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ColdBox 4.2.0 Released!

Luis Majano |  April 01, 2016

We are excited to announce the general availability of ColdBox 4.2.0. This release includes tons of fixes but also great new features and speed improvements. If you have CommandBox installed, you can upgrade now by just typing: box update coldbox or get started with a new ColdBox app by typing: box coldbox create app --installColdBox.

 

 

Here is a synopsis of the major feature updates and improvements in this release.

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Making a live edit contact list with Coldbox REST & Vue.js

Scott Steinbeck |  March 28, 2016

Today we will be making a contact database that you can quickly and easily manage using ColdBox and Vue.js. We will be using bootstrap in our project to make it the UI look a little better but it is completely optional if you want to use this in your own project.

For this project I will be using CommandBox to generate all my files.

TL;DR: View the repo here

Lets Begin.

Step 1: You can skip this step if you already have a project set up. 

From CommandBox run:

coldbox create app name=CBVue skeleton=rest --installColdBox

This will give us a minimal project with a handlers\BaseHandler.cfc (needed to make our life easy when creating a REST API) and an handlers\Echo.cfc which is an example usage to get you started.

Now that we have our project started we need to tweak a few things.

First, since this is a template that is expecting to be setup for REST only, the Echo.cfc is set to be the default entry point. Since we want to create a view that accesses a REST API we need to point that to a view.

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REST2016 - Route Conditions

Luis Majano |  March 23, 2016

Sometimes when you define an incoming API route, you want it to match certain environment or aspect conditions. The addRoute() has an argument called condition, which can be a closure or UDF pointer that must return a boolean and receives the incoming requestString. You can then decide if the route should execute or just be ignored.

So if a route matches via the pattern, then this closu...

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Building Ionic Apps with ColdBox REST

Scott Steinbeck |  March 22, 2016

Are you ready to enter the exciting world of app building? In today's world, 60% of people are viewing your website on a mobile phone most sites are hard to navigate.  People constantly ha...

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REST2016 - Testing your API with TestBox

Gavin Pickin |  March 18, 2016

Are you writing APIs? Going to start writing APIs? Now is the time to start testing. Do it early, and often, and reap the benefits as the project grows. TestBox, the defacto CFML test suite, can help your test your API, whether it’s CFML or not.

I will assume you have the basic TextBox installation setup.
 

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REST2016 - Route Responses

Luis Majano |  March 14, 2016

You can route responses inline with ColdBox via the addRoute() function globally in your main routes.cfm template or within any Module as well. This will allow you to build simple response functions or even mock out or stub a RESTFul service very easily. The paremeters you will use for response routing will be: response, statusCode and statusText.

The response argument can be a string or a closure or UDF pointer. T...

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REST2016 - Creating Sub-module URL entry points

Luis Majano |  March 11, 2016

In this entry I will go over how to leverage ColdBox's Modular architecture to RESTFul routing. In ColdBox, every module's ModuleConfig.cfc you create has two important facets for building RESTFul services: 1) The this.entryPoint and the 2) routes structure in the configure() method.

If you are creating ColdBox applications using modules, then you will benefit with the capability to nest entry points so they can match to nested sub-modules. Let's say you have the following module structure:

+modules
  + api
    + security
    + data
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TestBox v2.3.0 Released!

Luis Majano |  March 11, 2016

Team TestBox is proud to bring our latest release to the masses, v2.3.0.  This release includes a collection of fixes but also several new cool features thanks to Mr Eric Peterson and our Slack community. It has been incredible to get so much community support in this project and so many pull requests and even to our documentation. So thank you so much for supporting and believing in us. This release is for you!

All the docs have been updated in our documentation book and check out the what's new page for an in-depth overview of this release.

You can also very easily get started or update your project with TestBox via CommandBox CLI for ColdFusion (CFML):

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REST2016 - Versioning Your ColdBox REST API with Modules (Runnable Example)

Brad Wood |  March 09, 2016

In our ColdBox RESTFul RoadShow this month, we've been talking about why ColdBox is the fastest and easiest ways to build a robust REST API in CFML.  One of the very powerful features of the ColdBox MVC Platform is that you can use modules to break your apps and APIs up into management chunks  instead of building a monolith.  Modules also let you decouple pieces of your application so multiple teams can work on different parts.  And with the power of CommandBox's CLI and package manager to assemble your app's dependencies, you can even store modules in a completely separate code repository!   This is exactly what we're going to demo today.

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