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Modernize or Die® - CFML News for June 9th, 2020

Modernize or Die® - CFML News for June 9th, 2020

Update: 2020-06-09


2020-06-09 Weekly News - Episode 57

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News and Events

ColdFusion Meetup - "Low-Code for the ColdFusion Developer – What is it, and Why you should care" with G. Andrew Duthie

June 11 - 12pm EDT
We're happy to announce another session of the Online ColdFusion Meetup, "Low-Code for the ColdFusion Developer – What is it, and Why you should care" with G. Andrew Duthie, to be held Thursday June 11 at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5

Reminder: State of the CF Union 2020 Survey


Help us find out the state of the CF Union – what versions of CFML Engine do people use, what frameworks, tools etc. We will share the summary results with everyone who completes the survey so that you can see how you compare with other CF developers.
Most questions are multiple choice checkboxes that are fast to answer. Thanks for your time completing this survey!
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Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week Recordings and Slides Now Available

Thank you all for joining us last week for the Developer Week! We would like to thank our speakers for their time to share their knowledge with the community.
ColdFusion Developer Week saw over 2800 registrations representing more than 1700 accounts from around 74 countries. What was more awesome was that 90% of the registrants attended more than 2 sessions. Also the active participants would receive one CPE credit for each session. We are happy that the attendees have had earned more than 5000 CPE credits during the developer week.
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Into the Box 2020 - Workshops - Virtual Live training

Gavin's ColdBox Zero to Hero training on June 4,5  went great.

Luis Majano is leading ColdBox Hero to Superhero API Editon - June 18,19

2 x 6 hour days
9am-12pm Central
1 hour lunch
1pm-4pm Central

Tickets available: $899

Podcast Code: PODCAST10 - 10% off
There is a code for ITB attendees to save 15% - If you didn’t get the email - contact Ortus.

CF Summit West
October 28-29
Mirage Hotel

CF Camp

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Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Kishore - Adobe - ColdFusion Developer Week recordings now available
Thank you all for joining us last week for the Developer Week! We would like to thank our speakers for their time to share their knowledge with the community.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Showing The Affects Of Database Index Structure On Membership Table JOIN Performance In MySQL 5.6.37
At InVision, a couple of the engineers on my team are building a new feature that will entail a "membership" pattern of data organization. Meaning, there will be "containers"; and then, "items" within those "containers". Yesterday, we began to noodle on the index design of those database tables; and, while I discussed this type of relationship in my Not-So-Dark Art of Designing Database Indexes article, I did leave the low-level details a bit hand-wavy. As such, I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at how a "membership" style table can be indexed; and, what the EXPLAIN output of the table is along the way in MySQL 5.6.37.

Blog - Fusion Reactor - Object-Oriented Programming; what is Inheritance, Polymorphism, Abstraction & Encapsulation?
Object-oriented programming refers to the concept in high-level languages such as Java and Python that uses Objects and classes in their implementations. OOP has four major building blocks which are, Polymorphism, Encapsulation, Abstraction, and Inheritance.  There are other programming paradigms such as Procedural programming in which codes are written in sequentially. Python and Java are multi-paradigm high-level programming languages that means they support both OOP and procedural programming. A programmer decides on the paradigm to use based on his expertise and the problems his trying to solve. However, there is no controversy that OOP makes programming easier, faster, more dynamic, and secured. This is a major reason Java and Python are the top most popular programming languages in the world today

Blog - James Moberg - Convert Unicode Symbols & Punctuation to ASCII using ColdFusion/Java
symbolsToASCII is a ColdFusion UDF (user-defined function) to convert Unicode symbols and punctuation to ASCII7. I was previously using ConvertSpecialChars from CFLib, but it didn't include enough mapped characters.

Blog - Ben Nadel - deserializeJson() Silently Fails On High-Precision Numbers In Lucee CFML
Yesterday, Nicholas Mackey - from our Inspect team - stumbled upon an interesting behavior in which a JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) payload coming out of the Craft plug-in was including a Float value with something like 20-digits of precision. I have no idea how that value was being calculated on the Craft side; but, the interesting part of this is that when Lucee CFML went to deserialize this JSON payload, it silently failed on said high-precision value, leaving it as a String, not a Number.

