Modernize or Die® - CFML News for April 27th, 2021 - Episode 101


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2021-04-27 Weekly News - Episode 101

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Adobe’s ColdFusion Certification price drops

Adobe Certified Professional: Adobe ColdFusion is an industry-leading certification program from Adobe, for Adobe ColdFusion developers. The course consists of 50+ online videos and is designed for professionals who have basic to advanced level proficiency in any computer language and basic understanding of how web pages work. Successfully passing an assessment test at the end of the program will reward participants with a badge and certificate from Adobe.
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Eric’s pull merged into PostGres driver repo

Eric’s adventure into the PostGres driver successful, with the merge completed this week.

Adobe Webinar- Building modern web apps with ContentBox Modular CMS with Luis Majano

May 5, 2021 - 12 PM ET
ContentBox is a professional open source modular content management system powered by ColdBox HMVC and ColdFusion. In this session, we will get an overview of this CMS platform and how you can leverage to not only deliver content based applications, but any modern web application thanks to its powerful headless API and ColdBox services.

Adobe Webinar Series - API Creation and Management

Next Webinar: 4/28/21
ColdFusion Developers, do you want a first hand look at publishing APIs securely and at scale? Then mark your calendars for Brian Sappey’s upcoming webinars! This seven-part series will give you a 360 degree view of the API Manager and teach you how to build RESTful APIs with Adobe ColdFusion. Everything from securing, publishing and monitoring APIs, will be covered with hands-on examples, and easy discussions.
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Online CF Meetup - "Installing CF2021: choices, challenges, and solutions", with Charlie Arehart

Thursday, April 29, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
If you're considering moving to CF2021, there are some things to consider before or as you may install it. First, there’s a new “zip” install option, in addition to the traditional full installer. What’s that about? why should you use it? what are some challenges, and why might you not want to? We'll cover that...

ICYMI - Ortus Webinar - Building modern web apps with ContentBox Modular CMS with Luis Majano

April 23, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM CT
ContentBox is a professional open source modular content management system powered by ColdBox HMVC and ColdFusion. In this session, led by Luis Majano, we will get an overview of this CMS platform and how you can leverage it to not only deliver content based applications, but any modern web application thanks to its powerful headless API and ColdBox services.

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May 27th 2021
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Ortus’s Possible Conferences for 2021

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Due to Online conference overload, we are thinking about not expanding the number of events, but more content in more timezones with a different format.

ITB - Developer Week Style?? - (please be in-person!!!)
With some European Timezone Friendly slots from our European Community Members
September 2021
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Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - David Byers - ColdFusion 101: Tags, Script and Functions, Part 3 – Functions
This is an on-going series of posts covering ColdFusion basics for new developers. This series is intended to cover basic concepts. In this article, I over the building blocks of ColdFusion; Tags, Script, and Functions, focusing on functions.

Blog - David Byers - ColdFusion 101: Tags, Script and Functions, Part 2 – Script
This is an on-going series of posts covering ColdFusion basics for new developers. This series is intended to cover basic concepts. In this article, I over the building blocks of ColdFusion; Tags, Script, and Functions, focusing on script.

Blog - Charlie Arehart - New updates released for Java 8 and 11, April 20 2021
For those using the Long-term support (LTS) versions of Oracle Java, 8 and 11, please note that there were new updates released last week (Apr 20), specifically Java 11.0.11 and 8.0_291. For more on each, see the release notes.

Blog - Computer Know How - Why I ask “dumb” questions
Part of my current work involves quality assurance(QA) for the code that our team writes. When I started performing QA work, I wanted to understand each feature and piece of code before I tested/reviewed it. That approach is still sometimes required depending on the feature being reviewed. As the amount of time I have spent performing this task accrues, I learn more and adapt my approaches. One such adaptation has been to test before I fully understand the feature. This allows me to test with less of a confirmation bias which I found I was falling into when I fully understood the feature and the code behind it.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Experimenting With Lazy Queries And Streaming CSV (Comma Separated Value) Data In Lucee CFML
In my last post, I celebrated the power and simplicity of CSV (Comma Separated Value) data. It's an old data format; and yet, it continues to act as an easy medium for the interoperability of systems. ColdFusion makes generating CSV data effortless. And as I was demonstrating that much over the weekend, it occurred to me that CSV reporting may be a fun context in which to finally try out the lazy queries feature of Lucee CFML.

Blog - Kishore Balakrishnan - Adobe - Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Delivery (CD) in ColdFusion 2021 Release
As one of the fundamental backbones of DevOps, a CI/CD pipeline can provide many strategic advantages for your organization. In the 2016 release of Adobe ColdFusion, we first introduced Docker Image which made cloud-based applications, modern methodologies and automated development pipelines a reality. DevOps started to gain popularity and developers were able to speed up development, secure their codes and deploy in an automated step. Further, Adobe ColdFusion 2018 made it significantly easier to deploy complex cloud architecture, microservices, and in general non-monolithic apps.

Blog - Adam Cameron - On code review
I'm pretty big on code review; I see it as a critical part of the process of developing solution for our clients, and making our own and our colleagues' lives easier. It's a useful communications exercise, and it's a useful technical exercise.
I've used a variation of these notes with a variety of teams in the past, but I've never - until recently - got around to writing a decent (semi-) generic document about it. I've polished things a bit here, and thought I'd get it down in a public-facing fashion. There are references in here to systems I am familiar working with like Bitbucket and Jira and PHP. But I think the guidance carries across, irrespective of what combination of tooling one uses; if not in the precise mechanics, then in the processes the mechanics facilitate.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Celebrating The Power And Simplicity Of CSV (Comma Separated Value) Data In Lucee CFML
Yesterday, I learned that one of our clients at InVision uses our comment export feature as a critical part of their product development life-cycle. This feature takes comments from across an entire prototype and serves them up as a CSV (Comma Separated Value) file. It's amazing - and, frankly, delightful - that such a simple data format continues to be such a source of empowerment in an increasingly complex world. And, the best part of it all is that generating CSV files is one of the easiest things you can do! As such, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the power and simplicity of generating CSV files in Lucee CFML

Blog - Matthew Clemente - Reading Specific Lines from a File with CFML (and a Question)
This post touches on two subjects - the first involves reading a range of lines from a file in ColdFusion - and the second is a question: if you have a useful CFML function, where can you share it?
I don’t have an answer to this, but I figured that at the least, this might be fodder for the next episode of Modernize or Die - CFML News. It certainly seems a worthwhile topic for discussing.

Blog - Pete Freitag - URL Safe Base64 Encoding / Decoding in CFML
ColdFusion / CFML has a builtin function that can convert a string or a binary object to a standard Base64 encoded string: toBase64 and you can decode back to a string using toBinary() and toString() or the binaryDecode() function.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Expected And Unexpected getBaseTagData() Behavior In Lucee CFML
In the implementation details of my ColdFusion custom tag DSL for HTML emails, I have to access the data exposed by ancestor custom tags. In some cases, the parent tag is dynamic; which means that I have to use the getBaseTagList() function in order to figure out the name of the ColdFusion custom tag that I need to access. It turns out that some native ColdFusion tags show up in the getBaseTagList() value; but, they do not expose any "data". As such, they have to be explicitly skipped-over. Things get even more complicated when you use CFModule to invoke a custom tag. And, since I stumbled over this in my journey, I figured it might be worth a quick demo in Lucee CFML

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ForgeBox Module of the Week

JMESPath v2.4.0 by Scott Steinbeck

An implementation of JMESPath for ColdFusion. This implementation supports searching JSON documents as well as native Coldfusion structs and arrays.
Will be part of the Core for CommandBox v5.3.0+ for native cfml JSON searching.

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

VSCode Highlight Matching Tag

This extension highlights matching opening and/or closing tags. Optionally it also shows path to tag in the status bar. Even though VSCode has some basic tag matching, it's just that - basic. This extension will try to match tags anywhere: from tag attributes, inside of strings, any files, while also providing extensive styling options to customize how tags are highlighted.

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