Modernize or Die® - CFML News Podcast for December 6th, 2022 - Episode 174

Gavin Pickin and Eric Peterson host this week's CFML News Podcast They discuss a new Gold Patreon Tomorrows Guide and their job offerings. News and Announcements - We discuss how we made it, as we were scraped and plagiarized ,Adobe ColdFusion Fortuna Alpha, and reminder that ColdBox Master Class is free until the end of 2022. Webinars / Meetups and Workshops - Software Craftsmanship Book Club & Foundeo's Security Training Conferences They updated everyone on CF Summit Online - where adobe will start streaming the CF Summit sessions as the speakers re-present them to stream and record. With 3 sessions this week, and more throughout Dec and Jan. They discussed upcoming conferences including ITB Latam with the update website with all the information, as well as VueJS Amsterdam, VueJS Live, Dev Nexus 2023 and ITB 2023... including dates and call for speakers!!! And if you missed it, CFCamp 2023 dates announced!!!. They discussed what's new and coming soon with CFCasts including ITB 2022 Videos for the 12 days of Xmas starting this 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 and on the web... including some from the community and Ortus hiring another USA Developer. They show off the ForgeBox module of the Week - Ortus PDF Tools by Ortus Solutions - The Ortus PDF Lucee Extension adds to any Lucee engine the missing PDF capabilities you were longing for and enhancing some PDF capabilities as well. This week's VS Code Tip of the week is - Vscode-pets - Pets for your VS Code - Puts a small, bored cat, an enthusiastic dog, a feisty snake, a rubber duck, or Clippy in your code editor to boost productivity. They talked a little information about perks for their Patreon supporters, including Annual Memberships with a discount... and now new perks like the BoxTeam Slack Channel and live streams. For the show notes - visit the website Music from this podcast is used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom and BlueTreeAudio
2022-12-06 Weekly News - Episode 174

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  • Gavin Pickin - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions
  • Eric Peterson - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions

Thanks to our Sponsor - Ortus Solutions

The makers of ColdBox, CommandBox, ForgeBox, TestBox and all your favorite box-es out there. 
A few ways  to say thanks back to Ortus Solutions:

Patreon Support ( stupendous  )

Goal 1 - We have 43 patreons providing 100% of the funding for our Modernize or Die Podcasts via our Patreon site:
Goal 2 - We are 39% of the way to fully fund the hosting of

Patreon Sponsored Job Announcement - Tomorrows Guides

Tomorrows Guides is a fast paced leader in the UK care sector, catering for care seekers across three areas: Care Homes, Nurseries and Home Care. We are often called the Trip Advisor of the care sector.
Current Roles - More in the job section

Senior Cf Developer – UK Only | Remote | Permanent | Circa £60k -

Automation Test Engineer – UK Only | Remote | Permanent | Crica £40k -

News and Announcements

We’ve Made It!

Scraped as “Update or Pass away®”

Adobe ColdFusion Fortuna Alpha

Signup for the pre-release - Special things happening which I can’t talk about

Advent of Code

CFML Slack Leaderboard: `1574707-be30db8f`
Box Team Leaderboard: `26416-a4842ce2`

ICYMI - ColdBox Master Class - Completely Free until the end of the Year!
Want to learn about modern web apps in ColdFusion (CFML)? We have our ColdBox Master Class for FREE until the end of the year!  A gift to the community, so we can all build amazing apps together! Watch all the videos!  Binge Coding Anyone? Enjoy!

New Releases and Updates

ICYMI - Lucee released 5.3.10
One of the most exciting features in 5.3.10+97, which should make everyone’s life easier when deploying Lucee servers, is improved, still experimental, native support for CFconfig.

Webinar / Meetups and Workshops

This Week - Ortus Software Craftsmanship Book Club - Patreon Only
Friday, December 9th at 2pm CDT - 2nd Friday of the Month
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship by Robert Martin (Uncle Bob)
Focus - Chapter 2 - Naming Conventions - 1 of the 2 hardest things in programming, along with cache invalidation and off by 1 errors ;)

We will meet monthly on Zoom, and we’ll use the Ortus Community Forum for Patreon to discuss the book.

We will also be rewriting the code from Java to CFML as we proceed through the book.
The final result will be here

You can get a copy of the book at one of the below links, or your favorite bookstore or

Zoom link will be posted in Patreon Slack Channel and Patreon Community Forum
Signup to Patreon to join live:

Ortus Event Calendar for Google

ColdFusion Security Training - Writing Secure CFML with Pete Freitag from Foundeo
When: Tuesday December 13, 2022 @ 11am-2pm & Wednesday December 14 @ 11am-2pm
(Eastern Standard Time, UTC -5) - 6 hours in total.

A hands-on CFML / ColdFusion Security Training class for developers. Learn how to identify and fix security vulnerabilities in your ColdFusion / CFML applications.
The class will be recorded, so if you cannot attend it fully online you will have access to a recording.

Where: Online / Web Conference
Who: Taught by Pete Freitag
Cost: $999/student $899/student (Early Bird Discount)

CFCasts Content Updates

Recent Releases

Coming Soon
  • More ForgeBox and VS Code Podcast snippet videos
  • Box-ifying a 3rd Party Library from Gavin
  • ColdBox Elixir from Eric
  • Getting Started with ContentBox from Daniel

Conferences and Training

CF Summit Online

All the webinars, all the speakers from Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2022 – brought right to your screen. All sessions will soon be streamed online, for your convenience. Stay tuned for more!

Raymond Camden
December 7 | 12:00 to 13:00 EST (1 hour)

Brian Reilly
December 9, 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00 EST (1 hour)

Brian Bockhold
December 12, 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00 EST (1 hour)

And many more in Dec and Jan…

Website for CF Summit Online

Into the Box Latam 2022 - TOMORROW
Dec 7th, 2022 - 8am - 5pm
2 tracks - 1 set of sessions, 1 set of deep dive workshop sessions
Pricing $9-$29 USD
Location: Hyatt Centric
Las Cascadas Shopping Center,
Merliot, La Libertad 99999
El Salvador

9-10 February 2023, Theater Amsterdam
World's Most Special and Largest Vue Conference
Call for Papers:
Blind Tickets:

Dev Nexus

April 4-6th in Atlanta
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

April 4th – 6th, 2023
Begin: 09:00  Your local time: 06:00
End: 18:00  Your local time: 15:00

VueJS Live
MAY 12 & 15, 2023



Get Early Bird Tickets: 
Watch 2021 Recordings:

Into the Box 2023 - 10th Edition
May 17-19, 2023
The conference will be held in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
This year we will continue the tradition of training and offering a pre-conference hands-on training day on May 17th and our live Mariachi Band Party! However, we are back to our Spring schedule and beautiful weather in The Woodlands! Also, this 2023 will mark our 10 year anniversary. So we might have two live bands and much more!!!
We are pleased to announce the call for speakers for the Into The Box Conference for 2023 is now officially open.

CFCamp is back
June, 22-23rd 2023
Marriott Hotel Munich Airport, Freising
Call for Speakers coming in the New year

More conferences

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

Blogs, Tweets, and Videos of the Week

12/6/22 - Blog - Grant Copley - CBWIRE Examples
Constructing reactive, modern CFML applications is a breeze with our module CBWIRE. To make sure users can take advantage of the features we've added to CBWIRE, I have created an examples repository that includes Getting Started, Forms, Template Directives, Advanced, and Alpine sections.

12/5/22 - Blog - Ben Nadel - I'm Beginning To Think That Much Of Programming Is Wildly Subjective
From what I've seen and heard, a large portion of the programming community - myself often included - feels that much of what goes into programming is objectively good or bad. We all seem to have hills that we're willing to die on because we believe that said hills are objectively the right choice. Vim vs an IDE; tabs vs spaces; functional vs object oriented; relational databases vs document stores; single-file components vs separation of concerns; single-letter variables vs intuitive variables; ORM vs SQL; Go vs ColdFusion; Angular vs React; single-quotes vs double-quotes; idiomatic vs pragmatic; monoliths vs microservices; REST vs GraphQL; the list goes on and on ad infinitum.

12/1/22 - Blog - Brad Wood - Improving Lucee's QoQ Support Again- now 200% faster
Two years ago, I published this post detailing how I had refactored the Query of Query support in Lucee to be much better and also much faster:
I removed the single-threaded HSQLDB callback for grouped/aggregate and distinct selects and tuned the performance.  QoQ's are a bit of a polarizing feature in CFML.  They've suffered in the past from poor support and poor performance which has caused a lot of people to avoid them.  There are certainly places where queryMap(), queryFilter(), and queryReduce() are the best approach, but there are also times where you simply can't beat the readability and conciseness of an ordered,  aggregated select.  I know developers who tell me they never use "reduce" higher order functions because they are too confusing, but I've never met a developer who didn't understand "GROUP BY department"!

11/29/22 - Blog - Charlie Arehart - ColdFusion Portal - Recordings of CF Summit Online sessions, finding them posted after each session
Interested in finding the recordings of the Online version of the 2022 CF Summit?
TLDR: recordings of the CF Summit Online are now being posted on the Adobe CF team Youtube channel, and
we can expect to see soon other places listing all the recordings for the event, as a single playlist.


