CF411: 2,000+ Tools and Resources for CFers,
(in over 170 categories) by Charlie Arehart (Last Updated: Dec 13, 2018)

How often do you see a question asked on a list, "does anyone know where I can find CFML resources about xxx", or "what tools are available to do yyy?". Now you have one place you can point people to answer most such questions. See the bottom of this page for additional background information on this service.

This is (for now) one long page. Please use the category links below or your browser "find" feature (ctrl-f or command-f on MacOS/OSX) to search for something specific, not the search box on the right, which searches the entire carehart.org site.

The Categories (first resources, then tools)

I don't here recommend any tools (since needs are so different between folks), and I can't offer an exhaustive list of all tools for all developers, but I do want to help list some of the alternatives available in a variety of categories that are either written for, or are useful by, CF developers. In some cases, I am able to offer below links to other sites that offer reviews of some of these tools.

Additions/Corrections

This is a perpetual work in progress. While I don't check the list with any guaranteed regularity, I do run various link check tools occasionally, and also manually review each link in each section on occasion. I will strike out any links which I find no longer work, or when there are many "striken" entries in a section, I will create a new entry tracking seemingly "defunct" tools/resources. If I ever strike out something that you think should not be, just let me know.

If a tool clearly lists when it was last updated, I try to indicate if it has not been updated in more than a few years, and I'll indicate when that check was made.

I welcome additions or corrections to this list. If you have any to offer, please let me know. Be sure to clarify that you're providing additional items for "the 'CF411' list".

CFML-Oriented Resources

CFML Blog Aggregators (and bloggers) [link]

There are literally hundreds of blogs from CFML/CF developers. Some blogs are popular and known by most, while some less popular ones may well offer some hidden gems. Rather than try to list them all here, and indeed rather than you having to read them all, the following aggregators focus on CF-oriented blogs.

Some blogs are in all the aggregators, but it's worth keeping an eye on more than one. I provide as well a link to the list of all CFML blogs that each aggregator follows. This way, you can find out all the folks who blog about CF.
  • CFnote, which follows these blogs
  • coldFusionBloggers (aka cfbloggers.org), which follows these blogs
  • The following are or seem defunct: AXNA (Adobe XML News Aggregator) CF category (feeds.adobe.com/index.cfm?query=byCategory&categoryId=1&categoryName=ColdFusion), CFBlogs (CFBlogs.com), Feed Squirrel (www.feed-squirrel.com), fullasagoog (fullasagoog.com), Geexoo CF category (www.geexoo.com/t/coldfusion_1.html),
  • If you're looking for a list of all CF bloggers, note that there is no one list, but again each of the aggregators above offers a list of the blogs that they aggregate, and I've offered the links to those lists above
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Blog/News Highlight Services [link]

Related to the last section, I want to mention (separately from the aggregators above) that there have been some who tried organizing periodic highlights of what they deemed to be "best of the blogs" or news in the CF blogosphere. It's a tough job, hard for them to keep it up, but let's enjoy (and thank) them for what they do or did.
  • CFML Weekly News, a tinyletter newsletter from Pete Frietag, "gathering of interesting links for CFML (ColdFusion, Lucee/Railo, OpenBD, etc) Developers & Administrators", with an archive of past letters
  • The following are defuct or have not been updated in years (when I last checked them), with the archive link (if available) for posterity: Akbarsait's "CFML This Week" (tinyletter.com/cfmlweekly) with archive of past letters), Kay Smoljak's "The week in ColdFusion" (articles.sitepoint.com/category/coldfusion), Matt Gifford's "CFML Weekly" (monkehworks.com/cfml-weekly-newsletter/), Stephen Moretti's "Blog Round Up"" (nil.checksite.co.uk/index.cfm/blog-round-up) with (archive/RSS feed), Steve Bryant's "CF_BlogPicks" (bryantwebconsulting.com/blog/index.cfm/CFBlogPicks) (and his archive/RSS Feed)
Don't forget to consider using a Feed Reader or one of many RSS to Email services to be kept informed of updates to these and/or blogs.

CFML Books [link]

Following are books that have been written on the subject of ColdFusion or CFML, listed approximately in order of recency. I'm focusing here only those published in the last decade.



While those are books available on Amazon, consider also these which are not: I welcome additions/corrections/feedback.

CFML Certification Preparation Resources [link]

Adobe is no longer offering CF Certification, as indicated at the Adobe Certification site, at least as of a check in Oct 2018.
  • The following are defunct: CF ExamBuster (centrasoft.com), Ben Nadel's ColdFusion Certification Resources (www.bennadel.com/coldfusion/certification-resources.htm), Charlie Griefer's "ColdFusion Questions" (cfquestions.com), Learn by Heart CF Exam Practice (www.learnbyheart.com/ColdFusion-Certification.cfm), uCertify CF certification prepkit (ucertify.com/certifications/Adobe)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Conferences [link]

The following conferences have some, if not an entire, focus on ColdFusion and CFML. While I normally list other tools and resources in alphabetical order, in this case it seems useful to list them in order of their occurrence during the year. Note that I present these in the order of the month they occur (did or will), regardless of the year, in case either they are delayed in announcing the date for a new year, or I am late in getting that information here. The assumption is that each event tends to repeat around the same time each year. I do bold the year to help warn you of the current information at the time of my last edit here.

About the Strikeouts: I will also strike out the event's date after it passes, removing that when the date for the next year is announced.
  • MuraCon, the Mura conference, organized by BlueRiver Interactive (Sacramenta, CA; Apr 5-6 2018)
  • Into the Box, "ColdFusion & Java, Redefined", organized by the ColdBox team (Houston, TX, USA; May 1-3 2019)
  • Adobe CF Summit East, organized by Adobe (Washington, DC, USA; Apr 25 2018)
  • Adobe ColdFusion Summit, organized by Adobe (Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oct 1-3 2018)
  • NCDevCon, "North Carolina's Premier Web & Mobile Conference", organized by Dan Wilson, et al (Raleigh, NC, USA; Oct 7-8 2017)
  • CFCamp, organized by Michael Hnat, et al (Munich, Germany; Nov 8-9 2018)
  • Adobe ColdFusion India Summit, organized by Adobe (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India; Dec 8 2018)
  • You can also sometimes find CF conferences listed on the site Lanyrd (that's a link that searches only for coming CF/CFML conferences). I'm not contributing to keeping that updated, myself, but thanks to those who are
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

The following events are (or seem) defunct. (I move items here if I notice there's no announcement of the next event 18 months after the previous event, or of course if an event is announced as no longer happening, or if the URL breaks for an extended.):
  • Adobe MAX longer offers ColdFusion content as of 2013. See the Adobe CF Summit above, instead
  • BFlex and BFusion (bflex.info), organized by Bob Flynn, et al (Bloomington, IN, USA), last held Sep 2010
  • BR Conference (brconference.com/en/), Brazilian Adobe products conference, organized by Francisco Paulino (Rio de Janeiro Brazil), last scheduled for 2010 but did not happen
  • CF Dev Camp (www.cfdevcamp.org), organized by Sidney Maestre, Alan Rother, et al (Phoenix, AZ, USA), last held Nov 2010
  • CF Edge Conference, organized by Sys-con (New York, NY, USA), last held Sep 2001
  • CFDevCon (www.cfdevcon.com), organized by Russ Michaels, et al, (London, England), last held 2007
  • cf.Objective(ANZ) (www.cfobjective.com.au), organized by Mark Mandel, et al (Melbourne, Australia), last held Nov 2012
  • cf.Objective() (cfobjective.com, Washington, DC, USA), last held Jul 2017
  • ColdFusion Unconference at MAX, organized by Ray Camden, et al, last held Oct 2011
  • CFUnited (www.cfunited.com), organized by Michael Smith, et al (Washington, DC area, USA), last held Jul 2010
  • Dallas TechFest (dallastechfest.com), a one-day event with many tracks (Dallas, TX, USA), last held Aug 2011
  • D2W (d2wc.com), "designer/developer workflow conference", organized by Dee Sadler (Kansas City, MO, USA; last held Sep 2013)
  • OpenCF Summit (www.opencfsummit.org), organized by Matt Woodward, et al (Garland, TX, USA; last held Feb 2012)
  • Open Source CFML for Government Conference (www.opencfmlfoundation.org/events/open-source-cfml-for-government-conference/), organized by Open CFML Foundation (Washington, DC, USA), last held Oct 9 2012
  • PhillyMerge (www.phillymerge.com), organized by Adam Tuttle and Steve Rittler (Philadelphia, PA, USA), last held July 2011
  • Powered By Detroit (www.poweredbydetroit.org), organized by Cornel Ivanescu (Detroit, MI, USA), last held July 2005
  • RIAAdventure Cruise (www.riaadventure.com), organized by Joshua Cyr, et al (Western Carribean), last held Dec 2009
  • RIACon (riacon.com), organized by Phil Nacelli and AboutWeb (Rockville, MD, USA; last held Aug 2012
  • RIA Unleashed, organized originally by Brian Rinaldi, (Waltham, MA, USA), last held Oct 2011
  • Scotch on the Road (www.scotchontheroad.com), organized by Andy Allan, et al (Europe), last held Oct 2009
  • Scotch on the Rocks (scotch-on-the-rocks.co.uk), organized by Andy Allan, et al (Edinburgh, Scotland; last held Jun 2014)
  • Spring <br> (www.sbconference.com), organized by Dave Hannum, et al (Athens, OH, USA), last held Jun 2009
  • WebDU (www.webdu.com.au), organized by Geoff Bowers, et al (Sydney, Australia), last held May 2012
  • Webmaniacs (www.webmaniacsconference.com), organized by Fig Leaf Software (Washington, DC, USA), last held 2009

CFML Documentation/Help Tools and Resources [link]

While the Adobe docs are the best source for CFML documentation, there are online versions of that both from Adobe and others, providing access to the docs in various ways. Please note, though, that while most of the other resources show only the CFML reference, the actual Adobe docs contain more than just the CFML Reference, including a Developer's Guide, Installation Guide, Administration Guide, and more. Don't focus solely on the CFML Reference. You wouldn't learn a language by reading a dictionary, right?

CFML Help Mechanisms: Mailing Lists, Forums, and Other Media (for finding help and support) [link]

Following are several mailing lists, discussion lists, forums (most support both web-based and email-based dicussion), and other media (facebook and slack-based CFML channels) where you can find ask or find answers to common questions and challenges. Some have come and gone over the years (most notably CF-talk), but several do remain.

Note as well that at the end of the list, I also offer links to several individuals who are open to taking direct questions. (If you use the forums first, though, you may get answers from more people and also help educate more readers.)

Do beware, though, that when reviewing older forum messages or mailing list archives, you may see suggestions or ideas that are dated. They may even no longer apply in later versions of ColdFusion or other CFML engines. Be aware also that even recent comments could reflect misunderstanding from people not aware of newer information, or in today's world of twitter-level answers, often what's shared in these media may not provide enough info for you to make a truly informed decusion on a matter. If you're in need of urgent assistance, you can get direct help from folks focused on providing such troubleshooting assistance.

(If you're looking for CF-based forums, meaning those *written* in CFML, see instead Forums/Bulletin Board Tools (written in CFML) .)

CFML Hosting Alternatives [link]

This is not an ultimate list of all CF hosts. These are just some of the more widely-used and -named hosts who have specific CF support listed on their site (some offering BD and Lucee/Railo hosting as well). If there is a specific page on a host's site that talks more about CF hosting specifically, I may have linked to that. But since web site links do change over time, if the page fails or seems outdated, look to other pages on the host's site for more info.

And be aware that some hosts may not support the latest version, and some support only older versions, so note that with regard to Adobe support and potential security issues. Still, there are hosts who support the latest edition. I've indicated below which support ColdFusion 2018, 2016, or 11, the currently supported Adobe versions as of a check at the indicated time. Note that I bold if they list the current latest version of CF, as of the time of checking.(I determined this from a review of their site. I could well have missed some page that may indicate support of a later release. As always, I am grateful for feedback and would change any misinformation immediately.)

Most hosts offer a choice of either shared, private/dedicated, or virtual private servers (VPS). Note that I may point to one specific type for a given host, simply as representative of their CF-specific support. Again, see the rest of their site for more plan options, including levels of management, updates, and coding that may or may not be offered.

