What's New With 7.2.0

November 18, 2023

Welcome to ColdBox 7.2.0, which packs a big punch on stability and tons of new features.

ColdBox Updates

SchemaInfo Helper

A new helper has been born that assists you with dealing with Database Schema-related methods that are very common and core to ColdBox and supporting modules. This will grow as needed and be decoupled to its own module later.

  • hasTable()

  • hasColumn()

  • getDatabaseInfo()

  • getTextColumnType()

  • getDateTimeColumnType()

  • getQueryParamDateTimeType()

Async allApply() error handlers

The allApply() is great when dealing with async operations on arrays or collections of objects. However, if something blows up, it would blow up with no way for you to log in or know what happened. However, now you can pass an errorHandler argument which is a UDF/closure that will be attached to the onException() method of the future object. This way, you can react, log, or recover.

results = asyncManager.newFuture().allApply(
	items : data,
	fn : ( record ) => {
		var thisItem = new tests.tmp.User();
		thisItem.injectState = variables.injectState;

		// Inject Both States
		thisItem.injectState( protoTypeState );
		thisItem.injectState( record );

		return thisItem;
	errorHandler : ( e ) => systemOutput( "error: #e.message#" )

Scheduled Task Groups

All scheduled tasks now have a group property so you can group your tasks. This is now available when creating tasks or setting them manually.

task( "email-notifications" )
  .setGroup( "admin" )
  .call( () => getInstance( "UserService" ).sendNotifications() )
  .everyDayAt( "13:00" )

You can then get the group using the getGroup() method or it will be added to all task metadata and stats.

New everySecond() period

A new period method shortcut: everySecond(). Very useful so you can fill up your logs with data.

task( "heartbeat" )
    .call( () => systemOutput( "data" ) )

Task Results Are Optionals

All task results, if any, are now stored in a ColdBox Optional. Which is a class that can deal with nulls gracefully and it's very fluent:

A container object which may or may not contain a non-null value. If a value is present, isPresent() will return true and get() will return the value. Additional methods that depend on the presence or absence of a contained value are provided, such as orElse() (return a default value if value not present) and ifPresent() (execute a block of code if the value is present). See https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/java/util/Optional.html

Task Get Last Result

New method to get the last result, if any, from a task via the getLastResult() method.

var result = task.getLastResult().orElse( "nada" )

DateTimeHelper Updates

Lot's of great new methods and goodies so you can deal with date and times and timezones Oh My!

  • now( [timezone] )

  • getSystemTimezoneAsString()

  • getLastBusinessDayOfTheMonth()

  • getFirstBusinessDayOfTheMonth()

  • dateTimeAdd()

  • timeUnitToSeconds()

  • validateTime()

  • getIsoTime()

  • toInstant()

  • toLocalDateTime()

  • parse()

  • toLocalDate()

  • getTimezone()

  • getSystemTimezone()

  • toJavaDate()

  • duration()

  • period()

WireBox Updates

AOP Auto Mixer

If in your binder you declare aspects or AOP bindings. Then WireBox will automatically detect it and load the AOP Mixer listener for you. You no longer have to declare it manually.

CacheBox Updates

New Struct Literal Config

You can now configure CacheBox by just passing a struct of CacheBox DSL config data:


new cachebox.system.cache.CacheFactory( {
	// LogBox Configuration file
	logBoxConfig      : "coldbox.system.cache.config.LogBox",
	// Scope registration, automatically register the cachebox factory instance on any CF scope
	// By default it registers itself on server scope
	scopeRegistration : {
		enabled : true,
		scope   : "application", // the cf scope you want
		key     : "cacheBox"
	// The defaultCache has an implicit name of "default" which is a reserved cache name
	// It also has a default provider of cachebox which cannot be changed.
	// All timeouts are in minutes
	// Please note that each object store could have more configuration properties
	defaultCache : {
		objectDefaultTimeout           : 120,
		objectDefaultLastAccessTimeout : 30,
		useLastAccessTimeouts          : true,
		reapFrequency                  : 2,
		freeMemoryPercentageThreshold  : 0,
		evictionPolicy                 : "LRU",
		evictCount                     : 1,
		maxObjects                     : 300,
		objectStore                    : "ConcurrentSoftReferenceStore",
		// This switches the internal provider from normal cacheBox to coldbox enabled cachebox
		coldboxEnabled                 : false
} );

