Modernize or Die® - CFML News for September 17th, 2019

Gavin and Brad host this weeks episode. We discuss Brad's latest release for CommandBox, 4.8.0 which was cut minutes before the show. We talk about the new stable and RC releases for Lucee. Adobe's new forums are now live, we tell you how to find ColdFusion on there, and discuss Charlie Arehart's update on the missing forum content. Speaking of Charlie Arehart, we talk about the latest episode of the Modernize or Die Podcast SoapBox edition where Gavin interviewed Charlie. We talked about Brad's Webinar from last Friday the 13th and how you can watch the recording. Only 2 weeks away from Adobe CF Summit, and the early bird is still going, don't miss your chance to enjoy CF in Las Vegas in October, get your tickets before they remember to up the prices. The CF Summit call for speakers is now closed and speakers and sessions for CF Summit have been announced. In addition to the ColdFusion Specialist Certificate Program workshop prior to the conference, there are now 3 more workshops. We also discuss the CF Summit Ortus Trainings for after the Conference and how to register for them... including a new Discount Code for all of our trainings. We talk about Ortus Solutions' Bootcamp training in India with Luis Majano ( which is now sold out ) and mention how CF Camp is coming up fast, tickets are now available, and Brad and Eric announce the workshops they'll be leading at CF Camp as well as discussing the other workshop offerings CF Camp has. We spotlight a lot of great blog posts, too many to list, so listen to the show. We show off our ForgeBox module of the Week, this week, the Cors module, which takes most of the pain out of CORS when building APIs. Our VS Code Hint Tip and Trick of the week is Coding Tracker, a way to track your time on projects right inside VS Code. We finish the podcast by thanking our Patreon supporters. For the show notes - visit the website Music from this podcast used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom and BlueTreeAudio

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  • Gavin Pickin - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions
  • Brad Wood - Lead Architect for Ortus Solutions

News and Events

Hot off the Press - CommandBox 4.8.0 is released

Brad was literally released 4.8.0 right before starting the podcast, it’s so hot the blog post hasn’t even cooled yet.
We're proud to announce the immediate release of CommandBox 4.8.0 which is a minor release, containing a handful of bug fixes, new features, and improvements.

New Stable Release of Lucee and Release Candidate (RC)

The new stable Lucee release has been added to ForgeBox and is now ready for any CommandBox or Docker users to start using in their servers.
The new release candidate of Lucee ( has also been added to ForgeBox to encourage people to test it. Since it's not a stable release, you'll only get it if you ask for it explicitly:
> server start cfengine=lucee@
A notable security change in the new Lucee release candidate is you can no longer set the initial admin pass from the web. An easy workaround for CommandBox local dev is to couple CFConfig w/ an env var called
List of all the fixes in

Ortus Solutions released a new Website

Its out of this world - literally has a spaceman on it.

New Adobe Forums Released

Brand new, looks like a big improvement. If you’re looking for ColdFusion from the homepage, click Print and Publishing to find it.

Related Tweet
Tweet - Kai Koenig - Discussing Adobe not including ColdFusion in their Web Development category for their Forums.
In fact, one might argue the fact that Adobe categories their *web development* platform #ColdFusion as "Print & Publishing" and not as "Web & Design" is a really good indicator for the state of Adobe ColdFusion.
If you're doing #cfml, I'd strongly recommend you use #lucee.

Charlie Arehart has updated on the Lost Content from Adobe Forums

Update 1: well, the cutover didn’t happen until Sep 12, after all. The new forums are at In there, content created or edited in the forums between Aug 22 and mid-day Sep 9 is indeed missing.
Update 2: but here’s some good news is that I learned after writing this that the CF team had indeed been synching the forums with the portal, so you will find that the portal (this site, where you’re reading this) DOES have copies of the forum threads, even up to mid-today.

#ModernizeorDie ® - SoapBox Ep 7 - @carehart - Zero to 60 with Adobe CF Docker Images released

In this episode Gavin talks with Charlie Arehart, a long-time ColdFusion community contributor, first about his history with ColdFusion and then about his upcoming session and pre conference workshop at CF Summit, as well as his session at CF Camp. Charlie's CF Summit sessions will be about helping people go `Zero to 60 with Adobe CF Docker Images` - where he hopes to help people new to Docker to become familiar with it, especially using Adobe’s CF and other docker images.
Watch the full version on YouTube
Listen on

Webinar - CommandBox Service Manager

Brad Wood, lead programmer of CommandBox and CommandBox Service Manager, guided you throughout all functionalities and possible applications of the Service Manager Module.
View Recording from September 13th -

Adobe CF Summit early bird

Still available as of September 17th. Get them before they go up.