There are so many different hosting plans for so many different needs. At least there are many options, and again these are only some. See as well that I offer links to still other lists of CF hosts, after my list below.
  • Ayera Technologies (supporting up to ColdFusion 2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • BMC Hosting (supporting up to ColdFusion 2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Centinated (supporting up to ColdFusion 11, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • CFDynamics (supporting the "latest version" of CF, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • CFMLDeveloper, free and paid CFML hosting (running on Lucee, no version-level indicated, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Daily Razor (supporting up to ColdFusion 11, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • DataBank, formerly Edge Hosting (supporting up to ColdFusion 2016, as of a check in Jan 2018, and who graciously host this and all carehart.org sites. Formerly known as Edge Web, recently merged with DataBank.)
  • Figleaf offering AWS cloud hosting only, it seems (supporting up to CF11, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • FusionLink offering AWS cloud hosting only, it seems (supporting CF but no stated version, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • GoWest Hosting (supporting up to CF11, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Hostek (supporting up to CF2018, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Host Media UK (supporting up to CF11, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Media3 (supporting up to CF2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • NewTek (supporting up to CF11, as of a check in Oct 2018, and known formerly as CrystalTech and The Small Business Authority)
  • Viviotech (supporting up to CF2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • Webapper (supporting "all versions" of CF and Lucee, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • See also the following lists of CF hosting alternatives:
  • The following either a) seem or are defunct, b) clearly no longer offering CF hosting, c) no longer mention CF hosting specifically anywhere on their site, or d) their site shows a latest CF version more than 3 releases old at time of checking (like CF10 in 2018): Afpwebworks (afpwebworks.com), AHP Hosting (ahphosting.net), CFMX Hosting (cfmxhosting.co.uk), eFree2net (efree2net.com), Enterhost (enterhost.com), FastHit (fasthit.net.au), Free ColdFusion Hosting (freecoldfusionhosting.com), GoDaddy (godaddy.com), Hosting (hosting.com), Sozo Hosting (sozohosting.com). Again, my lists are not ultimate compendia, so there may well be other CF hosts who are defucnt or no longer support CF.
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Job Resources (Hire/Be Hired) [link]

The following resources can help someone either offering or looking for a CF job/contract. Most let you post a listing for free, and many are CF-specific. For the ones that are more generic, I did a seach for ColdFusion. You may want to try CFML to be more broad, or of course you could search for Lucee, etc. if you use other CFML engines.
  • Ben Nadel's Jobs board (showing current jobs as of a check in Jun 2017), free to apply for jobs (right there often), and $29 to post a job. Jobs are listed not only there but in all blog posts and comment emails on Ben's site
  • CFML #jobs channel on the CFML slack (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018). Signup using this link, and for more on the CFML slack channel, see this blog post
  • getcfmljobs.com, from Akbarsait (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post jobs. With associated twitter account
  • Getcoldfusionjobs.com (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post or apply for jobs (also available as a twitter feed, and a Facebook page)
  • ColdFusion Jobs Resource Facebook group (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post or apply for jobs
  • ColdFusion Remote Jobs Facebook group (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post or apply for jobs
  • Google Job's list of CF jobs (showing nearly 200 CF jobs, current as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post and apply
  • Indeed's list of CF jobs (showing nearly 200 CF jobs, current as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post (with paid options also) or apply for jobs
  • jobs.cfdevelopers.net (showing current jobs as of a check in Jun 2017), free to post or apply for jobs
  • SimplyHired's list of CF jobs (showing over 200 CF jobs, current as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post and apply
  • Upwork's list of CF gigs, for contractors (showing current jobs as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post and apply
  • ZipRecruiter's CF jobs posted in the last 30 days (showing nearly 200 CF jobs, current as of a check in Oct 2018), free to post and apply
  • Consider also that CFWebTools often has CF job openings, and most support telecommuting.
  • Consider also the broader Facebook CF Programmers group (while a discussion group, and despite the unrelated FB job groups above, some folks do post CF jobs here)
  • I am moving here to the bottom any sites where I find that they show jobs only from 6 months ago or later, as of a check in Oct 2018:
  • You may want to also look at my category of CF-oriented Application Development Consultants (to find or offer a job or engagement)
  • The following are (or seem) defunct: Atlanta CF User Group jobs mailing list (www.mail-archive.com/jobs%40acfug.org/), Bay Area (SF) CFUG jobs board (bacfug.groups.adobe.com/resources/179), Ben Forta's jobs category on his blog (forta.com/blog/index.cfm/Jobs), CFBlogs jobs (cfblogs.com) ColdBox CFML Jobs (jobs.coldbox.org, was not limited to ColdBox only), ColdFusion Careers (coldfusioncareers.com), Adobe CF General Job Opportunities (adobe.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/categories.cfm?forumid=38&catid=219), Freelance CF gigs (whousescoldfusion.com/freelance-coldfusion.cfm), House of Fusion's CF Jobs forum/mailing list (houseoffusion.com/groups/cf-jobs/), JustColdFusionJobs (justcoldfusionjobs.com), Mid-Michigan CFUG list of jobs (coldfusion.org/jobs.cfm), Rob Gonda's list of CF/Flex jobs (robgonda.com/content/jobs.html), WhoUsesColdFusion Jobs list (whousescoldfusion.com/coldfusion-jobs.cfm)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Podcasts, Past and Present [link]

Listen in as folks discuss CF/CFML and related topics.
  • CF Alive podcast, with Michaela Light and interviewees
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
  • The following podcasts seem either no longer to be updated, or have declared to be no longer active, or are no longer focused on ColdFusion.
    • 2 Devs from Down Under (2ddu.com), with Kai Koenig and Mark Mandel (not focused on CF anymore, last CF content in 2015 as of a check in Oct 2018)
    • Aboutcast (podcast.aboutweb.com) ran for a couple of episodes in 2006, hosted by Nic Tunney and AboutWeb
    • BoltTalks (cfmumbojumbo.com/cf/index.cfm/bolttalks/), with Tim Cunningham
    • CFBrew (cfbrew.com), with Mike Chandler (ran for 4 episodes in 2010)
    • CFConversations (cfconversations.com), with Brian Meloche and others (ended in 2011)
    • CF Docs (markdrew.co.uk/blog/archives.cfm/category/podcast), hosted by Mark Drew (ran for 3 episodes in 2009)
    • CFEclipse Videos (web.archive.org/web/20100801110831/http://markdrew.libsyn.com/) offered as a podcast by Mark Drew in 2006 (note the videos were designed to be small enough to view in an iPod) (recovered via archive.org)
    • cfframeworks.com (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Cfframeworks-InterviewPodcast) offered 8 interview podcasts hosted by Nick Tong and Kola Oyedeji, from Jan-Mar 2007
    • CFHour (cfhour.com), with Dave Ferguson and Scott Stroz (no episodes since Jan 2017--as of a check in Oct 2018)
    • CFPanel (cfpanel.com), with Dan Vega and Todd Sharp
    • CFUnited podcast (http://podcast.cfunited.com), was recordings of conference presentations, hosted by Christian Ready
    • ColdFusion Muse (coldfusionmuse.com/index.cfm?mode=cat&catid=75E60574-FB29-7BF8-8F51678633594988), with Mark Kruger (ran from Nov 2005 through May 2006)
    • ColdFusion Show (coldfusionshow.com), with Ryan Stille and Mike Henke (ran for 8 episodes in 2011/12)
    • ColdFusion Weekly (coldfusionweekly.com), with Matt Woodward and Peter Farrell, went off the air in early 2008 after a 2 year run
    • Deductive Developers (deductivedevelopers.com), with Matt Woodward and Peter Farrell, was a hoped-for follow up to their CFWeekly podcast, but ran for only 2 episodes
    • "I'm my own sql" (fusionauthority.com/Techniques/4647-Im-My-Own-SQL-Episode-2-Defining-Business-Rules.htm), hosted by C. Hatton Humphrey, ran out of HouseofFusion.com for just a couple of episodes in late 2006
    • OutLoud (helmsandpeters.com), with Hal Helms and Jeff Peters, ran for 47 episodes from Oct 2005 through Sep 2007, then again for a few episodes in 2011
    • RIAPodcast (riapodcast.com), with John Mason and frequent panelists Josh Adams, Charlie Arehart, and Doug Knudsen (ran for 24 episodes from 2009-2011)
    • Runtime Expectations (codebassradio.net/shows/runtime-expectations), with Adrian Pomilio, Bucky Schwarz, and Ben Farrell (ran for 26 episodes from 2011-2012)
    • The ColdFusion Podcast (coldfusionpodcast.com), with Bryan Kaiser and Michael Haynie, ran for 38 episodes from Oct 2005 through Jan 2007
    • The ColdFusion Show (coldfusionshow.com), with Ryan Stille and Mike Henke, ran for 8 episodes, ending in early 2012
    • The Scotch on the Rocks conference organizers (Stephen Moretti and Andy Allan) did a podcast (scotch-on-the-rocks.co.uk/blog/index.cfm/Podcasts) which ran for one episode in 2007
    • The WebDU conference had a podcast briefly (webdu.com.au/mxsession/feeditunes)
    • This week in ColdFusion (twicf.com), with Brian Carr, Micky Dionisio and Mike Chandler, ran for several epidodes in 2011
    • Steven Erat made two attempts at podcasts in 2005, first with the CFMX 7 podcast (talkingtree.com/blog/index.cfm/2005/4/4/PodcastVol1No1), where he read selected Macromedia Devnet articles about CF7, and then the even shorter-lived CF NewsRadio (talkingtree.com/blog/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=7A211B47-50DA-0559-A0912B4B32986D8C)
    • And though not technically a "CF" podcast, there was Dee Sadler's D2W podcast (d2wpodcast.libsyn.com/)
    • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Resource Sites [link]

This site of course has itsef many different kinds of resources, but here are some other sites that try to aggregate other CFML resources. See the list after these for other categories of this site that offer resources.
  • Adobe Resource Sites
  • CFLib.org, the Common Function Library Project
  • CF Live (aka "cflive"), free service, by Russ Michaels, for testing code on ColdFusion and Lucee ("Need to test some CFML code quick? Simply paste your CFML code into the box below and hit RUN, the results will be displayed")
  • CFML projects on GitHub
  • CF Notifications, a service tracking the Adobe CF bugbase (tracker.adobe.com, formerly bugbase.adobe.com), which had supplanted the former twitter feed of bug updates which Adam Cameron used to offer
  • Charlie Arehart's resource lists page
  • ColdFusionExamples.com, from Peter deHaan (last updated 2010, as of a check in 2017)
  • ForgeBox, community code repository for ColdBox and ContentBox
  • Instant ColdFusion links (content is circa 2001)
  • Learn CF in a week, free online training/book, "community-driven"
  • Online ColdFusion Meetup, an online CF user group with occasional meetings, and recordings of all 250+ sessions
  • RIAForge, Open Source projects built on Adobe technology
  • Team CF Advance, "a group of CFML developers who believe the CFML community will continue to grow if we embrace the concepts of cooperation and sharing"
  • TryCF, "a barrier-free introduction to the CFML programming language", with tutorials, a live scratchpad, and more
  • UGTV, a list of over 700 recorded CF user group presentations and tutorials from over 300 presenters
  • Wikibooks ColdFusion book
  • Wikipedia CF page
  • Yahoo CF Developer Center
  • The following seem defunct. You may still get value looking into the "wayback machine" (archive.org) repository of old, archievd versions of these sites: Ben Forta's ColdFusion section (forta.com/cf/), Ben Nadel's ColdFusion Community page (bennadel.com/coldfusion/overview.htm), CF developer community (cfcentral.com.au/), cfczone.org, CFerror.org, cffaq.com, cffocus.com, CFFrameworks.com, cfmcentral.com, cfnewbie.com, cfsearch.com, CFTagStore (cftagstore.com), CFTips Plus (nathanstanford.name/cftips/index.cfm), CF-ToolBox.com, cfxtras.com, coldfusioncommunity.org, coldfusiondesignpatterns.org, coldfusionportal.org, coldfusionpronews.com, DMOZ's ColdFusion section (dmoz.org/Computers/Programming/Internet/ColdFusion/), DZone's ColdFusion section (coldfusion.dzone.com), easycfm.com, fusionauthority.com, HouseofFusion.com (houseoffusion.com), Neil Middleton's Ultimate ColdFusion Tools List (neilmiddleton.com/the-ultimate-coldfusion-tools-list/), objectorientedcoldfusion.org, Oracle and CF tech tips (orafusion.com/oracf.htm), Ray Camden's CF resources page (www.coldfusionjedi.com/page.cfm/ColdFusion-Resources), Sean Corfield's ColdFusion section, (http://corfield.org/index.cfm/event/coldfusion.main), Torchbox CF/XML resource site (torchbox.com/resources/xml/), workingwithcfml.com
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML-specific Search Resources [link]

Google has a feature called "Custom Search Engines" (or CSEs), where one can create a search mechanism that limits searches to a given set of sites, with the intention that this could produce a better topic-specific search. When this feature first came out, several people stepped up to create them. The following seem to be those that are more active and updated (providing the ability to search upwards of 1,000 CF-oriented sites or more).

CFML-oriented Security Resources [link]

Every CFML developer and server administrator should be concerned with security, both in their code and in their server configuration. Following are some resources that are specifically related to security with respect to CFML and ColdFusion server.

