Modernize or Die® - CFML News for December 1st, 2020 - Episode 81


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2020-12-01 Weekly News - Episode 81

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Gavin Pickin - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions
Eric Peterson - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions

Thanks to our Sponsor - Ortus Solutions

Into the Box Latam Dec 3rd and 4th - English and Spanish
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News and Events

ITB Latam is this week and is now FREE

December 3-4th
Live Virtual Conference in Spanish and English!!!
Price: FREE- in the spirit of the holidays

Short Videos about the Conference with Jorge from Ortus and Michela from TeraTech

Advent of Code 2020

Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like. People use them as a speed contest, interview prep, company training, university coursework, practice problems, or to challenge each other.
You don't need a computer science background to participate - just a little programming knowledge and some problem solving skills will get you pretty far. Nor do you need a fancy computer; every problem has a solution that completes in at most 15 seconds on ten-year-old hardware.

Coldfusion Online Meetup - "How to build Progressive Web Apps", with John Wargo

Thursday Dec 3 at 12pm US Eastern Time, UTC-5
Progressive Web Apps leverage modern browser capabilities to deliver additional capabilities for developers and app users. These web apps deliver capabilities that make a web app 'feel' more like traditional and mobile apps, providing offline capabilities (like the ability to run when offline or to perform background synchronization), receive push notifications, and installation on the system. In this session, John M. Wargo, the author of Pearson's Learning Progressive Web Apps ( will introduce you to PWAs and show you how to build them.

RESCHEDULED - Seattle CFUG - Hands-on deep-dive into interacting with the Thinkific API.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PST
RESCHEDULED FROM Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Hosted by - William Frankhouser and Leon O'Daniel
This meeting features an hands-on deep-dive into interacting with the Thinkific API.
Thinkific is one of the top platforms for online course delivery. This meetup builds upon the concepts shared at the October 2020 Seattle ColdFusion User Group Meeting to provide a hands-on experience interacting with the Thinkific API.

ICYMI - Mid Michigan CFUG Meeting - Going Serverless with Nicholas Kwiatkowski

Presented November 18th, 2020 on Microsoft Teams

ICYMI - Security Vulnerability Alert - Lucee

We are aware of a potential security vulnerability related to the Lucee Admin. Details of how to exploit this vulnerability will be made public on December 5th, 2020 by a third party, so we are alerting Lucee users to address this potential issue now.
If your Lucee Admin is already locked down, this is not an issue. To lock down your admin, follow the recommendations in the Lucee Lockdown Guide
In addition, we strongly recommend updating to one of the following stable releases which have been patched to address the vulnerability

ICYMI TestBox v4.2 Released! - SECURITY UPDATE

We are excited to announce a new minor version release of TestBox version 4.2.x. To install just use CommandBox: install testbox --saveDev or to update your TestBox installation update testbox.
This release includes two important security updates just in case you have deployed TestBox or your tests to production (TESTBOX-294 and TESTBOX-293). Please note, that you should NEVER deploy TestBox and your tests to production. It is a library for development purposes and it has no purpose in being deployed to production servers.
In addition to updating your Testbox installation, you need to update any test browser files that may be in your tests folder. The current version of the Testbox test browser can be found here:
You can avoid installing testbox in production by using the install --production CommandBox command.

Help us get CFML listed on

Giancarlo Gomez started a thread on to get CFML on the Create Project view. As he mentions in the thread, we have a couple of Sentry plugins available, one he created, and one by Brad.
Let’s get behind this thread, like, reply, and make a little noise for CFML.
Upate: We are now listed on the Community List - no icon yet.

CFCasts Content Updates

Our ColdBox Zero to Hero workshop videos were uploaded, just waiting on Gavin’s Intro video and they’ll be released - Workshop is broken down into 25+ videos

What’s New in qb8
- Custom Inferred Numeric SQL Types
- Simple Paginate
Send your suggestions at

Conferences and Training

AWS re:Invent

NOV. 30 – DEC. 18, 2020
Amazon’s Premium Conference is also virtual, and a free 3-week event:

ITB Latam

December 3-4th
Live Virtual Conference in Spanish and English!!! ( and now Portuguese too )
Price: FREE

Short Videos about the Conference with Jorge from Ortus and Michela from TeraTech

Google’s DevFest Silicon Valley.

