Released today: CF2016, or ‘ColdFusion (2016 release)’. What’s new, and more

Charlie ArehartIf you’re not following the Adobe CF team blog, you may have missed the announcement there today of the newest version of CF, ColdFusion 2016. More on the name in a moment.

And while that Adobe blog post mentions a few of the main new features, as is nearly always the case it leaves out many other new features which may interest folks. It also doesn’t point to resources to learn more. I do those things here in this post.

What’s in a name?

First, let’s talk about the name of the new release, formerly code-named Raijin. Adobe did not follow the convention of the past 20 years, naming it ColdFusion 12, or what we’d all call CF12, but instead they’ve switched to dated names, as in ColdFusion 2016, or what they formally are naming it, “ColdFusion (2016 release)”, or what we’ll all likely call it: CF2016. I’m not sure I like this new nomenclature, for a number of reasons, but I suppose time will tell how it goes.

What’s new? The main features

Again, the CF team blog post highlights 4 primary new features (with a paragraph on each):

  • Security Code Analyzer
  • Performance improvements
  • PDF improvements
  • API Manager

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Stuck running the ColdFusion “Migration wizard”? Here’s how to get past that

Charlie ArehartSomeone presented a problem on a discussion list where they found that upon installing CF, they got to the “migration wizard” screen, and though it offered the option to “continue” if it hung up, it did not continue for him.

In this post, I’ll share how to get past that prompt, if this happens to you. (And despite that image on the right showing ColdFusion 11, this could conceivably happen in CF10, CF9, and so on, and this same solution applies to all.)

For the anxious folks who want to “skip the waffle” and context/setup, the solution is at the very bottom. :-)

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Finding resources on ColdFusion 11’s mobile development features

Charlie ArehartHave you wondered where you can find more about ColdFusion 11’s mobile development features? (Did you know that CF11 added such features?) There are several resources provided by Adobe and others. In this post I highlight those various resources, with a focus on the many (and many kinds of) Adobe-provided ones.

How I came to gather this info, and how some have missed it

I had a client recently ask about where he might learn more about ColdFusion’s “new mobile development features”. He thought it was new to CF12 (in prerelease) but I explained that it was actually introduced in ColdFusion 11.

He’s not the first person who was not aware of that change in CF11. A lot of people just don’t pay close attention to what’s in each new CF release, especially when it first comes out. I find that many wait a year or more before they consider a move to a new release. Of course, some are waiting for a first update or point release, but there can be other reasons.

Anyway, as for the mobile features in CF 11, note that some aspects are in CFML, while others are provided via functionality in ColdFusion Builder 3. (I’m not interested here to discuss the prods, cons, or debates about the feature set. I’m just wanting to point out resources for those who want to consider it.)

To find more about how to use it, including docs, articles, videos, and more, read on.

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Why attend the 2015 ColdFusion Summit in Las Vegas?

ColdFusion Summit brings together the web application community. If you are a web designer, developer, strategist, or thought leader, ColdFusion Summit provides the perfect forum to exchange ideas and experiences. Interact with ColdFusion experts, domain leaders, and peers, and learn about the latest technologies, techniques, and strategies to help you rapidly build and successfully deliver web applications to market. Explore how ColdFusion is driving change and how you can propel this momentum. See you there.

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Anonymously Access Wi-Fi from 2.5 Miles Away

Access WiFi from 2.5 miles awayAnonymity is something that seems next to impossible in this era of government surveillance. Even Tor and VPNs are no longer seem to be enough to protect user privacy. Once your IP address is discovered, your Game Over!
However, a method have been devised that not only allow users to anonymously connect to public Wi-Fi network, but also let them connect from about 2.5 Miles away.
Security researcher Benjamin Caudill has developed a device that adds an extra layer of anonymity to whistleblowers, journalists, dissidents and, of course, criminals.

