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Getting started with "Project Stratus" public beta, aka CF2021

Did you know that the public beta for CF2020 (or "CF2021", as I think the name will be) is now open, since August 2020? It's formally known by its code-name, "Project Stratus", or as some call it, "CF Next".

What matters most is that it's one of the boldest new versions of CF in quite some time. In this post, I want to share some tips about getting started with the beta, as I have seen many in the community left wondering about some things.

My focus here is not on "what's new" (I'll offer a brief list here, and more in a later post), but really just "how to get started", especially during the beta (or "prerelease") as some things are not as obvious as they perhaps should be. In fact, I make some pointed suggestions that I hope Adobe will consider, as well as share tips for you in the meantime.

In this post, I cover:

  • How easily anyone can join the public beta (Don't miss all that's on the prerelease front page)
  • Available documentation resources, don't miss them! (The 500-page (!) release notes, and separate system requirements and known issues docs)
  • Getting help with the prerelease, don't go it alone! (Filing bug reports, feature requests for the prerelease; asking for help and learning in the available prerelease forums)
  • The available installers and more
  • A taste of what's new (more to come in a later post)
  • About the use of the codename, Project Stratus

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It's looking like cf2020 will be cf2021, if I'm reading things right

OK, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, at least for those who looked forward to a new release of Adobe ColdFusion this year, 2020. As much as many have been referring to the new release (known for now as "Project Stratus") as "CF2020", it's looking like it may be instead "CF2021", if I am reading the tea leaves right. And maybe it's only the name, not the actual release year. Let me explain (Hey, the bright side is that 2020 is a year many want to forget, anyway.)

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