Adobe ColdFusion 10 enables developers to rapidly build Java™ EE–based enterprise-ready web applications by extrapolating complex tasks into fewer lines of code. In addition, unique built-in support for HTML5 and enhanced web services support let you build best-in-class applications that take advantage of the latest technologies.
CFML is the tag-based language that a developer uses to build ColdFusion applications. CFML is easy to learn yet powerful enough to handle the most demanding web application logic. It uses a syntax that closely resembles HTML and XML, so it is ideally suited to programming applications that use these markup languages. For new developers, tag-based CFML syntax makes complex programming easy. Advanced developers can also 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 10 improves CFML with powerful new and extended tags.
ColdFusion is designed for web developers who build dynamic websites and Internet applications. Its intuitive scripting language and CFML make ColdFusion a great choice for new developers coming from static HTML page design and development.
Advanced features, such as ColdFusion components (CFCs), integrated debugging, XML processing, Java and .NET integration, web services, and built-in HTML5 support, make ColdFusion ideal for developers creating complex web applications and rich Internet applications (RIAs).
Java developers can rapidly build Java EE–based web applications using ColdFusion 10. The seamless and bidirectional integration with Java lets you invoke Java from ColdFusion and vice versa
Adobe ColdFusion Builder™, an Eclipse™ based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. However, ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects.
There are many online and in-person training opportunities for ColdFusion. A great place to start is the Getting Started section of the ColdFusion Developer Center on Adobe Developer Connection. 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 a number of training and certification programs.
Electronic versions of all documents are available and accessible online at ColdFusion Help and Support. However, printed documentation is not available with ColdFusion 10.
Adobe publishes a partial list of partners committed to delivering hosting solutions for ColdFusion. View the ColdFusion hosting partners page.
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. ColdFusion 10 introduces a seamless integration with Java, so it is straightforward to invoke Java from ColdFusion and vice versa. For more information about the Java integration, see the ColdFusion Help and Support
The ColdFusion 10 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 ColdFusion 10 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.
The steps to install ColdFusion 10 are similar to those for ColdFusion 9 (except in the case of installing the multiserver configuration). For details, see the ColdFusion installation guide.
The ColdFusion 10 installer does not support multiserver installations. Instead, you install a server configuration and then create multiple instances and clusters using instance manager in the ColdFusion Administrator. Get more information on Configuring and Administering Adobe ColdFusion here.
There are changes in the directory structure, connector configuration, and some other areas. See www.adobe.com/go/learn_cfu_admin_en for more details.
ColdFusion 10 supports IBM® WebSphere, Oracle® WebLogic, Adobe JRun, Apache Tomcat, and JBoss. For details, see the systems support matrix.
ColdFusion 10 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.
ColdFusion 10 supports most major web servers, including IIS, Apache, and Sun™. For a complete list of supported web servers, see the systems support matrix.
ColdFusion 10 supports most major operating systems, including Microsoft® Windows®, Sun Solaris™, Linux®, IBM AIX®, and Mac OS. For a complete list of supported operating systems and versions, see the systems support matrix.
Yes. ColdFusion 10 can run as a 64-bit application on the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS. For details about supported platforms, see the ColdFusion system requirements.
A 64-bit computer architecture can provide higher performance than a 32-bit architecture by handling more information in the same clock cycle. In addition to performance, an application can use a significantly larger memory space—32-bit computing architectures can address approximately 4GB of memory, while 64-bit computing architectures can address 16GB. Memory-intensive operations, such as reading in large files or returning large data sets, operate more efficiently. Applications that require more memory and execute more computations perform better on 64-bit systems.
No. ColdFusion 10 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). Of course, 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.
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.
Adobe ColdFusion Builder™, an Eclipse™ based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. However, ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects. ColdFusion Builder 2.0.1, the latest release, integrates tightly with the ColdFusion 10 server. It supports new CFML constructs and lets you benefit from bug fixes and features, such as an Eclipse upgrade and server manager enhancements.
Yes. Adobe has created a level of integration and productivity tools for the Flash Platform and ColdFusion 10. ColdFusion 10 includes faster Flash Remoting and exposes many ColdFusion 10 enterprise services as a web service that can be accessed via the Action Message Format (AMF).
Complimentary ColdFusion 10 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 registering on the registration site. During registration, you are prompted to input a copy of your student ID, faculty ID, or employee ID, or you can upload a letter on institutional letterhead proving your current affiliation. When validated, you are emailed a complimentary educational serial number for ColdFusion 10. It can take up to two weeks after your request to receive the serial number.
One of the following documents must be uploaded during registration to prove eligibility:
Scanned copies must be formatted as a GIF or PDF file.
You can submit a single request on the registration site for up to 30 education serial numbers for student lab learning purposes.
Yes. ColdFusion 10 for education is available for purchase as a boxed copy. The paid version of ColdFusion 10 for education does not have the restriction that it must be used only for learning purposes.
No. Platinum Maintenance and Support and Upgrade Plans are only available for purchase to customers who have a paid license for ColdFusion 10.
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.
ColdFusion MX 6.x, 7, 8, and 9 easily migrate to ColdFusion 10. For details on migrating to ColdFusion 10, visit the ColdFusion migration resources section of the ColdFusion Developer Center.
ColdFusion 10 is available for purchase online from the Adobe Store and through our network of partners and resellers. View ColdFusion 10 purchasing information.
ColdFusion 10 is sold in two editions: Standard Edition per two CPUs, and Enterprise Edition 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.
ColdFusion 10 Enterprise Edition is the solution for delivering high-performing websites and applications in a clustered or virtualized environment. Additionally, it provides deep insight into the performance of your websites and applications. ColdFusion 10 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 10 Enterprise Edition, and some features in ColdFusion 10 Standard Edition are limited by performance through one shared simultaneous request.
To learn more about the product editions, visit the product editions page.
Special upgrade pricing is available to customers with a valid license to ColdFusion 8 or 9 licenses. See the upgrade details page for more information.
Customers running ColdFusion MX7 or earlier are not eligible for upgrade pricing.
You might be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to ColdFusion 10. To find out more, call Customer Service at 800-833-6687 or submit your request via the web.
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.