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How to Hack into Computers Using Pita Bread and a Radio

HowToHackUsingPitaThere’s a new and clever way of hacking into computers, and it can be done cheaply – Using just a radio receiver and a piece of pita bread.
Yeah, you heard it right. Security researchers at Tel Aviv University have demonstrated how to extract secret decryption keys from computers by capturing radio emissions of laptop computers.
Capturing the radio signals to steal data from a computer system is nothing new. But the process required expensive, bulky lab equipment to accomplish.
However, the Israeli-based researchers team managed to do it with cheap consumer-grade components as well as small enough to hide inside a piece of pita bread.
Using cheap equipment, the team of researchers, including Daniel Genkin, Lev Pachmanov, Itamar Pipman and Eran Tromer, was able to capture keystrokes, applications running on a computer system, and encryption keys.

How the method works?

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How Microsoft Can Spy On You And How To Stop It

Microsoft spyThis Article will explain how they spy on you and how you can stop Microsoft from getting your IP Address without your permission.

How Microsoft Can Spy On You?
The answer is simple, via their NCSI ( Network Connectivity Status Indicator ).

Why should we care of it?
Well… each time we start our Windows Computer an Internet connection test is run automatically to test the Internet availability.

So each time we start it, our PC makes a connectivity request to a text file into the NCSI Server of Microsoft ( 131.107.255.255 & dns.msftncsi.com ).

The Text file should be located here:
http://www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt

Where’s the fun part?
Microsoft admitted that they DO NOT NOTIFY the user Before attempting to collect informations, infact it is automatically done if you have the Internet!.

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See you at dev.Objective() in mid-May (I’ll be speaking) – Charles Arehart

Charlie ArehartJust wanted to share word (sorry it took so long) that I’d been selected as a speaker at the upcoming dev.Objective() conference, in Minneapolis in Mid-May. Hope to see lots of my fellow CFers there, and of course new folks who were not CFers.

While the conference name has changed (from cf.Objective()), there are still plenty of CF-oriented topics, and of course as nearly everyone would point out, it’s good for everyone to expand their reach and focus.

To that end, I’ll be doing a topic a bit different than my normal focus of CF server troubleshooting. Instead, recognizing that there will be folks there who either use other servers, or develop web apps or mobile apps, I’ll do a bit of a “soft” topic on how to troubleshoot performance problems more generically, in:

  • Hey, my web app’s slow. Where’s the problem?
  • Check out Dan Wilson’s complementary talk
  • I’ll also do a sponsored talk for the FusionReactor folks
  • And there are several dozen more great talks at this great conference

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CF911: Help, How do I connect sites to a new instance w/ the ColdFusion 10/11 webserver config tool?

Charlie ArehartURL: http://www.carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2015/2/26/cf911_connect_sites_to_an_instance_with_wsconfig

This one causes a lot of heartburn for folks: you add a new instance in CF10 or 11 (in editions other than Standard, which do support adding instances), and you find that you can’t seem to have the web server configuration tool (wsconfig) connect sites to that new instance(s). You never see the new instance listed in the UI of the wsconfig tool. What gives?

The solution is relatively easy, and the problem could maybe be fixed (or at least warned about) by Adobe (and I just filed a bug report for it). Until that happens, I wanted to share this. For more, read on.

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Elaborating on an Adobe blog entry today, related to tweaking CFCLASSES to solve slow CF startup

Charlie ArehartURL: http://www.carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2015/1/30/elaborating_on_an_Adobe_blog_entry_today_re_ cfclasses
The fine folks at the Adobe CF blog posted a blog entry today, on “Sometimes ColdFusion services refuse to start normally post server restart” (by Rahul Upadhyay), which offers some helpful information on one possible solution to the stated problem.

That said, there are some concerns I have, with respect to how I fear some may read and take action based on it (especially the notion of deleting the cfclasses files, as a possible solution to the problem). I’m not contradicting Rahul, just elaborating on some points, as someone who (like them, perhaps) helps people with CF server troubleshooting every day.

I started to write these thoughts as a comment there, and (as often happens) it grew long so I thought it better to be a blog entry rather than a long comment, and point people here. Once I did that I decided to go further still, hoping to really help those interested to consider the issue more carefully. (It also gives me a chance to highlight again the Adobe CF team blog, something I recommend EVERYONE reading this should follow!)

By Charlie Arehart

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