CFML Training Resources (free) [link]

Besides the link link below to actual CF trainers, some may prefer to take advantage of any training that may available online for free. Fortunately, there are several such resources.(Some may be from an older release, but for many folks getting started may still be acceptable. That said, there are some updated even for CF2016.)
  • Getting Started with ColdFusion, 9-hours of free online video training, from Adobe. While it's titled formally "Getting Started with ColdFusion 2016", it's not really about what's new in 2016 but is essentially the Fast Track to ColdFusion class. (This was originally announced at an Adobe CF team blog post, and it points to the URL where these videos were originally posted at adobeknowhow.com, a domain which no longer exists. Thankfully, they mention in a comment there how the videos were placed on Youtube instead.)
  • CFML in 100 Minutes, by Mike Henke (last updated in 2012, as of a check in 2017)
  • Learn CF in a week, a substantial CF10-era free online community-driven training series (and e-book)
  • Nafisi's ColdFusion Tutorials, a 25-part series of CF11 video tutorials, about 10-15 mins each (last updated in 2015, as of a check in 2017)
  • UGTV, a list of over 700 recorded CF user group presentations and tutorials from over 300 presenters (last updated in 2017, as of a check in 2017)
  • Quackit ColdFusion Tutorial is an entire CF introduction class available online. (with a mix of CF2016 content (see the installation section) and what seem CF5-era screenshots (see the discussion of "CF Archive and Deploy", as of a check in 2017)
  • Online ColdFusion Meetup recordings. The Online CF meetup is an online CF user group with occasional meetings, and recordings of all 250+ sessions (last updated in 2017, as of a check in 2017)
  • Webucator ColdFusion Tutorial is an entire CF introduction class available online. More about this in a 2008 blog post I did.)
  • Wikibooks ColdFusion book, a CF9-era introductory resource
  • And while it's really dated, I still have a heart for the CF7 manual (that many never noticed) called Getting Started Building ColdFusion MX Applications. Sure, the techniques are also dated, but hey, if you're new to CF, you may be asked to deal with code that is this old, or the techniques used for more recent modifications may not have changed. It was a gentle (yet substantial) introuction to CF which was included in the CF docs for 6 and 7 (but not 8, forward). At over 150 pages, it was neither too short nor too long (in my opinion), walking through development of real apps (from a early/mid-2000's beginner perspective) with lots of screenshots
  • Another classic was Daryl Banttari's CFPrimer, but despite its current copyright year, the info and links (to Allaire resources) suggest it's a CF5-era resource (without reference even to CFCs, frmo CF6) which not been seemingly been updated
  • There are still other free training resoruces for more generic web development topics. First are those from W3Schools.com second are others I've blogged about before (in 2008).
  • See also the categories here on CF-oriented trainers, CFML Tutorial Resource sites, CFML Documentation/Help Tools and Resources, and general CFML Resource Sites
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Tuning/Troubleshooting Resources [link]

Rather than list specific articles and blog entries (as there are so many), here are resources that are themselves lists of other CFML tuning/troubleshooting resources.

CFML Tutorial/Article Sites [link]

There are many sites which offer tutorials or articles about CF, in general and on particular topics. (Don't confuse this with my CFML Training Resources (free) section, above.

Professional CF-oriented Assistance [link]

While there are many resources listed above where you can obtain free support (from mailing lists, to blogs, to user groups, and more), sometimes you just may be more interested in paying someone who provides professional support, whether on-site or over-the-web. I've divided this category into the following groupings:
Note that I don't label these "CFML-oriented" (to be PC/politically correct toward other than Adobe CF servers) because that could be equally confusing. Someone who does "CF-oriented troubleshooting" (resolving problems with CF, Lucee/Railo, BlueDragon, or perhaps any other J2EE server) may never really deal with "CFML" as the root cause of problems, as often issues are to do configuration/administration/load/etc. So calling them "CFML-oriented Troubleshooting Consultants" is no more technically accurate. But saying "-oriented", I hope it broadens the scope and that folks will forgive if it's not as PC a moniker as they may like. Same goes for the listing here of trainers, development consultants, etc.

Where possible, I've offered any direct link the company/person may have to their coverage of that specific sort of assistance. I've pre-populated the list with several folks but as always I definitely welcome additions/corrections/feedback.

CF-oriented Troubleshooting Consultants [link]

If you need help with CF-oriented consulting services, including troubleshooting, here are some alternatives. Note also that some require a minimum commitment of days, while others (like myself, the CArehart.org listing) have no such minimum. See related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

CF-oriented Application Development Consultants [link]

If you're looking for assistance with CFML coding, here are some alternatives: development shops that specialize or mention specific support of CF and/or CFML. See related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

CF-oriented Trainers [link]

This includes both those who do Adobe CF training and their own CF-oriented training, whether in their own locations, at contract training facilities, or over the web. Some may not be updated beyond older releases of CF (which may still be somewhat valuable), while others tend to be updated to the lastest current release (or would be soon after is release). See related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Tools (CFML and other)

Blogging Tools (written in CFML) [link]

Over the years there were many blogging tools (tools for creating a blog) that were written in CFML. As the world of blogging (and web design) evolved, all of the former CFML-based blog have now not been updated in years (as of a check in Oct 2018).

That said, there are features in CFML-based CMSs, listed elsewhere here.

And of course, you can also find blogging tools and CMS's written in many other languages, some of which you may choose to use in/integrate into your CFML-based site. I don't want to try to keep here a list of all such options. So for now, consider this more a historical list of those which had been written in CFML.
  • These now seem defunct or note updated in several years (as of a last check in Oct 2018): 1ssBlog (1ssblog.riaforge.org), AVBlog (www.avblog.org), BlogCFC (blogcfc.com), BlogCFM (www.blogcfm.org), CFBloggy (cfbloggy.riaforge.org), CFMoBlog (cfmoblog.riaforge.org), cwBlog (cwblog.riaforge.org), CFCPhotoBlog (cfcphotoblog.riaforge.org), Fuseblog (riahsoftware.com/fuseblog) KoldKast (www.koldkast.com), MachBlog (www.machblog.org), Mango (mangoblog.org), My Blog (myblog.riaforge.org), Teapot (teapot.riaforge.org)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Browser Alternatives [link]

Since most CFML developers build browser-based web applications, it may be helpful to be aware of many of the different browsers out there, which your users may use. There's more than just Firefox and IE (and even Opera and Safari.) This is not an ultimate list. There are a few more I found which I've just never heard of. Can't be an ultimate compendium in every category.

Bug Tracking/Defect Tracking/Issue Tracking/Trouble Ticket/Help Desk Tools [link]

I've split this list of bug tracking/defect tracking/issue tracking/trouble ticket/help desk tools into those written in CFML, and the rest, both open source and commercial. You may also want to consider project management tools, which sometimes incorporate features like this.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Bug Tracking/Defect Tracking/Issue Tracking/Trouble Ticket/Help Desk Tools Written in CFML [link]

See the introduction to the broader category above.
  • BugLogHQ, open source, from Oscar Arevalo (last updated in 2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • See also the next section on such tools not written in CFML
  • See also Error Handling Tools
  • The following seem defunct (dead or not updated in years, as of a last check in Oct 2018): BugConnect Bugzilla connector for ColdFusion (github.com/coreybutler/bugconnect), cfdefect (cfdefect.riaforge.org), CFTicket (www.cornfeed.com/index.cfm/go/products,cfticket), Customer Support Center (mindkeeper.net/products/csc/), Lighthouse Pro (lighthousepro.riaforge.org), Skweegee (skweegee.riaforge.org), Tracking-tools (tracking-tools.com), 2simplifi Help Desk (2simplifi.com/coldfusion-software/index.cfm/page/product/title/2simplifi-Help-Desk)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Bug Tracking/Defect Tracking/Issue Tracking/Trouble Ticket/Help Desk Tools (not written in CFML) [link]

These are such tools that (unlike those above) are NOT written in CFML. Some are downloadable, others are services; some open source, others commercial. See the introduction to the broader category above. This is not a complete list, but a representative sampling.

Caching Tools for CFML [link]

CF has long had several forms of caching (query caching, page/content caching with cfcache and cfsavecontent, and more), but there were still various alternative CFML caching solutions that were created (and some that are still being updated/supported) to add still more caching options for CFML. Since CF9 added built-in ehcache caching features (and CF2018 Enterprise added memcached and redis caching), many of the older caching solutions are no longer updated, as indicated below.
  • CacheBox, open source, from the ColdBox team: "an enterprise caching engine, aggregator and API for ColdFusion applications" (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • The following seem defunct, dead, or not updated in more than a few years as of a check in Oct 2018: CacheBox (cachebox.riaforge.org), Cache management (cfehcache.riaforge.org), CF_Accelerate (bpurcell.org/blog/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=963), CF_HyperCache (pixl8.co.uk/index.cfm/pcms/site.products.CF_Hypercache), CF_TurboCache (hotfusion.co.uk/TurboCache/index.htm), cfmemcached (cfmemcached.riaforge.org), fusecache (fusecache.riaforge.org), JohnnyCache (johnnycache.riaforge.org), ScopeCache (scopecache.riaforge.org), SoftCache (blogs.sanmathi.org/ashwin/2006/07/01/memory-sensitive-caching-for-cf)
  • See also the separate categories, Web Server Content Caching/Accelerator Tools and Distributed Caching Tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CF Hotfix Management Tools [link]

Now that ColdFusion 10 and above includes automated hotfix management, the need of alternative tools is diminished. Still, the following tools can help with those applying/managing ColdFusion hotfixes for ColdFusion 9 or before.

CFHTTP Replacements/Enhancements [link]

While CFML has long had a cfhttp tag, to call URLs on other servers (or your own), it has had various challenges over the years. Some have been resolved by later improvements in teh JVM or the underlying Java library which the tag uses (the Apache httpclient library).

Anyway, there have been other options offered over the years, some free, some commercial. And while some of the features they may offer could be provided for now in the basic cfhttp functionality in later versions of CF, I still want to list these alternatives if they may be helpful..

CFMAIL Replacements/Enhancements [link]

These were tools over the years that supplemented CF's built-in mechanism for generating and sending email, but as later version of CF added those capabilities (such as IMAP, or managing CF's undelivered email folder), those tools/projects were soon no longer updated.

First, the CF9 Administrator added a "View Undelivered Mail" option, with an option to "respool" undelivered emails. And as of CF6, you can even optionally not use the spooling process via an optional CFMAIL SpoolEnable attribute. CF 8 added SSL/TLS support to CFMAIL, while CF9 added CFMAP, to name a few key mail improvements.
  • The following are all defunct or have not been updated in at least a few years, as of a check in Oct 2018: ActivMail (www.zrinity.com/activmail), AWS mail custom tag (gist.github.com/cflove/4957007), cfrespooler (cfrespooler.riaforge.org), CFX_Imap4 (store.newmediadevelopment.net/cfx_tag.cfm?ProductID=15), intelli Mailbot (cfxtras.com/SalesComponentDetail.cfm?componentid=380), Spoolmail (spoolmail.riaforge.org), Undelivrnator (undelivrnator.riaforge.org), InFusion Mail Server (www.coolfusion.com/products/ims/index.cfm)
  • If you may be looking for alternative mail servers, see the separate category for that: Mail Servers/Gateways
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Code Coverage Tools [link]

Many languages offer tools that allow you to track/confirm what code within your app is "reached" during processing (or not). There have been various efforts to offer that for CFML.
  • The following are defunct (dead or have not been updated for some years): Rancho (rancho.riaforge.org), CF Metrics (github.com/kacperus/cf-metrics)
  • Note that FusionReactor has an available "line performance" plugin, which performs run-time line execution tracking
  • See also this video on Ortus Code Coverage via CommandBox, TestBox, and FusionReactor "line performance" feature, showing how to use it all together.
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Code Formatting Tools [link]

While CFML is pretty self-documenting, it can certainly help to have code better-formatted (indented, etc.), and there are tools to help with that.
  • ColdFusion Builder (Edit > Format)
  • ColdFusion Studio/HomeSite (see Tools>CodeSweeper)
  • Dreamweaver (Commands > Apply Source Formatting)
  • HTML formatter, with CF support (The creator, Matt Pressnall, offered a presentation on his tool to the Online ColdFusion Meetup, on Feb 25 2010, available at Recordings of the ColdFusion Meetup Jan-Jun 2010.)
  • There are also various online services that can provide formatting of HTML, XML, javascript, json, and more. I leave you to google for those.
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Code Generators [link]

Following are available code generation tools for CFML.
  • cfscript.me, free, hosted service. Converts tag-based CFML to CFScript
  • CodeCharge, a commercial tool with CFML support (last updated in 2016, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • ColdFusion Builder (commercial) from Adobe. Includes wizards for generating CFCs and other code
  • DBX, from Kevin Miller. Generates CFQUERY and CFSTOREDPROC code from SQL Server databases (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Oct 2018)
  • The following are defunct (dead or not updated in years, as of a check in Oct 2018): Adalon (www.synthis.com), Apptacular (github.com/tpryan/Apptacular), ColdFusion Application Generator (cf_applicationgenerator.riaforge.org), CFCBlaster (code.google.com/p/cfcblaster), CFProperty (cfproperty.riaforge.org), CF/Flex Generator(completecodegen.riaforge.org), ColdDoc (colddoc.riaforge.org), CRACK (github.com/joshknutson/crack), ICEGen (icegen.riaforge.org), Illudium PU-36 (cfcgenerator.riaforge.org), next-generator(nextgen.riaforge.org), Plum (www.productivityenhancement.com/products/Plum.cfm), Rooibos (rooibos.maestropublishing.com), Skeleton Site Creator (skeleton.riaforge.org), Squidhead (squidhead.riaforge.org), TransferConfig (transferconfig.riaforge.org)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Debugging Output Template Alternatives/Mods [link]

