September 25, 2020
Public beta of ColdFusion Next (Project Stratus)
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September 25, 2020
Public beta of ColdFusion Next (Project Stratus)
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Have you signed up for the public beta of ColdFusion Next yet? Here is your chance to try out the game changing release of ColdFusion.

Here are some of the amazing highlights

1.  Installer size is down from 1 GB to 150MB! It is just a zip installer so that you can quickly get started.

2. The startup time is now only 5 seconds!

3. You can talk to AWS and Azure services with ease using the same productive API interface.

Here is the grand vision that ColdFusion Next, code named Project Stratus, carries:

“To be the modernized platform of choice for building cloud-native microservice applications with absolute focus on ease of use without getting locked to a particular cloud vendor (multi-cloud).”

What are you waiting for? Try out your favorite server side technology as it becomes even more powerful and productive.

ColdFusion Package Manager: With ColdFusion Next, you can only include the packages that you need to build your own nimble and lightweight ColdFusion server. For instance, if you only need to access the database along with the core language, you just need to install the database package along with the core runtime.

ColdFusion Setup Tool: You can now script every single setting in the administrator using the cfsetup tool right from the command line making you extremely productive. What’s more, you can easily export settings from one server and import into another right within the cfsetup tool.

Cloud APIs for AWS and Azure: Be it databases on the cloud, or NoSQL, or Queues/Notification or storage or even caching services, ColdFusion Next provides the not just the most easy to use productive interface with these services, it also helps you future proof your cloud application that helping you move your application across AWS or Azure with little no code change.

PMT is now cloud ready: Performance Monitoring Toolset can now track cloud services and identify potential bottlenecks as you interact with the cloud services.

And there’s more! Be sure to check out the public beta.

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2020-09-25 13:22:18
2020-09-25 13:22:18

Installer size is down from 1 GB to 150MB!

Is this one of those, I download the installer and the installer downloads more?  Because if so I hope there is an offline installer.

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2020-09-26 12:11:18
2020-09-26 12:11:18
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Tyler, as is always the case, there is indeed more to the point than the one sentence conveyed.

To be clear, there IS a choice of a EITHER a zipped deployment OR a traditional installer. And both ARE “offline” installers…to a point.

What makes them small initially is that the are only the most basic implementation of CF. To support additional functionality, you’ll add more with the package manager that was mentioned. Of course, this is the way a lot of server tech is going, for a variety of reasons.

I have to admit I’d not considered myself this question of how the reliance on the pm mechanisms works when you may be offline after having obtained it, in terms of whether it calls out to a server to get packages then. That would be good for it handling updates, but yours is a good question.

Perhaps someone else will know or I might get to check it out and report back. Then again, the one of the points of the post was to note that it’s indeed a public beta, that anyone can get. And for many questions, the answers will be in the 500-page release notes. (I just don’t recall if this specific point of yours is addressed there.)

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2020-09-29 02:28:25
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Tyler, I found the discussion of this point in the release notes. It’s on p. 30, in the section, “Configure local repository”, which discusses an available downloadrepo command, and then you can point the package manager feature to that local location.

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