Modernize or Die ® Podcast - CFML News Edition

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Andrew joins Gavin on this weeks show. We discuss that ColdBox released 5.6. After over a year of work, Luis Majano released the `Learn Modern ColdFusionin 100 Minutes` book, free online, and available for purchase in digital and printed versions. We discuss another SoapBox episode going live, where I intervied Sam Knowlton about how he bet his business on Modern CFML. We also discussed an upcoming Webinar, which was supposed to be August 23rd, but just rescheduled after we aired the show. We discuss early bird is still going for Adobe's CF Summit Conference in Las Vegas in October, get your tickets before they remember to up the prices. The CF Summit call for speakers is now closed and speakers and sessions for CF Summit have been announced. In addition to the ColdFusion Specialist Certificate Program workshop prior to the conference, there are now 3 more workshops. We also discuss the CF Summit Ortus Trainings for after the Conference and how to register for them... including a new Discount Code for all of our trainings. We talk about Ortus Solutions' Bootcamp training in India with Luis Majano and mention how CF Camp is coming up fast, tickets are now available, and Brad and Eric announce the workshops they'll be leading at CF Camp. We spotlight a lot of great blog posts, too many to list, so listen to the show. We show off our ForgeBox module of the Week, this week, we discuss how the CommandBox NGrok command makes it easy to open tunnels to your local commandbox server available anywhere in the world. Our VS Code Hint Tip and Trick of the week is Better Comment, an extension to allow you to spice up your comments, with some cool and simple visual ques. We finish the podcast by thanking our Patreon supporters.

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Show Notes

Video Version available on YouTube

2019-08-20 Weekly News - Episode 15


  • Gavin Pickin - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions
  • Andrew Davis - Sr. Developer for inLeague

News and Events

ColdBox 5.6.0 was released

ColdBox version 5.6.0 released Friday alongside all libraries: WireBox, CacheBox and LogBox! Tons of improvements especially yet again a big focus on performance!  Update today with commandbox: `update coldbox`!
Fixing 5 bugs, 2 features and 6 improvements.

Learn Modern ColdFusion in 100 Minutes Digital Download Release

We are very excited to announce the availability of the digital download PDF for our "Modern ColdFusion <CFML> in 100 Minutes" book.  You can purchase it online now!
Available Free Online, or purchase a download, or purchase a printed copy.

MoD® - SoapBox Ep 6 - Sam Knowlton - Betting the Business on Modern CFML

In this episode we talk with Sam Knowlton about his keynote appearance at Into the Box 2019 and how he bet his business on Modern CFML and how he is slowly migrating 2 enterprise apps, 12 and 17 years old into the future with Modern CFML, making development fun again.

Webinar - cbORM: Enjoy ColdFusion ORM again!

EDIT August 30th, 2019 CST 11:00 A.M. CST (GMT -5:00)  ( originally scheduled for Aug 23rd )
In this session, Luis Majano, CEO of Ortus Solutions and creator of  COLDBOX, will guide us into a tour over all-new features of the recent new release of the cbORM module.
This is a complete overhaul of our library and it now includes support for Hibernate 3, 4 and 5 in order to support Lucee5, Adobe ColdFusion 2016, 2018 and beyond. We have made tremendous new improvements and compelling performance upgrades for any ORM related operation.
So, get ready for a new ORM adventure and join us in this new Ortus webinar 

Adobe CF Summit early bird

Still available as of August 20th - are they still available now? Get them before they go up.

Certificate Program + Conference Pass $498.00
ColdFusion Security Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00
Conference Pass $99.00
ColdFusion Docker Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00
ColdFusion PMT Preconference + Conference Pass $348.00

Adobe CF Summit Speakers Announced - 31 so far

Adobe CF Summit - Conference

  • Las Vegas at the Mirage October 1-2 ( Tuesday + Wednesday )
  • Biggest CFML Conference of the Year - 500+ people
  • Great Adobe Party
  • Register Now - Early bird was only $99
  • Early-bird registration has been extended to June 30, 2019
  • Call for Speakers is now closed!!!
  • Speakers are listed on the website 
    • Lots of Ortus Speakers
      • Luis Majano
      • Brad Wood
      • Eric Peterson
      • Gavin Pickin
    • Adobe Speakers 5+
      • Rakshith Naresh
      • Uday Ogra
      • Kailash Bihani
      • Piyush Kumar Nayak
      • Suchika Singh
    • Lots of other great community speakers 15+
      Including but not limited to:
      • Pete Frietag
      • George Murphy
      • Brian Klaas
      • Matt Clemente
      • Giancarlo Gomez
      • Matt Gifford
      • Carl Von Stetten
      • Daniel Fredericks
      • Uma Ghotikar
      • Abram Adams
      • Dan Wilson
      • David Tattersal ( Fusion Reactor )
      • Charlie Arehart
      • Dave Ferguson