LogBox Updates

New Struct Literal Config

You can now configure LogBox by just passing a struct of LogBox DSL config data:


var logBox = new logbox.system.logging.LogBox(
	appenders : { myConsoleLiteral : { class : "ConsoleAppender" } },
	root      : { levelmax : "FATAL", appenders : "*" },
	info      : [ "hello.model", "yes.wow.wow" ],
	warn      : [ "hello.model", "yes.wow.wow" ],
	error     : [ "hello.model", "yes.wow.wow" ]

Category Appender Excludes

When you declare categories in LogBox you usually choose the appenders to send messages to, but you could never exclude certain ones. Now you can use the exclude property:

root : { levelmax : "INFO", appenders : "*", exclude: "slackAppender" },
categories = {
    "coldbox.system" = { levelmax="WARN", appenders="*", exclude: "slackAppender" },
    "coldbox.system.web.services.HandlerService" = { levelMax="FATAL", appenders="*", exclude: "slackAppender" },
    "slackLogger" = { levelmax="WARN", appenders="slackAppender", exclude: "slackAppender" }

New Event Listeners

You now have two new event listeners that all LogBox appenders can listen to:

  • preProcessQueue( queue, context ) : Fires before a log queue is processed element by element.

  • postProcessQueue( queue, context ) : After the log queue has been processed and after the listener has slept.

processQueueElement receives the queue

The processQueueElement( data, context, queue ) now receives the entire queue as well as the queue third argument.

New Archive Layouts

If you use the RollingFileAppender the default layout format of the archive package was static and you could not change it. The default is:


Now you have the power. You can set a property for the appender called archiveLayout which maps to a closure/UDF that will build out the layout of the file name.

appenders : {
  files : {
      class : "RollingFileAppender",
      properties : {
          archiveLayout : variables.getDefaultArchiveLayout

function getDefaultArchiveLayout( required filename, required archiveCount ){
    return arguments.fileName &
    "-" &
    dateFormat( now(), "yyyy-mm-dd" ) &
    "-" &
    timeFormat( now(), "HH-mm" ) &
    "-#arguments.archiveCount + 1#";

Release Notes

The full release notes per library can be found below. Just click on the library tab and explore their release notes:

New Feature

COLDBOX-1248 Scheduled tasks now get a `group` property so you can use it for grouping purposes

COLDBOX-1252 New `now()` method in the DateTmeHelper with optional TimeZone

COLDBOX-1253 New datetimehelper method: getSystemTimezoneAsString()

COLDBOX-1256 New ScheduledTask helper: getLastResult() to get the latest result

COLDBOX-1257 LastResult is now a cbproxies Optional to denote a value or not (COMPAT)

COLDBOX-1258 new scheduledTask method: isEnabled() to verify if the task is enabled

COLDBOX-1259 Complete rewrite of Scheduled Task setNextRuntime() calculations to account for start end running scenarios

COLDBOX-1260 new ScheduledTask period : everySecond()

COLDBOX-1262 New SchemaInfo helper to help interrogate databases for metadata

COLDBOX-1263 Add an errorHandler to the allApply method so you can attach your own error handler to each future computation


COLDBOX-1246 casting to long instead of int when using LocalDateTime and plus methods to avoid casting issues.

COLDBOX-1247 Do not expose restful handler exception data unless you are in debug mode

COLDBOX-1250 RestHandler.cfc should catch NotAuthorized exception

COLDBOX-1254 getFirstBusinessDayOfTheMonth(), getLastBusinessDayOfTheMonth() now refactored to the dateTimeHelper

COLDBOX-1255 validateTime() is now a helper method in the DateTimeHelper

COLDBOX-1261 Migration of old tasks to new task syntax of task()


COLDBOX-1241 Scheduled Task Stats "NextRun", "Created", "LastRun" Using Wrong Timezones

COLDBOX-1244 onSessionEnd Error when using Coldbox_App_Key

COLDBOX-1245 Scheduled task isConstrainted() on day of the month was calculating the days in month backwards

COLDBOX-1251 set next run time when using first or last business day was not accounting times

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