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ColdBox 2.0.1, Dashboard 2.1.0 Released and much more!!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


Welcome to another wonderful release day. This day marks a milestone in ColdBox development as I deploy the new deployment formats and two separate products: ColdBox ColdFusion Framework and ColdBox Dashboard. They are now two separate products with separate licenses and development timelines. So enjoy these new versions!! Before the news and release notes I want to thank God for his wisdom in yet another action packed release and for giving me the projects to help the ColdFusion community. And now the news:

Brian LeGros Joins the ColdBox Team

I met Brian last year in Florida and met him again at CF Objective this year. We went over the entire roadmap of ColdBox and he decided to dedicate development time to the framework and has already come up with some exciting new features for the framework. He has over 7 years experience with ColdFusion and assorted web-based technologies, employed by Central Florida Investments as a Technical Lead for the Web Development Team and has a degree from the University of Central Florida, BS in Computer Science. His Java and OO experience will bring new methodologies and technology to this framework. So please welcome Brian to this community effort.

ColdBox 2.0.1

Welcome to another release of the ColdBox framework. Below you will see a summary of all the fixes and new features this release now holds. Updates and Enhancements * All guides updated with new content and strategies. * New Guides: Plugins Guide, Refactoring Guide * RequestContext/Event Debugger Monitor : You can now see snapshots of the request context as it traverses executed events. Great for debugging changes in the request context. You can now monitor EVERYTHING! * Custom Conventions : You can now choose your own application layout conventions. YES SIR!! Choose your own conventions and easily update them using the new ColdBox Dashboard. * Modified Application Template, more generation via ANT, unit tests and consolidations. Yes, you heard me right, you can now do Unit Tests on Event Handlers!! * Addition of Cache Object Expiration Dates to debugger, you can now see when objects will expire. * Added Memento's to ColdBox Bean Objects * Custom Exception Template Included in application template. WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER * Config Override Variable - Choose your own config file from within the index.cfm. You can now choose to load any coldbox configuration file for your application. You can do multi-tiered configurations files and load them as needed. WOW!! Fixes * Fixes for case sensitive OS's * Timer Plugin extends fix. * Cache Panel Monitor Not opening div Fix * Samples gallery changelocale context fix * Coldboxreader - ehUser.doLogin, context not found Fix * Config.xsd - Change xs:sequence to xs:all * XMLParser fails on file read for CFMX 6.XX * Logger Plugin - init method fails if using as a new instance - check for coldboxlogslocation var * beanFactory - not properly executing MIXIN or injected UDF's on CFC * Debugger Panel CSS and HTML Cleanup * Cache locking timeouts increased to 30 seconds * Debugger fails when request.debugTimers is not set * Critical Error when using Cache JVM Thresholds - 500 Error * MS Sql 200 scripts for coldboxreader failed * Galleon Admin Sample - Paging is invalid * Login sample App Updated * Refactor.xml - Errors on absolute prefixes. * Bug Report/Debugger enhance to use request Context Methods * Transfer Sample, MSSQL script is invalid * Timer Fix - Initial testing logic for determining application in debug mode. As you can see, action packed!! And now to a new generation of ColdBox IDE.

ColdBox Dashboard 2.1.0

The new dashboard has several internal fixes and the following enhancements: * Framework Conventions: You can now change your application layout conventions right from the dashboard. * Application Generator: Introducing the basis of RAD for ColdBox applications. You now have an application generator that will generate your basic application with several customizable features and even UNIT TESTS!!

App Generator

Well, this wraps up another release day. Stay tuned as there are tons of more upcoming releases and plans for The Premier ColdFusion Framework, ColdBox!!


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ColdBox 2.0.2 now out!! Come and get it!! Tons of new stuff.

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


Well, yet another ColdBox release!! This one is an exciting one as we approach the 2.1.0 release. More unit testing capabilities, less restrictions, more fixes and more great stuff. This release thanks to God's grace on permitting me do thing I though I could not do. So here is the list of fixes, features and updates. Ohh by the way, a whole new Dashboard is also release, version 2.2.0 with full Railo support, more application generation capabilities, BlueDragon 7 support, and more.

