Here is our service layer and we have added some logging just for fun :). Notice that this object is a singleton and has some dependency injection.
coldbox create model name=ContactService persistence=singleton --open
Then spice it up
component accessors="true" singleton{
// Dependency Injection
property name="dao" inject="ContactDAO";
property name="log" inject="logbox:logger:{this}";
property name="populator" inject="wirebox:populator";
property name="wirebox" inject="wirebox";
function init(){
return this;
* Get all contacts as an array of objects or query
function list(boolean asQuery=false){
var q = dao.getAllUsers();"Retrieved all contacts", q.recordcount);
if( asQuery ){ return q; }
// convert to objects
var contacts = [];
for(var x=1; x lte q.recordcount; x++){
arrayAppend( contacts, populator.populateFromQuery( wirebox.getInstance("Contact"), q, x ) );
return contacts;
* Get a persisted contact by ID or new one if 0 or no records
function get(required contactID=0){
var q = dao.getContact(arguments.contactID);
// if 0 or no records
if( contactID eq 0 OR q.recordcount eq 0 ){
// return a new object
return wirebox.getInstance("Contact");
// Else return the object
return populator.populateFromQuery( wirebox.getInstance("Contact"), q, 1 );
Now, some observations of the code:
  • We use the populator object that is included in WireBox to make our lives easier so we can populate objects from queries and deal with objects.
  • We also inject a reference to the object factory WireBox so it can create Contact objects for us. Why? Well what if those objects had dependencies as well.