Modernize or Die ® Podcast - CFML News Edition

Eric and Brad host this week's CFML News Podcast

They discuss ForgeBox 7v.1.0 release

Webinars / Meetups and Workshops - Ortus Fridays back in January 2023

They updated everyone on CF Summit Online.
They discussed upcoming conferences including VueJS Nation, VueJS Amsterdam, VueJS Live, Dev Nexus 2023 and ITB 2023 and CFCamp 2023 dates as well.

They discussed what's new and coming soon with CFCasts.

They spotlight a lot of great blog posts, tweets, videos and podcasts, too many to list, so listen to the show. 
They announce some jobs from and on the web... including some from the community and Ortus hiring another USA Developer.

They show off the ForgeBox module of the Week - cbfs - The cbfs module will enable you to abstract ANY filesystem within your ColdBox applications. You can configure as many disks as you wish which represent file systems in your application. Each disk is backed by a storage provider and configurable within your ColdBox application.

This week's VS Code Tip of the week is - CodeSnap - Take beautiful screenshots of your code in VS Code!

They talked a little information about perks for their Patreon supporters, including Annual Memberships with a discount... and now new perks like the BoxTeam Slack Channel and live streams.

For the show notes - visit the website

Music from this podcast is used under Royalty Free license from SoundDotCom and BlueTreeAudio

Show Notes

2023-01-03 Weekly News - Episode 178

Watch the video version on YouTube at

  • Eric Peterson - Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions
  • Brad Wood - Software Consultant for Ortus Solutions

Thanks to our Sponsor - Ortus Solutions

The makers of ColdBox, CommandBox, ForgeBox, TestBox and all your favorite box-es out there. 
A few ways  to say thanks back to Ortus Solutions:
Patreon Support ( exquisite )

Goal 1 - We have 43 patreons providing 100% of the funding for our Modernize or Die Podcasts via our Patreon site:
Goal 2 - We are 39% of the way to fully fund the hosting of

News and Announcements

No news.  Happy New Year!

New Releases and Updates

FORGEBOX v7.1.0 Released
30 Dec 2022
We are so happy to announce a minor release for our package management system. In this release, we take care of some bug fixes reported and a lot of work for our elastic search engine. Now better search results with an improved response time. We have updated our core modules to the latest versions for better security and performance.

Webinar / Meetups and Workshops

Ortus Event Calendar for Google

Ortus Fridays are back in Full Effect in 2023
  • Ortus Office Hours - Jan 6th, 2023 - 11 AM CST
  • Software Craftsmanship Book Club - Jan 13th, 2023 - 2 PM CST (Patreon exclusive)
  • Ortus Webinar - Jan 20th 2023 - - 11 AM CST
  • Koding with the Kiwi - Jan 27th, 2023 - 2 PM CST
CFCasts Content Updates

Recent Releases

Coming Soon
  • More ForgeBox and VS Code Podcast snippet videos
  • Box-ifying a 3rd Party Library from Gavin
  • ColdBox Elixir from Eric
  • Getting Started with ContentBox from Daniel
  • Brad with more CommandBox Videos

Conferences and Training

CF Summit Online

All the webinars, all the speakers from Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2022 – brought right to your screen. All sessions will soon be streamed online, for your convenience. Stay tuned for more!

Guust Nieuwenhuis
January 10, 2023 | 15:00 - 16:00 EST (1 hour)
Our company has grown over a quarter of a century, and across those years we have matured as developers and IT companies, refining both our tools and practices to a degree that the past seems hardly recognizable. Counter to this are the inevitable compromises, products of constrained timeframes, limited client budgets or strained resources. Projects inevitably lean more towards growth and depth than general modernization, to the point that they become difficult to maintain. So, what happens when the bugs add up and the monster emerges? Refactor? Rewrite from scratch? We’ve been involved in many such projects, internally and inherited both, and have learned there is no simple answer to the question “how do we move forward?” Through case studies and anecdotes I will explain what to look out for, from both a technical and business perspective.

Daniel Garcia
January 12, 2023 | 12:00 - 13:00 EST (1 hour)
Postman,, and ngrok are great tools that can really enhance your API development and testing workflow. PostMan is a cross-platform API Testing Tool with lots of awesome features, allows you to easily inspect, test, and automate any incoming HTTP request or e-mails, and ngrok enables you to expose a web server running on your local machine to the internet. These are must-have tools for any API developer (either creating or consuming). In short, these tools solve problems and best of all, they all have free versions which allow you to be very productive. My goal is that after this conference, you will start using at least one, if not all three, tools when you get home. I'm not saying using these tools will be life-changing, but I am also not not saying that either

Kevin Wright
January 19 | 12:00 - 13:00pm EST (1 hour)
Microsoft Office is the 'de facto' standard in most business environments. In this session we will look at different ways of integrating with one of the most used applications of the MS office suite, Excel. Come learn how to create, access and manipulate spreadsheets programmatically with the CFSPREADSHEET tag in ColdFusion. We will go beyond basic read and write features, and will delve into more advanced techniques like working with formulas and formatting, and creating multiple sheets. We will also look at examples of more complex types of spreadsheets by using lookups and even creating and embedding dynamic charts. FORMAT: Presentation with slides / live code review

Masha Edelen and Nick Juntilla
January 24 | 14:00 - 15:00pm EST (1 hour)
Understanding the value and practical use cases of Non-Fungible Tokens in modern business applications. Learn how to get started using the blockchain and building your Web 3 strategy.

