New in ColdFusion 11
ColdFusion 11 has gone through a lot of changes and enhancements and this section highlights those changes:
End-to-end mobile development
The ColdFusion Mobile Platform aims at providing a server and development infrastructure that facilitates rapid and robust mobile application development, debugging, packaging, and deployment. The ColdFusion 11 release introduces rapid application development through ColdFusion Builder. This release of ColdFusion introduces full-fledged on-device debugging to quickly debug your ColdFusion-based mobile applications on devices.
You can quickly build a mobile application by reading the information provided in the following sections:
- Building Mobile Applications
- Debugging Mobile Applications
- Inspecting Mobile Applications
- Packaging Mobile Applications
- Troubleshooting Mobile Applications
- Device Detection
- Client-side CFML
- Mobile Templates
- Getting Started Examples
A new lightweight edition
The ColdFusion Express enables you to quickly setup a development or production instance of a Server without following the installation procedure. The ColdFusion Express is a new ‘lighter’ version of the ColdFusion Server and is ideally suited for developers to quickly setup and run a ColdFusion Server for testing and debugging purposes.
ColdFusion 11 has gone through various language enhancements that will provide a better development experience for ColdFusion developers. The core CFML language enhancements in ColdFusion 11 includes new language constructs, extended tag support, enhanced script functions, and support for new operations.
ColdFusion 11 has introduced the proxy support for WebSocket. There is a new proxy module (that runs inside IIS and Apache Web Server) that can intercept the ColdFusion WebSocket requests and redirect the requests to the ColdFusion Server.
PDF generation enhancements
To generate high quality PDFs from HTML documents, 2 new tags, <cfhtmltopdf> and <cfhtmltopdfitem> have been introduced in ColdFusion 11.
ColdFusion 11 has a lot of security enhancements and bug fixes. This update fixes a few security issues and has strengthened the Server to a large extent. Some notable security enhancements are described in the following document:
ColdFusion 11 has introduced the support for dynamically generating Like button, Tweet button, and Comment box for social media sites.
ColdFusion 11 now supports site-level REST applications and enables pluggable serializer and deserializer.
The server-side charting introduced in ColdFusion 10 that allowed you to create highly interactive charts has been further enhanced to produce visually more appealing charts.
The following sections describe the enhancements made to the <cfzip> and <cfzipparam> tags:
New spreadsheet functions have been added to support page breaks and auto filters. Existing spreadsheet functions have been enhanced to support auto resizing capabilities.
The following new functions are added:
Changes in functions
The following functions are enhanced:
The following tags have been added:
Changes in tags
The following tags are enhanced:
- cffile action = "uploadAll"
When you are using ColdFusion Scheduler, output can be saved only as .log or .txt files. However, the extension limitation can be changed by modifying the file cfusion\lib\neo-cron xml, and its string which by default reads "<string>log,txt</string>".
Also, for the <cfinclude> tag, this restriction is applicable. By default, you can include only CFM files. However, you can modify allowedextinclude key in neo-runtime.xml file to add your own file type.
- For the <cfsetting> tag, URL.RequestTimeout attribute has been deprecated in ColdFusion 11.
- The HTMLEditFormat() function has ben deprecated.
New in ColdFusion Builder 3
ColdFusion Builder has gone through a lot of changes and enhancements and this section highlights those changes:
ColdFusion Debugging Perspective
The ColdFusion Debugging perspective ( invoked through Run > Debug Configuration > Perspectives) contains tools to debug your ColdFusion applications as well as client-side applications. There are different views that let you add breakpoints to your code, step into functions, step over functions, or examine and evaluate expressions in your code. The editor works with the debugging tools to locate and highlight lines of code that need correction.
Debugging lets you examine and troubleshoot your application. When you debug, you can control when the application must stop at specific points in the code. You can also monitor important variables and test your code. Debugging uses a configuration to control how applications are launched. When you debug your application, you run the debug version of the application file.
Debugging mobile applications
Bundled ColdFusion Server