Adobe CF Summit - Workshops

Adobe ColdFusion Specialist Certificate Program

From Elishia 
People should know that for the Specialist Certificate they will be asked to review about 20 hours of video content in the month of September before the classroom session on September 30th. The in-person workshop will be a review of material and include an exam at the end. Space is limited in all of these, so they should sign up soon.

From the CF Summit Website:

The Adobe ColdFusion Specialist is a full-day certificate classroom program, delivered by top Adobe ColdFusion experts. You will be enrolled into the course as soon as you register and will receive course instructions and prep materials two weeks prior to the on-site program date. Following the training you will complete an online assessment – upon successful completion, you will receive your Adobe ColdFusion Specialist certificate.


The Mirage, Las Vegas
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Monday September 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: $399.00 - early bird pricing

  • Pre-conference Training 1: Hands-on ColdFusion Security Workshop
    Trainer : Pete Freitag, Principal Consultant, Foundeo Inc.
  • Pre-conference Training 2: Going from Zero to 60 with Docker and ColdFusion images
    Trainer: Charlie Arehart, Independent Consultant, Carehart - Blog post mentioned below
  • Pre-conference Training 3: Performance Monitoring Toolset
    Trainer: Adobe ColdFusion Team 

Ortus Solutions Training Workshops at CF Summit after the Conference

Ortus will be doing 2  2-day trainings on Thursday October 3rd, and Friday October the 4th. 

We have two great workshops to select from and they will be held in a much more exclusive and comfortable environment that will allow us to bring you a better learning experience at Executive Hospitality Suite from ARIA Tower Suites . Register as soon as possible as space is very limited!

ColdBox From Zero to Hero
Lead by Gavin Pickin & Eric Peterson

ColdBox From Hero to SuperHero : API Edition
Lead by Luis Majano and Brad Wood

Dates: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

ARIA Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd

More information and a link to register here:

ColdBox From Zero to Hero - Bootcamp Training

Bangalore, India | October 16-17, 2019 - by Luis Majano
Very popular ColdBox training, a great way to get your feet wet and jump start your ColdBox development. 

Project Overview:
We will be building a real twitter clone: SoapBox.  We will use HMVC conventions, including BDD / TDD testing to build out the application including the usage of many different ForgeBox modules and industry standards.

Price: $199 for 2 days
Group discounted pricing available for $99
Register now:

CF Camp - Workshops and Conference

October 17th and 18th in Munich, Freising, Germany.
Read more now: - Tickets NOW AVAILABLE.
Early bird - July 15, 2019 - 280 EUR - $313.27
Regular - Sep 11 - Oct 15, 2018 - 330 EUR - $369.17
Late - Oct 16 - Nov 8, 2018 - 380 EUR - $425.10

You can see the great lineup of speakers and sessions from last year on the site now. They will update as the speakers and sessions for this year is finalized.

Call for Speaker Deadline was July 7th - Now closed
Speakers have been announced

On Twitter Kai said “I can honestly say this is the best & most diverse programme, @cf_camp  ever had!“

Ortus Speakers
  • Eric Peterson
  • Jorge Reyes
  • Brad Wood

Lots of Great Community Speakers
  • Charlie Arehart
  • Eleftheria Batsou
  • Miguel Beltran
  • Wil de Bruin
  • Jen Doherty
  • Mark Drew
  • Rob Dudley
  • Seb Duggan
  • Nolan Erck
  • Uma Ghotikar
  • Matt Gifford
  • Majid Hajian
  • Michael Hnat
  • Kenigbolo Meya Stephen
  • Kai König
  • Francisco Mancardi
  • Lara Martín
  • Joel Stobart
  • Maciej Treder
  • Dom Watson
  • Sebastian Zartner

Sessions have been announced

Ortus Training at CF Camp
Ortus will be doing a 2 day workshop on the 15th and 16th of October. 

Eric Peterson will be leading - Rest easy at night with TestBox BDD
Brad Wood will be leading the - Hero to Superhero - API REST Edition - name to be confirmed.

