Modernize or Die® - CFML News for July 6th, 2021 - Episode 110


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2021-07-06 Weekly News - Episode 110

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Eric Peterson - Senior Developer for Ortus Solutions

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News and Events

FusionReactor 8.7.2 released

Just a quick note to report that FusionReactor 8.7.2 has been released, on July 5 2021. You can see the changes (new features/improvements) and bug fixes (there are just several rather modest ones this release) in the release notes doc for all FR 8 versions.

ICYMI - Lucee 5.3.8 Released

This has been a very long release cycle, a massive thank you to everyone who has been helping us test and address regressions and performance problems…
We have done a lot of work in 5.3.8 to optimise memory usage, the main two areas being improved was the template cache handling and parallel functionality.


  • structValueArray
  • Array methods: shift(), unshift(), push(), pop(), splice()
  • Reevaluate performance of locking overhead in pc.initApplicationContext() for every request
  • Query of Query performance is very bad and single threaded for complex SQL

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Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Blog - Ben Nadel - Using The Directory Attribute To Invoke CFExecute From A Working Directory In Lucee CFML
At InVision, I generate a lot of ZIP files using the CFExecute tag and the zip command-line utility. And, in most cases, I need to execute that zip CLI from a "working directory" in order to maintain the input directory's local folder structure. Historically, I've had to execute the zip command through a proxy command in order to use a working directory. However, with the release of Lucee CFML 5.3.8, the CFExecute tag now has a directory attribute! I'm super excited about this; so, I wanted to take a quick look at how it works.

Blog - Julian Halliwell - Copying Windows file permissions in Lucee
There is a currently unresolved regression bug in Lucee affecting file uploads, which is worth being aware of.
When you upload a file using Lucee it isn't saved directly to the destination path, but is first stored in the server's GetTempDirectory() location before being moved to where you've specified it should be.
Having this intermediate step is a sensible security measure as it allows the OS to detect viruses before the file is placed anywhere it might do damage.

Blog - Nerd Vision - Java and ColdFusion variables
At NerdVision we are always open to your feedback, and we want to make NerdVision the best it can be for you! Recently we received some feedback about how we were presenting variables from our Java agent (which is also used for ColdFusion, Groovy, Scala and Kotlin). We are excited to announce a change has been released that addresses this feedback and changes the way some variables are displayed from these environments. Specifically, we have changed the way maps are processed in the agent to handle simple keys in a more intuitive manner.

Blog - Charlie Arehart - FusionReactor 8.7.2 released
Just a quick note to report that FusionReactor 8.7.2 has been released, on July 5 2021. You can see the changes (new features/improvements) and bug fixes (there are just several rather modest ones this release) in the release notes doc for all FR 8 versions.
If you may lose track of that link, note that a link to it is also offered on the FR downloads page, where it appears as a "release notes" link in the blue banner shown above the available downloads.

Blog - Charlie Arehart - Proposal: cached queries should have “fromCache” and “wasCached” indicators
If you’ve used CF’s query caching features, you almost surely know that when you run a query (or stored proc call) that uses cachedwithin or cachedafter, there will be a “cached” indicator in the resulting query metadata (if you dump it), or the debug output (if you’ve enabled it), or the RESULT struct (if you named one for the query).
And that’s always indicated (true or false) whether the result of the query result came from the query cache or not.
But the phrase “cached” is actually misleading, as it can be interpreted (especially by a newcomer to query caching) to indicate “whether the query WAS cached” (its results saved TO the query cache). That’s NOT its current purpose, of course.


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ForgeBox Module of the Week

CommandBox FusionReactor

This module adds support to enable FusionReactor on the servers you start inside CommandBox.

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VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Save / Auto Save

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