Author Archive: Dipanwita Sarkar

Datasource specific code assist

Beta3 build of CFBuilder has some handy datasource specific code assist:
- As the ‘datasource’ attribute of tag is no longer mandatory, if this.datasource is specified in Application.cfc, CFBuilder intelligently picks that up and shows appropriate assist for tables and columns
- this.datasource in Application.cfc shows the available datasources
- <cfdbinfo> tag also shows code assist on tables and columns wherever applicable based on the datasource specified
Please note that CF server needs to be associated with your project in order to get datasource specific code assist.

ORM specific code assist

Code assist now has a brand new addition under its umbrella – ORM code assist! Do try your hands on them and let us know your feedback.
Couple of ORM specific code assist that CFBuilder provides:
- for This.ormsettings in Application.cfc
- for entity names in entityLoad(), entityNew() and entityFindByPK() functions and method names for variables created in relevant cases
- for methods and properties returned by entityLoad(), entityNew() and entityFindByPK() functions
- for attributes table, discriminatorcolumn and joincolumn of cfcomponent tag
- if entity name is not speficied for ORM cfc, it is considered to be same as cfc name
- for code hyperlinks for entity names and methods
- for attributes of cfproperty – name, fieldtype, linktable, fkcolumn, inversejoincolumn, cfc, column, structkeycolumn and elementcolumn

CFB performance on Mac – How is it linked to disabling Firefox preview in CFB?

Many users on Mac have been reporting weird performance issues post Beta2 though we had done much work around performance improvement. Here’s a workaround to get rid of the unexplained CFB slowdown issues that you have been facing. Internal browser is created in Eclipse with SWT.MOZILLA type. We added this in beta2. There is a bug logged with Eclipse at As per the bug report, SWT.MOZILLA type causes windowserver process of Mac to go crazy. So, what you can do now is disable Firefox preview option in CFB.
Go to Preferences->HTML->Editors->HTML->Preview. At the bottom you will see browser type listed. Uncheck Firefox, restart CFB. You might also need to uncheck Preferences->ColdFusion->Extensions->Use Mozilla browser for Extensions just in case you have it checked. Let me know if you still experience the gradual slowdown issue.

SQL editor & SQL code assist

Open SQL Editor:
You can right-click in the CFML editor, and select SQL Editor.
Or, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+S (Windows) or Command_Alt+S (Mac OS).
Using SQL Editor to write and edit SQL statements:
In the SQL Editor, select a server from the Server drop-down list and a database from the Datasources drop-down list.
Enter the SQL statement and click OK. The SQL statement is inserted in the CFML editor at the current caret position.
You can also copy SQL code blocks from the SQL Editor directly into the CFML editor by selecting the code block and pressing Shift+Enter.
To edit a SQL code block in the CFML editor, select the code block, right-click, and select SQL Editor. The selected code block appears in the SQL Editor.
Code Assist for SQL statements:
Code Assist is available only for database table names and field names in the SQL statement.
For code hints to appear, begin entering the SQL statement in the SQL editor, and press Ctrl+<Space> to display the database table names or field names.
Navigate through the list of table names or field names using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys.
Select a table name or field name and press Enter. The selected table or field is added to the SQL statement.

Issues on Mac – some tips

For those of you facing CFB performance and stability issues on Snow Leopard or on Mac in general, can you please try the following and let us know if you see any difference?
1. Uncheck ‘Use Mozilla browser for Extensions’ in Preferences->ColdFusion->Extensions
2. Turn off ‘Time Machine’ in System Preferences
Adobe ColdFusion QE Team

CFBuilder(CFB) performance

This is the key area we are trying to focus on for our next release. We had done considerable work on performance improvements for the previous Beta. But, we do understand that there is scope of improvement. We have gathered a mixed feedback from various forums, surveys, interaction in conferences, bugs reported etc, whereby we found that some users see the improvements whereas some still face serious issues with performance. For example, many of you reported issues with editor once you upgraded to Snow Leopard. There are many editor issues discussed like the ones on Snow Leopard, editing being slow even with small files, huge startup time, CFB becoming unusable, unstable build, system slowing down on using CFB etc, the repro cases for which are not straightforward. We do not hit upon them when we try out the reported cases here. The issues users face could be due to various reasons like improper installation, jvm.config tuning, server settings collection, system environment etc. So, we need more help and specific inputs from you in order to know what exactly is going wrong when user is trying to do a particular operation in CFB.
If you have been facing any of the issues mentioned above or something even remotely similar to them, please take the stack trace using the handy tool at

All you need to do is to select the CFBuilder process id from the current list of processes and get the thread dump.
The tool is free if you use Java Web Start to download it. And works on MAC, Linux & Windows.
I urge each one of you who are facing or have already reported any of these issues to please use the tool and send us the thread dump as soon as you hit upon them. You can email it to me directly at with a crisp description of the issue. Users on Snow Leopard who have reported that they find CFB unstable on this platform, please send us the details as and when you face them using this tool. This will help us to resolve your painpoints.
For free evaluation license, Go to Help->License, pick up the System Id from there. Then register yourself and provide the System ID. You will get an evaluation license with expiry date through email.

SQL Editor

With this release we give you a brand new SQL editor which is integrated into the CFML editor. The SQL Editor supports code assist and code colorization for the following types of SQL statements:

  • Select
  • Insert
  • Update
  • Delete

Also, note that for SQL statements within the cfquery tag, code assist is available in the CFML editor itself. You need not open the SQL Editor for code completion hints. In order to get code assist in the main editor or the SQL editor, you must have a server configured, running and associated with your project in ColdFusion Builder. The SQL editor does not support offline databases. I shall write more about the type of SQL code assist available in subsequent posts.

SQL colorization

Did you know that you can colorize your SQL inside <cfquery> now? You can colorize SQL keywords, comments, and text within the cfquery tag. And yes, you can set your SQL colorization preferences through Window->Preferences->ColdFusion->Editor Profiles->Editor->Colors->Tokens->SQL. Hope this helps in resolving the issue of SQL code not standing out in your CFML code.

What does not work in content assist if a server is not associated with a project

We have seen people reporting about scenarios where content assist does not show up in their project files as expected. So, just thought of jotting down couple of cases where content assist will not work if one does not associate a server with a project:

  • CFCs in webroot of server – list of CFCs will not show up and content assist on methods will not be available
  • CFCs mapped in CF administrator – list of CFCs will not show up and content assist on methods will not be available
  • Built-in CFCs like query.cfc, mail.cfc, pdf.cfc etc will not be available in content assist
  • Datasources configured in CF administrator – In , content assist on datasources will not show up.

CFUnited – Pre-session for CFBuilder BYL

Just wanted to add that the room where we are going to conduct this pre-session installation in Millenium Falcon (12th August at the lunch hour).