Blogs, Tweets and Videos of the Week

Ortus Solutions - Blog - ColdBox 5.6.0 was released
ColdBox version 5.6.0 released Friday alongside all libraries: WireBox, CacheBox and LogBox! Tons of improvements especially yet again a big focus on performance!  Update today with commandbox: `update coldbox`! 
Fixing 5 bugs, 2 features and 6 improvements.

Ortus Solutions - Blog -Learn Modern ColdFusion in 100 Minutes Digital Download Release
We are very excited to announce the availability of the digital download PDF for our "Modern ColdFusion <CFML> in 100 Minutes" book.  You can purchase it online now!
Available Free Online, or purchase a download, or purchase a printed copy.

Modernize Or Die® - Video / Audio Podcast - MoD® - SoapBox Ep 6 - Sam Knowlton - Betting the Business on Modern CFML
In this episode we talk with Sam Knowlton about his keynote appearance at Into the Box 2019 and how he bet his business on Modern CFML and how he is slowly migrating 2 enterprise apps, 12 and 17 years old into the future with Modern CFML, making development fun again.

Charlie Arehart - CF2020 to offer still-better deployment on Docker, cloud
Adobe's Director of Engineering for CF, Ashish Garg, recently held a wide-ranging interview with Michaela Light (on the CF Alive podcast) about the CF2020 roadmap. Ashish shared news of some substantial changes planned in the next release regarding modularity in the engine, the size of installers/containers, and their startup time, as well as matters like licensing of containers, logging within them, monitoring of them, and more.

CF Alive Podcast - Adobe ColdFusion 2020 Roadmap (Multi-cloud, micro-services and more), with Ashish Garg

Tweet - Lucee Open Source
Become a member of Lucee and your company receives a 20% discount on a ticket for CFCamp2019!
#CFCamp #CFCamp2019 #lucee #coldfusion #cfml #webdev

Tweet - Fusion Reactor
Adobe ColdFusion  - don't miss this deal.… #cfml #coldfusion #CFSale

Fusion Reactor Blog - ColdFusion Class Checker
When running ColdFusion  some classes for the template cache, can become corrupt - see our tool to fix the issue

Charlie Arehart - Adobe ColdFusion Blog - Did you know: Release Notes page summarizes key changes in all CF updates
Find a quick overview of the key changes in each update in this one release notes page, one for CF2018 and one for CF2016. And if you maybe haven’t been keeping up on CF updates, find out still more about them in this post.

Tweet - James Moberg - CFML Script for checking SSL expiration
Here's a #ColdFusion script to monitor a hostname to determine when the current SSL certificate expires. You can use this to minitor in the case that your SSL certificate didn't auto-renew.

Ben Nadel - Blog - Upgrading A Built-In Function To A First-Class Citizen In Lucee
For as long as I can remember, ColdFusion has supported the idea of User Defined Functions (UDFs) as First-Class Citizens. Meaning, User Defined Functions can be referenced and passed-around just like any other object in the ColdFusion landscape. The same, however, has never been true of Built-In Functions (BFIs).

Ben Nadel - Blog - Installing User Defined Functions (UDF) As An Extension For Built-In Functions (BIF) In Lucee
With Adobe ColdFusion, I've always had a fascination with the idea of being able to extend the set of native (or built-in) Functions that are available in the request context. A decade ago, I played around with hacking User Defined Functions (UDFs) into the "hidden scope" of the PageContext; then, realized that I could just hack UDFs right into the url scope. I was trying to get Adobe ColdFusion to do something that it didn't want to do; all while having people telling me that Lucee (then known as Railo) supported this feature from day-one. Well, a decade later, I'm finally on Lucee CFML! So, I wanted to scratch that old itch and take a quick look at how I can extend the set of Built-in Functions (BIFs) using User Defined Functions (UDFs) and a .lex file in Lucee

Ben Nadel - Blog - Performance Case Study: Caching Cryptographically Signed-URLs In Redis In Lucee
I decided to perform a follow-up experiment where I cache pre-signed URLs in Redis rather than having to re-generate them on every request. This ended up having a positive effect on performance, despite the additional HTTP request to Redis.

Michael Born - Blog - Localizing Dates In Sql Server
Several months ago I added timezone handling to a CF app. This post is my best effort to document how to localize dates using MSSQL timezone functionality.

Evagoras Charalambous - Blog - Overriding the inferred QB Module SQL types
QB tries to automatically figure out what ColdFusion SQL type to use for its updates and inserts based on the actual value that is passed in for each column. Although that works for most of the cases, as I am using more of this awesome module I ran into an issue where my value type was being wrongly inferred, so I needed to figure out how to override it.

