Modernize or Die® - CFML News for May 4th, 2021 - Episode 102

Brad and Eric host this weeks episode. They discuss the release of CommandBox v5.3.0. They discuss some big news with Adobe, the Adobe Docker images that were previously stored on binTray are no longer available there. Adobe has a temporary work around while they look for a more permanent solution for docker image hosting. They discuss an upcoming Webinar from Fusion Reactor. They remind you of the new price for the Adobe ColdFusion Certification. They discuss this week's Adobe Webinar Building modern web apps with ContentBox Modular CMS with Luis Majano. They discuss the API Webinar series by Adobe, 7 webinars spread out over the next 2 months... and share the link to previous videos in the series. They share the link for the Online CF Meetup presentation from Charlie on Installing ACF2021. They also reminded you that the 102 ColdBox HMVC Tips and Tricks is now available on Gumroad, and the Book page is now on the Ortus Site with a way to get 10 free tips from the book. They discuss the latest CFCasts content, and some upcoming conferences. 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 They show off the ForgeBox module of the Week, Quick and qb Cheatsheets - Not a module, but a handy cheatsheet for interacting with two of our previous modules of the week! This week's VS Code Tip of the week is Thunder Client - Thunder Client is a GUI based Rest API Client Extension for Visual Studio Code, hand-crafted with simple and clean design. They thanked all their Patreons, but also talked a little information about perks for their Patreon supporters. For the show notes - visit the website Music from this podcast used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom and BlueTreeAudio

2021-05-04 Weekly News - Episode 102

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Eric Peterson - Senior Developer for Ortus Solutions
Brad Wood - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions

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News and Events

CommandBox 5.3.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the general availability of our latest CommandBox CLI release. This is a minor release that's full of bug fixes and enhancements.  It should be backwards compatible (with one caveat below) and you can upgrade any previous version of CommandBox in-place to the latest release.

Bintray decommissioning - Adobe Docker image update

On May 1, 2021, all Bintray services will be deprecated, and your accounts will be disabled. For more information, see the official Bintray blog.
This means that the ColdFusion, Performance Monitoring Toolset, and API Manager containers for the versions 2016/2018/2021 will no longer be accessible. This may lead to interruption in your automation scripts and other CI/CD pipelines.
We have moved all the containers to ColdFusion downloads. You’ll load the tar file in Docker and then run ColdFusion or the other tools.

FusionReactor Webinar - Reach for the Clouds with FusionReactor

May 12, 2021 05:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
8am PST, 10am CST
FusionReactor APM has been available as a cloud-based or SaaS solution for a few years now. This webinar will reveal what additional capabilities and benefits this platform has to offer (on top of everything which FusionReactor on-premise provides). We will also answer questions about licensing, data retention and technical aspects of expanding to the cloud.

ICYMI - Adobe’s ColdFusion Certification price drops

Adobe Certified Professional: Adobe ColdFusion is an industry-leading certification program from Adobe, for Adobe ColdFusion developers. The course consists of 50+ online videos and is designed for professionals who have basic to advanced level proficiency in any computer language and basic understanding of how web pages work. Successfully passing an assessment test at the end of the program will reward participants with a badge and certificate from Adobe.
Only $149

Adobe Webinar- Building modern web apps with ContentBox Modular CMS with Luis Majano

May 5, 2021 - 12 PM ET
ContentBox is a professional open source modular content management system powered by ColdBox HMVC and ColdFusion.  In this session, we will get an overview of this CMS platform and how you can leverage to not only deliver content based applications, but any modern web application thanks to its powerful headless API and ColdBox services.

Adobe Webinar Series - API Creation and Management

Next Webinar:  5/12/21
ColdFusion Developers, do you want a first hand look at publishing APIs securely and at scale? Then mark your calendars for Brian Sappey’s upcoming webinars! This seven-part series will give you a 360 degree view of the API Manager and teach you how to build RESTful APIs with Adobe ColdFusion. Everything from securing, publishing and monitoring APIs, will be covered with hands-on examples, and easy discussions.
Dates: 3/24/21, 3/25/21, 4/28/21, 4/29/31, 5/12/21, 5/13/21, 5/24/21

ICYMI - Online CF Meetup - "Installing CF2021: choices, challenges, and solutions", with Charlie Arehart

Thursday, April 29, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
If you're considering moving to CF2021, there are some things to consider before or as you may install it. First, there’s a new “zip” install option, in addition to the traditional full installer. What’s that about? why should you use it? what are some challenges, and why might you not want to? We'll cover that...

CFCasts Content Updates

Just Released
- Object-Oriented Programming with Nolan Erck (
      - Introduction
      - Basics of OOP
      - Why Use Components
      - Creating and Instantiating Components

Coming up soon
- More CommandBox Zero to Hero
- More What’s new with ColdBox 6
- Up and Running with Quick
- LogBox 101
- Using DocBox

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Conferences and Training

Adobe ColdFusion Developers Week

June 22-24, 2021 - Online
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!

AWS Summit Online - Americas

May 12-13
Online and Free
AWS Summit Online is designed for developers and IT professionals looking to learn how to build and innovate at scale using AWS Cloud. Hear the very latest from AWS executives, attend breakout sessions featuring customer stories, and engage with AWS experts to get your questions answered. Enhance your skills with hands-on labs and workshops, learn from inspiring demos, and discover what AWS and our Partner Solutions can do for your business.
This free online conference is designed to educate you about AWS services; and help you design, deploy, and operate infrastructure and applications.

