ColdBox 2.6.0 is finally out and in final release. You can now download it from the downloads section of the website. This has been a much anticipated journey and it would have not been possible without all the collaboration from contributors, team members and the community. It would take so many lines to thank everybody, but for this release I want to thank Sana Ullah for a TREMENDOUS amount of work and dedication to the team. We also welcomed Matt Quackenbush to the team and more might be joining the efforts soon, especially Ernst van der Linden for always helping out and creating tons of sample applications. So thank you for your time and dedication to this project and making it a true world collaboration project.
As you can see from the image below, ColdBox has become more than just a framework but into a robust application development platform composed of several pieces that when used in conjunction, they can be an incredibly powerful development platform. ColdBox 2.6.0 introduces tons of new features and optimizations that can be read in the What's New Guide in the official wiki site.
The ColdBox Platform
I also recommend reading the compatibility guide for pre 2.6.0 applications. This guide will show you if there are any compatibility issues with your application when upgrading. It can show you the workarounds and even guide you from version 2.0 if necessary. Our vision for version 2.6.0 was to solidify our 2.5 features such as caching, interceptions, conventions, stability and tools. We have included more than 100 cfeclipse snippets, an enhanced insight dictionary for both CFEclipse and Dreamweaver, a new eclipse documentation and reference plugin that will help you read all the documentation about the framework's API and configuration file from within Eclipse Help, a new enhanced ColdBox Dashboard with even more code generation features, more cheatsheets and help. There are over 500 pages worth of documentation in the ColdBox wiki, searchable and indexed in such a manner that you can find all the information you need. The entire documentation set has been revised and ready for reading. It has been a long project I undertook more than 2 months ago and finally finalized. The entire documentation is up to date with version 2.6.0 and also prepared for the upcoming versions. Version 2.7.0 has already have a few tickets already assigned and the wheels will be spinning to still provide a community based development environment and help developers around the world create better ColdFusion applications. In summary, thank you for the support and contributions to this project, as they are absolutely of the utmost importance to such a community project.
Also, take note that ColdBox Platform Training Seminars begin this October 4th and 5th in Dallas, Texas. You will be able to register online at our training section of the website and take advantage of our early bird pricing until July 31st. You will be able to get more than 16 hours of training and several hours of QA with us and discuss your specific needs. We are extremely excited about how ColdBox will be able to help your business in the future. So once again, thank you for the support and please enjoy this release.