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If you didn’t catch it, Adobe has come out with a prerelease version of the pending Update 3 for ColdFusion 11, which (like update 14 for CF10) adds many things:

  • bug fixes (over 160)
  • support for new OS’s, databases, application servers, and web servers
  • support for Java 8
  • as well as updates to underlying technologies like Tomcat (now 7.0.54)

Note that while Tomcat is automatically updated, Java is not. That’s up to you to do. They do indicate that after the release, new installers for CF11 will come with Java 8. (If you’ve not updated the JVM that CF uses, it’s really pretty easy. 5 minutes work and a restart of CF, and easily reverted if you do things carefully. One of the best and relatively recent discussions of the steps is this article from good ol’ Ben Forta, from 2013.)

See the blog entry above for more on the details of what’s changed (it links to 2 PDFs, and the release notes has some known issues, albeit with little context). The blog entry also has the steps to follow to apply the update. Do be careful there.

Do test out the update yourself

It’s important that folks who rely on CF11 try the update out (on non-production systems, of course).

Many decried that CF10 Update 14 came out and had issues, so Adobe is providing this prerelease for people to check it out and iron out the kinks.

Of course, some will then say Adobe’s using users as guinea pigs. They’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

And yes, of course one could say “well they could do a better job vetting the release”. It’s complex software, and while all software has bugs, complex software can even more, and especially when CF has lots of integration and moving parts, and there are so many different platforms–and different ways that even folks on the same environment may configure things differently (For instance, even if you’re on Windows, what version? and what edition? and what database server? And what version and edition of that? And are you using IIS or Apache? And what version of Java are you using? Which edition of CF? And how have you configured each of these? Do you see all the permutations?)

So really: test it out for yourself, for your environment. You can wait and see if “others do the dirty work first”. But what if that’s how most respond? And what if your situation is just a little different than the few who may try it out?

Still, do keep an eye on comments in that Adobe blog entry over time, to learn from any challenges that others may face.

By Charlie Arehart

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