Blog - Matthew Clemente - Fat Arrow Function Support in Lucee 5 and Adobe ColdFusion 2018
Arrow functions have been around in CFML since Lucee 5 and Adobe ColdFusion 2018 (Update 5), respectively. Despite this, I only recently began trying to get comfortable with the syntax. I was surprised to find that, while Lucee added fat arrow support much earlier, Adobe ColdFusion provides more complete support for the syntax.

Lucee Ticket - Add attribute directory to cfexecute
Currently cfexecute has no way of setting the working directory and a common hack to get some commands to work is to save a temporary shell/batch script that first changes the directory and then execute the command.
Adding an optional directory attribute will allow to set the working directory prior to executing the command.

Blog - Brian Klaas - Beyond the Basics of Using AWS S3 in CFML: Use Different Storage Classes to Save Money
S3 offers a ridiculous level of durability for the objects stored in the service. On top of 11 9’s of durability in physically distributed storage, Amazon has developed formal proof-of-correctness algorithms that map across all the systems with which S3 interacts to ensure that data is always correct when requested. They create checksums across loosely-coupled systems (including checking for bitslips in RAM) to ensure transfers never become corrupt, and use complex actuarial models that anticipate when the hard drives on which data is actually stored will fail. AWS has automated “durability auditors” that repeatedly crawl every byte of S3 data to verify that when you retrieve your stuff, it will be correct. This is incredibly powerful, difficult stuff to achieve. There’s a fascinating video from re:Invent 2018 if you want to learn more about the way in which S3 is built.

Blog - Computer Know How - JavaScript: Intro to Iterative Tools & Data Management
Some of the most common logical sequences we write in JavaScript address management of data stored in Object, Array, or a mixed composition of the two data types. This forces us as developers to pick how we want to arrange, format, shape, or find what we need from these structures based on our relevant context. JavaScript provides a lot of tools in this area, particularly with Arrays – enough so, that it can become daunting to the developer to select the most appropriate tool in changing contexts. Option fatigue, becoming weary of selecting from a vast group of options, develops patterns in the mind of the developer. We find ourselves reaching for the few options we’ve come to trust to accomplish our goals. This leads to working, yet also far from efficient code at times.


Several positions available on
Listing over 39 ColdFusion positions from 29 companies across 18 locations in 5 Countries

2 new jobs this week.

Full-Time - ColdFusion Software Engineer at Washington, DC - United States
Posted Jun 07

Full-Time - Senior ColdFusion Developer at Falls Church, VA - United States
Posted Jun 02

CFWebTools are looking for developers
CFWT is growing again. We are looking for one, possibly two senior ColdFusion developers to join our staff. Our group is close-knit, dynamic and knowledgeable. Here are a few things you should know.

ForgeBox Module of the Week

CommandBox Banner Hack by Matthew Clemente

Created in one of Matthew’s live streams a few weeks back.

The CommandBox Banner Hack module allows you to customize the version, quote, and welcome message seen in the CommandBox startup banner.

Why would you want to do this?
The initial use case was a presentation - I wanted my demos and screenshots to display custom banner text in the CLI. I think a more likely reason for using this module is: "Just for fun."

box install commandbox-banner-hack

Run any of the following commands to hack your banner text. Be sure to run reload to see the updated banner.

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Settings Sync by Shan Khan

1,716,343 installs - 4.5 stars

Since VS Code’s setting Sync is insider only, 1.8 million have installed this version.

Synchronize Settings, Snippets, Themes, File Icons, Launch, Keybindings, Workspaces and Extensions Across Multiple Machines Using GitHub Gist.

NOTE: For VS Code Insiders - The official Settings Sync will let you automatically have access to themes, settings etc with using Github Codespaces

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Modernize or Die® - CFML News for June 9th, 2020

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