Many don't realize that the CF debugging output (optionally displayed at the bottom of the page, as enabled in the CF Admin) is actually created by a CFML template that can be modified ([cf]\wwwroot\WEB-INF\debug\classic.cfm). Fortunately, several people have offered various resources that explain how to work with this file and offer packaged alternatives with specific features to resolve particular problems (where people wish the debugging output did more, or could be seen differently than at the bottom of the page). You can just drop these in to add to or replace the default file, and if it's a new file you can then select it as an alternative in the CF Admin Debugging Output page which offers a choice for "Select Debugging Output Format", which points to the classic.cfm by default. Of course, since it's CFML source code, all the options mentioned here are free and open source.
  • "Another hack job", from Ray Camden, adding total query time, improved number formatting for individual query times, and highlighting queries that a given duration
  • CF Debug Enhanced, open source from Ajas Mohammed (with a focus on providing extended info on querys and SP results)
  • CF-FireLogger, open source ColdFusion server-side library for the FireLogger Firebug extension
  • ColdFire, open source from Nathan Mische et al, a Firefox/Firebug extension to aid in viewing CFML debugging output by way of a new alternative debugging output template, coldfire.cfm
  • ColdFusion Debug Templates, "in case you want to try something different than the default template", from Josh Knutson
  • Debug2FusionReactor, from Intergral, an article showing how to direct CF debugging output to the FR Markers tab
  • Improved Classic CF debugging template, from Aaron Longnion. (This is a version of the page recovered using the archive.org "wayback machine".) Changes list of templates executed to show in order executed, rather than by order of duration. Also adds cfqueryparam variable values for queries shown
  • Mark Kruger's Improved CF debugging template, showing cfqueryparam info
  • StarFish (www.coldfusionjedi.com/projects/starfish), from Ray Camden, a profiling tool built on the CF debugger. Stores debugging output in server scope, and adds an Admin customization interface to view reports based on gathered information
  • Stiletto, from John Mason (last updated in 2009, as of a check in Apr 2015), for logging CF debugging output to a file (inspired by a 2008 blog entry by Bilal Soylu)
  • Zoid, from Ray Camden. Changes the table of templates executed from a summary for each (even if called multiple times) to in individual display of each, in order
  • Note as well that another alternative to showing debugging output at the bottom of the page is a built-in option in CF. Note the available "dockable" option in the choice for "Select Debugging Output Format". While the aforementioned classic.cfm is the default, the dockable.cfm instead shows the debugging output as dockable/movable/floatable pane instead
  • See also the next category, CFML Debugging Tools, for other kinds of CFML debugging tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Debugging Tools [link]

There are several tools to help with debugging CFML, some which add on to the built-in "debug output" feature which can be enabled in the CF Admin, while others are unrelated.
  • CF Debug Copy for Firefox and CF Debug Copy for IE, open source from Nathan Mische (last updated in 2011 and 2008, respectively, as of a check in Apr 2015), allow you to easily copy and paste the SQL query output generated by the classic ColdFusion debug template, parsing the query parameters
  • CF-FireLogger, open source from Maxim Paperno, Firebug console logging from within ColdFusion code (for use with the FireLogger extension for Firebug
  • CF No Debug, open source from Nathan Mische (last updated in 2010, as of a check in Apr 2015), Firefox Extension and Servlet Filter to Disable ColdFusion Debugging
  • CFWatcher, open source from Ed Tabara, a CF monitoring tool built on the CF debugger
  • CF websocket debugger, open source from Kunal Saini, Debugging tool for CF10 websocket
  • ColdFusion interactive step debugger, free from Adobe, as built into ColdFusion 8 and higher, and accessible from ColdFusion Builder
  • FusionDebug, commercial, an interactive step debugger for ColdFusion, from Intergral (differs from CF's built-in debugger in many ways, most notably in not requiring use of RDS as the CF debugger does)
  • IP Ranger, open source (last updated in 2009, as of a check in Apr 2015), "ColdFusion administrator extension to allow IP ranges to be added to the debugging IP addresses list", from Nathan Mische
  • See also the previous category, CFML Debugging Output Template Alternatives/Mods, for modifications to the standard CFML debugging output
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Documentation/Help Tools and Resources

See this category as listed above under CFML Resources.

CFML Engine Alternatives [link]

While ColdFusion was the first CFML engine, there have since been several alternatives from other vendors or teams.
  • Adobe ColdFusion, commercial (free Developer and trial editions) (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Lucee, open source (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Open BlueDragon, open source implementation of BlueDragon (last updated in 2014, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • The following have not been updated in 5 or more years:
    • Camuffo, open source (last updated in 2012, as of a check in Jul 201)
    • BlueDragon, commercial, from New Atlanta (last updated in 2009 (for Server) and 2013 (for .NET), as of a check in Feb 2018)
    • mkfusion, "Free open source native CFML(ColdFusion compatible) application server" (last updated in 2013, as of a check in Feb 2018)
    • Smith, open source (last updated in 2008, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • The following seem or are defunct: Coral (formerly from pcaonline.com), IgniteFusion (www.ignitefusion.com), Railo (getrailo.org, subsumed by Lucee)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Frameworks/Methodologies [link]

There are far more CFML frameworks (or methodologies) than many may realize. I've tried to group these according to the sub-category most would regard a framework to be, but I could get it wrong. Just let me know.

I provide whatever brief description may be found on the respective web site (so if you don't like the description, talk to the site owner and let me know if it changes...and framework owners, you'd do well to have a nice succinct description to help visitors get a quick understanding of the frameworks purpose, goals, intended use, etc.)

Similarly, if there's a name associated with the project on the site, or if a name is commonly known as being responsible for the framework, I list that. As always, I'm open to updates.

Note as well that some of these may be defunct. As long as there was a working site (or some relatively recent site talking about it, even if a third party), I list it. At the end I list some frameworks whose sites seem defunct. Again, updates are welcomed.

Following are the subcategories offered:

CFML Application Frameworks/Methodologies [link]

See other aspects and related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • cfFramework, "a CFML MVC Framework", from Jerome Lepage (last updated in 2016, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • CFWheels, "inspired by Ruby on Rails that provides fast application development, a great organization system for your code, and is just plain fun to use", from the CFWheels Team (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • ColdBox, "ColdFusion Enterprise Conventions Development Platform", from Luis Majano, et al (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • FarCry, "is a leading, enterprise-class framework for building fast, scalable applications", from Daemon Consulting (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • Framework One (FW/1), "A very lightweight, convention-over-configuration MVC framework", from Sean Corfield (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • Switchboard, "MVC framework with built in authentication, redirecting, and URL routing. It's non-OO approach makes it super fast during execution. No XML or Objects are ever used in the framework. No configuration is required to set which files are included, the framework discovers that for you. The URL routing is beneficial for search engine optimization (SEO). And all this can be yours in less than 250 lines of code", from Daniel Slaughter (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated in more than 3 years): Blackbox (cfblackbox.com), CFObjects (sourceforge.net/projects/cfobjects/), cfoo.org, cfoop.com, COAL, coldMVC (github.com/tonynelson19/ColdMVC), coop (coop.riaforge.org), cfrails (cfrails.riaforge.org), Edmund (edmund.riaforge.org/), Fusebox (fusebox.org), FuseboxNG, fusionscript.com, Gliint (Gliint.riaforge.org), HomePortals (homeportals.net), iiFramework (www.infranetcorp.com/iiFramework.html), LightFront (lightfront.riaforge.org), Mach-ii (mach-ii.com), Metro (metro.riaforge.org), Model-Glue (model-glue.com), MXF, mvcf (benorama.com/coldfusion), Neptune (bryantwebconsulting.com/docs/neptune/), objectbreeze.com, onAir (sourceforge.net/projects/onair/), OnTap (ontap.riaforge.org), PiMunkey (millionmunkeys.net/PiMunkey), Plum (productivityenhancement.com/plum), PureMVC_CF (trac.puremvc.org/PureMVC_CF), Quicksilver (quicksilver.riaforge.org), SOS (code.google.com/p/cfsos/), Switchbox (www.switch-box.org), Tardis (www.illumineti.com), Tartan (tartanframework.org/tartan), TheHUB (codesweeper.com/index.cfm?event=dsp.the_hub), TrafficMunkey (millionmunkeys.net/TrafficMunkey), underscoreframework.com
  • Some folks also see CMSs as frameworks, so see my list of them
  • Similarly, to the degree that code testing/unit testing tools can be regarded also as a "coding framework", see CFML Unit Testing Tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Injection Frameworks [link]

See other aspects and related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • DI/1 - Inject One , "A very lightweight, convention-over-configuration Dependency Injection framework", from Sean Corfield (last updated in 2015, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • Wirebox, "Dependency Injection and AOP library for ColdFusion", from the ColdBox team (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated in more than 3 years): ColdSpring (coldspringframework.org), Lightwire (lightwire.riaforge.org/)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML REST Frameworks [link]

See other aspects and related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • ColdFusion 10 and above add REST support, updated in CF11
  • See also REST support within ColdBox ("Relax")
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated in more than 3 years): RESTfulCF (restfulcf.riaforge.org), PowerNap (github.com/dominknow/powernap), Taffy (taffy.riaforge.org)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML ORM Frameworks [link]

See other aspects and related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • ColdFusion 9 and above includes ORM, based on Hibernate
  • DataFaucet, "collection of CFCs used to create dynamic object relational modeling (ORM)", from Isaac Dealey (last updated in 2015, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • See also the ORM feature of CFWheels
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated for 3 or more years): DBMunkey (millionmunkeys.net/FormMunkey), Reactor (www.reactorframework.org), Transfer (www.transfer-orm.com)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Image Processing Tools [link]

Tools to manipulate images in CFML.
  • CF8 added many new image processing features: CFIMAGE tag and image* functions
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, app not updated in 3 or more years, or site no longer references ColdFusion): Alagad Image Component (alagad.com/projects.imageComponent), AutoResize (zrinity.com/products/productdetail.cfm/id/6), Image CFC (opensourcecf.com/imagecfc), imagecr (efflare.com), imagemagick.org, Inspector (alagad.com/projects.flashInspector)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Wiki Tools [link]

CFML-based wiki tools.
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated in more than 3 years): Canvas (canvas.riaforge.org), Codexwiki (codexwiki.org), SeedWiki (www.seedwiki.com)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Code Sharing/Pastebin Tools [link]

Following are free services which allow developers to share code snippets with each other. (While one is actually named PasteBin, the term has become generic.) Some even have integrations within IDEs/editors to make it easy to share code from within your development environment.
  • Github Gist, free hosted service (with support for public/private snippets, multiple language syntax hilighting; snippets are also automatically versioned, forkable and usable as a git repository)
  • Pastebin, free hosted service
  • paste this.in (formerly PASTE and DevStation), free hosted service, offering optional password and time limits
  • Pastiebin, free hosted service (with support for public/private snippets, multiple language syntax hilighting)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Code Deployment / Package Manager Tools [link]

Following are tools to assist with code deployment or code package management:
  • CFPM, open source, from William Giles, " born out of a desire to match tools like npm and composer and to easily be able to include / require libraries when and where you need them." (responding, as of a check in Jul 2017)
  • The following seem defunct (site not responding, or app not updated in more than 3 years): Cascade (github.com/ryanguill/Cascade), Ramen (github.com/CFCommunity/ramen)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Comparison Tools [link]

There are multiple categories of comparison tools offered here.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Text/File/Dir Comparison/Merge Tools [link]

Following are tools that can compare text, file, and directory comparisons and merging. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Database Comparison Tools [link]

Following are tools that can compare database data and schema. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Content Delivery Networks [link]

Content delivery networks (or "content distribution networks") can be important to the performance, reliability, and scalability of your web site, especially with regard to the more static content of your site (and often even your dynamic content, where that may be appropriate). Rather than serve all such requests from your web server directly, a CDN serves your content to your clients from a distributed network of other servers (generally served transparently to your visitors). While Akamai may have the majority of mindshare when folks think of the term CDN, there are indeed many alternatives. Look closely at each site, to see if they may offer different solutions for static vs dynamic content (and how they may manage that, as it's of course not appropriate to distribute ALL dynamic content, but for some sites some technically "dynamic" content could indeed be distributed).

Content Management Systems or CMSes (written in CFML) [link]

The following are CMSes written in CFML. I've mentioned also portal apps, as those seem close. Of course, you can find a CMS written in many other languages that you may choose to use on your site. I don't want to try to keep here a list of all such CMSes.
  • CommonSpot, commercial, from Paperthin
  • CONTENS, commercial, by CONTENS
  • ContentBox, open source, from the ColdBox team (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • FarCry, open source, from Daemon, et al (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • Jetendo, open source, from Bruce Kirkpatrick (last updated in 2014, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • Mura, open source, from Blue River Interactive Group (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • NQcontent WCM, commercial, from NetQuest
  • Preside CMS, open source, from Pixl8 (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • Wheelie, open source (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • Xindi, open source, from Simon Bingham (last updated in 2016, as of a check in Jul 2018)
  • Of course, there are likely hundreds of non-CF CMSes out there. I don't want to try to keep track of all of them. Consider watching such resources as http://www.cmsmatrix.org/
  • The following seem defunct (dead, or not updated in several years): bluApple (bluapple.riaforge.org), Boomsocket (www.boomsocket.com), Bytespring CMS (www.jmpj.net/jason/page.cfm/BytespringCMS), CAM-II CMS (camiicms.riaforge.org), CFC_Nuke (cfcNuke.riaforge.org), ColdBricks (coldbricks.com), ContentMonger Pro ( www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1002557), DA-Content (dynapp.com/da-content.da), Ektron (www.ektron.com), Hot Banana ColdFusion CMS (www.hotbanana.com), Katapult (codfusion.com), MindsEye Element (www.mindseyeelement.com), Mojito (mojito.riaforge.org/index.cfm), Sava (not defunct but renamed to Mura), Savvy (besavvy.com) , ShadoCMS (www.shadocms.com), Simple Content Editor (contenteditor.riaforge.org), Speck CMS (speckcms.org), Splash CMS (splashcms.riaforge.org), Synergy (www.synergyanywhere.com), Tapestry (www.turnkey.to/432.cfm), TeamworkCMS (digital-crew.com), Thrive CMS (cabbagetree.co.nz), WebOS 'Carbon 14', Yet Another ColdFusion CMS (yacc.riaforge.org)
  • The following seem no longer to based on CF (that I can tell from their site): Affino (affino.com), IFactum (ifactum.com), LightHouse (modernsignal.com), SiteExecutive (siteexecutive.com), WebPress Pro (ecomenterprises.com)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Database Engines [link]

