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ColdBox 4.0 Module Enhancements

Curt Gratz |  February 02, 2015

One of the biggest things we changed about ColdBox 4.0 is making tons of the core completely modular.  To support this change, we needed to enhance our modules architecture which brought some cool new features to you.  

Module Inception

Every time I talk about ColdBox modules with people, I get asked if modules can contain modules, which up to now wasn't an option. But the first Module Enhancement I'd like to bring to your attention is just that.  We call it Module Inception.  This will allow for even greater ways for you to build and architect your applications.  Modules can be nested to the Nth degree.  Creating a ton of options and flexibility for you the developer in how you organize your code.

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ColdBox 4.0 Error Handling

Brad Wood |  January 29, 2015

ColdBox has always provided nice, automatic error handling for your code.  Errors in your application are caught for you, and you can respond to them via convention-based methods, event handlers, or even interception points as you see fit.  (Read more on ColdBox error handling here)

If you do nothing, ColdBox will render a nicely formatted page with all the original exception information plus extra details about the ColdBox request which can be handy for debugging.  Due to our focus on security-by-default in ColdBox 4, we found that a large  number of people never change the default error template and their production servers give out way too much information!  Even though having a 'detailed' template by default was convenient, it wasn't secure.  

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ColdBox Validation is Now a Module

Scott Coldwell |  January 28, 2015

The new modular approach of ColdBox 4.0 means much of its built-in functionality has been moved to separate, installable modules. One of the many new modules introduced with ColdBox 4.0 is the Validation Module. To install, simply fire up CommandBox.

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RunEvent Caching - Accelerate your events

Luis Majano |  January 27, 2015

In ColdBox 4 we have expanded the runEvent() method to allow you to add caching parameters so ColdBox can take care of caching output from events.  This is a great way to accelerate the execution of widgets or viewlets within an application as it will execute them and cache them as needed.  Here is the new signature for the runEvent() method.

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Pruning for Growth (Less is More)

Nathaniel Francis |  January 26, 2015

ColdBox 4.0 is the most significant change in the framework since it was first introduced. Go ahead - let that soak in a bit.

Now, what do I mean by that? Lots. Too much for a single blog post to do justice without becoming tl;dr. That's just how big these changes are.

Pruning

One of the key aspects to ColdBox 4.0 is what is not actually in...

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ColdBox 4.0 Handlers are Singletons

Curt Gratz |  January 26, 2015

ColdBox 4.0 has been built for speed.  We really wanted to improve performance out of the box.  We spent a lot of time making sure, as we always do, that we can squeeze everything out of the framework as possible.  

One of the major changes you should be aware of in terms of performance is that ColdBox handlers are now singletons out of the box. Most applications should be using their handlers as singletons because controllers generally shouldn't have state in an even...

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CacheBox 2.0, WireBox 2.0, and LogBox 2.0 Released

Brad Wood |  January 23, 2015

In tandem with our ColdBox 4.0 release, we are publishing major releases of the core Box libraries as well:

CacheBox 2.0

Improvements


ColdBox 4.0 Release Goes Gold

Brad Wood |  January 22, 2015

We are very excited to announce the official release of ColdBox 4.0.  Work started a year ago with a very aggressive plan to overhaul the core and refocus the platform for agility, speed, and control.  We carved out tons of legacy support, leaving a slim and  fast M...

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ColdBox 4 Has Landed!

Luis Majano |  January 22, 2015

Ortus Solutions is proud to announce the general availability of ColdBox 4.0.0, WireBox 2.0.0, CacheBox 2.0.0 and LogBox 2.0.0.  This has been over 1 year of hard work from the engineering team to bring you some great upda...

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ColdBox Platform Utilities v5.0.0 Released

Luis Majano |  January 21, 2015

We are so proud to announce another update to our Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension: ColdBox Platform Utilities v5.0.0.  This update has tons of cool updates for upcoming ColdBox 4 release and our previous TestB...

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