Saturday, December 5, 2020
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST
There will be 2 tracks over just 4 hours, with 4 sessions in each track and opening/closing remarks. Short and sweet, and the topics are ones that CFers may find interesting.

ColdFusion Security Training by Foundeo / Pete Freitag

Writing Secure CFML

A hands-on CFML / ColdFusion Security Training class for developers. Learn how to identify and fix security vulnerabilities in your ColdFusion / CFML applications.
When: Thursday December 10, 2020 @ 11am-2pm & Friday December 11 @ 11am-2pm
(Eastern Standard Time, UTC -5) - 6 hours in total.
Where: Online / Web Conference
Who: Taught by Pete Freitag
Cost: $600 - $475 (Early Bird Pricing through Dec 1st)

Adobe ColdFusion Certification now available Online

Adobe Certified Professional: Adobe ColdFusion is an industry-leading certification program from Adobe, for 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.

Introductory Offer: $499


More conferences:

Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week
Blog / Video - TeraTech - Into The Box LatAm 2020 Virtual Conference – Free to Register!
Find out more about Into the Box LatAM, including 2 videos where Jorge Reyes from Ortus Solutions discusses the conference with Michela Smith from TeraTech.

Blog - Matthew Clemente - TIL: The Timezone parameter in CFML Date/Time Functions
The applications I’ve built up to this point haven’t needed to account for time zones (and for that I consider myself fairly fortunate), which is probably one of the reasons that I only just discovered that ColdFusion’s date/time functions can accept a timezone parameter.

Blog - Wil De Bruin - Using bCrypt in cbsecurity
In a previous post I explained why bCrypt is a good choice for hashing your passwords. In this post I will show were you can hash and check your passwords: in your handlers, in a service layer or in some entity model. When using cbsecurity I will show you why it fits best in your service layer or entity model.
by installing the module some mixin helpers are created so you can just call bCryptHash() or bCryptCheck().

Blog - Wil De Bruin - Cfcookie or cookieStorage?
Coldbox has the cbstorages module which can be used as an API for accessing persistent storage such as cookie, session, application, cache and more. The question is: why should I use such storage if there is cfcookie or something simple as as session struct?

Blog - Lucee - Lucee Vulnerability Alert - November 2020
We are aware of a potential security vulnerability related to the Lucee Admin. Details of how to exploit this vulnerability will be made public on December 5th, 2020 by a third party, so we are alerting Lucee users to address this potential issue now.

Blog - ndubey - ColdFusion Portal - Immediately Invoked Function Expressions
An Immediately Invoked Function Expression is a good way at protecting the scope of your function and the variables within it. The term ‘scope’ basically just means where it can be accessed from. For example, if you were to add two numbers and log to console, you could do it use UDFs or closures as per CF 2018.

Blog - ashuspeed - ColdFusion Portal - Case Sensitive Structs
This Blog post contains details about Case Sensitive Structs, a functionality that has been implemented in Project Stratus (ColdFusion 2021) Release.

Blog - ashuspeed - ColdFusion Portal - String as Collections
This Blog post describes String as Collections. Strings are being treated as a sequence of Characters and so operations like ArrayAccess/Slicing and Member functions can be applied on a String Object.

Blog - ashuspeed - ColdFusion Portal - Labelled Loops
This post contains the details about Labels support in Loops for break and continue construct.

Blog - saurabhgupta - ColdFusion Portal - Using DynamoDb in Coldfusion 2021
Dyamodb provides a very easy, ready to go storage solutions for your applications. Amazon DynamoDB is a key-value and document database that delivers single-digit millisecond performance at any scale. It’s a fully managed, multi-region, multi-active, durable database for internet-scale applications.

Blog - ashuspeed - ColdFusion Portal - Strict Equality/In-Equality Operator and SaveContent New Syntax
Object Comparison is one of the fundamental concepts in any language. ColdFusion also have many operators and functions to do object Comparison. While this has been the case, there were some problems faced by ColdFusion developers while comparing two objects viz true/1/”yes” means the same thing and so while trying to compare these values against each other, it would always return true.
SaveContent has been in the ColdFusion Mark up Language and is widely used to save the generated content inside a block to a variable. However the syntax was old and redundant due to which it has been revamped.