Early bird prices
Certificate Program + Conference Pass $498.00
ColdFusion Security Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00
Conference Pass $99.00
ColdFusion Docker Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00
ColdFusion PMT Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00

Adobe CF Summit Speakers Announced - 31 so far

Adobe CF Summit - Conference

  • Las Vegas at the Mirage October 1-2 ( Tuesday + Wednesday )
  • Biggest CFML Conference of the Year - 500+ people
  • Great Adobe Party
  • Register Now - Early bird was only $99
  • Early-bird registration has been extended to June 30, 2019
  • Call for Speakers is now closed!!!
  • Speakers are listed on the website 
    • Lots of Ortus Speakers
      • Luis Majano
      • Brad Wood
      • Eric Peterson
      • Gavin Pickin
    • Adobe Speakers 5+
      • Rakshith Naresh
      • Uday Ogra
      • Kailash Bihani
      • Piyush Kumar Nayak
      • Suchika Singh
    • Lots of other great community speakers 15+
      Including but not limited to:
      • Pete Frietag
      • George Murphy
      • Brian Klaas
      • Matt Clemente
      • Giancarlo Gomez
      • Matt Gifford
      • Carl Von Stetten
      • Daniel Fredericks
      • Uma Ghotikar
      • Abram Adams
      • Dan Wilson
      • David Tattersal ( Fusion Reactor )
      • Charlie Arehart
      • Dave Ferguson

Adobe CF Summit - Workshops - Adobe ColdFusion Specialist Certificate Program

From Elishia
People should know that for the Specialist Certificate they will be asked to review about 20 hours of video content in the month of September before the classroom session on September 30th. The in-person workshop will be a review of material and include an exam at the end. Space is limited in all of these, so they should sign up soon.

From the CF Summit Website:
The Adobe ColdFusion Specialist is a full-day certificate classroom program, delivered by top Adobe ColdFusion experts. You will be enrolled into the course as soon as you register and will receive course instructions and prep materials two weeks prior to the on-site program date. Following the training you will complete an online assessment – upon successful completion, you will receive your Adobe ColdFusion Specialist certificate.

Related Tweet
Tweet - Grae Desmond - ColdFusion Specialist Cert
Work springed for me to get the #ColdFusion Specialist cert.  Who am i to say no.  Just got the training materials so time to see if there's anything I missed in last decade or so. sure there is.  First video, all samples shown are in script. #webdev #CFML

Blog post for more information:

The Mirage, Las Vegas
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Monday September 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: $399.00 - early bird pricing

Pre-conference Training 1: Hands-on ColdFusion Security Workshop
Trainer : Pete Freitag, Principal Consultant, Foundeo Inc.
Pre-conference Training 2: Going from Zero to 60 with Docker and ColdFusion images
Trainer: Charlie Arehart, Independent Consultant, Carehart
Pre-conference Training 3: Performance Monitoring Toolset
Trainer: Adobe ColdFusion Team

Ortus Solutions Training Workshops at CF Summit after the Conference

Ortus will be doing 2  2-day trainings on Thursday October 3rd, and Friday October the 4th.
We have two great workshops to select from and they will be held in a much more exclusive and comfortable environment that will allow us to bring you a better learning experience at Executive Hospitality Suite from ARIA Tower Suites . Register as soon as possible as space is very limited!

ColdBox From Zero to Hero
Lead by Gavin Pickin & Eric Peterson

ColdBox From Hero to SuperHero : API Edition
Lead by Luis Majano and Brad Wood

Dates: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)
ARIA Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd

More information and a link to register here:

ColdBox From Zero to Hero - Bootcamp Training - SOLD OUT

Bangalore, India | October 16-17, 2019 - by Luis Majano
Very popular ColdBox training, a great way to get your feet wet and jump start your ColdBox development.

Project Overview:
We will be building a real twitter clone: SoapBox.  We will use HMVC conventions, including BDD / TDD testing to build out the application including the usage of many different ForgeBox modules and industry standards.

Price: $199 for 2 days
Group discounted pricing available for $99
Register now:

CF Camp - Conference

October 17th and 18th in Munich, Freising, Germany.
Read more now: - Tickets NOW AVAILABLE.
Early bird - July 15, 2019 - 280 EUR - $313.27
Regular - Sep 11 - Oct 15, 2018 - 330 EUR - $369.17
Late - Oct 16 - Nov 8, 2018 - 380 EUR - $425.10

3rd Episode of Code Masters
Don't miss the third episode of CODE MASTERS from your hosts @markdrew and @robdudley
They recorded a video from CFCamp last year as part of the podcast. Watch the Youtube video here

You can see the great lineup of speakers and sessions from last year on the site now. They will update as the speakers and sessions for this year is finalized.

