Sorcerer's Tower

Scotch on the Rocks 2008

Scotch on the Rocks 2008 is now unfortunately ended, read on to see my thoughts.

Railo goes Open Source with JBoss.org

Today at the midday Scotch keynote, Gert Franz and Luc Texier made an impressive announcement: Railo is going completely Open Source.


This is an exciting move both for Railo and for the CFML community as a whole, and I'll be writing more details about it later, but for now here some some quick key details...

There will be two editions of Railo, with the Community and Professional editions combining into one, and the Enterprise edition being the other:

The new Community+Professional edition will be Open Source and there will be no limit to the number of web contexts allowed.

The Enterprise edition will have added value features, including tools from Intergral.


The license will be LGPL2, which means you can distribute Railo along with commercial software.

The timeline for release of the source code is mid to late October, around the time that Railo 3.1 is due for release.

The announcement is online at the JBoss website at www.jboss.org/railo


More Information available: Railo goes Open Source with JBoss.org (Update)

International Regular Expressions Day!

Today, 1st June 2008, has been officially decreed as Regular Expressions Day.

And in honour of this event, there are a couple of regex-oriented competitions happening.

Ben Nadel, nominator of this great day, kicked things off with a handful of prizes for the best comments: June 1st 2008 - National Regular Expression Day!

The deadline for Ben's competition is today - that is, you must post the comment on (or before) RegExp Day, and the winners will be selected tomorrow.

Don't despair if you miss that though, as Steve Levithan also has a regular expression competition running, and the deadline for that is Friday 13th, almost two weeks from now: Regex Day Contest

Happy RegEx Day!

QueryParam Scanner

The code for my QueryParam Scanner has been uploaded to RIAForge.

QueryParam Scanner is a simple tool which scans your code for queries and reports back about any variables that are not inside <cfqueryparam/> tags.

Download QueryParam Scanner from RIAForge.

Java RegEx Utilities

I have just released Java RegEx Utilities on RIAForge, which is a CFC enabling easy access to Java Regular Expression functionality, adding to what is available in the standard CFML functions.

Currently there are two main functions.

jre.get(Text,RegEx) returns the matches to the regular expression as an array.

jre.replace(Text,RegEx,Replacement) is similar to REReplace, but the Replacement argument can be a function pointer, allowing you to process the results of a regex match with a function

You can find more usage details on the jre-utils wiki, which I plan to update with some examples of when each of these functions can be useful.

I have tested jre-utils against Railo 2 and CFMX 7, but it should also work with ColdFusion 8 and the Java version of BlueDragon - if anyone can test/confirm this please let me know.

Download Java RegEx Utilities from RIAForge.