

  2. @Danny I’d sure hope the bar isn’t that low. Intel, IBM, and Microsoft are all major players in the API Management space and they offer full blown solutions. Adobe would have to be on par with those offerings to be taken seriously. That means offering developer portals/communities on-boarding management among other things. Doesn’t strike me as the kind of thing CF would typically be involved in. Great idea, IF and only IF Adobe has the resources to pull it off and stick with it in the long term.

  3. Hi,

    I am ColFusion developer working with ColdFusion since version 2.0 when it was under the Allair brothers. In 2001, I had written an email to macromedia suggesting that they must build a CRM product around ColdFusion as most CRM products in the market them had their own semi OO scripted language derived from C++. They missed the opportunity to break into the enterprise solution market and making CFML an language for such products.

    Anyway, hope adobe gets serious with CF12 release and offers it on Azure, Google Cloud, IBM BlueMix and other such platforms for a much larger reach.

    Many clients including our client of over 13 years who are still using ColdFusion 8 and awaiting for the 12 release in 2016 are moving a lot of their other portals, sites & services to Azure except the CF which is still hosted separately.

    When CF becomes available on such cloud stacks, it will realise its true potential and bring a lot of new gen programmers to use the CFML to build their apps.

    Although many people argue that CFML is not a full programming language as such, for web development and that too when most of the web integration technologies are packed inside CFML tags, I think the need for additional scope of programming tools is not there for almost 99% of websites, webservices etc. If there is still a need, we can always use native or Java to build .net class libraries or services or Java class libraries for such functionalities that is not available out of box thru CFML.

  4. ColdFusion can sell more if adobe really releases MVC frameworks, setup for large multiserver internet sites, etc. also integrate with all other adobe products and give it as a complete package.

  5. We have been doing ColdFusion development since version 2.0. There was a lot of lost ground by CF as product under Macromedia & later Adobe. Tough to regain the same as developer too tend to move out when opportunities dry up.

    Adobe ColdFusion must be made available on the cloud platforms such as IBM BlueMix, Azure, Google Cloud development platforms for developers to mix and match the tools to develop apps. Without this, CF 12 etc will not take off very well except for existing clients who have invested into the platform and do not mind upgrading to avail the latest security patches & features.

  6. I know CFML is for web development but I think Adobe needs to start thinking about getting it on devices and freeing it from the HTML arena. I do not mean a phone. It can be a refrigerator or a car or a media player or a UAV, whatever.

    It should be a very lightweight interpreter that is 100% FREE – stripped of all the charts, pdf and image handlers, and all web related things. I see Adobe are adding a command line interface, and this is great, and it could be based on that.

    Why? It would promote the language and get many other types of programmers and system admins on board with CFML. Right now, it’s C, C++, Java, Python, etc. that handles the logic on devices and internet of things.

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