There are many database engines, and I split the list into two categories. As I note below, some commercial DBMSs do offer free editions.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Free/Open Source DBMSs [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • Berkely DB, open source, multi-platform (from Oracle)
  • Db2 Express-C, free Community edition of commercial DB 2 Express, listed below (from IBM)
  • Derby, open source, multi-platform (which used to be known as IBM Cloudscape, also multi-platform and free, and Derby is now known also as Java DB). Note as well this resource I've created on getting started with Derby as a CFer
  • Firebird, open source, multi-platform
  • Frontbase, free with commercial support, for MacOS
  • h2, open source, Java-based (multi-platform)
  • HyperSQL (aka hsqldb), open source, java-based (multi-platform)
  • InfluxDB, "An open-source distributed time series database with no external dependencies", free to download (for *nix) or available via commercial hosting
  • InfoBright, open source and commercial data warehousing
  • MariaDB, open source and commercial, a fork of MySQL (from one of the original MySQL developers)
  • MaxDB, Community edition, multi-platform (formerly SAP DB: see a 2009 blog entry I wrote on it when it was known by that name). Also available commercially, listed below
  • McKoi, open source, Java-based (multi-platform)
  • MySQL, Community edition, multi-platform (also has commercial editions, listed below)
  • Oracle Express Edition, multi-platform (also has commercial editions, listed below)
  • PostGreSQL, open source, multi-platform
  • Sedna, open source, multi-platform XML database engine
  • SQLite (sometimes misspelled as SQLLite or SQL Lite), open source, multi-platform
  • SQL Server CE (Compact Edition), free, embeddable, for Windows
  • SQL Server Express, free, for Windows (and here's a nice set of resources on it from Pinal Dave)
  • Consider also the rise in popularity of non-relational, "nosql", and often distributed databases, such as Cassandra, CouchDB, hBase, MongoDB, and others. (There's an available couchdb for ColdFusion CFC for working with CouchDB.)
  • There is also the notion of key/value data stores, which have sometimes been classified as caching solutions (for which I have a related category here), and include also options like Infinispan.
  • See also the Commercial DBMSs category below
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Commercial DBMSs [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Database Tools [link]

There are many kinds of database tools.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Database Coding Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Database Comparison Tools

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Database Migration Tools [link]

The following tools assist with database migration/conversion, change migration, synchronization, conversion of stored procedures, and more. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • AccesstoSQL, free tool, from Microsoft. Also known as "SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access" or "SSMA". As of 2018, it supports converting databases in Access versions 97 through 2010 to SQL Server versions 2005-1017, including Azure SQL DB
  • DBConvert is a line of commercial conversion tools
  • Embarcadero Change Manager, commercial, multi-platform and multidatabase (seems to have replaced former product, DT/Studio)
  • ESF Database Migration Toolkit, commercial, for Windows, with support for most databases
  • Full Convert, commercial tool for converting among any of several databases, for Windows
  • Redgate SQL Compare is a commercial tool that can be used for database migration
  • SQL Manager Data Pump, Data Export, and Data Import lines of products, with different editions for each of many databases. Commercial, for Windows
  • SQL Script Builder, commercial, for Windows, with support for most databases
  • SwisSQL Stored Procedure Migration Tools, commercial, see links on this page to several conversion options among the major databases, including a free online migration tool from Oracle to SQL Server
  • The following SwisSQL tools are being discontinued (as of a check in Apr 2015): Data Migration Tool (swissql.com/products/datamigration/data-migration.html), DBChangeManager (swissql.com/products/database-compare-synchronize-tool/index.html), SwisSQL Console (Query Translation / Conversion Tool, swissql.com/products/sql-translator/sql-converter.html)
  • See also Database Comparison tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Database/SQL Monitoring Tools

Database Query/Explore Tools [link]

This category includes both tools to help you build SQL statements as well as to explore your databases and their tables, columns, indexes, data, etc. Some are CF-specific tools, some are generic. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
I have divided this list of tools into those which support multiple database engines, and those which support only specific ones:

Database Query/Explore Tools supporting multiple databases [link]

Following are tools with support for multiple database engines.

Database Query/Explore Tools supporting only specific databases [link]

Following are tools with support for only certain specific database engines.

Database Testing Tools

See the category on this within Testing tools.

Distributed Caching Tools [link]

Again, as mentioned above, CF already has caching features built-into it, and there are various alternatives (mentioned there), but many will want to take advantage of more enterprise-capable distributed caching solutions, discussed here.

E-commerce Enabling Solutions (written in CFML) [link]

There are certainly carts and other e-commerce enabling solutions written in other languages, and some could possibly even be called or leveraged from CFML, but for now, this list focuses only on those that are CFML-based.
  • Able Commerce, commercial, for CF and .NET
  • Cartweaver, commercial shopping cart
  • CF-ezCart, commercial shopping cart
  • cfCommerce , open source shopping cart, by Nick Tong (last updated in 2008, as of a check in June 2015)
  • CF Shopkart, free, downloadable or hosted (last updated in 2011, as of a check in June 2015)
  • CF WebStore, open-source e-commerce store
  • emart, commercial "Ecommerce Platform & Shopping Cart Solution"
  • QuickEStore, commercial downloadable shopping cart solution
  • SiteDirector, commercial shopping cart
  • Slatwall Commerce, open source and commercial ecommerce platform
  • StarterCart, "Free and open source shopping cart, from Steve Bryant (last updated in 2011, as of a check in June 2015)
  • These now seem defunct: Auction Builder (ablecommerce.com/products/aboverview.cfm), Broadchoice (broadchoice.com), DA-Store (dynapp.com/da-store.da)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Editors/IDEs [link]

This list offers both editing tools (editors, IDEs) which focus on CFML (either are specific to CF, or generic but have CFML support), and then I list "other editors" which don't support CFML directly but may still interest some CFers. I then also offer links to various CFML-oriented plugins for Eclipse (upon which CFBuilder is based).

(For times when you just want to view files, rather than edit them, see the available file viewers listed under Generic File View/Log Analysis Tools.)
Following are the subcategories offered:

CFML Editors (specifically for CF, or supporting CFML) [link]

Following are editors which either specialize in CFML editing inherently (ColdFusion Builder, CFEclipse) or which offer CFML support, perhaps as a plugin. (There are some editors which list "ColdFusion" or "Cold Fusion" support. If I could not determine a date of last udpate of the CFML support, I have moved those down to the "other editors" category.)
  • Atom, open source, multiplatform (with CFML support, last updated in 2018, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Brackets, free, multi-platform (with CFML support, last updated in 2014, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Coda, commercial, for MacOS (with CFML support, last updated in 2015, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • ColdFusion Builder, CFML IDE from Adobe, commercial and free
  • Eclipse, free (for CFML support, see discussion of CFEclipse and other plugins below in the subcategory Eclipse plugins)
  • IntelliJ IDEA, commercial (free for open source projects and educational use, with supporting CFML with an included CFML plugin, last updated in 2018, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Komodo, commercial and free (for non-prod, or prod for non-profits/non-commercial/govt), with CFML support via Komodo-CFML open source project (last updated in 2015, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Notepad++, with available free "ColdFusion Lexer" plugin available via NP++ Plugin Manager, or as found at nppColdFusion plugin, last updated in 2013, as of a check in Feb 2018 (the original developer of that nppColdFusion plugin has stopped supporting it, in favor of his working with Sublime)
  • Sublime Text, commercial, multi-platform, with CFML support (last updated in 2017, as of a check in Feb 2018), which replaces the older ColdFusion Package, and now supports CF and Lucee (though for Sublime Text 3 only), as well as the older Lucee package, last updated in 2016, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Visual Studio Code (aka "VS Code"), free, multi-platform, with multiple extensions for CFML support (most are last updated in 2016, and some in Jan 2018, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • The following seem defunct (no longer updates in more than a few years as of last check in Nov 2017):
    • D20, open source, from John Farrar. An IDE for developing COOP-based CFML apps (not quite general purpose, but CFML-oriented nonetheless), (last updated in 2008, as of a check in Nov 2017)
    • Espresso, commercial, for MacOS, with an available ColdFusion Sugar plug-in, free from Scott Mebberson, providing complete syntax highlighting and code hinting for ColdFusion (Sugar being last updated in 2009, as of a check in Nov 2017)
    • nocCode open source, web-based IDE from Thomas Stiegler (last updated in 2009, as of a check in Nov 2017)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Other Editors (without CFML support) [link]

Unlike those listed in the previous category, these don't list specific support for ColdFusion (or have not indicated updated CFML support in years), but they may still be useful for some. Note that some favorite editor of yours may be listed already in the preceding category on CFML editors, immediately above.
  • AWS Cloud9, free with AWS account, multi-platform
  • bbedit, commercial, for MacOS (which says it supports CFML with CF "clippings" support, update date cannot be determined, as of a check in Feb 2018))
  • Cream, free, multi-platform
  • Crimson, free, for Windows
  • Dreamweaver, commercial, from Adobe (no longer supporting CFML since the CC releases in 2013. Though there has been talk of a rapprochement, with CFML being "accepted back into the fold of DW", I find no evidence in searching the DW site in FEb 2018)
  • EditPad, for Windows, available in Lite (free) and Pro (commercial) editions
  • EditPlus, shareware and commercial, for Windows
  • EditRocket, commercial, multi-platform
  • EmEditor, free and commercial, for Windows (See more on the free edition)
  • Emerald, free, multi-platform (fork of Crimson editor)
  • GNU EMACS, free, multi-platform
  • Espresso, commercial, for MacOS
  • HTML-Kit, free and commercial, for Windows
  • JDeveloper, free, multi-platform
  • JEdit open source, multi-platform, which does list "ColdFusion" support (can't readily tell date that CFML support was last updated)
  • Multiedit 2008, commercial, for Windows
  • NotePad 2, free, for Windows
  • NoteTab, free and commercial, for Windows
  • PSPad, free, for Windows
  • PrimalScript, commercial, for Windows (which says it offers support for "CFML" but can't readily tell when that CFML support was last updated, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • ShiftEdit, commercial, browser-based, hosted editor
  • skEdit, commercial, for MacOS (which says it supports "Cold Fusion", but can't readily tell date that CFML support was last updated, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • SourceEdit, free, for Windows (which says it supports "Cold Fusion", but can't readily tell date that CFML support was last updated, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • TextMate, for MacOS, which in the past had offered CFML support via CFTextMate (last updated in 2010, as of a check in Nov 2017), and coldfusion.tmbundle last updated in 2012, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • TextPad, shareware, for Windows (and see related WildEdit tool for editing across files/folders)
  • TSW WebCoder, commercial, for Windows
  • UltraEdit, commercial, multi-platform
  • Vim ("Vi Improved"), free, multi-platform
  • Visual Studio, commercial and free, multi-platform (see info on web development features)
  • XML Copy Editor, open source, for Windows and Linux
  • The following seem defunct: AptEdit (aptedit.com), E (e-texteditor.com), GridinSoft Notepad (notepad.gridinsoft.com), JBuilder (oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/jdev/) Jext (jext.org), TextWrangler (barebones.com/products/TextWrangler), WebMatrix (microsoft.com/web/webmatrix)
  • Again, if you feel that I'm missing something from this list, be sure to see other text editors that are listed instead CFML Editors, including some not traditionally thought of as CFML editors. They're listed there if they DO support CFML

Eclipse Plugins [link]

There are plugins for the Eclipse framework, which can work with CF Builder or just plain Eclipse. I divide the list into two categories.

Eclipse Plug-ins for CF or with support for it [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Other Eclipse Plug-ins of interest to CFers [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • Aptana, free, for its support of HTML, JavaScript, AIR, and more
  • Eclipse SQL Explorer, free, query and browse any JDBC compliant database
  • egit, free, Eclipse Team provider for Git
  • Mylyn, free, offers integration to popular defect tracking tools
  • MyEclipse, a commercial addon which adds Javascript editing and debugging, CSS editing, database explorer, ajax tools, image editing, and much more
  • QuantumDB, free, for database access
  • Subclipse, free, offering support for Subversion
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
If you're looking for WYSIWYG text editors, they have their own category here

Error Handling Tools [link]

The following are tools/projects to help manage errors within your application/server. I've split this list into those written in CFML, and those which are not. You may also want to consider Bug Tracking/Defect Tracking/Issue Tracking/Trouble Ticket/Help Desk Tools.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Error Handling Tools (written in CFML) [link]

The following are tools/projects to help manage errors, which are written in CFML.

Error Handling Tools (not written in CFML) [link]

The following are tools/projects to help manage errors, which are NOT written in CFML.

Excel File Processing Tools [link]

Following are approaches for reading or creating Excel files from CFML. Note that they're in alphabetical order (like the rest of the tools in this list), not in any preferred or recommended order of consideration. Some are much easier than others, while others offer greater power and capability. Some are for creating XLS files from CFML, some are for reading them into CFML, and others are for populating a spreadsheet with data from a CFML request. Consider them all to find the best to suit your needs.

