Think you have a good handle on the many things that were new in ColdFusion 2016, or do you think there were only a couple of new features? In this post, I point you to a couple dozen resources which highlight both its major and minor features, as well as its updates since the initial release, and still more resources on the new release.
Though CF2016 has been out since Feb 2016, there are many folks who may have only recently have moved to this latest CF version. And some may have made the move some time ago but focused only on deploying their app on the new version, without considering its many new features.
My primary focus here is resources provided by Adobe, but I do end with a pointer to a meta resource featuring still more CF2016 resources from folks in the community.
First up are some videos: there was a brief 8-minute video released when it came out, and the hour-long keynote on at the Adobe CF Summit several months later also talked about CF2016:
Next, there were a few Adobe articles (on the Adobe site) which addressed new features when CF 2016 came out:
Then there were various sections in the CF documentation that highlighted some of its major new features:
There was also a set of CF2016 release notes that covered other aspects of the new release, as well as a doc page on deprecated features:
Since the initial release in Feb 2016, there have been several updates, and there is both a page which lists the CF2016 updates and one that highlights the key changes in each update:
And some may be interested to review the CF2016 End User Licensing Agreement, the CF2016 LockDown Guide, the CF2016 Migration Guide, and the CF2016 Performance Guide:
Of course, there also is the rest of the (thousands of pages of) CF documentation which covers everything about ColdFusion 2016. If you were not aware, there’s a lot more to the docs than just the CFML Reference, as I wrote about in another recent post here.
The CF team has also made various posts covering aspects of CF2016 on the CF team blog, blogs.coldfusion.com. There have been hundreds of posts in the past couple of years, and I’ll note that I did a blog post where I highlighted what I felt were The 100 most interesting posts on the Adobe ColdFusion blog, the past 3 years, which I wrote in early 2017. Among these were some on CF2016 features, specifically. (I also hope to do another post highlighting the top posts of 2017.)
And though technically the API Manager feature is not part of ColdFusion, per se, it was released along with CF2016 and highlighted by Adobe as essentially a feature of it, for those with an Enterprise license of CF2016:
Finally, of course other folks besides Adobe have covered CF2016 new features and changes. As tempting as it may be for me to try to gather up a list of them, fortunately I don’t need to as we have another dedicated community member, Akbarsait Noormohamed, who has already done it. Just as he has for each recent release, he pulled together a long list of community-contributed resources, mostly from around the timeframe of the introduction of CF 2016:
If anyone would want to mention any other Adobe resources that would interest folks getting started with CF2016, please share them as comments here, and while I’m not averse to non-Adobe resources being mentioned as comments here, I hope you will be sure to mention them to Akbarsait on his page, to add to his list).