ColdBox 2.0.2

* Full Railo 2.0 Support * Full BlueDragon 7 support * Application Template updated with new Unit Testing Suites, and new base unit test handler. * New and Updated Eclipse Snippets with unit test skeletons. * Docs updated to reflect changes * Discovery of CFML engine and version and store in ColdBoxSettings * BlueDragon 7 Charting - Enable for OCM * Samples Gallery updated with i18n Fixes. * Logger plugin compliance to coldfusion 8 eclipse plugins. * Customizable event variable name via config.xml, no more only 'event' you can now choose your own. * ExceptionService - if custom bug report fails, error calling exception handler Fixed. * Unit Testing Controller, Base Test And Test Suites,You can even use the setnextevent method now. * Request Context - New Methods for DefaultLayout, DefaultView, and ViewLayouts * BugReport use new event methods for reporting. * Default View Setting alongside Default Layout, you can now also choose a default view. * IncludeUDF() method for handlers/Plugins - You can now programmatically mix-in methods into any handler and plugin. Advanced OO features. * Critical Fix for Concurrency issue on config reloads * Concurrency locks for OCM - friendlier locks * ColdSpring ColdBox Proxy Factory: ColdboxFactory.cfc, you can now use this factory in your coldspring declarations to get a reference to the current running coldbox controller, instantiate plugins, and configuration beans. * setnextEvent - proxy updates to grab the last part of the cgi script_name Fix * ColdBox OCM - expireAll() new method, will expire all objects in the cache. * Code optimization and cleanup. * Now includes a cheat sheet. As you can see, action-packed like always.

Dashboard 2.2.0

* New Application generator, with unit test suites, event names and much more. * Railo support finalized, will be released later as a railo archive. * Cosmetic additions * Cleanup and optimization.

As always, thank you for your support. Please support open source. You can download the bits from the Downloads location.

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ColdBox CFEclipse Dictionary & Insight. Happy 4th of July

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


Happy 4th of July!! And to commemorate this great holiday, why not have a surprise features. Yes, CFEclipse tag insight, function and scope insight for ColdBox. You can now have insight into the major scopes of ColdBox like event, rc, controller and also all the methods that are used in event handlers, plugins, layouts and views. WOW!! A handy way of coding, and much much faster.

Event Insight

Is this awesome or what!! This will help your development as you can see the latest syntax for the major components of ColdBox. All you need to do, is download the dictionary and follow the instructions found at

Event Insight

That is it, you will now have function and scope insight right from CFEclipse. I HAVE UPDATED THE DISTRIBUTION ZIP FILE TO INCLUDE THE CFECLIPSE DICTIONARY

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ColdBox 2.0.3 & Dashboard 2.2.1 now available!!!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


Well, we have done it again, version 2.0.3 of The ColdBox Framework is now out and can be downloaded here. and we have a new logo: This release is the first one to include contributed content from Rob Gonda, Tom de Manincor, Brian LeGros, Sana Ullah and Aaron Roberson. The ColdBox Team and contributors are growing. The following is a list of what this release is composed of:

  • Documentation updated and more guides
  • New Sample Apps: Lightwire Sample and CCTApp by Tom de Manincor & Rob Gonda
  • #169 Structure variable declarations in the config updated, you can now also use = and : when declaring complex variables.
  • #178 LightWire is now fully supported and included with ColdBox for out of the box IOC. You can now develop your applications using a dependency injection framework right out of the box. Thanks to Aaron Roberson & Peter bell for contributing this key feature
  • #200 queryHelper new methods: getColumnArray(), getCountDistinct(), getRowNumber() thanks to Sana Ullah
  • #205 Critical Concurrency fix in the coldbox.cfm template.
  • #206 Removal of client variable references.
  • #207 clientstorage plugin syntax updated
  • #208 sessionstorage plugin syntax updated
  • #209 ColdBoxFactory.cfc updated with new method - getColdboxOCM(). To get a reference to the cache manager
    from within coldspring.
  • #210 Samples Gallery Content Updated.
  • #211 Var scoping optimizations
  • #212 Illidium Scaffolding Templates
  • #213 Configuration file now named: coldbox.xml.cfm or config.xml.cfm
  • #214 Testcontroller - When unit testing relocations, the setnext event will now save the event and querystring
    in the request collection for assertions.
  • #215 Significant Performance Optimizations, you thought ColdBox was fast, well now you will fly!! If you are running ColdFusion 8, the performance boost is SUBSTANTIAL
  • #217 Eclipse Dictionaries and snippets Updated
  • #218 ColdBox Cheat Sheet Updated
  • #219 Samples with JQuery updated to
  • #220 rc scope can now be found natively in all layouts and views. No need to declare it. This does not apply to handler/plugins.
  • #221 Logger plugin has been optimized and its 50% faster. You can also define the maximum number
    of archives to keep in the rotation, you can configure it via the settings.xml
  • ColdBox Dashboard 2.2.1 is also now included to take care of all setting updates.

For a more in depth overview, look at the Trac Site So enjoy this release. The ColdBox website is also being renovated and will be launched soon. Development is now strong for version 2.1.0 and we have some extraordinary features coming your way. So please show your support and God Bless.

