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Adobe launches Coldfusion 11 for quicker testing, debugging of enterprise apps

Application server adds some PDF creation and security features
Wed Apr 30 2014, 14:45

ADOBE HAS LAUNCHED an updated version of its all-in-one application server, Adobe Coldfusion 11, offering developers a single software environment in which to build web and mobile applications for the enterprise more quickly.

With new features to speed up development, Adobe Coldfusion 11 improves on earlier versions by supporting testing, debugging, and rollout of mobile enterprise applications. Developers can also create and manipulate PDF files and secure profiles with a range of security enhancements such as 'default server lockdown', Adobe said.

The main thrust of Adobe's Coldfusion 11 release, however, is to speed up mobile app development by using developers' existing Coldfusion Language skills.

"Developers do not need to learn new technologies," Adobe said. "[They] can enhance their mobile application development workflow by using on-device debugging and multi-device inspection capabilities."

Coldfusion 11 also provides full access to Document Description XML (DDX), so that developers can do more with PDFs, such as adding comments, bookmarks, file attachments, and headers and footers with automatic page numbers. They can now also customise the appearance of PDF files in Coldfusion 11 by setting page margins, size and rotation. This is thanks to an improved conversion engine that generates better quality PDF files from HTML pages, Adobe said.

In terms of security, the latest version of Coldfusion restricts default remote access to the admin portal to make it more secure than previous versions.

"Developers can make servers more secure against click-jacking and cross-site scripting by using new functions to sanitise user input," Adobe explained. "Programmers can maintain and modify existing code faster and more easily with member functions on Coldfusion objects and extend the power of HTML5 web sockets to public-facing web applications with real-time server response."

Developers can also publish data more securely over Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connections, if they wish.

Adobe SVP of print and publishing Naresh Gupta said that the release supports the increasing demand to deliver enterprise applications on mobile devices, which is "driving developers to seek greater efficiencies in their current mobile development workflows". µ


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