javalogo-81x162I happened to read a post on Adobe’s ColdFusion Facebook page, that references a blog post, that references a pretty obscure tip. ColdFusion really needs to implement this somehow in CF Admin like a configurable directory for this file.

I remember knowing this step, but forgot, because it’s documented in obscure places like in the upgrade notes when ColdFusion releases a patch that officially supports a newer version of ColdFusion.

Anyway, ending my rant, when you upgrade to a new major version of Java (and in my opinion every minor version too) be sure to do the following:

  1. Copy tools.jar from {JDK_Home}/lib to {cf_install_home}/{instance}/lib/
  2. Delete all files from {cf_install_home}/{instance}/stubs/ to get the newly compiled classes.

Only JDK contains the tools.jar file not the jre installation. You don’t have to install JDK on the machine where ColdFusion is installed. You can just have jre on this machine and get tools.jar from any other machine’s JDK installation.

Windows 10 God Mode

Posted: August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
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I became brave and updated both my work, personal and family computers to Windows 10. So far I’ve had limited issues:

  1. Had to do an “online repair” of Office 2013 for Word files to open again. This was a Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade.
  2. Can’t find a proper driver that will work for my office’s 1320c Laser printer. I hardly ever print, so this is low priority for me. This was a Win 8.1 to Win 10 upgrade, but I didn’t try the Win 8.1 driver either when it was installed.
  3. Can’t print wirelessly to my home Epson multi-function printer. Something tells me that if I reinstall it, it’ll work fine. This was a Win 8.1 to Win 10 upgrade.

But here’s what I’m really blogging about… “God Mode”.

This tweak is the same as previous versions of Windows and gets you to 260+ functions and tools. You can drag-and-drop any of the commands to your desktop to create shortcuts for the command as well. To enable it:

  1. GodModeIconCreate a new folder on your Windows desktop
  2. Label it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  3. It will change its icon and label to “God Mode”

Credit: SuperSite for Windows: Enabling GodMode for Windows 10

Another favorite feature is the “Snipping Tool”. This tool allows you to take custom screen shots and mark them up. It even has a delay feature so you can setup drop down menus before it shoots the screen. Just search for it in your start menu.

I had a unique request to copy a list of folders out of a greater collection of folders. Seeking the best way to do this I found this solution thanks to sidesofmarch:

Step 1:

Create a text (ex: migrate.txt) file containing a list of folders to be copied or moved, each folder name on a new line.

Step 2:

Run a for/in loop while inside the Windows Command Prompt. Add the /move attribute to robocopy to move instead of copy. Google “robocopy” for more options. In this example %i is the folder name which copies it to the root of E: drive.

for /f "delims=" %i in (migrate.txt) do robocopy "%i" "E:\%i" /e /z /MT /log+:log.txt

Note: if you put this command in a batch file use %%i instead of %i

Tested 7/29/2015 on Windows 10

If you didn’t get ColdFusion 11’s (and probably 10’s) ODBC Server and Client services installed but end up needing them you can create a simple ColdFusion script to get it installed.

adminObj = createObject("component","cfide.adminapi.administrator");
adminObj.login("{CF Admin Password}","{CF Admin User}" );

July 2nd 2015 marked Adobe ColdFusion’s (then Allaire’s ColdFusion) 20th birthday. Starting back in 1997, I have made a living programming in ColdFusion for about 17 of those years (I took off a year while fixing computers instead).

End of Junior year in high school I decided to look for a job. I’ve worked here and there for my grandfather in the music sales industry and my father in the HVAC industry.

I was intrigued by what was BBS systems and the Internet and made some super simple web pages with what would be now considered super annoying JavaScript. I believe it was my friend Gabe Spargen who turned me on to JavaScript because I couldn’t let his website be “cooler” than mine. This turned into the counseling department to have me set up their department website which consisted of a bunch of links and information for applying to colleges. I remember the cool factor being a select box that would take you to a link upon selection. In the end though it was “too advanced” and was converted to standard links.