BTW, one may argue that I could have a generic category on processing all sorts of file types (or even just all kinds of MS Office) file types, but there are so many requests for Excel file processing specifically, and so many approaches/tools to suit those needs, that I just figured I'd start out with this and consider other filetypes later (and may rename this category then). It's also certainly true that most of the techniques/tools shown here can be used with any spreadsheet tool that reads xls files or processes CSV/HTML table files in a similar way (like OpenOffice).
Following are the subcategories offered:
  • CFML [link]: CF9 added a CFSpreadsheet tag, which can both read and write Excel (xls) files, as well as about 40 spreadsheet-related functions. For more info on the tag (and links to more on the functions), see the CF9 CFML Reference on it, or see the the CF9 Developer's Guide coverage of it
  • COM [link]: Since CF on Windows can integrate with COM, there are solutions available using that interface. There are a number of tools that uses the approach in the CFCOMET tools list (www.cfregex.com/cfcomet/utilities/, seems defunct), including CF_Excel2CSV, CF_ReadXLS, HTML2Excel, and SQL_export.cfm. (Note that you'll often find references to a site called CFCOMET, but sadly the CFCOMET site is no more. It was resurrected at www.cfregex.com/cfcomet/ back in 2002, but is also no more.) As you contemplate working with COM, if performance is an issue, consider these Adobe technotes: 1, 2, and 3 (via archive.org). See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • CSV [link]: You can both create Excel files using CSV, as well as read in CSV (or other delimited files) to create a query, such as from an Excel file. To create an Excel file, you can simply send to the browser a CSV (or other delimited) file. There are UDFs to ease converting a query to a CSV, such as QueryToCSV2, by Qasim Rasheed. See also a tweaked version of this by Aaron Longnion. There is also the Query to Excel Component from Jason Presley, as well as the UDFs GenerateExcel UDF (cftopper.com/index.cfm?page=blog&blogId=1&blogpostid=180)(defunct) from Topper, and CSVFormat and GetTabTextFeed from cflib.org. When you do this, you need to use CFCONTENT to set the mime type to "application/msexcel" (and may want to use CFHEADER to set a filename to be chosen for the user, and may need to use CFSETTING to turn off debugging.)

    To create a CF query result by reading a CSV (or other delimited) file, as might be exported from Excel, you can use CFHTTP. See the CF docs on CFHTTP, specifically the subsection "Building a query from a delimited text file", as well as blog entries such as those by Ben Nadel 1 2, and Alex Le. There's yet another approach of reading a CSV using a DSN as discussed by Mark Kruger. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • HTML Table [link]: Another long-existent, simple way to create output to Excel from CFML is creating an HTML table, again prefaced by a CFCONTENT setting the mimetype for Excel and such. Many have written on this useful, simple approach, including Jeremy Petersen (in the ColdFusion Cookbook) and Jehiah Czebotar. It's also covered in the docs, such as these CF6 and CF8 pages on CFContent (and notice all the comments in the older CF6 one, for additional info). There are UDFs and custom tags to do it for you, too, such as Query2Excel in the cflib site. A still more elaborate approach is discussed in this blog entry by Ben Nadel. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • Java (including JExcel, JXLS, and POI) [link]: There are many Java APIs for manipulating Excel files. Since CF6 and above are built atop Java, it's easy to leverage such Java libraries. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
    • (Don't miss the relatively straight-forward JDBC-oriented options in the ODBC/JDBC category, below.)
    • JEXCEL- CF Product Manager Jason Delmore has released a JXLCFC that integrates with JExcel, and he blogged about it in Jan 08. Both Ben Nadel and "Denny" also blogged about JExcel/CF integration in 2006
    • JXLS - Matt Williams has written on a couple of blog entries on this. I figure I'd just point you to his Excel category, which lists entries that discuss both jXMS and a beef he had with using POI (discussed next here). In case you miss his reference to a zip file in his "enclosures" link in one of the entries, here is the link directly. BTW, you may find references on the web to his stuff being at http://mattw.mxdj.com/, but that domain is no longer functioning. Fortunately, he moved his stuff to the new mattjanell.com domain
    • POI - cfExcelProxy is an open source effort by Francois Levesque. Another is CFXL, by Jason Delmore. Also, many have written about POI/CF integration, including Dave Ross; Ben Nadel, who has written a POIUtility CFC wrapper that makes it easy to use POI (and here are a couple of other entries by him 1 and 2, 3, with more info on the approach.) Still more interesting for some will be this entry of his on Populating An Existing, Formatted Excel Document Using ColdFusion And POI. Ben Forta also discusses POI in Chap 27 of his CF7 Advanced book and has an example available in this zip file. There is yet another CFC that helps use POI in CFML, cfHSSF, as well as a few custom tags: the free CFX_ExcelQuery in the JavaCFX library at OpenXCF project, and the following commercial tags: CFX_Query2Excel and CFX_Excel in the Adobe Developer's Exchange; and CFX_Query2Excel and CFX_Excel2Query from Ryan Emerle.
  • .NET [link]: Now that CF8 can directly integrate with .NET, it should be possible to perform interaction with Excel files directly using .NET. I've not yet found any articles by anyone doing that. Both the CF docs and Ray Camden have hinted at the possibility. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • Office Automation [link]: While you may read some articles talking about doing "Office automation", by trying to run MS Office apps on the server, this is something that even Microsoft cautions against, saying
    CAUTION: Automation of any Office application from an unattended, non-interactive user account is risky and unstable. A single error in code or configuration can result in a dialog box that can cause the client process to stop responding (hang), that can corrupt data, or that can even crash the calling process (which can bring down your Web server if the client is ASP).
    WARNING: Office was not designed, and is not safe, for unattended execution on a server. Developers who use Office in this manner do so at their own risk.
    See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • ODBC/JDBC [link]: it's long been possible to open more than just database files using ODBC (and the Jet Engine) as well as JDBC. It's been written about by many over the years, including the CF5 docs, a CFDJ article (whose title has a mistake and should be "ColdFusion Techniques: Text & Excel ODBC"), and a blog entry by Christopher Wigginton (via archive.org), to name a few. Just note that there have been changes in ODBC processing: before CF6, you could create such datasources directly in the CF Admin. In CF6 and above, you would create them in the Windows ODBC administrator and then point to them using the ODBC/JDBC bridge option when creating a DSN in the CF Admin. Ben Forta also has an example of using this approach in his ReadExcel.cfm, available in this zip file (as discussed in Chap 27 of his CF7 Advanced CF book).

    Still other solutions leverage Java calls to enable this capability via JDBC, such as Kyle Hayes who has written about it in both the ColdFusion Cookbook and on his own site.

    Another curious one is the jacoZoom driver, which uses a DSN-less connection to get to the file. Though those are technically not supported since CF5, Adobe has a technote (via archive.org) on how to get around this limitation when reading an Excel file, using a "passthrough" DSN. Finally, see other Java-oriented options under the "Java" category, above.
  • Report Builder [link]: Don't forget that the ColdFusion Report Builder (in CF7 thru 2016) can export its results as Excel, and of course can generate its data from CFML. See more in the Adobe DevNet articles, Building Reports with ColdFusion MX 7 and Using the ColdFusion Report Builder. See more on reporting solutions under Reporting and Report Builder Tools. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • WebQueries [link]: a reverse approach is to obtain data from for an Excel spreadsheet from within Excel, and using the Excel Web Query feature to point back to the server to get data. A Dec 2001 CFDJ article discussed this. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • XML [link]: The final approach is to use XML, which offers the simplicity of the HTML table approach above, but with greater control. A couple of blog entries on this approach are those by Ben Nadel and Todd Sharp. There's also a tutorial by Kris Brixon. There's at least one Riaforge project based on an XML approach: ObjectToExcel , by Lu Sancea, which can "consume a query or an array of queries and render an excel file".

    Finally, you can also use OOXML (Office Open XML) with CFML, which is discussed in considerable detail in Volume 3 of the CF8 Web App Construction Kit, Advanced Application Development, specifically Chapter 76 on integrating with Office. The source code for the book (and these examples) is available online via a link at Ben's site for the book. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

File Find/Search Tools [link]

While most operating systems have built-in file find/search tools (such as Windows search feature and grep on Linux/Unix), alternatives exist (and may be much better. In the case of Windows search feature, it may not look in all file types, depending on the version of Windows. With Linux grep being a command-line tool, some may prefer a UI). These alternatives (free and commercial) offer both enhanced functionality, speed, and user interfaces (some also add regular expression support, and more).

File Sharing and Online Storage Tools/Services [link]

This space is a meld of services, some of which are focused solely on remote personal (or business) online storage, and some of those offer desktop or mobile apps for syncing with local storage. Many support file sharing with others, and some of those may offer only very short-term remote storage for that.

Some vary levels of service based on payment options. Nearly all have at least some level of free services. The space is changing too rapidly for me to try to keep up and indicate which offer which of the above services. But I have noted, for the services with free levels, how much storage they offer at that free level. I also list some more server-oriented cloud storage options, in the "see also" at the end of the list.
  • ADrive, commercial
  • Amazon Drive, free and commercial (5g free, and unlimited photos with Prime, as of 4/18)
  • Box, free and commercial (10g free, 250m upload limit, as of 4/18)
  • CloudApp, free and commercial, "brings screenshots, GIF creation, and screen recording to the cloud" (unlimited gb free, 25m/file upload limit except for screen recordings, as of 4/18)
  • DropBox, free and commercial (2gb free as of 4/18) (if you'd like to give me a referral bonus, use this link)
  • Google Drive, free and commercial (15gb free as of 4/18)
  • Ge.tt, free and commercial (2gb as of 4/18)
  • Hightail, free and commercial (2g free, 250mb/file, as of 4/18; formerly YouSendIt)
  • iCloud, from Apple, free and commercial (5gb free as of 4/18)
  • IDrive, free and commercial (5gb free as of 4/18)
  • Jungle Disk, commercial (focused on backup)
  • LiveDrive, commercial
  • OneDrive, from Microsoft, free and commercial (5gb free, 1TB with Office365, as of 4/18; formerly SkyDrive)
  • ShareFile, commercial (from Citrix, business-focused, "File sharing. E-signatures. Plus feedback and approvals. All in one place.")
  • SpiderOak, commercial (focused on backup)
  • SugarSync, commercial
  • Syncplicity, free and commercial (10gb as of 4/18)
  • wikisend, free (for file transfer, rather than cloud storage)
  • Yandex Disk, free and commercial (10g as of 4/18)
  • For server-oriented file storage in the cloud, consider Amazon S3 service and Amazon Glacier (which are both commercial and free, some aspects being only free for the first year to new AWS customers, others are free to new and existing customers with no expiration), among others
  • See also Content Delivery Networks
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Folder/Directory/File Synchronization Tools [link]

Often developers and administrators will want to keep files within folders in sync, whether across different machines (as in a cluster), or within a machine (perhaps only part of a subfolder structure) for some reason.

Form Creation/Validation Tools [link]

There have been several tools created to assist in creation of CFML forms.
  • cf_sebForm (within sebtags kit), "Open Source custom tag set for easy forms", from Steve Bryant
  • CFUniform, "library of custom tags for quick and easy form generation", open source, from Matt Quackenbush
  • cfExt Form additions, open source from Dan Vega
  • qForms, open source, from Dan Switzer
  • Thor, open source, from John Mason
  • Validat data validation engine, open source, from Alagad
  • Hyrule ColdFusion validation using annotations, from Dan Vega
  • ValidateThis!, "an object oriented validation framework", open source, from Bob Silverberg
  • Validation.cfc, "server-side validation", open source, from Ryan Heldt
  • ValidatorCFC, "validates the data in an object according to custom rules you set up", open source, from Sean Coyne
  • See also other non-CF-based alternatives, like FormSpring (formspring.com) (defunct) and Wufoo
  • The following seem defunct: ErrorMunkey (millionmunkeys.net/FormMunkey), FormMunkey (millionmunkeys.net/FormMunkey)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

File Upload Tools [link]

The tools on this list range from those using Flash/Flex, Ajax, to Java. Some may permit tracking the status of an upload, allow multiple files to be uploaded at once, and/or other features. Some are written in/for CFML, others are generic.
  • Note first that CF9 added built-in support for uploading multiple files, with the cffileupload tag, which presents a javascript-based interface to name multiple files, and the cffile action="uploadall", which allows CF to accept and process multiple files uploaded (whether with that cffileupload tag's control, or simply multiple input type="file" lines on a form).

    As has often been the case in the history of CFML, when Adobe added built-in support for this functionality, most of the open source projects below stopped being updated.
  • Ben Nadel's File Upload tool, free, HTML-based, written in CFML
  • CF_ProFlashUpload, commercial, flash-based, CF custom tag
  • CFMU (CFMultiUploader), open source, Flex-based component connecting to ColdFusion, from Dan Vega
  • ColdBox FileBrowser, open source, HTML-based (uses FCKEditor).
  • EasyAlgo EAFlashUpload, free and commercial, Flash-based tool
  • FancyUpload, free, Flash and/or Ajax-based tool
  • jquery Multifile, free plugin for jQuery
  • MultiFileUpload (ryanfavro.newmediateam.com/blog/index.cfm/2006/8/12/Flex-2-Multi-File-Upload-Example) (defunct), free flex-based tool, with CF-oriented discussion of use
  • Multiple file upload with Flex and ColdFusion (article via archive.org, tool zip here), free flex-based tool, with CF-oriented discussion of use
  • Multiple file uploader, free, Ajax-based (using Motools)
  • Multiple File Upload, free plugin for jQuery
  • MultiPowUpload, commercial, Flash-based, with available ColdFusion examples provided in download
  • Rad Upload, free and commercial, Java-based tool. (See intro and examples from a CF perspective, recovered from archive.org)
  • Simple Flex Uploader, open source, Flex-based
  • SWFUpload (swfupload.org), open source, (formerly at swfupload.mammon.se)
  • Consider also HTML 5 "multiple" attribute for input tag. More info
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Forums/Bulletin Board Tools (written in CFML) [link]

There have been various attempts to create forum or BB tools in CFML.
  • CF4em, open source, from Bobby Hartsfield (last updated in 2011, per a check in Nov 2017)
  • CF Forum, commercial (no "last updated" info, but system requirements list CF 4.0.1, per a check in Nov 2017)
  • Galleon, open source, from Ray Camden (last updated in 2013, per a check in Nov 2017)
  • onTopic open source, from Isaac Dealey (last updated in 2008, per a check in Nov 2017)
  • Seems defunct: BoardFusion/cfopenbb (boardfusion.org), CFBB ( adersoftware.com/index.cfm?page=cfbb), CFMBB (cfmbb.org), FuseTalk (fusetalk.com), Rinium (rinium.com)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

FTP Tools (clients and servers) [link]

When you need to transmit files back and forth from one machine to another, you typically need some FTP (or SFTP or SFTPS) client, to talk to some FTP/SFTP/FTPS server. Following are tools for both kinds of processing, first client, then server.
Following are the subcategories offered:
FTP Clients [link]
See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. FTP Servers [link]

Graphing/Charting Tools [link]

Here are various charting solutions for web applications, some specifically for CF and others more generic. Some are free, some commercial. Some are based on Flex, some on Javascript, and so on. Some are server-side solutions, some client-side.