Ben Nadel - Blog - The Magic Of Thinking Small: Embracing Limitations As A Strength
I work on a very small team. It's me and three other full-stack developers. And while we are a cohesive unit, the four of us tend to work on completely separate initiatives. In some ways, the size of our team is very limiting. But, this limitation has also proven to be a tremendous benefit as it prevents us from thinking too big. As a natural rule, we are forced to think about and to solve only the problems that are right in front of us.

Charlie Arehart - Blog - Come learn about getting started with CF Docker images at CF Summit 2019
I'm terribly behind in announcing it, but I'm thrilled that I've been selected to speak again at Adobe CF Summit 2019, to be held in Vegas Oct 1 and 2 (with the pre-con on Sep 30). Both topics are on using Adobe's ColdFusion Docker images, and are designed for people who have not yet gotten into Docker at all, or for those familiar with Docker but not the Adobe CF images.

Tweet - Brian Klaas - Reminding everyone about our Modernize Or Die SoapBox Edition Interview
Need a crash course on what #AWS can do for your #CFML applications? Check out the Modernize Or Die podcast on which I talk about exactly this!…  (Thanks, @gpickin !)

Raymond Camden - Blog - My Thoughts on Documentation
I am incredibly opinionated about technical documentation. While my degree was in English, my focus in college was technical writing. I’ve written over six thousand blog posts and worked on around fifteen books. I am not trying to brag about my ability (which, trust me, can always use the skill of an editor), but rather to provide some context as to why, when I’m testing a cool new utility or API, I judge it based on the level of documentation and how much care (or how little) is put into it.

AliasPoorYorik - Blog Post - Prevent concurrent logins using cflogin
Today I discovered that you can prevent concurrent logins by using cflogin. This was added in ACF11 but completely passed me by and is a nice feature so thought it was worth a quick blog post in case others like myself weren’t aware of it. You may have noticed that the CFIDE doesn’t allow concurrent logins using the same account on two devices at the same time.

Michael Born - Blog - Form Processing in CFScript Part Three: Sending Email Notifications
In this series so far, we've looked at how to validate a form entry and how to save that form entry to the database. Today we'll see how we can notify a person (usually a site admin or editor) that a new form entry has been submitted and processed by simply sending an email.

Job Opportunities - @getcfmljobs on twitter

Fulltime - Senior Market Sales, Inc. - Omaha, NE,  United States
ColdFusion Developer (Old Town Alexandria, VA)*. If you are a ColdFusion programmer with real world experience building RESTful APIs using ColdBox MVC, then.

ForgeBox Module of the Week

CommandBox NGROK

Commands to share the current server via ngrok

box install box-ngrok

Last Update: Jun 12 2018 05:18 PM | Downloads: 0 | Installs: 233 | Views: 2525 | Versions: 9

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week

Better Comments aaron-bond.better-comments

Aaron Bond - 973,521 Downloads

Improve your code commenting by annotating with alert, informational, TODOs, and more!
The Better Comments extension will help you create more human-friendly comments in your code.
With this extension, you will be able to categorise your annotations into:

- Alerts
- Queries
- Highlights
- Commented out code can also be styled to make it clear the code shouldn't be there
- Any other comment styles you'd like can be specified in the settings

Thank you to all of our Patreon Supporters

These individuals are personally supporting our open source initiatives to ensure the great toolings like CommandBox, ForgeBox, ColdBox, ContentBox, TestBox and all the other boxes keep getting the continuous development they need, and funds the cloud infrastructure at our community relies on like ForgeBox for our Package Management with CommandBox. 

If we’re getting your name wrong please let us know.

Andrew  Davis

Gary  Knight

Jan  Jannek

Joseph  Lamoree

Laksma  Tirtohadi

Richard  Herbert

John  Farrar

Carl  Von Stetten

Don  Bellamy

Samuel  Knowlton

David  Belanger

Yogesh  Mathur

Steven  Klotz

Dan  Card

Jeremy Adams

Brian  White

Didier  Lesnicki 

Scott Steinbeck

Jordan Clark

Matthew Clemente

Da Li

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What is Modernize or Die ® Podcast - CFML News Edition?

Technology is ever changing, blink and you miss it, until now. This podcast keeps you up to date on everything ColdFusion related. Events, Engine updates and releases, Frameworks Tools and Module releases, as well as the ForgeBox module of the Week and the VS Code Hint Tip and Trick of the week.