Adobe ColdFusion is marketed as a website development application that uses a single platform to develop a highly interactive website. A website created under the application is designed to be seen in any type of operating systems. The capabilities included in ColdFusion are also applicable to the development, testing, and debugging of mobile applications. Therefore ColdFusion can be used to develop applications for:
- Mobile devices
- Personal and Business Computers
ColdFusion can generate high quality PDF files, which can be manipulated using CFPDF tags. The additional advantage of the ColdFusion application for webhost providers is that it makes the servers generate a more secure profile using the default server lockdown option.
Mobile Application Development
Adobe currently offers three versions of the ColdFusion, which is for specific website user requirements and includes:
- Enterprise edition
- Standard Edition
- Developer Edition
The increased number of mobile device use is the main reason why the ColdFusion application is becoming popular. Solutions for potential mobile problems can also be developed using ColdFusion especially for the end-to-end mobile application development.
The standard edition is primarily used for the generation of PDF files from established HTML pages. The standard edition is developed to help programmers or website owners to create dynamic HTML5 charts. Business website owners also reveal that their productivity has improved due to the language enhancement of programming codes especially with the full CFSCRIPT support. The website owners consider the standard edition a good purchase since it includes better server security through a default server lockdown option as well as multiple sandboxes.
Developer Edition for Website Owners and Webhost Providers
The develop edition is the most popular edition downloaded by a significant number of individuals since it is free. Even though ColdFusion Developer Edition is free it is still a fully functional application used for the development of online and mobile applications.
When ColdFusion is installed, there are multiple server profiles that will become available, which includes the:
- Development profile
- Production profile
- Secure Production Profile
Each of the chosen profiles will still be a good choice for a new webhost provider since the appropriate settings for the server is automatically configured during the installation of ColdFusion. The main limitation of installing ColdFusion is that the webhost provider cannot change their server profile choice.
The most basic of the server profile is the development profile since it is designed to set up the server with only a low security setting as well as enabling unused servlets. This server profile has enhanced debugging features, which is not available in the production and secure production profile. This includes remote inspections by the technical team of the webhost provider as well as remote starts and stops. The main limitation of this profile is that it does not support the use of complex passwords, which is included in the production and secure production profile.
The production profile is considered to be the better profile choice since it has a better security setting at a medium level. The profile is designed for internal servers that had their RDS disabled and therefore can be used for the implementation of complex passwords. The limitations of this server profile is that it does not support debugging, remote inspection, enabling unused servlets, support for secure profile, and other bundled servers.
The secure production profile has the highest security settings, which is automatically enabled and configured to the server of the webhost provider. This profile choice is designed for a highly secure production server resulting in the support for a Secure Profile as well as use of complex passwords. The limitations for this server profile is that it does not support remote inspection, debugging, enabling unused servlets, and other bundled servers.
Future Application Upgrades
Before the installation of the ColdFusion application, the developer suggests that the options for installation, configuration and upgrade be chosen first. The purpose of this is to ensure that the webhost provider does not make a significant mistake when installing the application for the first time since the choice of a server profile cannot be easily undone.
In case of an application installation upgrade, the settings of the existing version will be preserved and the new settings will be installed in a new directory. This means that the new version installation will also assign new ports to prevent conflicts with the old ColdFusion version such as those of an embedded JEE server or J2EE configuration.
The ColdFusion version 11 using an enterprise edition is considered to be significant different from the other version since it can be run of a Java 2 application server. This makes the version a Java application resulting to the improved ability to deploy the ColdFusion application a number of times even on a single computer. This version is also compatible with other third party Java 2 application servers such as Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere.