Modernize or Die® - CFML News Podcast for July 25th, 2023 - Episode 200

2023-07-25 Weekly News - Episode 200

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  • Luis Majano - CEO of Ortus Solutions
  • Gavin Pickin - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions
  • Brad Wood - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions
  • Eric Peterson - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions
  • Daniel Garcia - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions And others

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News and Announcements

Adobe updates back to back to back Updates for vulnerabilities

ColdFusion (2023 release) Update 1, 2, and 3
ColdFusion (2021 release) Update 7, 8 and 9
ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 17, 18 and 19

In these updates, we’ve fixed a few security bugs mentioned in the security bulletin, APSB23-40., APSB23-41, and  APSB23-47.

All updates have been made to CommandBox images on ForgeBox.

New Releases and Updates

Lucee Stable Release
The Lucee team is proud to release our latest Stable Release. This release focusses on bug fixes and making Lucee more secure by default, the big change here is that XML XXE mitigations are now on by default. This release also solves a native QoQ bug.

Lucee Stable Release notes:

Lucee ZERO, a lighter Lucee Light (Lamba Friendly)

Lucee Zero is a new smaller Lucee distribution without the admin or docs bundled.

This reduces the jar size by about 2mb and avoids expanding them on install, which makes Lucee initial startup a lot faster, as there is less to deploy.

Why an additional distribution?

Firstly backwards compat with existing build pipelines, as you can’t build a full install by adding just extensions, the admin simply isn’t there with Lucee Zero.

Secondly Lambas have some size limitations, you only have 50MB, when Lucee deploys, the .lco is extracted into lucee-server/patches and then the lucee-admin.lar and lucee-doc.lar are exracted out into lucee-server/context/context, plus inside the original lucee-zero.jar.

So this new distribution saves roughly 6MB of disk space, as there ends up being three copies of these two .lar archives on the filesystem once deployed.

When I run the local build for extensions, it’s about 6-7s faster (Lucee does deploy slower on windows than linux, so YMMV)

Webinar / Meetups and Workshops

ICYMI - Hawaii ColdFusion Meetup Group - Intro to ColdFusion 2023
June 23rd, 2023
Adobe ColdFusion 2023 is released today! Packed with cutting-edge features and enhanced performance, this release takes ColdFusion to new heights of innovation. Come see what's new in ColdFusion 2023 with Mark Takata of Adobe.

Hawaii ColdFusion Meetup Group - CF Scheduled Tasks: more than you may know, and should
Speaker: Charlie Arehart

Friday July 28th, 2023 at 3pm PT

If folks were asked to discuss CF scheduled tasks, I suspect most would feel "there's not much 'to say", but there really is a lot more to working with them simply "setting a given url to run on a given schedule" (did you know it could be a CFC, for instance?).

There are both more features than most realize, as well as solutions to common problems people can face when running them, and a lot of myths regarding old limitations that have since been lifted. In this talk, veteran CF troubleshooter Charlie Arehart will address all these and more, starting with a focus on tools and techniques for solving common problems with them, then showing several ways to create them (yes, even more than just cfschedule and the CF Admin UI).

He'll then review several features of using tasks that you may have missed—to include distinguishing which few are NOT available in CF Standard.

He'll also discuss briefly the underlying quartz open source framework that powers them (and offers still more extensibility), as well as the underlying neo-cron.xml file and tips for protecting that, and he'll even identify ways to control/allow access to managing tasks that may surprise many. He'll conclude with alternatives when the base features don't suit you.

Adobe Upcoming Events

Webinar- Road to Fortuna Series: New Administrator Features in Adobe ColdFusion 2023
10:00 AM PDT
Online Event

Adobe ColdFusion Workshop
9:00 AM EDT
Online Event

Webinar - Road to Fortuna Series: Exploring the New Google Cloud Platform Features
10:00 AM PDT
Online Event

CFCasts Content Updates

Recent Releases
Coming Soon
  • More ForgeBox and VS Code Podcast snippet videos
  • ColdBox Elixir from Eric
  • Getting Started with Inertia.js from Eric

Conferences and Training

THAT Conference
Howdy. We’re a full-stack, tech-obsessed community of fun, code-loving humans who share and learn together.
We geek-out in Texas and Wisconsin once a year but we host digital events all the time.

A four-day summer camp for developers passionate about learning all things mobile, web, cloud, and technology.

Our very own Daniel Garcia is speaking there

Adobe CF Summit West
Las Vegas 2-4th of October.
Get your early bird passes now.
Session passes @ $199
Professional passes @ $299.
First round of speakers has been announced - with some great sessions

STUDENTS can get a free pass if they are enrolled at tertiary level educational institutions

Ortus CF Summit Training - ColdBox Zero to Hero
Date: October 4th - 5th, 2023 | Right after Adobe CFSummit, 2023
Speakers: Luis Majano & Gavin Pickin
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Regus - Las Vegas - 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway Paradise #Suite 500 Las Vegas, NV 89169 United States
Ticket Price
  • Less than 2 miles from the Mirage - 30 mins walk
  • Next to Marriot hotel - 2 min walk
  • 1 mile to Top Golf - 20 min walk
  • 5 min walk to Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
  • 5 min walk to starbucks
  • 5 min walk to Lo-los chicken and waffles

Into the Box LATAM
November 30th - more details to follow
University of Business in El Salvador.

ITB 2024
  • Locations: Washington, DC or BOSTON
  • Dates: May 15-17, 2024

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

7/19/23 - Blog - Ben Nadel - Spread Operator Cannot Replace Struct-Based argumentCollection In ColdFusion
I've been slow to adopt the Rest and Spread operators in ColdFusion because they aren't supported in the version of Lucee CFML that I use at work. But, they are supported in my personal use of Adobe ColdFusion. As such, I wanted to start thinking about ways in which to leverage these operators. One such case is constructing a dynamic collection of arguments and then invoking a method with argumentCollection. I thought that perhaps I could use the spread operator instead. This works when the arguments are array-based; but, it does not work when the arguments are struct-based.

7/19/23 Security Patch - Adobe ColdFusion Portal - RELEASED- ColdFusion 2023, 2021 and 2018 July 19th, 2023 Security Updates
We are pleased to announce that we have released the updates for the following ColdFusion versions:

ColdFusion (2023 release) Update 3
ColdFusion (2021 release) Update 9
ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 19
In these updates, we’ve fixed a few critical security bugs mentioned in the security bulletin, APSB23-47.

7/17/23 - Blog - Ben Nadel - Adobe ColdFusion Elvis Operator Struggles With Nested Array References
In Lucee CFML, the Elvis Operator (null coalescing operator) is quite powerful. In fact, it can often replace the Safe Navigation operator when access values on deeply-nested structures. In contrast, the Elvis Operator in Adobe ColdFusion is much more problematic. And, in fact, I just ran into another rough edge in the ACF implementation. It seems that the Elvis operator has trouble with nested array references.

7/16/23 - Blog - James Moberg - createIsoString() - A ColdFusion User-Defined Function (UDF) to replace dateTimeFormat("iso")

Since 1999's release of ColdFusion 4, a built-in dateConvert function has been available to convert local to UTC time and vice-versa. getTimeZoneInfo has also been available to retrieve only the local time zone based on system settings. This functions are beneficial, but I'm not sure why it's limited to only supporting local time.
Lucee's getTimeZoneInfo function added support for timezone and locale back in May 2016. This function is a lot more useful that Adobe's.

7/14/23 - Security Patch - Adobe ColdFusion Portal - RELEASED- ColdFusion 2023, 2021 and 2018 July 14th, 2023 Security Updates
We are pleased to announce that we have released the updates for the following ColdFusion versions:

ColdFusion (2023 release) Update 2
ColdFusion (2021 release) Update 8
ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 18
In these updates, we’ve fixed a few security bugs mentioned in the security bulletin, APSB23-41.

7/11/23 - Security Patch - Adobe ColdFusion Portal - ColdFusion 2023, 2021, and 2018 July 2023 Security Updates
We are pleased to announce that we have released the updates for the following ColdFusion versions:

ColdFusion (2023 release) Update 1
ColdFusion (2021 release) Update 7
ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 17
In these updates, we’ve fixed a few security bugs mentioned in the security bulletin, APSB23-40.

7/7/23 - Blog - Ben Nadel - Adobe ColdFusion Returns NULL Dates As NULL When Using CFQuery ReturnType "Array"
Historically in ColdFusion, when you return a NULL date from the database, the CFQuery tag translates that NULL date as [empty string]. This has always made it quite easy to manage dates in the application logic because all you need to do is pass the value into the isDate() decision function before you use it. In recent years, the CFQuery tag has added a returnType attribute that allows the database recordset to be returned as either an Array-of-Structs or a Column-based Struct (Lucee CFML only). Unfortunately, when returning the query as an Array, Adobe ColdFusion no longer translates NULL dates into empty-strings.


Several positions available on

Listing over 83 ColdFusion positions from 54 companies across 39 locations in 5 Countries.

7 new jobs listed this month

Full-Time - Front End and ColdFusion Developer at Virginia - United States
Posted: Jul 18

Full-Time - Senior Software Engineer - ColdFusion at Baner, Pune, Mahara.. - India
Posted: Jul 15

Full-Time - Sr. Tech Lead - ColdFusion at Baner, Pune, Maharashtra - India
Posted: Jul 15

Full-Time - ColdFusion Developer at Remote - United States
Posted: Jul 14

Full-Time - Remote Coldfusion Developer – 3 – 6 Month Contract at Nottin.. - United Kingdom
Posted: Jul 12

Full-Time - Java/ColdFusion Developer (Remote) at Reston, VA - United States
Posted: Jul 10

Full-Time - Lucee/ColdFusion Developer at United States - United States
Posted: Jul 07

Other Job Links
There is a jobs channel in the CFML slack team, and in the Box team slack now too

ForgeBox Module of the Week


by Eric Peterson

A protocol-based library for sending Notifications in ColdBox

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week


Extension for Visual Studio Code - Streamline API development and testing with the power of Postman, directly in your favorite IDE.

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