Blog - ashuspeed - ColdFusion Portal - Spread and Rest Operators
Operators define a quick way of implementing complex functionality with a short concise easy to use syntax. ColdFusion exposes multiple operators to ease out the complex operations. With this objective in mind, we have introduced the Spread and Rest Operators

Blog - TeraTech - Slow ColdFusion Applications May Ruin Your Business (3 Steps to Prevent It)
Waiting for your device to make progress as it tries to load an app or site. Delays are the death knell of life in the tech world and cause major havoc to your company’s bottom line.
Does this sound familiar for all the wrong reasons?

Blog - Ben Nadel - Using String Literals In Date / Time Formatting In Lucee CFML
A few weeks back, I took a look at the formatDate() function in Angular 10. In that post, I demonstrated that the date mask used by the formatDate() function could include escaped string literals that would be output as-is without being interpolated. After that post, I wondered if the same thing could be done in Lucee CFML. It doesn't look like it works in dateFormat() or timeFormat(). But then, I stumbled upon this Adobe post by David Byers. In it, he demonstrated that string literals do work in the dateTimeFormat() function. I rarely use the dateTimeFormat() function, so I wanted to try this for myself in Lucee CFML

Lucee Ticket - Zac Spitzer - add array like key functions/methods for ordered structs
As Ordered structs are like rather like arrays, they should have some array like methods for working with keys

Blog - Charlie Arehart - Breaking change in CF2021, new date format mask of D may be serious problem for old code
Consider this fragment, which could exist in similar form in millions of CFML templates:
See anything wrong? Probably not. It will indeed "work fine" in CF2018 and before, producing 11-24-2020, as most would expect.
But that same code in CF2021 will produces instead 11-329-2020, which virtually no one would expect! Because D now means "day in year". It's a Java-standard datemask, but until now CF didn't complain if you used D. It treated it like d.
So yeah, this seems a huge deal!


Several positions available on
Listing over 51 ColdFusion positions from 34 companies across 27 locations in 5 Countries since July 1st

6 new jobs this week.

Freelance - ColdFusion gig at WFH - India
Posted Dec 01

Full-Time - ColdFusion Developer - ColdFusion 2016+,CFML,Bootstrap,Coldbox, Fusebox - Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted Nov 28

Full-Time - ColdFusion Developer -ColdFusion Developer - ColdFusion 2016+,CFML,Bootstrap,Coldbox, Fusebox - Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted Nov 27

Full-Time - Mura CMS ,ColdFusion , Lucee , Amazon ( AWS ) Developer - United Kingdom
Posted Nov 27

Full-Time - Sr. ColdFusion Developer at Moncton, NB - Canada
Posted Nov 25

Full-Time - Sr. ColdFusion Developer at Moncton, NB - Canada
Posted Nov 25

Ortus is hiring: Senior ColdFusion CFML Developer

At Ortus you will be:
- Modernizing web applications and helping companies move out of legacy hell
- Teaming up with ColdFusion Experts in order to solve complex web development problems.
- Testing and integrating new web technologies in order to create custom business implementations
- Pushed to innovate constantly and create new solutions to web development problems
- Leading project teams that deliver software that matters

- US Timezone availability is a must
- US Citizen or Resident or Work Visa is a must

ForgeBox Module of the Week

CommandBox CFC to Markdown Docs by Matthew Clemente

A CommandBox custom command to generate markdown documentation from your CFCs.
You will need CommandBox installed to use this tool. If you're a CFML developer not using CommandBox, see my note on the bottom.
From within the terminal, simply run the following command to install the module.
box install commandbox-cfc-to-markdown-docs
Once the module is installed, it uses the command: markdowndoc or the alias mdd.

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VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

vscode-icons by VSCode Icons Team

Bring icons to your Visual Studio Code. Lots and Lots of ICONS
Once installed and after reloading vscode, you will be presented with a message to Activate the icons.
In case this doesn't happen, navigate to:
Linux & Windows => File > Preferences > File Icon Theme > VSCode Icons.
MacOS => Code > Preferences > File Icon Theme > VSCode Icons.

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