March 26, 2020
No more GUI based installers for ColdFusion next? – Need your feedback
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March 26, 2020
No more GUI based installers for ColdFusion next? – Need your feedback
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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!

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2020-03-31 17:18:24
2020-03-31 17:18:24

I haven’t used the GUI installers in years, but I would keep them around just since a lot of people are probably used to them.  What I would welcome however is improvements to the silent installers, ESPECIALLY for add on services like .NET which currently don’t even allow you to set ports!

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2020-03-31 03:18:40
2020-03-31 03:18:40

I agree with Tyler’s post.  I am ok with it for myself as long as the documentation is spot on and doesn’t leave anything to the imagination or up for questioning.  Then again I’ve been in CF for awhile so I’m willing to jump through some hoops for the next version.  Will newbies?

The main reason I like the GUI installers is that it’s comfortable and familiar, speaking as a Windows guy, and it’s what i’d expect when installing something on a Windows machine.  So if it were to go away then I personally would want to have everything covered in the docs to almost an idiot proof level.

The fact that Charlie Arehart seems to have to come out with a blog post after every ColdFusion update release helping people out, clarifying the process, and covering things that may be missed makes me a little nervous about the documentation being there.

Anything that puts up even a little barrier to someone picking up ColdFusion and running with it I would think long about.  If they are expecting a Windows installer then maybe take the extra time to make them more willing to give it a shot by having a familiar setup option.  Let the vets go with a command line option if they want.

My .02.

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2020-03-26 21:30:25
2020-03-26 21:30:25

Hey Rakshith – green light from me – I don’t see a problem with it.

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2020-03-26 20:05:00
2020-03-26 20:05:00

Yes!

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2020-03-26 17:23:31
2020-03-26 17:23:31

I am good with a non GUI installer from this point on.

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2020-03-26 15:15:19
2020-03-26 15:15:19

npm i coldfusion

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2020-03-31 17:16:47
2020-03-31 17:16:47
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I believe you mean

box server start cfengine=adobe

This already works and has for years 

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2020-03-26 13:44:55
2020-03-26 13:44:55

I don’t have a problem with it, however I believe the documentation needs to be expanded greatly.

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