HTTP Debugging Proxies/Sniffers/Web Client Test Tools [link]

HTTP debugging proxies/sniffers allow you to watch (and sometimes even modify) the http-level communications between your browser (or other http client app on your workstation) and the web server. It helps you see the request/response stream, which can be very helpful in resolving some problems. A good overview of teh concepts is available here. There are a wide range of differnt kinds of such tools offered here.
I offer them in the following subcategories:

Built-in HTTP Debugging Proxies/Sniffers/Web Client Test Tools [link]

Note first that the more modern versions of most browsers now have built-in tools that can provide this sort of functionality. Just right-click on whitepace in your browser content and choose "inspect element", which will exist in most modern browsers. Then look for Network tab. Or use the following menu options:
  • In Chrome, see the Developer Tools, available under the Chrome>More tools>Developer Tools
  • In Firefox, see the "Network Monitor" feature in the "Web Developer" tools, available under the Tools menu
  • In Internet Explorer, see the F12 Developer Tools which are built into IE 8+ (in the Tools menu)
  • In Opera, see Opera menu>More Tools>Show developer menu, then use Opera>Developer>Developer Tools
  • In Safari, see the "Web Inspector" feature of the Develop menu, under Advanced preferences
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

General-purpose HTTP Debugging Proxies/Sniffers/Web Client Test Tools [link]

Beyond that, there are proxy tools that can be added on, and the following are supported at least both IE and Firefox, if not also any web browser. (See also IE-only and Firefox-only proxies/Sniffers/web client test tools offered in the next categories.)
  • Achilles, free (indicated on the site as "Though it was the first, it is no longer the best, and we recommend using Burp Suite, WebScarab, or Paros as they offer more features.")
  • Burp Proxy, commercial and free, multi-platform
  • Charles, commercial (with free trial), multi-platform, with support for Ajax as well as AMF/Flash Remoting
  • DynaTrace Ajax edition, free and commercial, with support for Ajax (obviously)
  • Fiddler, free, from Microsoft
  • FriendlyGhost, commercial, focused on Flash/AMF and Ajax
  • HTTP Debugger commercial, with free trial
  • HTTP Analyzer, commercial, with support for AMF/Flash Remoting and JSON (despite company name, it's available in a standalone edition that is not IE-dependent)
  • HTTPNetworkSniffer, free, for Windows (from Nirsoft. See also related tools, WebCookiesSniffer tool to monitor all cookies communicated between browsers and servers, and NetworkTrafficView tool to monitor all communications on a given network adapter.)
  • HTTPWatch, commercial, with free edition
  • Membrane SOAP/HTTP Monitor, open source with support for JSON (with both command-line, GUI, and Eclipse-based functionality)
  • Paros, free
  • ServiceCapture, commercial, with support for JSON and AMF/Flash Remoting
  • WebScarab, free from OWASP
  • WFetch, free from Microsoft
  • Wireshark, free, multi-platform. The granddaddy of network packet sniffing tools (previously known as ethereal). For simple http proxy/sniffing as above, it may be overkill, but since I use the term sniffing in the category, I give a nod to the tool
  • See also Firefox-only and IE-only proxies below
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
  • See also a server-side alternative, Sniffer/TCPMon, built into CF 6+ and found in either [coldfusion]\runtime\bin or [JRun]\bin. For more info, see also this Adobe Technote, the CF documentation, and JRun documentation. The tool is also available from Apache, and you may find more information on that

Firefox-only Proxies/Sniffers/Web Client Test Tools [link]

See also generic http proxies (which work on multiple browsers) as discussed in the introduction to the broader category above.

IE-only Proxies/Sniffers/Web Client Test Tools [link]

See also generic http proxies (which work on multiple browsers) as discussed in the introduction to the broader category above.
See also the category here, Page Testing Tools, for still other tools that perform related web page analysis.

IP Address Reporting Tools [link]

Tools to help you identify your IP address (and some that allow you to get info on a given IP address, programmatically.)

Log Analysis Tools [link]

There are multiple categories of monitoring tools offered here, from generic log analysis tools (for any sort of log) to analysis of specific files (such as SQL Server logs) or for a specific purpose (intrusion detection or web site analytics). See also monitoring tools, which includes to monitor log files such as the Windows event log.


Following are the subcategories offered:

CF Log Analysis Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • flogr, open source, from Scott Stroz
  • FusionAnalytics, commercial, from Intergral (makers of FusionReactor)
  • Ray Camden has a tool to read the log files to identify templates listed by CF as being "slow pages". See his blog entries for CF8 and CF7. There is now a download link on the CF8 page to download the provided code as a CFML template, the link being at the bottom of the entry to the right of the link to display comments
  • Don't miss the log viewer/tailview in ColdFusion Builder and the Adobe ColdFusion 8 Extensions for Eclipse
  • Consider also (for creating logs in CFML) Logbox, free from Luis Majano. An enterprise ColdFusion Logging Library

Database Log Analysis Tools [link]

These include both tools for analyzing DB logs regarding transactions and analyzing the logs for operational information. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Generic File View/Log Analysis Tools [link]

(This list is within the larger category of log analysis tools tools, but among the following are tools that could be useful for viewing any kind of text files, and in some cases for especially large ones.)
  • ASQL, free tool for Linux to query Apache log files via SQL (similar to, though not as powerful as, LogParser below)
  • BareTail, free and commercial, for Windows
  • CSVEasy, commercial, for Windows (log viewer for CSV files)
  • CSVFileView, free, for Windows (from NirSoft. See also related TableTextCompare tool to compare csv files.)
  • CSVed, free CSV file editor (supports other separators, too). See also uniCSVed, a unicode version at the same site
  • CSV Table Viewer, free, for Windows (log viewer for CSV files)
  • ELM Log Manager, commercial tool for monitoring Windows Event Logs and much more
  • Geektool, an open source log analysis tool for MacOS
  • Large Text File Reader, open source
  • loggly, free and commercial hosted service
  • Killilink CSV, commercial, for Windows (sofware "retired")
  • Kiwi Log Viewer, commercial, for Windows, "Easily monitor a specified log file for changes"
  • Log Analysis, free for Windows
  • Log Analyzer, commercial or free with purchase of Advanced Host Monitor
  • LogExpert, free, for Windows
  • LogMeister, commercial, for Windows
  • LogMX, free and commercial (low cost), multi-platform
  • Log Parser, free from Microsoft (I've got a resource microsite about it, including things I and others have written about using it.) See also visal/GUI tools for working with it: Log Parser Lizard UI, Log Parser Studio, and Visual Log Parser, as well as the related PAL tool that extends LogParser, for analyzing Windows Performance Monitor (PerfMon) logs
  • Logsene free and commercial, from sematext, "Centralized Logging, Log Management & Analytics...your ELK Stack in the Cloud or On Premises"
  • LogSurfer, an open source tool (no binaries, C source code that must be compiled). Seemingly different from a Mac log anlysis tool of the same name
  • LogViewer Pro, commercial, free for home use, for Windows (from the makers of UniversalViewer, listed later in this category)
  • Logwatch, free, for Linux
  • LogWatch, commercial, for Windows. "Simplified log management through centralized monitoring, automatic notifications, and powerful search capabilities."
  • ManyEyes, a free service from IBM Alphaworks (limited for now to only processing tab-separated files, and a column header line must be provided)
  • Ron's Editor, free and commercial, for Windows, "Professional CSV File Editor to edit, view and read, sort and clean, and convert all your data in no time."
  • SawMill, commercial, multi-platform, log file analysis and reporting
  • TextConverter, commercial, for Windows, for extracting data from log files into databases
  • TotalCommander, shareware, for Windows. File Manager, with file viewing capabilities (including zips, and an available plugin to list CSV files in a columnar manner)
  • Universal Viewer free and commercial, large file loading tool
  • xlogmaster, open source, for Linux/Unix
  • XpoLog Center, commercial, multi-platform
  • Consider also Splunk, a free and commercial enterprise log solution (multi-platform) which seems to do a lot more than just log analysis. Couldn't really tell from its web site how well it would be suited to just the simpler tasks of log analysis
  • See also other lists of log analysis tools, such as this, this and this
  • See also information on log rotation tools
  • See also Intrusion Detection Tools for some log-oriented IDS systems, as well as Reporting and Report Builder Tools, including discussion of online reporting solutions that can import CSV and other files for analysis and reporting
  • And of course, if you're looking to analyze a particular kind of log, see the other Log Analysis Tool categories here
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Web Server Log Analysis Tools [link]

(This list is within the larger category of log analysis tools. See also the separate list of Web Server Analytics Tools, which provide site tracking via a different approach.)
  • Alterwind Log Analyzer, free and commercial, for Windows (but supports many log formats)
  • Analog, open source, multi-platform (with some support for filtering spiders)
  • Apache Log Viewer (ALV), free, for Windows, supports reading Apache and IIS logs, including analytics reports (some features unlocked with low-cost donation)
  • AWStats, open source, multi-platform (with support for filtering spiders). Requires perl to operate, such as is available for free as ActivePerl. I found that it could not find my IIS configuration, on Vista (IIS 7)
  • Funnel Web Analyzer (quest.com/funnel-web-analyzer), defunct
  • IIS and Apache Log Analyzer, free, for Windows
  • Obsessive Website Statistics, open source, multi-platform. Adds jquery-based web 2.0 features (with support for filtering spiders/bots). Stores log files in MySQL for its analysis
  • Report Magic, open source, multi-platform
  • Sawmill, a commercial tool, whose pricing is based on a number of "profiles" of log files you wish to analyze (with support for filtering spiders)
  • Sentry-Go IIS Web Server Monitoring, commercial, for Windows
  • SmarterStats, free and commercial, for Windows (supporting multiple web server log formats). Offers features focused on bot detection
  • Summary, commercial, multi-platform
  • Visitors, open source, multi-platform (but Windows binary is sold separately for small fee)
  • Webalizer, open source, packaged binaries for Linux, Solaris only, with other unsupported x-nix ports available
  • WebLog Expert, free and commercial editions, for Windows
  • WebLog Expert, for Windows
  • Web Log Storming, free and commercial editions, for Windows
  • WebTrends, a commercial tool
  • W3C LogValidator, free, multtplatform (Perl-baesd), "combines a Server Log analysis engine with batch validation, link checking and other quality-oriented processing, for step-by-step improvement and maintenance of Web Site Quality."
  • See also lists of such tools, such as at counterguide, the open directory project, Yahoo directory of log analysis tools, and so on
  • See also Generic File View/Log Analysis Tools, which includes many tools (like Log Parser) that can analyze web server logs and many more types of logs
  • See also Web Server Analytics Tools, which work differently, not analyzing log files but instead tracking site visits via a remote service
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Log Management Tools [link]

Tools to help manage (archive/rotate) logs, such as web server or ColdFusion logs. (Some web servers may rotate logs on a daily but not offer any means to auto-archive/zip/delete them after some period of time.)

Mail Servers/Gateways [link]

If you're unhappy with your current mail server, whether due to performance, need to handle larger volumes, adding better spam handling, mail lists, security, whatever, there are alternatives. Some are servers, some are gateways, some are identified as MTAs (message transfer agents). Some are free, some commercial; some downloadable, some run as hosted services. Here are some alternatives to consider.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Mail Server Software [link]

Whatever your operating system, you may have a default SMTP mail server provided that you may wish to reconsider. For instance, on Windows, there is the SMTP mail server associated with IIS, as well as Microsoft Exchange. On MacOS, there's sendmail. Here are downloadable alternatives:
  • CommuniGate Pro, free and commercial, multi-platform
  • Free SMTP Server, free, for Windows
  • Hermes Secure Email Gateway, free and commercial, CFML-based, downloadable (VMWare appliance) and hosted service (so listed also under Mail Server Services, below)
  • hMailServer, free, for Windows
  • Kerio Connect, commercial, multi-platform
  • mailEnable, free and commercial, for Windows
  • MDaemon Messaging Server, commercial, for Windows
  • Postmark, free and commercial, for Windows
  • PowerMTA, commercial, multi-platform
  • qmail, open source, for *nix
  • sendmail, open source, for *nix (see also commercial Sentrion MPE, from same vendor)
  • SmarterMail, free and commercial, for Windows
  • SurgeMail, free and commercial, multi-platform
  • XMS (aka "Zrinity Email Delivery Server"), commercial downloaded or hosted service, multi-platform
  • Zeams, free, multi-platform
  • Note that on Windows editions that have IIS (or where IIS can be enabled), there is also an optional SMTP server associated with IIS. It may not be enabled by default. The means of enabling/configuring it will vary depending on the version of Windows/IIS, but will be enabled the same way that IIS itself would eb enabled. Here's at least one blog entry showing enabling/configuring it in Windows 2008
  • Consider also such options as ISPConfig 3, an open source hosting control panel for Linux, that includes mail server capabilities
  • See the other subcategories in this category related to hosted mail management, as well as the related category, CFMAIL Replacements/Enhancements elsewhere
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Mail Server Services [link]

You can also outsource your mail server management (both sending/SMTP and receiving/POP/IMAP) using solutions like:

Hosted Email Marketing/Newsletter Services [link]

If you're looking solely for alternative solutions for mailing list management, consider such options as

Monitoring Tools/Services [link]

There are many different kinds of monitoring tools that could be of value to CFers.


