ColdFusion Application.cfc Differences For This and Application Scope

Thanks to Ray Camden, I learned something new today that was of great help.

Inside the Application.cfc, I always assumed the “this” and “application” scopes where the same. This is incorrect.

“Application” scope will only store name/value pairs. It has no impact on how the application behaves on the server level (built-in behavior).

<cfset = value>

While “this” scope is used to change the behavior of the application itself.  For example: defining custom tag paths and the common datasource name.

<cfset value>