As many of you know, we are already have pre-release going for ColdFusion Next.
Many of you may have also heard about some of the changes that we are making to the product, such as reducing the overall size of the installer to around 200 MB. We are able to accomplish this because we are breaking the CF runtime into tiny modules that can be installed on demand whenever needed.
As a result of all this, we are contemplating whether we need a user interface anymore for the installer at all. For instance, in our alpha pre-release program, we only have the zip installers with some scripts to be executed where you can pass the same inputs that used to be captured via a user interface earlier. There is no user interface to go through to install ColdFusion.
Now the question is, can this be the new normal? Do you see any concern at all, if we get rid of the user interface for the installer? Installation will now be *only* via command line. Remember, we are only talking about the installer – not the CF administrator, The CF administrator UI will remain as is.
Do you see any concern if we go ahead and permanently remove the user interface for the installer? If yes, let us know about it in the comments below!