Modernize or Die® - CFML News for June 8th, 2021 - Episode 107

Eric and Gavin host this weeks episode. They talk about the release of CommandBox Docker Images v3.4.0. They talked about Eric's upcoming Ortus Webinar on Quick, and remind you about the last Online CF Meetup with Brad talking about getting started with Fusion Reactor. They discuss the latest CFCasts content, and some upcoming conferences. They mention a special survey about the upcoming Into the Box conference, trying to gauge whether people are willing to travel for an in person conference or not... which we will be announcing next week. They spotlight a lot of great blog posts, tweets, videos and podcasts, too many to list, so listen to the show. They announce some jobs from getCfmlJobs.com. They show off the ForgeBox module of the Week, JSONPrettyPrint - Pretty print JSON objects with line breaks and indentation to make it more human readable. If you have an app that writes JSON files that humans need to easily be able to read, run the JSON through this library first. This week's VS Code Tip of the week is Remote - Containers (Preview) by Microsoft which already has almost 4 million installs. The Remote - Containers extension lets you use a Docker container as a full-featured development environment. Whether you deploy to containers or not, containers make a great development environment. They thanked all their Patreons, but also talked a little information about perks for their Patreon supporters. For the show notes - visit the website https://cfmlnews.modernizeordie.io/episodes/modernize-or-die-cfml-news-for-june-8th-2021-episode-107 Music from this podcast used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom https://www.soundotcom.com/ and BlueTreeAudio https://bluetreeaudio.com

2021-06-08 Weekly News - Episode 107

Watch the video version on YouTube at https://youtu.be/eaX1QZszAwQ

Hosts:

Gavin Pickin - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions
Eric Peterson - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions



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The makers of ColdBox, CommandBox, ForgeBox, TestBox and almost every other Box out there. 
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https://www.ortussolutions.com/blog/we-need-your-help



News and Events


CommandBox Docker v3.4.0 Images Released
Today we are pleased to announce the release of version 3.4.0 of our CommandBox Docker images, which bumps the CommandBox binary version to v5.3.1. This release primarily contains optimizations and updates to leverage the new environmental support options available in CommandBox 5.3.0 and above.
https://www.ortussolutions.com/blog/commandbox-docker-v340-images-released
https://hub.docker.com/r/ortussolutions/commandbox/


ICYMI - Lucee 5.3.8.179-RC4 (Final Release Candidate) Released
This will be the Final RC before STABLE, available via your admin or via https://download.lucee.org/
There are some improvements for MS SQL users since RC3. There is currently a problem with MS SQL extensions not being available for download, including 7.22, apologies, this will be fixed tomorrow.
https://dev.lucee.org/t/lucee-5-3-8-179-rc4-final-release-candidate/8400


Ortus Webinar for June - Eric Peterson - Topic - Build a Blog in 30 minutes with Quick
Wednesday, June 30th at 11:00 AM CT
In this webinar, Eric will: give us an overview of ColdBox and Quick, give us reasons why we would use this library, he'll show us an example app to explore how it works and we'll have tons of live coding!
Webinars Page: https://www.ortussolutions.com/events/webinars
Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsd-2qrzMiG9DIROF-hQGy8Qj2TUkGHGth


ICYMI - Online CF Meetup - Getting Started with FusionReactor, with Brad Wood
Thursday Jun 3rd at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-4.
New to FusionReactor? Perhaps you have a license but aren't sure how to tap into the features? We'll cover the basics of using FR to profile code, view your running and recent requests, and how to tell what is making a request slow. We'll cover tracking JDBC requests, HTTPS calls, and using the Profiler feature. There are many more features in FR, but we'll cover enough to get you started.
https://www.meetup.com/coldfusionmeetup/events/278404050/
Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWkh2Yig3yQ


Reminder - State of the CF Union Survey
Help us find out the state of the CF Union – what versions of CFML Engine do people use, what frameworks, tools etc. We will share the summary results with everyone who completes the survey so that you can see how you compare with other CF developers.
Spread the news so we can get as many responses as possible.
https://teratech.com/state-of-the-cf-union-2021-survey



CFCasts Content Updates

http://www.cfcasts.com

Just Released
  • Object-Oriented Programming with Nolan Erck (https://cfcasts.com/series/oop-series)
    • Abstract Classes
    • Basic example of composition
    • Changing Objects at Runtime
    • Don't forget - the first 4 videos in this series are FREE
Coming this week
Coming up soon
  • More What’s new with ColdBox 6
  • More What’s new in qb 8
  • More Using DocBox
  • Up and Running with Quick
  • LogBox 101

