ColdFusion to Lucee Migration: A Primer
Benefits of Lucee Migration
In many cases, Lucee is a solid choice. It’s fast, stable, highly compatible with most elements of CFML, and enjoys great community support.
- Adobe ColdFusion is aimed at enterprise customers. If you’re considering migrating from fully licensed to Lucee, you’ll undoubtedly lower your costs.
- Lucee runs easily in various cloud environments like AWS or Google Cloud. ColdFusion is less flexible with respect to cloud licensing & technology.
- Both Lucee and ACF compile and run CFML, but many tests show that Lucee is much faster.
- Lucee uses less resources and it has a smaller installation footprint than ACF.
- Lucee offers better web administration options – Lucee encapsulates settings for things like Java better (which helps in shared hosting environments).
- The Lucee community tends to be faster to address support issues than Adobe.
Challenges of Lucee Migration
The primary challenge of Lucee migration is that there are known compatibility issues. You can learn more about differences here on the Lucee website.
In general, it’s wise to create a Lucee test environment and compile your CFML there to see what breaks. First, look over the list of known differences to determine if you need to adapt code (the “knowns”) and address them. Then drill down on regular testing to find other compatibility issues (the “unknowns).