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30+ ForgeBox Packages of the Week from 2019 Modernize or Die® CFML News Podcast

Gavin Pickin |  January 17, 2020

ForgeBox is the NPM of the ColdFusion world, and with CommandBox, CFML's CLI, you can easily add new functionality to your project with a simple `box install packageName`. We decided to dedicate a portion of our CFML News Podcast to ForgeBox Modules. We had 30+ episodes in 2019, each with a ForgeBox Module, so we wanted to give you a way to see all of them in one place, so here they are.

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30+ VS Code Hints Tips and Tricks of the Week from 2019 Modernize or Die® CFML News Podcast

Gavin Pickin |  January 10, 2020

VS Code is the hottest IDE out there, and the most asked question I get at every conference I attend is, what VS Code extensions are you using. Since I got this question so much, we decided to dedicate a portion of our CFML News Podcast to VS Code Hints, Tips and Tricks. We had 34 episodes in 2019, each with a VS Code hint tip or trick, so we wanted to give you a way to see all of them in one place, so here they are.

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Redis Lucee v1.4.0 Extension Released!

Luis Majano |  November 06, 2019

We are very excited to bring you another release for our Redis Lucee Extension. This is a minor release and it sports quite a few updates, improvements and Lucee compatiblity updates.

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MongoDB Lucee v1.0.0 Extension Released!

Luis Majano |  October 08, 2019

We are very excited to bring you a new commercial product release for the Ortus Family: MongoDB Server Lucee Extension  The MongoDB Server Lucee Extension allows you to natively connect to a MongoDB Server cluster and leverage it for distributed caching, session/client storage and distribution, cluster RAM file systems, and much more. It can allow your Lucee servers to scale and extend easily by leveraging MongoDB Server as the platform of choice for session/cluster managements, NoSQL, caching and virtual file-systems.

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Redis Lucee v1.3.0 Extension Released!

Luis Majano |  September 30, 2019

 

We are very excited to bring you another release for our Redis Lucee Extension. This is a minor release and it sports quite a few updates thanks to customer feedback, especially on clients working with hosted Redis solutions that would required SSL and password authentication. We have expanded the connections to have more configuration parameters, especially if you are dealing with high traffic applications.

Overview

The Redis Lucee Extension allows you to natively connect to a Redis Server cluster and leverage it for distributed caching, session/client storage and distribution, cluster RAM file systems, and much more. It can allow your Lucee servers to scale and extend easily by leveraging Redis Server as the platform of choice for session/cluster managements, caching and virtual file-systems.

If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then our Lucee Extension can help you:

  • Want to use round-robin balancing instead of sticky sessions?
  • How do you deal with session/client information when you have more than 1 server in your cluster?
  • How can I scale my Lucee servers when I am running out of RAM?
  • Do you want your users to still be logged in even if a server in my cluster dies or is restarted?
  • Do you want to have a cluster-wide file system?
  • Are you using a container based deployment and need off heap peristence?
  • Do you want to be able to cache data in a distributed and elastic fashion?
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ColdBox Security v2.0.0 Released!

Luis Majano |  September 27, 2019

We are so excited to release The ColdBox Security Module version 2.0.0. It has been quite a few years since we did a major version of our security module, but it is worth the wait. It is just easier to say we completely rewrote it in modern CFML and introduced modern Security practices, HMVC security to modules, annotation driven security and JWT token services. Never again write API security, we got you covered! We also completelty rewrote the documentation and now we have yet another awesome security book: https://coldbox-security.ortusbooks.com/

install cbsecurity
update cbsecurity

There are just too many things to talk about in this release, so we will just list out the major features and you can visit our docs for the complete rundown of ColdBox Security 2.0.0.

Introduction

The ColdBox cbsecurity module will enhance your ColdBox applications by providing out of the box security in the form of:

  • A security rule engine for incoming requests
  • Annotation driven security for handlers and actions
  • JWT (Json Web Tokens) generator, decoder and authentication services

Features

  • Ability to have global security rules
  • Ability for modules to add their own security rules and action overrides
  • Ability to distinguish between authentication and authorization issues
  • Annotation driven cascading security for handlers and actions
  • Security rules can exist in:
    • XML File
    • JSON File
    • Database
    • Models
  • The rules can be configured to use regular expressions or simple snippets
  • Can use ColdFusion authentication security
  • Can leverage any custom authentication provider
  • Plug any Authentication service or can leverage cbauth by default
  • Capability to distinguish between invalid authentication and invalid authorization and determine an outcome of the process.
  • Ability to load/unload security rules from contributing modules.
  • Ability for each module to define it's own validator
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DataBoss - Dynamic Administrator v3.0.0 Released!

Luis Majano |  August 29, 2019

It has been a long time coming, but we finally get a major release for DataBoss our Dynamic Administrator. This major release brings a slew of updates, new features and now Adobe 2016, 2018 and Lucee 5 Support.

