As any ColdFusion expert and consultant will tell you, we constantly run into companies using only select parts of ColdFusion and not its full potential. It’s like a chef with a huge spice rack who only uses paprika.

Creating apps, like cooking, needs diverse tools and ingredients to truly shine.

That means incorporating everything ColdFusion has to offer for developers, from productivity tools to coding tricks which reduce the number of keystrokes.

Adobe’s development platform offers a ton of ways to maximize efficiency while creating a great app. …


Looking for the right consultant can be a demanding task. But done right, it could save your company money in the long term.

You’re about to dive into the confounding, cut-throat world of ColdFusion consultants, looking for someone to help your company. It can be rough out there! (Trust me, I’ve been doing this for over 25 years).

But you’ll need to be able to whittle down the list of ColdFusion consultants to something manageable and find a good fit for you, your company, and your project.

In this article, you will learn the best ways to pick a ColdFusion…


Welcome to the updated 2021 independent review of the top ColdFusion hosting services.

There are so many different factors to take into consideration when choosing the best ColdFusion hosting for your company’s next project or web app. And there’s a lot of peril in making the wrong decision.

Some of the most painful situations occur when:

  1. Unreliable web hosting is chosen. That’s when the servers may go down, costing your company vital traffic and, as a result, potential revenue.
  2. By dropping your company’s public sales and marketing info, a hosting site can actually cause your company’s profits to decrease. …

Programming in CFML has become cool (again).

It used to be reserved for the top 1% of the crowd and for the government. Not anymore.

As the CIO of a top company, you have a responsibility to use the top-notch resources available out there. That’s Adobe ColdFusion, without a doubt.

This article answers your ColdFusion programming language-related questions. Choosing the right programming language is one of the few decisions you can make that will have a daily impact on your department’s life. The topics we tackle include :

  • What Makes ColdFusion so alive and vibrant?
  • Is ColdFusion secure?
  • Is ColdFusion…

Most security features and protocols focus on prevention. Firewalls, security analyzers, and proper coding all keep hackers away. And sometimes, unfortunately, security breaches still occur.

A hacker roaming the contents of your company’s server should be treated like any active burglar. First, by sounding the alarms. Then preventing the robber’s movement.

That’s what ColdFusion Server Auto-Lockdown does: it stops hackers dead in their tracks even after they have gained access. Once a hack is detected, a lockdown can be implemented to keep the remaining, unhacked parts of your server safe.

And it works at the flick of a virtual switch.


It’s almost impossible to type ColdFusion into a search bar and avoid a pop-up suggestion, so let’s settle it now.

Developers who prefer ColdFusion, and programmers in general, tend to be subjective around this type of topic that calls for the comparison of different programming languages. Young programmers like to compare it with PHP in open discussions. We’re going to lay out some facts, and try to remain objective on this.

Every year, programmers who are using ColdFusion take a survey. The results of such surveys provide essential information about the current state of the CF community. People can view…


Since Adobe ColdFusion Summit East 2020 was canceled due to Covid 19 pandemia, all is not lost. CF Developer week webinar by Adobe will be held May 18, 2020 to May 22, 2020.

But, from it all, something new came up, such as more webinars and the option of more people attending Vs. “old-school” conference stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of this old-school stuff, and will be in the future. Webinars will do their part in bringing CF closer to those that weren’t able to attend conferences. …


ColdFusion has been around for 24 years. It had it’s ups and downs as everything does, it seems that lately it shows the signs of vitality and longevity. The always inevitable question (mostly by the nay-sayers) “is CF dead?” is becoming obsolete. Nevertheless, we are not going to talk anymore.

In it’s third decade, ColdFusion is more alive, secure and more vibrant than ever!

Legacy code is still a big issue for most of the companies. What this means, is that so often companies don’t keep their CF regularly updated, which means, less security and more spaghetti code. …


You want to switch to a newer, more modern version of ColdFusion. But you’re having some doubts. Memories of install wizards turning evil and sabotaging your updates give you nightmares.

Don’t back out!

Switching to the 2018 update of ColdFusion is painless. Use the outline in this guide and a few clicks to go from legacy CF hell to modern CF heaven.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. Where to find Adobe ColdFusion’s modern version.
  2. Which version of CF is right for you.
  3. System specs needed to use CF.
  4. Setting the stage for installing.
  5. Migrating your existing CFML to CF…

By Michaela Light

I am happy to share interesting State of CF survey 2020 partial results (full details in that link)

  • Lucee 5.3+ is the most popular version this year with CF 2016 in second, just ahead of CF 2018.
  • ColdBox was just beaten out by “Homegrown” as the most popular general framework, followed by FW/1, Fusebox and CFWheels
  • Vue.js has come ahead of Angular since last year as the most popular JS framework. With React in third place.
  • GitHub is the most popular source control, with Git based BitBucket and GitLab coming up behind. Non-Git solutions are way behind.

Michaela Light

ColdFusion development, security and optimization. CEO at TeraTech. Host of CF Alive podcast.

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