As we reported two months ago, Adobe is going live with the first major refresh of its venerable web application development tool ColdFusion. According to an Adobe spokesperson, the two-month beta drew 14,000 users, which was almost triple the initial target.
When Adobe first briefed us at the end of May, they described the new features as bringing ColdFusion up to date with Adobe’s core technologies, such as more extensive PDF integration. That’s a vestige of the fact that ColdFusion came to Adobe through acquisition and therefore lacked native support for Adobe presentation formats before this. And ColdFusion has been updated with Ajax support.
Also, through a series of tweaks, Adobe claims 3x-5x performance improvements. It states that the new version, ColdFusion 8, will run ColdFusion 6 or 7 apps faster without modifying them. The same goes for blogs and Wikis as well. Additionally, ColdFusion 8 adds a new multi-threading tag, which you can retrofit to old ColdFusion apps to juice performance even further.
ColdFusion 8 is available now at similar pricing as the previous version.