Even before all that back in grade school days I’d find my way onto any BBS system that I could and even learned some PC Q-Basic and Apple IIe BASIC.

Taking my tinkering I started looking through the yellow pages for potential employers. At this time I was just looking for something in the computer industry. As happen I dialed the wrong number and reached David Shaul with “Practical Computer Concepts” known as “PCC”. He had me come on in for an interview.

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Seeing that someone was trying to hit wp-login.php (WordPress login) a few times a minute on one of our servers at CF Webtools we decided to block any PHP requests since this is a ColdFusion server. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. This is a Windows 2008 R2 server running IIS 7.5 and ColdFusion 11.

Sample URL:

At first I tried using Request Filtering under the “Rules”, “URL” and “Query Strings” tabs. These had no effect.

I then went to URL Rewrite where there was a custom rule to allow index.cfm to be absent from the URL.

        <clear />
        <rule name="Rewrite FW/1 SES index.cfm">
            <match url="^(?!css|js|fonts)(.*)$" />
            <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAll" trackAllCaptures="false">
                <add input="{REQUEST_URI}" pattern="^.*\.(bmp|css|gif|htc|html?|ico|jpe?g|js|pdf|png|swf|txt|xml|ttf|woff|eot)([/?].*)?$" negate="true" />
            <action type="Rewrite" url="/index.cfm/{R:1}" logRewrittenUrl="true" />

I then tried adding a rule using the default settings of wildcards. While the test responded okay, the actual page kept processing the URL.

Thanks to Wil Genovese, after switching the regular expressions and enclosing those in parenthesis, “.php” requests were finally denied.

<rule name="No PHP" stopProcessing="true">
    <match url="(.*)" />
        <add input="{PATH_INFO}" pattern="(\.php)" />
    <action type="AbortRequest" />


I run into the question “What is the best IDE for CFM” here and there. So I thought I’d post my response here as well for others to find:

I personally use ColdFusion Builder and Sublime Text 3 for my projects at CF Webtools.

There is only one IDE for ColdFusion: ColdFusion Builder. An IDE, as opposed to a code editor, has the ability to communicate with a ColdFusion server instance and debug your code. It can also introspect your code, offering code hints based upon what your code is doing.

  • ColdFusion Builder is actively updated. Versions 1 and 2 had massive footprints that really turned me off. I have found that version 3 is much faster and therefore I find much more usable than the previous two.

Everything else is just a code editor (enhanced text editor). A code editor, as opposed to an IDE, does not debug or introspect your code. In order of my recommendation:

  1. The ColdFusion Plugin for Sublime Text doesn’t support CF11 and you can’t install it on version 3 via the package manager. But overall Sublime Text is an excellent code editor. I recommend also installing a jshint package for JavaScript development. It’s a good deal for $70, plus version 3 has been free to try for a long time now while it’s in Beta.
  2. Atom was suggested for me to put on this list. It’s an open source desktop application built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration by the folks at GitHub. Adam Tuttle put out a language-cfml package. I’ve never used it but have seen it mentioned a few times on Slack.
  3. ColdFusion Builder Express makes the list as the Express version. Basically use the trial version for 60 days, then it’ll revert to a more basic and free version without the IDE functionality.
  4. CFEclipse might be the most recent with their 1.4.6 release that “only” took 2 years to come up with. But it is free.
  5. cfbrackets for Brackets is still in Beta and hasn’t been updated since June of 2014. It also doesn’t support cfscript which is a huge negative for me. Brackets is open source.
  6. IntelliJ IDEA stopped ColdFusion updates for awhile, but release 15 has support for it again as of November 2015. They don’t list ColdFusion in their what’s new though. I’ve heard some good things about this, but one major downside is the cost ($500 commercial || $200 personal). As of v14 it doesn’t seem to support IDE functions such as debugging and CFC introspection but it does have console support.

Then of course there are outdated code editors such as:

If you’re looking for a true IDE I would stick with ColdFusion Builder for the sole reason is it continues to receive ColdFusion updates. But then again “best” is subjective.