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"Internals of the Adobe ColdFusion Server", with Elliott Sprehn

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 6:00pm US EDT (UTC/GMT-4) (What time is that for you? See which shows the time as US EDT and you can choose your city from the list offered to see what time that is in your own timezone.)
Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Our second session for the day, at 6pm, will be "Internals of the Adobe ColdFusion Server" with Elliott Sprehn. This is a repeat of a very popular talk he gave at CFUnited, and while that was recorded, the sound was very rough, so we're happy to give Elliott the chance to present it again, both for those who couldn't attend and for those who had difficulty watching the recording.
TOPIC DESCRIPTION: To many CF developers the ColdFusion server is a block box that just works. This presentation takes a look at how the internals of the engine operate. The presentation covers how variables, scopes, functions, cfcs, custom tags, includes and java objects are implemented and how we can use this knowledge to do things not normally possible with the CF functions. We'll look at how to implement several features in CF6, CF7 and CF8 like:

  • Query Caching with the native CF query cache for queries that use cfqueryparam.

  • Create and execute queries that use cfqueryparam from cfscript.

  • Create a function like CF8 to get database info for a datasource.

  • Add global mappings by appending to a structure like this.mappings in CF8.

  • Call functions and component methods and inspect the local scope after their execution.

  • Access the Application.cfc anywhere in an application.

  • Allow passing arrays of values in the url scope instead of lists when there are duplicate keys.

SPEAKER: Elliott is a software engineer at TeraTech, Inc. and the lead developer for the Conferences department. He has worked on a variety of projects that include network services, realtime messaging systems, survey processors and most commonly web applications. As a strong advocate of web standards and accessibility he volunteers his free time to help new developers learn standards and best practices. He is also proponent of design patterns and draws his vision about application design from experience with many languages that include ColdFusion, Java, ruby and php.
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