Basic FAQs

What is Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2018 release)?

The 2018 release of Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise Edition is a battle-tested, high-performing application server that simplifies web and mobile application development in enterprise environments. Deploy, maintain, secure, and monetize APIs with a flexible and scalable API management platform. Ensure that applications are as optimized as the server with an all-new toolset, the Performance Monitoring Toolkit.

What is ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML)?

CFML is the language that developers use to build ColdFusion applications. CFML offers extensive scripting capabilities. It also supports tag-based syntax that closely resembles HTML and XML, so it is ideally suited to programming applications that use these markup languages. It is easy to learn yet powerful enough to handle the most demanding web application logic.

Advanced developers can extend and customize CFML through custom tags, reusable object-based components, and user-defined functions, as well as integrate with Java, .NET, SOAP web services, REST, and more.

ColdFusion (2018 release) improves CFML with new RUNASYNC function to offload resource-intensive code segments to a secondary thread and extended tags.

Who should use ColdFusion?

ColdFusion is designed for web developers who build dynamic websites and Internet applications.

Java developers can rapidly build Java EE–based web applications using Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2018 release). Tight and two-way integration with Java lets you call Java from ColdFusion and vice versa.

Mobile app developers will love the way ColdFusion lets them easily and quickly develop, test, debug, and deploy applications across multiple devices with minimum effort.

Developers who have just started developing applications for the web can benefit from the ColdFusion productivity features and its intuitive scripting and tag-based language, CFML.

Do I need any tools to develop ColdFusion applications?

Adobe ColdFusion Builder, an Eclipse-based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects. ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor.

How can I learn to develop web applications with ColdFusion?

There are many online and in-person training opportunities for ColdFusion. A great place to start is the Getting Started. Discover the power ColdFusion has to offer by browsing code snippets, examining sample applications, and seeing new features in action. The session recordings of the ColdFusion Developer Week are specifically targeted toward new developers who have little or no ColdFusion experience. Adobe also offers several training and certification programs.

Learn CF in a Week is a community driven training program that teaches all the basics you need to be a ColdFusion Developer in one week. Also, Adobe ColdFusion YouTube channel has getting started video courses.

Is printed documentation included with Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2018 release)?

Electronic versions of all documents are available and accessible online at ColdFusion Help and Support. However, printed documentation is not available with Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2018 release).

Where can I find ColdFusion hosting?

Adobe publishes a partial list of partners committed to delivering hosting solutions for ColdFusion. View the ColdFusion hosting partners page.

Adobe ColdFusion also has published AMI images on Amazon Web Services.

I am a Java developer. How can I take advantage of ColdFusion?

ColdFusion is built on top of the Java stack. It is a powerful application server that you can use to rapidly build Java EE–based web applications. Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2018 release) offers tight integration with Java, so it is straightforward to call Java from ColdFusion and vice versa. For more information about the Java integration, see the  ColdFusion Help and Support

Installation, deployment, and platforms

How does Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) run on Java™ EE application servers?

The Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) runtime environment is a Java application that takes advantage of many powerful services in the Java EE platform to connect to databases, manage security, and process application requests. When Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) Enterprise Edition is installed in the Java EE configuration on top of a Java application server, it uses the server’s Java EE infrastructure to execute ColdFusion applications as pure Java bytecode. Developers can then continue to develop and deploy ColdFusion pages while easily managing ColdFusion server settings using the ColdFusion Administrator.

Which Java EE servers are supported?

Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) supports IBM® WebSphere, Oracle® WebLogic, Adobe JRun, Apache Tomcat, and JBoss. For details, see the systems support matrix.

Which databases are supported?

Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) supports most major databases, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase, and IBM Informix. For a complete list of supported databases, see the systems support matrix.

Which web servers are supported?

Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) supports most major web servers, including IIS, Apache, and Sun™. For a complete list of supported web servers, see the systems support matrix.

Does Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) have 32-bit support?

No. Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) cannot be run as a 32-bit application on the 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS. For details about supported platforms, see the ColdFusion system requirements

Integration with other products and technologies

Do I need to know Java to use ColdFusion?

No. Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) uses CFML to build applications. ColdFusion makes it possible to take advantage of the power of Java application servers without learning complex technologies, such as the Java language, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java servlets, or Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). If you are already using Java, ColdFusion can use virtually any existing Java libraries or classes because it is compiled straight to Java Virtual Machine bytecode, just like Java source code.

Does ColdFusion work with .NET?

Yes. You can use ColdFusion to call local or remote Microsoft .NET assembly classes as CFML objects. ColdFusion applications can use .NET assemblies to directly access and control Microsoft products (such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint), use existing .NET components, or use .NET assemblies that you create to leverage features that are difficult to use or not available in ColdFusion or Java.

Do I need any tools to develop ColdFusion applications?

Adobe ColdFusion Builder, an Eclipse-based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects. ColdFusion Builder (2018 release), the latest release, integrates tightly with the Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) server. It supports new CFML constructs and lets you benefit from bug fixes and features, such as an Eclipse upgrade and server manager enhancements. ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor.

Complimentary ColdFusion Standard for education

Can education customers, including students, faculty, and staff, get complimentary ColdFusion?

Complimentary Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release) is available to all eligible education customers for learning purposes only, not for production purposes. Students, faculty, and staff can get serial numbers to activate downloadable trial versions by sending a mail to this address. Attach a copy of your student ID, faculty ID, or employee ID, or a letter on institutional letterhead proving your current affiliation. When validated, you are emailed a complimentary educational serial number for Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release). It can take up to two weeks after your request to receive the serial number.

How do students, faculty, and staff prove eligibility?

One of the following documents must be uploaded during registration to prove eligibility:

  • Student ID showing current enrollment
  • Faculty ID showing current employment
  • Employee ID showing current employment
  • Statement on educational institution letterhead confirming student, employee, or faculty member status

Scanned copies must be formatted as a GIF or PDF file.

How can I get multiple Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release) licenses for use in a student lab?

You can send a mail for up to 30 education serial numbers for student lab learning purposes.

Can education customers still purchase a copy of ColdFusion (2018 release) for education?

Yes. Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) for education is available for purchase. The paid version of Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) for education does not have the restriction that it must be used only for learning purposes.

Is maintenance included with the complimentary Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release) licenses?

No. Platinum Maintenance and Support and Upgrade Plans are only available for purchase to customers who have a paid license for Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release).

Is support included with my complimentary Adobe ColdFusion Standard (2018 release) licenses?

Complimentary installation support is available. Developer or Technical Support plans for issues beyond installation support are available for purchase. Visit the U.S. Adobe support programs page http://www.adobe.com/support/programs or the U.K. Adobe support programs page http://www.adobe.com/uk/support/programs/ for additional information.

Pricing, editions, and upgrading

Is Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) backward-compatible with previously released versions of ColdFusion?

ColdFusion 9, 10, 11, and 2016 release, easily migrate to ColdFusion (2018 release). For details on migrating to ColdFusion (2018 release), visit the ColdFusion migration resources section of the ColdFusion Developer Center.

How do I purchase Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release)?

Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) is available for purchase online from the Adobe Store and through our network of partners and resellers. View Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) purchasing information.

What are the editions of Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) and how are they priced?

Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) is sold in two editions: Standard Edition costs US$2,499 per two CPUs, and Enterprise Edition costs US$9,499 per two CPUs. ColdFusion can also be used for development at no cost with the complimentary Developer Edition, a full-featured server for development use only.

What are the differences between the Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) editions?

ColdFusion Enterprise Edition is the solution for delivering high-performing websites and applications in a clustered or virtualized environment. Also, it provides deep insight into the performance of your websites and applications. ColdFusion Standard Edition is the solution for delivering a robust website with moderate volumes of traffic on a single server. Some features are available only with ColdFusion 2018 Enterprise Edition, and some features in ColdFusion 2018 Standard Edition are limited by performance through one shared simultaneous request. To learn more about the product editions, visit the product editions page.

I already have a license for an earlier version of ColdFusion. What are my upgrade options?

