Modernize or Die® - CFML News for November 2nd, 2021 - Episode 124

Gavin hosts this weeks episode. They discussed Online CF Meetup's next meetup with Charlie Arehart discussing Migrating to CF2021 and last meetup, Brad talking about LaunchDarkly. They also discussed Adobe's upcoming workshop, Ortus's upcoming webinar, and updates to CFML Spreadsheet and CBLive. They discuss the latest CFCasts content, and some upcoming conferences including Into the Box LATAM and Adobe CFSummit 2021 in Dec which is virtual 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 - ColdBox ReCAPTCHA Google v3.0 Module by Javier Quintero for Ortus Solutions - This module contains helpers for using Google's ReCAPTCHA API. This week's VS Code Tip of the week is the SQLTools by Matheus Teixeira - Database management done right. Connection explorer, query runner, intellisense, bookmarks, query history. Feel like a database hero! They thanked all their Patreons - they reached the goal of 100% support of the podcast and we're on the way to the next set of goals. They talked a little information about perks for their Patreon supporters, and a new option, Annual Memberships with a discount. For the show notes - visit the website Music from this podcast used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom and BlueTreeAudio

2021-11-02 Weekly News - Episode 124

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News and Events

CFML Spreadsheet 3.1 released

Spreadsheet CFML v3.1.0 just released. Supports the latest POI 5.1.0 out today, plus minor fixes/updates.

Adobe 1 Day Workshop - Adobe ColdFusion Workshop with Damien Bruyndonckx

Wed, November 10, 2021
09:00 - 17:00 CEST EUROPEAN
Join the Adobe ColdFusion Workshop to learn how you and your agency can leverage ColdFusion to create amazing web content. This one-day training will cover all facets of Adobe ColdFusion that developers need to build applications that can run across multiple cloud providers or on-premise.

Online CF Meetup - "Migrating apps to ColdFusion 2021 from earlier versions", with Charlie Arehart
Thursday, November 4, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PDT
While CF2021 has been out now for a year (released in Nov 2020), many orgs may only now be considering moving to it, whether from CF2018 or perhaps CF2016, CF11, CF10, or even earlier. How have the versions changed, in ways that some older code may not run on CF2021? And if you're skipping some CF version/s, what might have tripped you up in those, though not really "new" in CF2021 itself? And what can you do to mitigate such challenges?
In this session, CF troubleshooter Charlie Arehart will share from his experience helping folks make such migrations the past year (and for years with previous CF versions), whether in his role as an independent consultant or providing assistance to the CF community. He'll cover things you can consider in advance of the migration as well as things that might help during or after the migration. Most importantly, this talk will focus on the differences between CF2021 and various earlier CF versions. (Note that he has previously given a talk on migrating CF admin settings, and he plans a future talk on some other aspects of migration.)

ICYMI - Online CF Meetup - Using LaunchDarkly for feature flag management in CF applications, w/ Brad Wood
Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PDT
Feature flags are a system of enabling certain functionality in your app based on test groups, cross-cutting segments of users, and your internal release processes. Feature flags can be updated on the fly at any time by any user and don't require deploying new code to your servers. LaunchDarkly is a system that helps you manage your feature flags and how they respond to the users of your site. It offers detailed tracking of each user, each flag, and a robust set of rules for determining which users see which features. In this session, we'll see an overview of how to use the new LaunchDarkly SDK which can be used in ColdFusion applications. Demos will include both ColdBox apps and non-ColdBox legacy apps.

Ortus Webinar for November - Javier Quintero on ForgeBox Business
Details coming soon

CBWire is ALIVE!!!
Grant Copley is knocking out some great new features and documentation on CBWire, follow him or the #cbwire hashtag to keep up on everything. This session at ITB was great if you want to learn more about CBWire.
A couple of links from his tweets.

CFCasts Content Updates

Just Released
  • Up and Running with Quick
    • Step 11 Exercise
    • Step 12 Exercise
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Conferences and Training

Microsoft Ignite - THIS WEEK

November 2–4, 2021
Opportunity awaits, with dedicated content spotlighting Microsoft Business Applications and Microsoft Security.

Deploy by Digital Ocean

November 16-17, 2021

AWS re:Invent

NOV. 29 – DEC. 3, 2021 | LAS VEGAS, NV
Virtual: Free
In Person: $1799

Postgres Build

Online - Free
Nov 30-Dev 1 2021

ITB Latam 2021

December 2-3, 2021
Into the Box LATAM is back and better than ever! Our virtual conference will include speakers from El Salvador and all over the world, who'll present on the latest web and mobile technologies in Latin America.
Registration is completely free so don't miss out!

Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2021

December 7th and 8th - Virtual
Speakers are finalized and some Speakers and some session descriptions are now on the site
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Tweet from Mark Takata -
OK! I can finally let you all know that for the @Adobe @coldfusion #CFSummit2021 keynote we will be featuring @ashleymcnamara! Her talk will focus on the history & future of DevRel how we got here & where we're going. to register!
#CFML #DevRel #conference

Now a free virtual event
December 9th starting at 8:30 am CDT/2:30 pm UTC.

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Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Charlie Arehart - FusionReactor 8.7.4 released, now tracks JDBC time and more on request list pages
FusionReactor version 8.7.4 was released recently (Oct 28. 2021), and while the release notes list several improvement (and a few bug fixes), I want to highlight in particular a couple of new features.
TLDR; The first improvement is one I've been looking forward to for years: the display (on request list pages) of JDBC time spent and time spent calling out to remote services. This will really speed up assessment of the reason of slowness in listed requests. More on that feature (including a screenshot) and still another, below.

Blog - Julian Halliwell - Lucee Spreadsheet is now Spreadsheet CFML
The Lucee Spreadsheet library was born of my frustration 7 years ago at the difficulty of getting spreadsheet functionality to work in Railo and then Lucee.
Not long after its release, I started getting requests to support Adobe ColdFusion (ACF). This seemed a bit odd at first. ACF already had built-in spreadsheet functionality so why would you need a third-party tool?
The main reason is cross-platform compatibility: allowing for a code base (such as Preside CMS) to run on either CFML engine.

Blog - Ben Nadel - The Value Class java.time.LocalDateTime Cannot Be Converted To A Date In ColdFusion
Yesterday, I went to debug an issue with the latest Adobe ColdFusion 2018 Updater. So, I first updated my CommandBox Docker Image (in an effort to reproduce the issue in my local development environment). This sent me down a 4-hour rabbit hole just trying to getting my ColdFusion site up-and-running before I could even debug the originally issue. One of the problems that I ran up against was an incompatibility with Adobe ColdFusion and the latest MySQL Connector/J, version 8.0.23+.

Blog - Ben Nadel - From ColdFusion 10 To ColdFusion 2018 - Preparing For Some Blog Love
This blog is hella old. It started back in 2006 on Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7. At some point, it was updated to ColdFusion 10, where it remained for the better part of a decade. Recently, I updated it to Adobe ColdFusion 2018. But, the underlying code is still hella old and in much need of some love and tenderness. I'd like to put some time into modernizing the internals. But, before I do that, I need to get a sense of what "modernization" even means when moving from ColdFusion 10 to ColdFusion 2018. This post is really a note to self that refreshes my brain as to what functionality is now available to me in the current Adobe ColdFusion 2018 install.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Managing Shared Secret Token Rotation Across Systems In Lucee CFML
When two systems interact, a shared secret is often included with inter-system communication in order to make sure that the given calls are both authorized and have not been tampered with. For various reasons, those shared secrets need to be rotated over time. And, since multiple systems - that need to agree on which secrets are valid - cannot be deployed at the exact same moment, we need to have a token rotation strategy that allows for different systems to rotate tokens at different times. Since I've recently had to deal with this type of token rotation in my ColdFusion applications, I thought it would be good to codify my thoughts in a small demo in Lucee CFML

Blog - Ben Nadel - Securing ColdFusion Scheduled Tasks In A Docker Container Using Lucee CFML
As I mentioned in my previous post on managing shared secret token rotation across systems, I've been cleaning up some really old code, moving hard-coded passwords into environment variables. One place in which we had a hard-coded password was in our ColdFusion Scheduled Task ingress. As I was updating this code, it occurred to me that the Docker-based reality in which many of us now live has implications on the way in which we can secure our ColdFusion scheduled tasks. As such, I wanted to put together a small demo exploring the various ways in which we can secure a ColdFusion scheduled task running in a Dockerized container using Lucee CFML

Tweet - Steven Erat - Mind Blown this Week!
Mind blown this week. Watching #AdobeMax highlight projects I work on at Adobe Stock while following commentary from (#ColdFusion's) @benforta, dovetailing into #CFML podcast by @gpickin & @bdw429s, finally realizing #Selenium4 has been released this week.


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ForgeBox Module of the Week

ColdBox ReCAPTCHA Google v3.0 Module

By Javier Quintero for Ortus Solutions

This module contains helpers for using Google's ReCAPTCHA API.

reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your site from spam and abuse. It uses advanced risk analysis techniques to tell humans and bots apart.

reCAPTCHA v3 returns a score for each request without user friction. The score is based on interactions with your site and enables you to take an appropriate action for your site. Register reCAPTCHA v3 keys here:

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