Is Adobe ColdFusion Dead? Programmers and CIOs Often Ask This Question

  • 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.
  • Visual Studio Code overwhelmingly beat Sublime Text and Notepad++ as the most popular editor for CFers
  • CommandBox, AWS and Container deployment has increased since last year but most CFers continue to use their own servers or ISP servers
  • Hardly any CFers had hacked servers this year. Win!
  • Favorite reasons to keep coding in CF: RAD, fast to learn, fun coding, great language features, existing CFML code base

This last year’s survey pointed out lots of interesting facts. Read the full report . The 2021 report is also available and we’re waiting for new interesting results.

ColdFusion Has Its Place Among Developers

Does ColdFusion suit your needs?

The answer depends on the purpose. You should ask yourself which web development language will help me produce feature-rich Internet applications. Adobe Coldfusion is a perfect tool for creating a dynamic website, thus creating the best advantage for the users. It’s considered to be an innovative tool that can provide maximum results for the clients; whether it’s a small business or a huge company.

Can Adobe Coldfusion Assure a Higher Value and Meet Any Performance Demands?

There isn’t any better programming language for handling the development of complex applications. Some developers are calling it a “Swiss Army knife.” Easy web services implementation, dozens of functions, image and PDF tools; it’s a power with ease. Speed is the key for small and medium-sized companies. With ColdFusion, you’ll get more done in less time and by putting in less effort, especially when it comes to ongoing maintenance.

What can we expect in 2021?

Adobe, Ortus Solutions, CF Camp and everyone else seem to be pretty quite for now. Maybe they’re like me, hoping that things will settle down and we’ll be able to travel and hang out again like we used to… (cry)

Previous years

The place that gathers the entire CF’s development community, where the registered visitors can talk about everything related to ColdFusion with their colleagues and speakers. Las Vegas was chosen to be the epicenter of the Adobe Members of ColdFusion’s development team are often among the keynote speakers, and you could hear about the changes they made and plans for this programming language. Last year’s workshops focused on security and API development .

Simple Facts Why ColdFusion is the Most Secure Web Language

Hey CFers, I am working on proving that ColdFusion is (was and still is…) the most secure Vs. other programming languages. Here’s something I found recently

Ortus Solutions

Ortus Solutions is an amazing source of ColdFusion box products, open-source, and commercial support. Between these three companies for third-party ColdFusion support, there isn’t much you can’t get.

The Rise in Popularity of Lucee

Asking the right question can lead you to the answer you’re looking. Several crucial points related to this popular discussion can shed light on this topic.

  • Railo at this point has no support.
  • Lucee 4 has support only for security fixes, but it does not see enhancements, that’s all going to Lucee 5.
  • Adobe stack, CF 9 was still a decent chunk of users, that’s already outside of the support window, and
  • CF 10 is coming right behind.
  • And CF 9 went end of life on 12/31/14, over a year ago now. That means no more security fixes.
  • CF 10 is just a very short period away (5/16/17), so very soon there’s going to be quite a chunk of Adobe CF users that are outside of the support window, which is a little scary. That means not just the support, but also no more security hotfixes are like driving a car with no brakes and praying that nothing comes on the road that you need to stop for. (see Adobe Lifecycle table for all versions)
  • Adobe ColdFusion 2018 Standard Edition
  • Asynchronous Programming
  • REST Playground
  • Server Monitor
  • Modern Admin U/I
  • Comment Exchange across Files
  • Standardized PDF Metadata
    Adobe ColdFusion 2018 Enterprise Edition
  • Auto Lockdown
  • Code Profiler
  • Multi-latency Support
  • Distributed Cache
  • Performance Monitoring Tool Kit
  • CLI and Read-Print-Eval Loop
  • Brand New Built-in Functions
    Adobe ColdFusion Builder
  • Intelligent Code Assist
  • Professional Coding Support
  • Security Code Analyzer
  • Integrated Debugger

ColdFusion 2021 Revealing Details on How it was Created with Rakshith Naresh

Rakshith Naresh talks about “ColdFusion 2021 Revealing Details on How it was Created” in this episode of the CF Alive Podcast, some of the challenges the Adobe CF team overcomed with corona virus lockdowns In India and the complexities of implementing multi-cloud and containers which are totally new features for ColdFusion.

Adobe ColdFusion Vision for the Next 10 Years, with Rakshith Naresh

I was happy to catch Rakshith Naresh, Adobe ColdFusion Product Manager, and sit down and talk about the next 10 (and more!) years of ColdFusion. He gave an amazing talk at CF Summit East 2019, about cool new features of CF 2018 and what the future brings.



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

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