Modernize or Die® - CFML News for July 20th, 2021 - Episode 112


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2021-07-20 Weekly News - Episode 112

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News and Events

Adobe Docker Images Update

First, you can now pull the Adobe CF images from Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), including both the CF2021 image and 2018, as well as the add-on and PMT images for CF2021.
Second, soon you will be able to download the Adobe CF images from DockerHub as well (“the way it’s supposed to be”, some would say). There’s no date set for when those will be posted, but indications are that it will be “very soon”, according to Adobe (see below).
Finally, the previous repository that Adobe had used, Bintray, announced its closure, to happen May 1. The CF images there did remain accessible until very recently (indeed, as of the date I wrote this, June 17 2021). But as of a check in early July, the repo is indeed gone and pulls from it fail. (If you have images you had previously pulled, those DO still work. But consider the alternatives above, going forward.)

CF2018 and CF2021 PreRelease

  • Charlie just updated his post and some of this has changed
  • Support for macOS Big Sur (in ColdFusion, at least. But there's a new ColdFusion Builder 2018 installer for all OS's, including MacOS. More on that below.)
  • Renewed support for the ColdFusion 2021 Lambda/serverless feature (this feature had been removed shortly after CF2021 was released)
  • Support for Tomcat 9.0.43, embedded in CF2021 (I suspect the same is true in CF2018, though I have not yet installed it to confirm)
  • "Enhancements in Language, Accessibility, PMT, Installation. Security and other areas"
  • Several fixed issues

Ortus Webinar for July - Building API Integrations with Hyper - Michael Born

Wednesday, July 21st Time: 11:00 AM CT
Learn how to connect to a public API using Hyper in this webinar by Michael Born, where he'll cover API integrations from storing secrets to writing unit tests, to publishing the finished, reusable library on ForgeBox.

Adobe Developer Week Videos - Videos released

Adobe has now published Dev Week videos on their ColdFusion Portal site, on their video page.
This includes the 20 sessions (from community members and Adobe engineers) as well as the Adobe keynote.

ICYMI ColdBox 6.5.0 Released

Today we are excited to release ColdBox v6.5.0 and its standalone companion libraries: CacheBox, LogBox and WireBox. This release has focused on stability and making sure all bugs are addressed especially when using our schedulers and asynchronous processes.

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Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Charlie Arehart - Lots more to the current CF2021, 2018 prerelease than folks may realize
Have you checked out the many things coming in the updates for CF2021 and 2018 in prerelease the past few weeks? Anyone is welcome to join the prerelease, logging in with an Adobe account. It's a lot more substantial than I think most realize.
There's more changes to CF in the prerelease than just "Azul Java support", and indeed it's about more than just CF itself (but the various released CF installers and CFBuilder as well). In this post I list those things, both features and resources, both to inform those who may be interested in the various things that are coming and to help motivate some to check out the prerelease before final release (which could be any day now).

Blog - Charlie Arehart - Videos now posted from Adobe CF Developer Week 2021
Great news: all the session recordings are now posted for CF Dev Week 2021. This includes the 20 sessions (from community members and Adobe engineers) as well as the Adobe keynote.
The sessions are posted at the videos page here on the CF Portal, which also has most or all recordings from various (but now all) previous Devweeks and CF Summits. It also offers various Adobe webinar series, like the recent one on the API Manager.

Blog - Ben Nadel - Video Presentation: Feature Flags Change Everything About Product Development
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in the Adobe ColdFusion Developer Week conference. I wanted to share a topic that I am extremely keen on: Feature Flags. My presentation was called, Feature Flags Change Everything About Product Development - a title that is in no way hyperbolic. The presentation covers what feature flags are; how I use them in my day-to-day work; how critical they've become to the product development workflow at InVision; and, how I can't imaging life without them. I hope that this presentation gets you jazzed-up about how feature flags might take your engineering efforts to the next level!

Blog - Charlie Arehart - Adobe will support Dockerhub soon and supports AWS ECR now for pulling their images
Here’s some news that may surprise and delight those interested in using the Adobe CF Docker images, which I just learned yesterday and today:
First, you can now pull the Adobe CF images from Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), including both the CF2021 image and 2018, as well as the add-on and PMT images for CF2021.
Second, soon you will be able to download the Adobe CF images from DockerHub as well (“the way it’s supposed to be”, some would say).


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ForgeBox Module of the Week

Hyper 3.1 by Eric Peterson

Hyper exists to provide a fluent builder experience for HTTP requests and responses. It also provides a powerful way to create clients, Builder objects with pre-configured defaults like a base URL or certain headers.

Hyper was built after coding several API SDK's for various platforms — S3SDK, cbstripe, and cbgithub, to name a few. I noticed that I spent a lot of time setting up the plumbing for the requests and a wrapper around cfhttp. Each implementation was mostly the same but slightly different. It was additionally frustrating because I really only needed to tweak a few values, usually just the Authorization header. It would be nice to create an HTTP client pre-configured for each of these SDK's. It seemed the perfect fit for a module.

Install: box install hyper

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Soft Undo

Use the Soft Undo (⌘/⌃ + U) to move the cursor back to its previous location. This is particularly useful when you need to move down in a long file to copy a variable or function name and then go back to your original position.

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