ColdBox LITE is here!

Luis Majano November 15, 2012

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Luis Majano

November 15, 2012

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We are so proud to announce our general availability of ColdBox LITE!  Hmm, what is ColdBox LITE?

ColdBox LITE (CBL) is an MVC framework with a subset of features of the ColdBox Platform that deal with MVC only. Thus, providing a light-weight conventions based MVC framework. Since ColdBox itself is built with modularity, CBL was the last piece we wanted to decouple from the platform to provide yet another standalone library for ColdFusion. CBL focuses on providing developers a light weight MVC engine in two flavors:

The ORM flavor includes all of our ORM additions such as Active Entity, ORM base and virtual services, Hibernate criteria and detached criteria builders and ORM Dependency Injection. CBL also includes WireBox as the standard engine that provides access to the model, dependency injection and persistence.


Did you expect less? Of course it is fully documented:

What does it not include?

CBL does not include the following capabilities as they are found in the ColdBox Platform:

Which one do I use?

ColdBox LITE is meant to be a simplistic conventions based engine, so it sports a very low entry barrier and targets small to medium sized applications that only concern themselves with MVC concerns.  If your application grows (which the majority do) or you are planning already a larger application then might as well start with ColdBox Platform.

How do I migrate?

We have designed the libraries to work in unison.  Therefore, you can upgrade and downgrade as you see fit.  All this is determined by your application's Application.cfc.  The class path of the framework bootstrap application is what determines your engine.

Video Introduction

We have done already a recording (about 1 hour) of all the things you can do with ColdBox LITE and you can find it in our ColdBox Connection recordings page.


We have also started to build our samples gallery for ColdBox LITE.  You can download our gallery and also visit its source code so you can fork it in GitHub.


Below are the links to download the source bits and also to download our integrated development environment: DevBox as well!



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Nov 16, 2012 09:01:16 UTC

by David Boyer

Is there a github project for CBL itself? Can only see ones for DevBox and the CBL samples. Thanks :)

Nov 16, 2012 17:35:09 UTC

by Luis Majano

Hi David, the repository for CBL is the same as ColdBox. We have scrpts that build the different frameworks from the same source code. It is much better maintenance and versioning for us than to create separate repositories for each build.

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