Blog posts made on 28-Aug-06
Undocumented Change In <CFFILE> DESTINATION Attribute

I just had to debug some really old code that used to work. I found the issue, and it appears that the code broke in going from CF5 to CFMX (yep, it is code that is not used very often). I was using <cffile action="upload"> to process file uploads, and was using the destination attribute to specify the full path of the file to be saved. As I said, this used to work. But not anymore because destination expects the path to a folder to store the file in, and no longer accepts a path to an actual destination file. The history in LiveDocs says that in CFMX destination was changed so that a trailing slash was no longer needed in paths, but makes no mention of not being able to use actual destination file names anymore. CF5 documentation clearly says that DESTINATION can be a fully qualified file path or directory, so it appears that we broke something in the port from CF5 to CFMX. Bummer.

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GetScheduledTasks() Function Returns Scheduled Task List

<cfschedule> is used to define and run ColdFusion scheduled tasks. For some reason the tag does not return a list of defined tasks, and a user on cf-talk asked for this functionality recently. So, until we update <cfschedule>, here is a UDF that returns a query containing the details about all scheduled tasks.

The bulk of this code (the regular expressions, funky nested looping, and so on) are the work of Michael Dinowitz (and I have retained his warnings about not doing what he is about to do).

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1<!--- Obtain scheduled tasks details --->
2<cffunction name="GetScheduledTasks" returntype="query" output="no">
4    <!--- Local vars --->
5    <cfset var tasks="">
6    <cfset var result=QueryNew('path,file,resolveurl,url,publish,password,operation,username,interval,start_date,http_port,task,http_proxy_port,proxy_server,disabled,start_time,request_time_out')>
7    <cfset var OuterStart="">
8    <cfset var InnerStart="">
9    <cfset var qRETest="">
10    <cfset var qRETestinner="">
11    <cfset var ScheduleItem="">
13    <!--- This call is undocumented --->
14    <cfsavecontent variable="tasks">
15        <cfschedule action="run" task="__list">
16    </cfsavecontent>
18    <!--- The start for each schedule entry --->
19    <cfset OuterStart=1>
21    <!--- Be super careful when using an infinite loop in this manner.
22        Actually, never use an infinite loop in this manner. --->

23    <cfloop condition="OuterStart">
24        <!--- Each schedule item is a text string followed by an = followed by a double {.
25            The end of the item also has a double }
26            Getting only the elements in an item removed the need for a negative lookahead later --->

27        <cfset qRETest=REFind('\w+={{(.+?})}}', tasks, OuterStart, 1)>
28        <!--- If there is a result, use it.
29            Otherwise break out of the loop. VERY IMPORTANT!!! --->

30        <cfif qRETest.Pos[1]>
31            <!--- This is the string containing all of the
32                elements in a schedule item --->

33            <cfset ScheduleItem=Mid(tasks, qRETest.Pos[2], qRETest.len[2])>
34            <!--- Set the start past the schedule item found --->
35            <cfset OuterStart=qRETest.Pos[2]+qRETest.len[2]>
37            <!--- The start for each element of a schedule item --->
38            <cfset InnerStart=1>
39            <!--- Add a row. We don't have so specify as we'll be
40                adding 1 per schedule item --->

41            <cfset QueryAddRow(result)>
43            <!--- Be super careful when using an infinite loop in this manner.
44                Actually, never use an infinite loop in this manner. --->

45            <cfloop condition="InnerStart">
46                <!--- A schedule element is text followed by an = followed by
47                    a value inside of {}. Even though the schedule item string
48                    can be seen as a list, we don't know if there will be a
49                    comma inside one of the elements so we're doing it the
50                    hard but safe way. --->

51                <cfset qRETestinner=REFind('(\w+)={([^}]*)}', ScheduleItem, InnerStart, 1)>
53                <!--- If there is a result, use it.
54                    Otherwise break out of the loop. VERY IMPORTANT!!! --->

55                <cfif qRETestinner.Pos[1]>
56                    <!--- The QuerySetCell will automatically assign the value to the last row added so no need to specify row. The second element of the RegEx return is the column name and the third is the value--->
57                    <cfset QuerySetCell(result,
58                                        Mid(ScheduleItem, qRETestinner.Pos[2], qRETestinner.len[2]),
59                                        Mid(ScheduleItem, qRETestinner.Pos[3], qRETestinner.len[3]))

60                    <!--- Set the start past the schedule element found --->
61                    <cfset InnerStart=qRETestinner.Pos[1]+qRETestinner.len[1]>
62                <cfelse>
63                    <!--- Break out of our inner infinite loop --->
64                    <cfbreak>
65                </cfif>
66            </cfloop>
67        <cfelse>
68            <!--- Break out of our inner infinite loop --->
69            <cfbreak>
70        </cfif>
71    </cfloop>
73    <cfreturn result>

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Mike Nimer's Flex Debug Component

I was working on a Flex component to display ColdFusion debug data in a usable format, but then learned that Mike Nimer had beaten me to it (and created something far more elaborate than I was planning). So, if you are looking for something akin to <cfdump> in Flex (usable with any AS3 objects, including debug information returned from ColdFusion via a <mx:RemoteObject> call), grab a copy of Mike's Flex 2 Debug component.

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