Call for Speaker Deadline was July 7th - Now closed
Speakers have been announced

On Twitter Kai said “I can honestly say this is the best & most diverse programme, @cf_camp  ever had!“

  • Ortus Speakers
    • Eric Peterson
    • Jorge Reyes
    • Brad Wood
  • Lots of Great Community Speakers
    • Charlie Arehart
    • Eleftheria Batsou
    • Miguel Beltran
    • Wil de Bruin
    • Jen Doherty
    • Mark Drew
    • Rob Dudley
    • Seb Duggan
    • Nolan Erck
    • Uma Ghotikar
    • Matt Gifford
    • Majid Hajian
    • Michael Hnat
    • Kenigbolo Meya Stephen
    • Kai König
    • Francisco Mancardi
    • Lara Martín
    • Joel Stobart
    • Maciej Treder
    • Dom Watson
    • Sebastian Zartner
Sessions have been announced

CF CAMP Pre Conference Training Options Announced

Before CFCamp we're offering some interesting training sessions and presentations. The training sessions are held at the CFCamp venue at the Marriott Hotel Munich Airport in Freising.
We're currently putting together a very interesting set of training for you. Please stay tuned.

ColdBox Hero to Superhero (Oct, 15-16th)
BDD with TESTBOX (Oct, 15-16th)
PresideCon (Oct, 16th)
Centralize your logs with the Elastic Stack (Oct, 16th)
Get into Linux (Oct, 16th)

Ortus Training at CF Camp

Ortus will be doing a 2 day workshop on the 15th and 16th of October.

Eric Peterson will be leading - Rest easy at night with TestBox BDD
Brad Wood will be leading the - Hero to Superhero - API REST Edition - name to be confirmed.

Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - [FRS-465] Performance issue with Redis session management on Adobe ColdFusion servers with FusionReactor or Adobe Performance Monitoring Toolset (PMT)
We recently had a performance issue in FusionReactor where a user saw high CPU when running FusionReactor reported into our technical support team. Upon investigating the issue, we found this was due to both FusionReactor and the Adobe PMT tracking sessions by making a large number of calls to the Redis database.
We are currently working on the ticket resolve this issue in FusionReactor.

Blog - Evagoras Charalambous - Adding custom user metrics to NewRelic using their Java Agent API
Yesterday I talked about how I was able to customise the capture of custom metric data in AppDynamics. Part of that project involved installing and setting up NewRelic as well, for comparing the two enterprise products. Similar to AppDynamics, I needed to figure out how to implement the same kind of logging of custom metrics and implement them in a ColdFusion application. Using their Java Agent API library makes this very easy.

Blog - Evagoras Charalambous - Adding custom user metrics to AppDynamics in ColdFusion using Java
I recently helped set up AppDynamics for a client who needed to track and log their application requests on an Enterprise scale. Although AppDynamics captures a ton of information for every request that I could then use to create Snapshot dashboards of tables and charts, the client wanted to personalise things a little more by being able to add custom metrics to each request and have that available for the dashboards through their query language. For example, they wanted to add anonymous user data to each request like transaction amounts and guest counts that would help drive and display marketing campaigns and charts. Since AppDynamics comes in Java, it was fairly easy to hook into the class implementations and expose this functionality in ColdFusion.

Blog - Gregory Alexander - Introducing Galaxie Blog 1.35 with a new Parallax Scene
Galaxie Blog is a Next Generation Blog Platform
Galaxie Blog is the most beautiful and functional open sourced ColdFusion blog in the world.

Blog - John Whish (aliaspooryorik) - Regular Expression Anchors with multiple lines
In CFML, you can use anchors to match the start and /or end of the string you are testing against. To match the start of the string you’d use ^ and to match the end of the string you’d use $.