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ColdBox 2.5.0 Beta 1 is now available!!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


Well ladies and gentleman, a new era of ColdBox is here and its called ColdBox 2.5.0 : Romans 8:32

This is a major step forwards for ColdBox and I am proud now to announce all the new features (some are left out for beta 2, hush hush). The new Dashboard is still in construction and not included in this beta. The sample applications are unfinished also, but 2.5.0 compliant.

Here are two new guides and the documentation will start its updating cycle starting today:

Compatibility Guide:

New Interceptors Guide:

New Request Context Decorators Guide:


You can find the download in the forums.



Fixes, Updates and New Features for 2.5.0 : Romans 8:32

- #135 Application.cfc Support, Application.cfm + index.cfm combo still supported but will be deprecated by the 2.7 version. Please update your apps to use the included Application.cfc.

- #163 Project Interceptors : You can now intercept calls in over 12 execution points of a user request,

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ColdBox 2.5.0 RC 1 updated, please download fix.

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


I have just updated three critical fixes on the RC1 bits that I forgot to include in my script and on my tests. The fixes encompasses the following: 1) Applications running off a root where not registering the handlers property. This has been solved. 2) The multi-threaded logger for coldfusion 8 and bluedragon 7 has been updated with the correct attributes that where missing. 3) The multi-threaded cache manager for coldfusion 8 and bluedragon7 has been updated with the correct attributes that where missing. That's it folks, sorry for the excitement. Please give the download a try again. These errors where reported by Sana Ullah, so thanks so much Sana!! You are always helping out and making ColdBox better. Enjoy and God Bless. Download from here

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ColdBox RC 2 Now AVAILABLE!!!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


RC 2 includes tons of fixes and the up and coming SES support. Please test to your heart's delight. Download RC 2 Now You can find more guides at the wiki and the What's new guide at That will tell you everything.

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ColdBox 2.5.0 Final Release is here!!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


After several months of development, ColdBox 2.5.0 is finally here. This is a truly great release and I want to thank God for his guidance. The release includes tons of new features, updates and fixes. All you need to know about the framework has been documented and can be found at the current wiki: What's New in 2.5.0 Also, a compatibility guide has been created. Most likely all of your 2.0.3 code will be compatible. However, you need to understand the changes that 2.5.0 implements, since it now uses Application.cfc as a bootstrapper. You can find the guide here: Compatibility Guides for 2.5.0 Many people collaborated on this release and there are too many to name, but some are: Sana Ullah, Oscar Arevalo, Russ Johnson, Rob Gonda, Brian LeGros, Tom DeManincor, Matt Quackenbush, Aaron Roberson, Peter Bell, etc... Thanks guys!! Well, enjoy this release, and please let me know what are your thoughts and how "WE, TEAM COLDBOX" can improve on this incredible framework and software toolkit. You can download the software here:
Also, a new cheat sheet has been created and it totally rocks!! It is two pages long and it will help you in almost any ColdBox development. Enjoy this awesome release!!

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ColdBox 2.5.2 and New Official ColdBox Website Released Today!

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


ColdBox 2.5.2 is now available! This is an important update that will fix several bugs and some new updates. Also, not only is the new version out, but the new Official ColdBox Website. It has a spanking new look and its full of information for all users. There are several announcements on it, as well as the starting point of turning ColdBox into a Professional Open Source Project. So 2008 will sure be an interesting year for ColdBox, so stay tuned as the website gathers momentum and the next versions are already in the works.

As a sidenote, the entire new website is based on the following technologies that ColdBox recommends as a base for all web development projects:

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New ColdBox Plugin: rssReader, get it from the code depot.

Luis Majano
Oct 15, 2008


I have completed a very cool rssReader plugin for the next installment of ColdBox. This is a stand alone plugin that I would like the community to try out and see if it would make sense to add it to the core plugins list for version 2.6.

What is so special on this plugin?

  • Uses a file caching technique by serializing/deserializing the rss structure into bytearrays.
  • The file cache is configurable and has an exposed API for you to use.
  • One standard format for RSS or ATOM feeds
  • ISO86901 and RFC822 Date Formatting and parsing. All dates are translated to standard coldfusion date strings. No need to translate or parse.
  • Easily to configure via your coldbox.xml.cfm
  • Ability to return feed items as a query or array of structures.

Those are some of the features of this plugin. The plugin is built using a cfhttp method, so its compatible with cf7 and cf8. Anyways, take it for a spin and let me know your thoughts on it. Especially if you think the plugin would be beneficial for the next ColdBox version 2.6

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