Google I/O

May 18-20 - Online and Free for Everyone
Connect with developers from around the world at this year's virtual Google I/O for thoughtful discussions, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at our latest developer products.

MS Build

May 25-27
Learn. Connect. Code.
Explore what’s next in tech and the future of hybrid work. Find solutions, sharpen skills, and find what you can add to your toolbox at this year’s event.


May 27th 2021
DockerCon 2021 is a free, one-day virtual event that is a unique experience for developers and development teams who are building the next generation of modern applications. If you want to learn about how to go from code to cloud fast and how to solve your development challenges, DockerCon 2021 offers engaging live content to help you build, share and run your applications.
Call for Speakers open until Midnight April 1st

Apple WWDC21 - Glow and behold

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.

Ortus Workshops - Dates coming soon

- CommandBox Zero to Hero
- ColdBox Zero to Hero
- ColdBox Hero to SuperHero

Ortus’s Possible Conferences for 2021

Dates subject to change

Due to Online conference overload, we are thinking about not expanding the number of events, but more content in more timezones with a different format.

ITB - Developer Week Style?? - (please be in-person!!!)
With some European Timezone Friendly slots from our European Community Members
September 2021
Call for speakers coming soon

ITB Latam
December 2021

More conferences

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

CFML Is now on the list -

Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Ben Nadel - GetTickCount() Precision Argument In Lucee CFML
The other day, while looking through some Lucee CFML documentation, I came across an example that used the built-in getTickCount() function with an argument. I've been using getTickCount() since the beginning of time and I never once noticed that it accepted an argument (at least in the Lucee CFML runtime). As such, I thought it might be worth sharing this feature more broadly.

Blog - Adam Cameron - How TDD and automated testing helped me solve an Nginx config problem I had created for myself
TestBox and TDD to the rescue (again)!

Blog - Ben Nadel - Modernizing My CSV (Comma Separated Value) Parser In Lucee CFML
In the past week, I've written a few posts about generating CSV (Comma Separated Value) data in ColdFusion, including some experimentation with "lazy" queries and streaming CSV files in Lucee CFML. Just coincidentally, Adam Cameron asked me about a very old post that I wrote for parsing CSV data in ColdFusion. I had taken that post down due to some questionable content; so, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to rewrite my CSV parser using modern ColdFusion syntax in Lucee CFML

Blog - Wil de Bruin - Scheduled tasks in Coldbox
Luis Majano recently described the coldbox 6.4.0 release, which is mainly about scheduling. There is extensive documentation but scheduling is now so easy to code, I just wanted to share some examples with you. Coldbox 6.4 was only released a few weeks ago, but I think is is so extremely useful, we already implemented it in several projects

Blog - Ben Nadel - Using ColdFusion Custom Tags To Create An HTML Email DSL In Lucee CFML, Part XIV
After months of incrementally building-out my ColdFusion custom tag DSL (Domain Specific Language) for HTML emails, I've started to apply this technique to the transactional emails at InVision! I'm totes excited about this, not only because I think it will bring a pleasant unity to the look-and-feel of our transactional emails, but also because it will put the DSL to the test in a real-world scenario. And, already, it's starting to flesh-out some issues. As I mentioned in earlier posts, I've stumbled over some unexpected behaviors with the getBaseTagList() function and the getBaseTagData() function in Lucee CFML; as such, I'm going to simplify the way I walk the parent-tag list in my DSL.

Blog - Adam Cameron - Abort; abort;
Lucee’s tag-in-script syntax strikes again

Blog - Ben Nadel - Setting Global, Default Tag Attributes With "this.tag" In Lucee CFML
In Lucee CFML, you can assign global, default tag attributes using the this.tag object in the Application.cfc ColdFusion component. I've never actually used this before; and, I've seen the technique mentioned both with and without the cf-prefix. As such, I wasn't sure what the official approach was; and, I wanted to try it out for myself in Lucee CFML It seems that both syntax approaches work.

Blog - Adam Cameron - CFML: pseudo-constructor polymorphic inheritance expectations management
It would seem the pseudo-constructor code of a base-class is not aware it's being called from a sub-class

Blog - Wil de Bruin - Closures vs lambda expressions
Yes, if you ever read my twitter profile, I am a bit old fashioned. I started writing CFML when it was still called DBML loooooong ago. Javascript was still simple, and javascript frameworks were eh… nonexisting? So don’t expect me to explain you everything about closures and lambda expressions. But they are not the same in CFML (ColdFusion, specifically), that’s what I found out today. The hard way.


Several positions available on
Listing over 76 ColdFusion positions from 48 companies across 49 locations in 5 Countries since Dec 1st.

33 new jobs this week - several same post with multiple cities
Check out the website for all of the listings

ForgeBox Module of the Week

Quick and qb Cheatsheets

Not a module, but a handy cheatsheet for interacting with two of our previous modules of the week!

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Thunder Client

Thunder Client is a GUI based Rest API Client Extension for Visual Studio Code, hand-crafted with simple and clean design.

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