Tweet - Gavin Pickin - Modernize Or Die® - SoapBox Episode 7 released
New #ModernizeorDie ® - SoapBox Ep 7 - @carehart - Zero to 60 with Adobe CF Docker Images Watch the full version on YouTube or listen on #cfml #coldfusion @coldfusion #docker #cfsummit @ortussolutions

Tweet - Grae Desmond
Got around to the comments video in the #ColdFusion Specialist course and lo and behold it's @southofshasta doing the tutorial.  If its learning and involving #CFML....he's everywhere...everywhere  <insert creepy laugh>.  #webdev

Blog - Ben Nadel - Using An Immediately Invoked Function Expression (IIFE) And CachedWithin To Easily Cache Steps In A Procedural Script In Lucee
As I've demonstrated before, the cachedWithin function memoization feature can be applied to Closures in Lucee I've also demonstrated that Immediately Invoked Function Expressions (IIFE) work In Lucee. These two features can be combined to easily cache steps in a procedural script without too much additional ceremony. And, while I probably wouldn't use this technique in a production application, this can be quite handy for small, one-off utility scripts that I write in my local development environment.

Tweet - Michael Born
Hey, anyone interested in a live coding stream tonight at 7 EDT? I'm gonna build a few CRUD screens with ColdBox and Quick for practice.
#cfml #webdev

Blog - Gregory Alexander - Google Lighthouse Metrics for Galaxie Blog Version 1.35
I am finally done chasing a nearly perfect Google lighthouse score and have released Galaxie Blog version 1.35. I have a perfect score for 3 out of 4 categories, and the performance score generally falls between 70 and 90. Performance: 90%1 Accessibility: 100% Best Practices: 100%2 and SEO (Search Engine Optimization): 100%

Podcast - TeraTech - State of the CF Union 2019 Survey, with Brad Wood (in-depth analysis)
The final results for the 2019 State of the CF Union survey are out. Thanks to all the CFers who filled it out this year. Discover what most developers use for tools, languages, database and development methods.
Before we begin with the results, we’d like to thank everyone who participated and responded to this year’s survey. And a special thanks to Brad Wood who helped me edit the survey questions and reviewed the results with me.

Tweet - Sean N. Henderson - CFML Tip about ReplaceList
Today's #cfml #tip - ReplaceList is case sensitive. There is no corresponding  ReplaceListNoCase function in #lucee and is only present in CF ver CF2016 and later.

Tweet - Kai Koenig - Discussing Adobe not including ColdFusion in their Web Development category for their Forums.
In fact, one might argue the fact that Adobe categories their *web development* platform #ColdFusion as "Print & Publishing" and not as "Web & Design" is a really good indicator for the state of Adobe ColdFusion.
If you're doing #cfml, I'd strongly recommend you use #lucee.

Blog - Pete Frietag - ColdFusion Function Arguments now support Integer
As you may know when you create a function argument that accepts an integer in CFML you can use the type numeric which is good, but possibly not as specific as you would like.
It turns out in CF2016 and CF2018 you can now specify integer as the type!

Tweet - Brad Wood - Tip when reporting a Lucee Regression for Higher Priority
Quick tip: when reporting a Lucee regression make sure to specifically tag it as a "regression" in the ticket which will give it a higher priority than "bug" which has always existed.  #CFML #ColdFusion

Tweet - Grae Desmond - ColdFusion Specialist Cert
Work springed for me to get the #ColdFusion Specialist cert.  Who am i to say no.  Just got the training materials so time to see if there's anything I missed in last decade or so. sure there is.  First video, all samples shown are in script. #webdev #CFML

Blog - Michael Born - Getting Started In CFML: A Resource List for Newbies
If you are going to learn CFML in 2019, you need the best resources available. In this post I'll share tutorials, video channels, and even podcasts you can use to help you begin learning CFML.
I will do my best to keep this list up to date - feel free to comment or message me with links or updates.


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Tweet - The Fat Panther looking for a contract
OK @coldfusion  folks in Sacramento (and globally if open to remote), who is hiring for full time career positions for someone w/ 20+ years of experience in CF, JS, UX & kick ass business analyst skills? My contract runs out in December. Let's make some magic together.

ForgeBox Module of the Week


Module by Eric Peterson

Add CORS headers to your app in one module
This module detects CORS requests, validates them against the configured origins, and handles preflight requests.

box install cors

Last Update: Sep 10 2019 04:52 PM | Downloads: 0 | Installs: 2871 | Views: 1289 | Versions: 12

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Coding Tracker - hangxingliu.vscode-coding-tracker

Liu Yue  - 5217 downloads - 5 stars (9)
A VSCode extension that track your coding activities and generate report about your coding.
You can know how much time you spent on each projects/files/computers/languages/branches and total by this extension.

Tweet from James Moberg about this extension
I wanted to track my #ColdFusion dev time using @code. @WakaTime requires paid subscription, uses Google Analytics & can be sluggish at times.
I've switched to CodingTracker & am using #cfml to generate exports, filtertable reports & interactive graphs.

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