Several positions available on
Listing over 34 ColdFusion positions from 23 companies across 21 locations in 5 Countries.
Since August 1st.

1 new jobs listed this week

Full-Time - Remote ColdFusion Developer at North Philadelphia, PA - United States
Dec 01

Patreon Sponsored Job Announcement - Tomorrows Guides

Tomorrows Guides is a fast paced leader in the UK care sector, catering for care seekers across three areas: Care Homes, Nurseries and Home Care. We are often called the Trip Advisor of the care sector.

Our Product team consists of over 20 individuals across the UK working remotely to expand and improve our offering with regular expansion in teams year on year. We work with both Coldfuson 2021 and Node.js/React in the Azure cloud, while also using both MSSQL and MongoDB databases. Currently we are looking for Senior Coldfusion developers and Automation Testers with training paths to node.js available as well.

We offer a wide variety of perks from our company wide £4k bonus scheme, and quarterly nights out with the whole company and the Product team to a 6% company pension contribution.

Current Roles in detail

All roles:

Senior Cf Developer – UK Only | Remote | Permanent | Circa £60k -
-  Minimum three years’ experience with ColdFusion
-  Database design, normalisation and ability to write/understand complex queries using MSSQL Server 2019
-  Familiarity with Git
-  Flexible skillset covering a wide range of development

Automation Test Engineer – UK Only | Remote | Permanent | Crica £40k -
-  Minimum three years experience with automated testing
-  Experience with automated testing tools such as selenium
-  Experience with API test tools such as Postman/Fiddler etc

Benefits of both roles:
-  £4,000 per annum discretionary company bonus scheme
-  25 days annual leave + bank holidays
-  6% employer pension contribution
-  Access to free perks and discounts through Perkbox
-  Long Service Awards
-  Cycle to Work Scheme
-  Company and Team nights out

Other Job Links

ForgeBox Module of the Week
Ortus PDF Tools
By Ortus Solutions

The Ortus PDF Lucee Extension adds to any Lucee engine the missing PDF capabilities you were longing for and enhancing some PDF capabilities as well. The extension contains several new CFML built-in tags and functions (coming soon) that will help you manipulate and work with PDF documents. You can read more about this extension here:

The following are the implemented tags that bring compatibility from Adobe ColdFusion to Lucee. You can see much more detailed information about these tags here:

cfpdfform -
cfpdfformparam -

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Pets for your VS Code
Puts a small, bored cat, an enthusiastic dog, a feisty snake, a rubber duck, or Clippy in your code editor to boost productivity.

Thank you to all of our Patreon Supporters

These individuals are personally supporting our open source initiatives to ensure the great toolings like CommandBox, ForgeBox, ColdBox,  ContentBox, TestBox and all the other boxes keep getting the continuous development they need, and funds the cloud infrastructure at our community relies on like ForgeBox for our Package Management with CommandBox.

You can support us on Patreon here

Don’t forget, we have Annual Memberships, pay for the year and save 10% - great for businesses.

  • Bronze Packages and up, now get a ForgeBox Pro and CFCasts subscriptions as a perk for their Patreon Subscription.
  • All Patreon supporters have a Profile badge on the Community Website
  • All Patreon supporters have their own Private Forum access on the Community Website
  • All Patreon supporters have their own Private Channel access BoxTeam Slack
  • Live Stream Access to streams like “Koding with the Kiwi + Friends” and Ortus Software Craftsmanship Book Club
  • John Wilson - Synaptrix
  • Tomorrows Guides
  • Jordan Clark
  • Gary Knight
  • Mario Rodrigues
  • Giancarlo Gomez
  • David Belanger
  • Dan Card
  • Jeffry McGee - Sunstar Media
  • Dean Maunder
  • Nolan Erck 
  • Wil De Bruin
  • Abdul Raheen
  • Don Bellamy
  • Joseph Lamoree
  • Jonathan Perret
  • Jan Jannek 
  • Laksma Tirtohadi
  • Brian Ghidinelli - Hagerty MotorsportReg
  • Carl Von Stetten
  • Jeremy Adams
  • Didier Lesnicki
  • Matthew Clemente
  • Scott Steinbeck - Agri Tracking Systems
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Ben Nadel 
  • Richard Herbet
  • Brett DeLine
  • Kai Koenig
  • Charlie Arehart
  • Jason Daiger
  • Shawn Oden
  • Ross Phillips
  • Matthew Darby
  • Edgardo Cabezas
  • Patrick Flynn
  • Stephany Monge  (Monghee)
  • Kevin Wright
  • John Whish
  • Peter Amiri
  • Cavan Vannice
  • John Nessim
  • Tia

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