ColdFusion web development has been the benchmark of business friendly technology since a very long time. However, in spite of its many advantages, there are a few things that have been worrying people since some time. In order to overcome these problems, the ColdFusion 9 comes fully equipped with all the latest features that can make the most out of your products.
The First Complaints
If you have been using ColdFusion Web Development at all, you will understand that the most predominant complaint about it is to do with the tag based CFML language. It may be easy for people used to HTML, but it is very tedious for others because it is lengthy and its tag syntax is excruciatingly long-winded.
The lack of a decent library
The latest addition of the Java Hibernate object-relational mapping (ORM) library solves another very pungent complaint that was raised by its earlier users. With this, ColdFusion is able to abstract a lot of the complexity of the Hibernate away making the simple API available which in turn allows you to load and save the CFCs to a relational database. This means you can actually build an object without having to think about the database at all. It also ensures that Hibernate can translate the particular model into a schema automatically. A ColdFusion Developer will now also be able to build robust domain models absolutely effortlessly by engaging nested transaction and hooks within the hibernate event model.
Export to Excel
Having been into the realms of technology for so long, I can tell you that the most irritating and tedious tasks of all was the step of ‘Export to Excel’. It is simple so long as you are making an HTML table but the moment you get involved in creating something of a slightly higher complication like the Apache POI to create worksheets and formulas; it will take forever for you to actually be able to undertake the export. ColdFusion 9 will happily surprise you with something called the cfspreadsheet tag that will deliver you off this terrible process. This tag is complemented with a host of different functions that will enable you t carry out any number of manipulations with the sheet with absolutely no trouble altogether. Any Coldfsion Developer will tell you how helpful this new feature is.
On the whole, the new ColdFusion 9 is power packed with some of the best features all set to put it back to the top of the shelf for every web developer today.