Website for CF Summit Online

January 25th & 26th 2023

9-10 February 2023, Theater Amsterdam
World's Most Special and Largest Vue Conference

Dev Nexus

April 4-6th in Georgia, Atlanta, 2023

VueJS Live
MAY 12 & 15, 2023
Get Early Bird Tickets:

Into the Box 2023 - 10th Edition
May 17-19, 2023
The conference will be held in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
This year we will continue the tradition of training and offering a pre-conference hands-on training day on May 17th and our live Mariachi Band Party! However, we are back to our Spring schedule and beautiful weather in The Woodlands! Also, this 2023 will mark our 10 year anniversary. So we might have two live bands and much more!!!
We are pleased to announce the call for speakers for the Into The Box Conference for 2023 is now officially open.

CFCamp is back
June, 22-23rd 2023
Marriott Hotel Munich Airport, Freising
Call for Speakers coming in the New year

More conferences

Need more conferences, this site has a huge list of conferences for almost any language/community.

Blogs, Tweets, and Videos of the Week
12/29/22 - Blog - Ortus Solutions - Favorite 2022 Ortus Content

2022 was quite the year. For us, it was all about delivering exceptional content and service to our amazing community of developers. That's why we updated our tools, released new products, and announced upcoming projects and initiatives we are working on for 2023.
We know 2023 will be awesome but 2022 was amazing too. Read on and don't miss anything, review the top content we released in 2022 and improve your projects in 2023. Happy New Year!

12/30/22 - Blog - Ben Nadel - Showing An Error Message In The OnError() Method In Application.cfc In CFML
One of the many great things about the ColdFusion (CFML) runtime is that it natively provides an event-based framework in the form of Application.cfc. This ColdFusion component allows us to tap into events such as application, session, and request initialization. It also allows us to define a global error handler via the onError() method. This method, however, is tricky to use because it means — by definition — that the error in question was not handled properly (by lower-level code). This makes the state of the request very unpredictable; which means that we need to introspect the request before we attempt to output any error message.

Several positions available on
Listing over 38 ColdFusion positions from 25 companies across 22 locations in 5 Countries.

1 new jobs listed this week

ColdFusion Developer (Remote)
Fort Washington, PA,  United States

Other Job Links

ForgeBox Module of the Week

The cbfs module will enable you to abstract ANY filesystem within your ColdBox applications. You can configure as many disks as you wish which represent file systems in your application. Each disk is backed by a storage provider and configurable within your ColdBox application.

Version 1.0.0 (and further patches) have been released. Includes a Local, RAM (great for testing!), and S3-compatible provider. That’s about all most of us need!  Contribute more providers to ForgeBox to fit your needs.

VS Code Hint Tips and Tricks of the Week


Take beautiful screenshots of your code in VS Code!

  • Quickly save screenshots of your code
  • Copy screenshots to your clipboard
  • Show line numbers
  • Many other configuration options

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.

You can support us on Patreon here

Don’t forget, we have Annual Memberships, pay for the year and save 10% - great for businesses.

  • Bronze Packages and up, now get a ForgeBox Pro and CFCasts subscriptions as a perk for their Patreon Subscription.
  • All Patreon supporters have a Profile badge on the Community Website
  • All Patreon supporters have their own Private Forum access on the Community Website
  • All Patreon supporters have their own Private Channel access BoxTeam Slack
  • Live Stream Access to streams like “Koding with the Kiwi + Friends” and Ortus Software Craftsmanship Book Club

Top Patreons ( exquisite )
  • John Wilson - Synaptrix
  • Tomorrows Guides
  • Jordan Clark
  • Gary Knight
  • Mario Rodrigues
  • Giancarlo Gomez
  • David Belanger  (Bell-an-jer)
  • Dan Card
  • Jeffry McGee - Sunstar Media
  • Dean Maunder
  • Nolan Erck 
  • Wil De Bruin
  • Abdul Raheen

You can see an up to date list of all sponsors on Ortus Solutions' Website

Thanks everyone!!!

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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. News, Engine and Package Updates and Releases, Webinars Meetups and Workshops, CFCast updates, Conferences, Blog Tweets and Videos the Week from the Community, Job offerings, as well as the ForgeBox module of the Week and the VS Code Hint Tip and Trick of the week.