Some very informative blog posts by Sandeep Paliwal :
Some very informative blog posts by Sandeep Paliwal :
ColdFusion Builder makes working with components really easy. It understands the component resolution technique and generates the fully qualified name of the components, in compliance with server. The fully qualified names of the component are available in multiple places in ColdFusion Builder:
ColdFusion Builder also resolves the components in a given page by checking the component that can be resolved with available details in the project and the server.
ColdFusion Builder searches the source/location of component in the following order of priority:
Note: ColdFusion Builder reads the mapping from the server only if RDS details are provided for the server. Project should be associated with server to see the qualified names of the component in the mapping location.
Note: Project should be associated with the server to see the qualified name of component from webroot.
Note: When you create a linked folder with ColdFusion Builder using the Project Wizard or Project Property preferences, check the option Use Link folder name. If you use Eclipse, the option is checked by default.
If the option is checked, component qualified name is generated by prefixing the name of the linked folder of the components inside the linked folder.
For example, C:\MyCFCs\folder1\sample.cfc where MyCFCs is the name of linked folder is resolved as mycfcs.folder1.sample.
Note: ColdFusion Builder reads the custom tag location from server only if RDS details are provided for the server. Project should be associated with server to see the qualified names of the component in the custom tag location.
ColdFusion Builder creates qualified names of the components from different location as discussed in the previous section. You have the option to create qualified names when you launch ColdFusion Builder. Locate the option from Preferences > Startup > Build CFC in project, at start-up.
Note: Uncheck this option if you don’t want ColdFusion Builder to create qualified names for you.
Now use this information when you build application that deals with hundreds of components and let ColdFusion Builder, not you, worry about your CFCs.
- SQL editor now has the tab for executing a query. Currently, you can execute only a ‘select’ statement in the SQL editor and it fetches all records at once.
- Code assist has been added for Select, Insert, Update and Delete statements .
- More intelligence have been added to SQL code assist to ensure that code assist for appropriate tables and columns are displayed only at relevant places while typing.
Do let us know if you like what you see in SQL code assist and also what enhancements you would like to see in future releases.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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.
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.