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Lots more to the current CF2021, 2018 prerelease than folks may realize

Have you checked out the many things coming in the updates for CF2021 and 2018 in prerelease the past few weeks? Anyone is welcome to join the prerelease, logging in with an Adobe account. It's a lot more substantial than I think most realize.

There's more changes to CF in the prerelease than just "Azul Java support", and indeed it's about more than just CF itself (but the various released CF installers and CFBuilder as well). In this post I list those things, both features and resources, both to inform those who may be interested in the various things that are coming and to help motivate some to check out the prerelease before final release (which could be any day now).

[Update on 7/20/21: Just hours after I posted this last night, Adobe announced suddenly via a public CF forum post that they were putting the move to Azul on hold to Dec 2021. There had been no mention of that in the prerelease before then. And I can see now in the prerelease that the new installers have been removed, but the changes per the CF updates and for Lambda/serverless are expected to proceed.

You can see a question I asked in reply to that forum post, about what this means for the features that WERE seemingly only in the new installers. I've asked it in the prerelease forum as well, not knowing who if anyone may answer me.

It is indeed just terrible timing that this announcement came out just literally hours after what I wrote, throwing things into a state of confusion currently. Still, much of what I write below still stands. I'll update things as they may change]

What new/changed features the prerelease offers

In brief, the prerelease addresses these changes or improvements:

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Video now posted of my DevWeek talk on "ColdFusion at 25", more modern than most think

If you may have missed my talk at the Adobe CF Developer Week 2021 in June 22-24, the session recording is now posted online, via tv.adobe.com.

Adobe informed speakers after the session about how their session was rated by attendees. Mine got 4.5 out of 5 for "content quality of the session" and 4.4 out of 5 for "speaker's knowledge of the subject". I hope those folks will help me know where I could improve on those. I got no feedback, though I offer my email and social media handle on the title page and every slide. :-)

I offer a PDF of those slides (as well as a link to the recording and the session description) on my "presentations" page link for the talk.

One other thing: the formal title I'd chosen (months ago) was indeed, "ColdFusion at 25: not the kid most have stuck in their minds". But I realize now there's klunkiness to that subtitle ("not the kid most have stuck in their minds"). More important it didn't convey as readily the main point I was making.

So I've changed the subtitle on my site, to match what I say in the blog post title above ("more modern than most think"). And I'll use that if I present it again. Also I've changed it in the PDF offered on my site above, and FWIW I've tweaked the slides just a bit already since the talk, also now posted.

Again, if you saw/watch the talk or slides and may have any additional feedback for me, I welcome it here or privately, including open twitter DM's. (Sadly, the tv.adobe.com site offers no commenting feature.)

FusionReactor 8.7.2 released

Just a quick note to report that FusionReactor 8.7.2 has been released, on July 5 2021. You can see the changes (new features/improvements) and bug fixes (there are just several rather modest ones this release) in the release notes doc for all FR 8 versions.

If you may lose track of that link, note that a link to it is also offered on the FR downloads page, where it appears as a "release notes" link in the blue banner shown above the available downloads.

As an aside, the FR folks themselves may or may not share news of a point release (perhaps tweeting via their twitter account, if not a blog post, or perhaps in a direct email to customers). They do tend to do soft rollouts of updates, putting them out for a few days before spreading the news.

So how do I know of it? Well, I use a nifty (old-school) free service called followthatpage.com, which I have watching that page for any changed, so I know if/when they do update the release notes. :-) And I share the news here because I know that many of my readers are FusionReactor users, who are of a sort that might like to know this new in advance.

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