Special upgrade pricing is available to those customers who have a valid ColdFusion (2016 release) license. Customers running ColdFusion 11 or earlier are not eligible for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to ColdFusion (2018 release) Enterprise, see http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion-enterprise/buying-guide.html

To upgrade to ColdFusion (2018 release) Standard, see http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion-standard/buying-guide.html

Am I eligible for upgrade pricing if I’m running a version earlier than ColdFusion 11?

Customers running ColdFusion 11 or earlier are not eligible for upgrade pricing.

I recently purchased ColdFusion (2016 release). Do I need to pay to upgrade to ColdFusion (2018 release)?

You might be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to ColdFusion (2018 release). To find out more, call Customer Service at 800-833-6687 or submit your request via the web.

I have a software subscription and maintenance plan for ColdFusion. How can I receive my upgrade to ColdFusion (2018 release)?

If you have a current ColdFusion subscription or maintenance plan, you should have received an email or letter with instructions. If you did not, contact Customer Service and include your ColdFusion serial number in your request.

How do I license ColdFusion on containerized deployments?

Every containerized deployment needs to be licensed as per the ColdFusion End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). For instance, if ColdFusion is being deployed on two containers on a single VM instance, then both containers running ColdFusion will have to be licensed separately as per the ColdFusion EULA based on that VM instance being used.

ColdFusion and Mobile Application Development

What support is available for mobile application development using ColdFusion (2018 release)?

ColdFusion (2018 release), used with ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)*, provides end-to-end support for mobile application development. ColdFusion developers can use their existing CFML skills to develop, test, debug, and deploy mobile apps as well as browser-based mobile web applications.

ColdFusion (2018 release) and earlier versions can also be used as a back end for mobile applications.

* ColdFusion Builder (2018 release) is bundled with ColdFusion (2018 release). It can also be purchased separately. 

How can ColdFusion (2018 release), a server-side solution, be used to develop mobile applications?

By making CFML available on the client side also, ColdFusion (2018 release) enables easier access to server functionalities and device APIs, client-side database integration, and a custom tag framework for building reusable UI components. This facilitates mobile application development.

Does ColdFusion (2018 release) help in testing mobile applications?

ColdFusion (2018 release) lets you inspect or test and modify the look and feel of mobile applications across multiple devices. This is accomplished using built-in Weinre integration.

How is ColdFusion (2018 release) different from other mobile frameworks for testing mobile applications?

ColdFusion (2018 release) provides a unique solution to inspect or test installed apps as well as web applications on mobile devices.

What debugging capabilities do ColdFusion (2018 release) offer for mobile application development?

ColdFusion (2018 release), used with ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)*, provides a unique solution for debugging installed apps and web applications. Remotely connect the mobile device to ColdFusion Builder and simulate actual usage on the device by stepping through application code.

* ColdFusion Builder (2018 release) is bundled with ColdFusion (2018 release). It can also be purchased separately. 

How can ColdFusion (2018 release) be used to create installed apps for mobile devices?

ColdFusion (2018 release), used with ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)*, offers built-in integration with Adobe PhoneGap Build to convert CFML-based web applications to installed apps that run on iOS and Android devices.

Which mobile platforms do ColdFusion (2018 release) support for creating mobile apps?

ColdFusion (2018 release) supports iOS and Android.

Which UI components are available as part of the mobile application development feature set provided by ColdFusion (2018 release)?

ColdFusion (2018 release) provides a custom tag framework on the client side to create reusable UI components, which can be used for mobile application development.

ColdFusion and Performance Monitoring Toolset

Why do you need Performance Monitoring Toolset?

Control and optimize with the all-new, powerful Performance Monitoring Toolkit — a stand-alone server with low overhead. Use end-to-end visibility into your applications, to monitor and troubleshoot server, database, and network issues before they affect customers — in minutes.

Is Performance Monitoring Toolset available in the standard edition also?

Performance Monitoring Toolset is available as part of both Enterprise and Standard edition.

Should I install Performance Monitoring Toolset in the same machine as the Server?

Performance Monitoring Toolset could be installed on the same machine as the Server but it is advised to install it on another machine to monitor the application.

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