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Brad Wood

August 22, 2019

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We are pleased to announce the first release of the CommandBox Service Manager 1.0.0.  The Service Manager is a commercial CommandBox module that allows you to create, update, and control Windows Services for your CommandBox servers with ease.  You can configure logging, auto-restart, and the user the service runs as.   This is ideal for a staging or production server setup where you want certain CommandBox servers to always be running, even if the server reboots.

Usage

 After you purchase and install module, you'll unlock a new set of "server service" commands to create and manage your services.

install commandbox-service-manager@ortus

server service create
server service start

Here is the full list of commands you can use:

  • server service create - Create a new Windows service that will start a CommandBox server
  • server service remove - Remove a Windows service
  • server service update - Update settings for an existing service
  • server service start - Start a service (same as clicking start in the Windows Services screen)
  • server service stop - Stop a service (same as clicking stop  in the Windows Services screen)
  • server service restart - Restart a service (same as clicking restart in the Windows Services screen)
  • server service status - View the status of a service

You can read more in depth information in our docs:

https://commandbox-service-manager.ortusbooks.com/

Purchase

The module is priced at $49 per server and you can manage as many services as you like on that server with your license.  The licensing is simple and works the same whether it's your production server, or a local development machine.  

To purchase the module and start using it today, head over to our product page:

https://ortussolutions.com/products/commandbox-service-manager

Linux support is underway and we'll be adding Mac support as well soon.

Luis Majano

August 16, 2019

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We are very excited to announce the release of ColdBox version 5.6.0 alongside all the companion standalone libraries: WireBox, LogBox and CacheBox.

What's New With 5.6.0

ColdBox 5.6.0 is a minor version update with lots of fixes, improvements, performance enhancements and some nice new features. Below are the major areas of improvement and the full release notes. To update ColdBox or any of the standalone libraries just leverage CommandBox:

  • update coldbox
  • update logbox
  • update wirebox
  • update cachebox

Major Updates

Performance

We had two specific tickets that have resulted in extreme performance improvements for ALL ColdBox requests. You will feel and see the difference:

  • [COLDBOX-799] - Event Handler Bean: Single instance per handler action for major performance improvements

This ticket was contributed by Dom Watson (https://twitter.com/dom_watson) one of the lead engineers of the amazing PresideCMS project built on top of ColdBox. We worked together to avoid the creation of handler beans on each runnable event. We now cache each event handler bean representation which results in an extreme boost in performance. Thanks Dom!

  • [COLDBOX-810] - Remove afterInstanceAutowire interceptor in handlerService as afterHandlerCreation is now officially removed.

Thanks to our local mad scientist Brad Wood, he reported that the handler services still listened to ALL CFC creations in an application in order to relay an afterHandlerCreation interception point from the good 'ol 2.6 days. This has been finally removed and boom, another big boost in performance!

Better Bug Reports

We have enhanced the bug reporting templates to include much more information when dealing with exceptions:

  • Show SQL error details on Adobe CF
  • Current route, params and debug info
  • Contributing module for the current routed URL

Merging of HTTP Verbs

Thanks to our very own Eric Peterson, you can now merge HTTP verbs on the same route pattern, which you could not do before:

router
    .post( "photos/", "photos.create" )
    .get( "photos/", "photos.index" )
    .delete( "photos/", "photos.remove" );

ColdBox Core Release Notes

Bugs

  • [COLDBOX-778] - ModuleService to add default route doesn't work correctly
  • [COLDBOX-794] - Fix default bug report to show SQL error detail for adobe SQL exceptions
  • [COLDBOX-796] - When doing package resolving if you are in a module it still tries to resolve a module
  • [COLDBOX-806] - Error in HTML helper WRAPPERATTRS doesn't exist in argument scope
  • [COLDBOX-811] - Include the colon for non 80 or 443 port numbers #419 in github

New Features

  • [COLDBOX-812] - Allow merging of HTTP verbs when doing separate verbs for the same route
  • [COLDBOX-813] - Update cfconfig to use env variables instead of inline mixins, modernizeOrDie

Improvements

  • [COLDBOX-795] - Add more current route information to the BugReport.cfm template
  • [COLDBOX-797] - Ability for bug reports and app to know which module contributed the incoming URL route.
  • [COLDBOX-798] - Use of .keyExists() can needlessly use memory in requests, suggest StructKeyExists() instead
  • [COLDBOX-799] - Event Handler Bean: Single instance per handler action for major performance improvements
  • [COLDBOX-800] - HandlerService.cfc$newHandler(): declares variables that are never used
  • [COLDBOX-810] - Remove afterInstanceAutowire interceptor in handlerService as afterHandlerCreation is now officially removed.

CacheBox Release Notes

Bugs

  • [CACHEBOX-56] - AbstractCacheProvider.getOrSet(): local var unscoped when checking if null

ColdBox 5.5.0 Released!

Luis Majano |  June 14, 2019

What's New With v5.5.0

We are very excited to bring you ColdBox Platform v5.5.0! This is a minor release packed with a punch of improvements and some cool new features. The major libraries upgraded are ColdBox MVC and WireBox in this release.

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