Send your suggestions at https://cfcasts.com/support



Conferences and Training


Adobe ColdFusion Developers Week

June 22-24, 2021 - Online
Agenda now on the website - 2 tracks
4 times 7am 9am 12pm 2pm (PT)

No podcast on the 22nd due to the Developer Week

Coders, mark your calendars for Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week 2021!
Coders, Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week 2021 is edging closer! This year, we’ve lined up a series of sessions and webinars that will give you a 360-degree view of ColdFusion 2021’s brand new features and updates. Right from developing cloud-native applications to reducing downtime, these webinars will let you in on the best tips to deploy applications rapidly and seamlessly.
This is your chance to meet coders from across the globe and exchange ideas with some of the best minds in the industry. And that’s not all! Your presence at the conference will earn you points that can help you win exciting prizes and vouchers. Our scoreboard will keep track of active participation!
Whether you’re a new developer, someone with little or no experience with Adobe ColdFusion, or even if you have been using it all your life, Adobe ColdFusion Developers Week 2021 is where you need to be. Don’t miss out!
https://adobe.vconfex.com/site/adobe-coldfusion-developer-week/977


Apple WWDC21 - Glow and behold - this week

June 7-11
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is coming to a screen near you, June 7 to 11. Join the worldwide developer community for an all-online program with exciting announcements, sessions, and labs at no cost. You’ll get a first look at the latest Apple platforms, tools, and technologies — so you can create your most innovative apps and games yet.
Learn about this year’s Swift Student Challenge, and stay tuned for additional details.
https://developer.apple.com/wwdc21/

Ortus’s Conferences for 2021

Into the Box - ITB Online or In Person - Survey went out to ask would you be willing to attend in person
September 2021
Call for speakers coming soon (once we decide online or in person)

ITB Latam
December 2021


More conferences

Need more conferences, this site has a huge list of conferences for almost any language/community.
https://confs.tech/



Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Jon Clausen - Ortus Solutions - CommandBox Docker v3.4.0 Images Released
Today we are pleased to announce the release of version 3.4.0 of our CommandBox Docker images, which bumps the CommandBox binary version to v5.3.1. This release primarily contains optimizations and updates to leverage the new environmental support options available in CommandBox 5.3.0 and above.
https://www.ortussolutions.com/blog/commandbox-docker-v340-images-released   


Blog - Charlie Arehart - My upcoming talk, "ColdFusion at 25: not the kid most have stuck in their minds"
As you may have heard by now, the Adobe CF Developer Week 2021 will be held June 22-24. My session will be on June 22 at 4p Central in Track 2. While currently the DevWeek site only offers session titles and speakers (not descriptions) here is mine, from the "presentations" page here on my site.
https://www.carehart.org/blog/client/index.cfm/2021/6/8/my_upcoming_cfdevweek_talk_CF_at_25


Blog - Wil De Bruin - A new coldbox app with commandbox: A walk in the park?
I want to share some recent experience with you, when I created a new coldbox app.
Disclaimer: Actually I would like to improve the first impression when generating a new coldbox app, but I may sound a bit biased. As some of you might know I am not always happy with commandbox, especially with the way it handles lucee in production environments.
Most of the time, we are working on some long term projects, but recently I had to setup something new, just some proof of concept. So I created a project, ran some of these box coldbox create app wizards and became the proud owner of a brand new cfml advancedscript template setup.
https://shiftinsert.nl/a-new-coldbox-app-with-commandbox-a-walk-in-the-park/
Relevant Docs: https://coldbox.ortusbooks.com/for-newbies/60-minute-quick-start


Blog - Charle Arehart - CF DevWeek 2021 agenda now posted
While we’ve heard for several weeks about the coming Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week event (June 22-24) since it’s announcement here and elsewhere, some great news is that the agenda has now been posted. (The topics have also been trickled out via the Adobe CF twitter account.)
You can find all the session topics and their times at the registration site. When you click the “Agenda” menu option, you’ll find the 3 days of sessions, in two tracks with about 3-4 sessions per track each day, for a total of 20 sessions.
https://coldfusion.adobe.com/2021/06/cf-devweek-2021-agenda-now-posted/


Blog - Wil De Bruin - Module dependencies in interceptors
Interceptors in coldbox are very powerful. They are components which listen to events which are announced by the core framework or modules or custom events created by your application. But this post is not about all details of creating interceptors, you can read all about it in the coldbox documentation. I am using them all the time since they are so powerful, but sometimes they don’t behave as expected, especially when your interceptor depends on other modules.
https://shiftinsert.nl/module-dependencies-in-interceptors/


