New CFCDev List Feature - Digest Mode

Back in the day, you used to be able to subscribe to the CFCDev listserv in digest mode. When we first switched mail servers to MailEnable, we lost that capability as it wasn't supported. I'm happy to report that our latest upgrade to SmarterMail allows us to once again offer digest mode for subscribers.

The new digest mode is set to send the list digest once per day. Currently, it's set to strip attachments, but if I get enough requests, I may enable them. There really aren't that many that get posted to the list, so I'll let that feature be demand driven.

In any case, if you wish to subscribe to the CFCDev list in digest mode, you can do so from the CFCDev Subscription Page, or by sending an email to with the following in the BODY of the message:

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1subscribe cfcdev
2Set mode digest cfcdev

Damon Cooper's Looking For ColdFusion IDE Feedback

Damon Cooper (Adobe CF Team) is looking for feedback on what people would like to see in the ultimate ColdFusion IDE. He doesn't make any mention of what Adobe is planning to do with this feedback, but if I had to guess, I'd say they are planning to put some Adobe resources toward supporting CFEclipse. Just before Macromedia was aquired by Adobe, Macromedia had made a similar pledge. Either way, it will be interesting to see what comes of this.

CFCDev is Back - Your Attention Is Required

Greeting CFCDev List Subscribers,

As you are probably aware by now, the CFCDev mailing list has had several problems over the past weel. I'd like to personally apologize for those of you who have been inconvenienced by multiple emails from the system. Our mail server had serious issues, and we ended up having to replace it with new software.

The good news is we now have a new/better mail server and listserv. The bad news is we had to totally recreate the CFCDev list and as such are going to require everyone to re-subscribe (rather than risk spamming everyone). If you do re-subscribe, please note that there may be TEMPORARY issues with the list while we bring everyone online. Please bear with us here. If you have issues, rather than emailing the list, please email me directly at rbils (at)

To re-subscribe to the list, do one of the following:

visit and fill out the subscribe form


Send an email to Include the following in the BODY of the message:

subscribe cfcdev

If you have any questions, please email me. Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we restore the list.

Apologies to CFCDev List Subscribers/Status Update

First, let me sincerely apologize to all CFCDev subscribers for any email mishaps over the past week. We had a catastrophic crash of our mail server, and Ray and I have been working to get things back up and running. During the past week, the mail server basically went crazy and started sending out tons (and I mean tons) of duplicate messages. To anyone we may have inadvertantly spammed, I personally apologize.

That said, we have our new mail server in place and are working today to migrate the list subscribers, test the system, and once again restore service to the CFCDev list.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, or you just want to yell at me for filling your inbox full of rubish, fire away!

Another blogCFC Upgrade Gotcha

Over the weekend, I noticed that several of my older blog posts weren't showing up when I searched for them on my site. After a little more digging, I found that several hundred seemed to be missing. I couldn't get to them via a search, by date, or even by their UUID directly in the URL. I checked the database tables, and sure enough they were there.

After a little more digging, it turns out the problem has to do with having upgraded from blogCFC 3.x to 4.x to 5.x. Along the upgrade path, changes there were several additions to the blogCFC database, as well as the core CFC code. One of those changes introduced a new field in the tblBlogEntries table called username. The username is supposed to contain the username of the person making the blog entry. In my case, all "new" blog entries from blog CFC 4.x on had a value in this field. Older entries, from the blogCFC 3.x days didn't. Instead, they were NULL. This caused the main method in blogCFC.cfc to return no results for entries with NULL for the username. You can see why in the WHERE clause for the getEntry method:

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1where = <cfqueryparam value="" cfsqltype="CF_SQL_VARCHAR" maxlength="35">
2and = <cfqueryparam value="" cfsqltype="CF_SQL_VARCHAR" maxlength="50">
3and    tblblogentries.username = tblusers.username

Once I made an entry in the username column for all of my "legacy" entries, all of the posts started showing up as expected.

Blog Updated to blogCFC 5.1.001

It took all weekend, but I was finally able to get my blog updated to the (almost) latest version of blogCFC. It looks like I wasn't the only one who had a hard time with the upgrade. Admittedly, my troubles were all self inflicted as I had quite a bit of customization to both the look and feel, and some code I had in place to manage two blogs from a single codebase.

If you don't use WinMerge, I suggest taking a look. Without a diff/merge tool like this, it would have taken me a heck of a lot longer to perform the upgrade.

So far, everything with 5.1 seems to be working ok. I had some errors from the Yahoo slurp spider trying to follow my Print links. Not sure why it's doing that as the links are clearly labeled NOFOLLOW.

CFCDev List is Back Up

Ok, that was fast. The CFCDev mailing list is now working correctly. It looks like the spam filtering was ratched up a little too tightly and was blocking some valid messages. We'll be addressing this over the next few days as we find the right balance between valid messages and spam filtering.

CFCDev List Currently Down

Just a quick note that the CFCDev list is currently down due to an issue implementing our new Spam filtering system. We're currently working on the issue and hope to have it resolved shortly.

Reminder: CFUNITED Flickr Pool

Just a reminder for folks headed to CFUNITED (and those watching from home), there's an active Flickr Pool where you can post and view photos from the event as well as post messages. The group currently contains a lot of photos from last year's event, and I'm hoping it's just as popular this year!

The Best of CFGURU

Other than a blog post by Simon Horwith, I haven't seen much chatter regarding the new CFGURU blog. The CFGURU blog is a companion site to the private CFGURU mailing list. The site is moderated by Shlomy Gantz, with a charter to share useful discussions from the mailing list with the ColdFusion community at large.

There are currently only a handful of posts on the site, but you can expect a lot more great content as Shlomy compiles and publishes posts from the list.