Here's What's In ColdFusion 11 & ColdFusion Builder 3

Chris CrumDeveloper & Design

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Adobe recently announced new versions of ColdFusion Server and ColdFusion builder - ColdFusion 11 and ColdFusion Builder 3.

"ColdFusion 11 along with ColdFusion Builder 3 gives you a unique end-to-end workflow for mobile application development addressing the challenges associated with building, testing, debugging and deploying enterprise class mobile applications - both web based as well as installed mobile apps," said Adobe's Rakshith Naresh. "While there are a range of enhancements made to the language, some of the features that can be called out are full CFSCRIPT support, support for Member Functions and JSON enhancements."

"ColdFusion 11 now leverages a new engine for HTML to PDF conversion that does an almost perfect job of converting most HTML/CSS to its corresponding PDFs pixel-to-pixel. Along with the new engine, CFPDF has additional functionality to support digital signatures and archiving PDFs,' added Naresh. "ColdFusion 11 has a built-in mechanism to prevent access of Administrator or its components from external access. ColdFusion 11 has additional built-in functions to prevent XSS, thus allowing concurrent logins through CFLOGIN. ColdFusion also supports mail encryption through CFMAIL."

You can find documentation on ColdFusion 11 here.

ColdFusion 11 Standard and ColdFusion 11 Enterprise are bundled with ColdFusion Builder 3. With standard, you get one Builder 3 license, and with Enterprise, you get three.

Last month, a Java update was released (Java 7 Update 55), which contained critical security fixes. Adobe makes it a point to note that ColdFusion 11 (as well as 10 and 9) have been certified on the update. Naresh had this to say:

For ColdFusion 11, all attempts were made to include this update as part of the final CF11 installers though this was very close to our launch date. We ran into an issue with the installer with a third-party platform used by ColdFusion, on Java 7 Update 55. We have escalated this issue with the vendor and are working with them for a fix. For now, the Java version bundled with the final installers of ColdFusion 11 is Java 7 Update 51.

But we fully understand the importance of Java 7 Update 55 and want to assure the ColdFusion community that we are committed to fixing this issue. We are also planning to replace all the ColdFusion 11 installers to include Java 7 Update 55 as soon as we are able to obtain a fix from the vendor.

That was in late April, when they also promised an update "within the next few weeks" offering Linux support for the new PDF engine.

More on CF 11 here.

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