Blog - Ben Nadel - Managing Lists Of IDs Using HTML FORM Posts In Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47
At InVision, I'm in the middle of building a custom feature for one of our clients. This feature lives outside of any SPA (Single-Page Application); and, uses "old school" form submission techniques to process the interactions. The techniques that I'm using are the same ones that I learned 2 decades ago. And they still work perfectly well! This is a testament to both the HTML specification and the way that ColdFusion simplifies the management of form submission data. And while this feels like "old technology" to me, it occurred to me that there might be little gems in here that newer developers don't know about. As such, I wanted to put together a quick demo on managing lists of IDs using HTML FORM posts in Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47.
https://www.bennadel.com/blog/4061-managing-lists-of-ids-using-html-form-posts-in-lucee-cfml-5-3-7-47.htm


Blog Adam Cameron - CFML: messing around with mixins (part 1)
There was a conversation on the CFML Slack channel the other day about mixing-in functions into objects in CFML. This stemmed from some of the way CFWheels has been architected, such as how the main Controller class is composed:
https://blog.adamcameron.me/2021/06/cfml-messing-around-with-mixins-part-1.html


Tweet - Brad Wood - New CommandBox Themed shirt on BoxLife store
Hey CommandBox users, we've added a cool CommandBox-themed shirt to the BoxLife store that says "Server is Up" to remind you of the magic of starting CF servers!
https://www.ortussolutions.com/about-us/shop#!/server+is+up!?idea=60b4a32396e7c070517d5872
#CFML #ColdFusion
https://twitter.com/bdw429s/status/1400908226854539266
https://twitter.com/bdw429s


Blog - Ben Nadel - Changing Function Argument Defaults At Runtime In Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47
In the vast, vast majority of cases, when I author a Function in ColdFusion that has default argument values, those values are static. Meaning, the argument falls-back to a hard-coded token like 0 or "" or false. The other day, however, when I was exploring the Password4j password hashing library in Lucee CFML, I created a ColdFusion component that had dynamic Function Argument defaults that could be changed at runtime. To be honest, it felt a little strange at the time. As such, I wanted to isolate the use-case and think-it-through a bit in Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47.
https://www.bennadel.com/blog/4060-changing-function-argument-defaults-at-runtime-in-lucee-cfml-5-3-7-47.htm


Blog - FusionReactor - Automatic Root Cause Error Analysis
Event Snapshots are intended to provide deep-level insight whenever a problem, such as an exception or thread latency occurs. Snapshots are triggered automatically. The Event Snapshot provides automatic root cause error analysis by displaying source code, scope variables, stack trace, and logging information at the point the problem occurs. This, therefore, provides everything you need to isolate the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.
https://www.fusion-reactor.com/blog/technical-blogs/automatic-root-cause-error-analysis/



CFML Jobs

Several positions available on https://www.getcfmljobs.com/

Listing over 134 ColdFusion positions from 60 companies across 97 locations in 5 Countries since Dec 1st.

2 new jobs listed this week

Contract - ColdFusion Developer at Middle Town, NJ - United States
Posted Jun 04
https://www.getcfmljobs.com/jobs/index.cfm/united-states/CFDev-at-NJ-MiddleTow/11281

Full-Time - Coldfusion Developer at Bengaluru, Karnataka - India
Posted Jun 01
https://www.getcfmljobs.com/jobs/index.cfm/india/Coldfusion-Developer-at-Bengaluru-Karnataka/11280


Ortus - Senior Developer (USA and El Salvaldor)
https://www.ortussolutions.com/about-us/careers



ForgeBox Module of the Week

JSONPrettyPrint

Pretty print JSON objects with line breaks and indentation to make it more human readable. If you have an app that writes JSON files that humans need to easily be able to read, run the JSON through this library first. By default, it doesn't modify the data at all-- only the whitespace. It can, however, sort JSON object keys for you if you wish.

https://www.forgebox.io/view/JSONPrettyPrint 



VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Remote - Containers (Preview) by Microsoft

3,933,782 installs

The Remote - Containers extension lets you use a Docker container as a full-featured development environment. Whether you deploy to containers or not, containers make a great development environment because you can:
  • Develop with a consistent, easily reproducible toolchain on the same operating system you deploy to.
  • Quickly swap between different, separate development environments and safely make updates without worrying about impacting your local machine.
  • Make it easy for new team members / contributors to get up and running in a consistent development environment.
  • Try out new technologies or clone a copy of a code base without impacting your local setup.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-vscode-remote.remote-containers 



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