Following are the subcategories offered:

Application Monitoring (APM) Tools [link]

The following tools can be used to monitor Java applications, and can be used (some more easily than others) to monitor CF applications. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

ColdFusion Monitoring Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolkit (available in CF 2018, Standard and Enterprise).
  • ColdFusion Enterprise Server Monitor (available in CF Enterprise from CF8-2016). For still more, see my 4-part series of articles on the monitor, from 2007. It's not changed much since then.)
  • FusionReactor, commercial, from Intergral. For still more, see over a dozen FR webinars, most of which are from 2017 and which I presented. See also the related FusionAnalytics.
  • SeeFusion, commercial, from Webapper
  • See also CFTracker (free, from David Boyer. Access application, session and memory information. Development has discontinued, and it was last updated in 2015. No longer available via cftracker.net). See also the helpful code in Dan Switzer's blog post on a ColdFusion JVM memory monitor, code that still works in CF2016 and Java 8.
  • See also CF Log Analysis tools, as well as Starfish and CFWatcher in the CFML Debugging tools category (those tools leverage the CF debugger to add profiling/monitoring features)
  • The following are defunct (dead, or not updated in several years): CFStatShot (defusion.org.uk/code/cfstatshot-cfstat-yahoo-desktop-widget/, last updated in 2007), ColdFusion AJAX System Monitor (www.fusioncube.net/?p=37, getting 404 and not found on site), FlexMon (cflex.net/flexmon, no longer on site and riaforge project not updated since 2006), MerlinManager (merlinmanager.com, not updated since CF9), ServerStats (learnosity.com/techblog/2006/11/hacking-cfmx-pulling-it-all-together-serverstats, no longer on site)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Database/SQL Monitoring Tools [link]

The following tools monitor databases. While some monitor the databases themselves, some instead monitor SQL going into the database via JDBC from application servers (like ColdFusion). Some also offer profiling, meaning an ability to see not just some but all currently running queries, including details about the query such as an explain plan. For more monitoring alternatives, see also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader monitoring category above.
  • ApexSQL Monitor, commercial for SQL Server (with an available free license offer)
  • Brent Ozar's First Responder Kit, free, for SQL Server (See also a related page with similar but other info on the same toolkit.)
  • Database Health Monitor, free, for SQL Server (some features require free registration)
  • Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), commercial and free (for 2 DB instances, and up to 1 hour of history), from SolarWinds, for SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SAP ASE (aka Sybase). (DPA was formerly Confio Ignite, acquired Oct 2013)
  • DB tools for Oracle 6.1, commercial, for Oracle, for Windows (last updated in 2009, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • dbForge Monitor, free, for Windows, plugin for SQL Server Management Sudio
  • dbForge Event Profiler for SQL Server, free, for SQL Server, for Windows
  • JAMon, open source tool for monitoring Java EE applications. Besides its general purpose java monitoring, it also includes JDBC monitoring, any JDBC database
  • jdbcGrabber, open source, for any JDBC database (last updated in 2010, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • JDBCSpy, open source, for any JDBC database (last updated in 2008, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • JDBC SQL Profiler, open source, for any JDBC database (last updated in 2013, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • jdbcdslog, open source, for any JDBC database (logs JDBC-based activity) (last updated in 2010, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • Jet Profiler for MySQL, free and commercial, for MySQL, multi-platform
  • log4jdbc, open source, for any JDBC database (logs JDBC-based activity) (last updated in 2015, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • ManageEngine ApplicationsManager Database Monitoring, free and commercial tool, from AdventNet (which includes specific support for MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and more)
  • MyOra, free, for Oracle, multi-platform (written in Java)
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor, commercial (bundled with MySQL Enterprise Edition)
  • MySQL Query Analyzer, commercial (bundled with MySQL Enterprise edition). Can perform profiling (watching all queries running on a given server)
  • MySQL Query Explorer, free, "Monitor and Tune MySQL Queries", for Windows
  • Neor Profile MySQL, free, for MySQL, multi-platform
  • New Relic SQL Server Plugin, commercial hosted service with agent install on DB server (and other plugins for other DB platforms, and indeed there is more than one SQL Server plugin. See their Plugins page listing them all, incuding SQL Server, RDS, and more)
  • SentryOne SQL Sentry for SQL Server, for SQL Server, commercial
  • Plan Explorer, free, from SentryOne, for SQL Server
  • Precise i3for Databases, commercial, for Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, and Sybase
  • P6Spy, open source logging for any JDBC database (last updated in 2013, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • Quick SQL Server Monitoring Package, commercial, from Sentry-Go, for SQL Server, for Windows
  • SpiceWorks SQL Server Monitor, free, part of larger SpiceWorks platform, for SQL Server, for Windows and Linux. (The page makes it seem you are downloading a monitor, but you are downloading the Spiceworks platform monitor, also free.)
  • Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, commercial, for SQL Server
  • Spotlight cloud, free and commercial for SQL Server, with available Spotlight Tuning Pack extensions for SQL Server Mgt Studio, also free and commercial
  • SQL Check, free, for SQL Server, and related free tools for SQL Server: SQL Fragmentation Analyzer, SQL Heat Map Tool (for monitoring SQL Server storage), and SQL XEvent Profiler, and still more free tools for SQL Server and MySQL
  • SQL Diagnostic Manager, commercial, from Idera, for SQL Server and MySQL (MySQL version is the former Monyog tool)
  • SQL Doctor, commercial, for SQL Server
  • SQL Health Monitor, free, for SQL Server
  • SQL Live Monitor, free, for SQL Server, for Windows, "no installation required" (last updated in 2017, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • SQL Monitor, free, for SQL Server (last updated in 2016, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • SQL Monitor, commercial, from Redgate, for SQL Server
  • Tiny SQL Profiler, free, for SQL Server, " free replacement tool for Microsoft SQL Profiler," for "SQL Server 2005" (though updated in 2015, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • xSQL Profiler, free and commercial, for SQL Server, for Windows, free for one SQL Server Express instance
  • VRoom SQL, commercial, for SQL Server, for Windows
  • See also cfSQLMaster, free (written in CFML), for SQL Server, from Ed Tabara (last updated in 2012, as of a check in Oct 2017)
  • These are in addition to built-in tools to monitor databases, such as MySQL Enterprise Monitor, SQL Server Profiler or logging features in most DBMSs. Note also the available category here, Application Monitoring (APM) Tools, many of which include JDBC logging, monitoring, and/or profiling, as well as ColdFusion Monitoring Tools, which also include JDBC logging/monitoring features
  • Consider also related "tuning" tools. I've not yet created a separate category for these, but consider for MySQL Tuner for Perl). And of course SQL Server has various built-in database optimization tools and features, as I'm sure does Oracle and the other major DBMSs
  • The following are or seem defunct: BEZ (bez.com), DBTuna (dbtuna.com), jiql (jiql.org), mytop (jeremy.zawodny.com/mysql/mytop/), QOT (ritmark.com), SQL Heartbeat (sqlsolutions.com/products/Heartbeat/), SQLite Profiler (samsaffron.com/blog/archive/2007/08/08/17.aspx), sqlprofiler (sqlprofiler.googlepages.com), SQL Ultimate Performance Monitor (sqlsolutions.com/products/IO%20Activity%20Monitor/)
  • See also other meta resources on DB tuning, such as this one for MySQL
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Event Log Monitoring [link]

The following tools can monitor the Windows Event Log. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Java Monitoring/Profiling Tools [link]

The following tools can analyze Java, and as such can often be used to analyze Java-specific aspects of ColdFusion (which is based on Java). Some allow you to watch what operations are happening in the underlying JVM, some focus on reporting statistics, some focus on garbage collection analysis, some could be used to monitor the underlying java classes that CF calls. Some may work only with more modern Java versions (CF11 and 2016 can run with Java 8). Check out each to observe what it does, how it works, and whether it may be of value for your skill level. Some require no specific Java experience at all. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

SAN or NAS Monitoring Tools [link]

The following tools track the health of your attached storage solutions (SAN or NAS). See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

System Monitoring Tools [link]

The following tools track the health of your server overall (and/or network), ranging from small tools (such as task manager alternatives) to full-scale/full-stack enterprise monitoring. Some follow process execution through an entire transaction across multiple subsystems. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

VM/Virtualization Monitoring/Mgt Tools [link]

Within the sphere of system monitoring tools is the subset of them devoted to monitoring/configuring VMs. Most work only with a specific VM hypervisor platform, and they are to be used by those managing VMs (they are not helpful for those whose applications and servers are hosted WITHIN a VM, though you may want to ask your VM host if they use any such tools to watch your and/or other VMs on the host server).

Web Server Analytics Tools [link]

It can be very useful to understand the traffic patterns and other visitor statistics for your web site. While Web Server Log Analysis Tools are one appprach, another is to use tools which instead track site visits via a remote service, where you drop code (often referred to as "tags") into your site which reports back to a hosted service. You then review the analysis on that remote site. Following are examples of that.

(For more on the debate between the two approaches, see this discussion, or this one (recovered from archive.org).)

There are many such services. Here are just a few. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Web Server Request Monitoring Tools [link]

Not to be confused with Web Site Uptime Monitoring Tools, the following tools track requests being made to your server and/or other information about the health of your web server. The general focus is tools which monitor any web server requests, but also listed are tools that monitor web requests which ultimately get run by ColdFusion (the focus of most of this CF411 resource). See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above, especially Application Monitoring (APM) Tools.

Web Site Uptime Monitoring Tools [link]

The following tools track, report, and alert on whether your server is up or down, typically by sending frequent, repeated requests to some page on your site. Most are free hosted services, some are commercial. (While such tools are useful to know "if" your server is perhaps having troubles, they do not really help you to know "why". For that, see also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.)

Beware also that when automated tools visit pages on your site often (including such monitors, as well as load balancer pings, spiders, bots security scanning tools and more), there can be a negative imapct from them due to their creating new sessions (and processing your session startup code) for EVERY page they visit. For more, see my blog post on the topic, Suffering CPU/DB/memory problems in CF? Spiders, monitor pings may be to blame.

Project Management Tools (written in CFML) [link]

There are of course many project management solutions written in many languages, and I won't even begin to try to point to any, let alone all, of those. But here are ones written in CFML, which may be preferable for some.

Registry (Windows Registry) Tools [link]

When solving some challenges, you need to work with the Windows registry, whether to search it, manipulate it, monitor it, and so on. There are tools to help with each of these.
  • Regedit, built-into Windows. The classic tool for viewing, searching, and editing registry entried. Sure, it's always there, but it's rather anemic in its search functionality, and offers no monitoring features
  • RegFileExport, free, for Windows (from NirSoft). Console application to extract data from a noffline Registry file, including a remote one (it cannot export from the registry hive files of a running Windows system, as they are locked)
  • RegFromApp, free, for Windows (from NirSoft). Report on-the-fly what registry entries are being added by a given app/process. It supports selecting the process to watch from a UI or from the command line. If it doesn't find a process that you know is running, use "run as administrator" to launch RegFromApp
  • RegScanner, free, for Windows (from NirSoft). If you need to search the Windows registry and find Regedit's search to be a bit anemic, check out this great free tool. Not only does it show all results at once (as opposed to searching one at a time as in RegEdit), it also shows the keys being searched as it progresses. Adding features over the base refedit tool, you can also search by date modified or by "type" or length of a value, use wildcards, exclude keys from searching, and more. You can do a case-sensitive search (the default is insensitive), search using regex, search from the command line, search a remote computer, and more. You can limit how many results are displayed, see the size of all or selected result keys, export the found results, copy the keys, create an HTML report of the results, and more. You set it to be the tool opened when reg: links are clicked, switch it to "run as admin" from within the tool, save and reload configuration files of the above settings, and more. You can delete the found results from the registry, whether interactively (ctrl-del) or by creating a .reg file of delete commands. You can of course limit it to search only keys, values, and/or data, and you can limit it search only parts of the registry (excluding some keys/hives) rather than the entire registry. The default option ("scan the following base keys") limits it to certain base keys/hives, but if you uncheck that option you can then choose a value in the "base key" drop down at the top of the interface or type in a key name. All in all, a powerful tool, and free! For more tips on the tool, see the bottom of its download page, its readme, or the help file (.chm) that comes with it
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Regular Expression Generation/Testing Tools [link]

Working with regular expressions can certainly be challenging. Using a tool to help generate a regex will generally be better than crafting one by hand, at least until you become proficent with them, and following are several such tools. Still, beware that since different tools with use regex's (editors, servers/languages like ColdFusion, Java, .NET, Javascript) use different regular expression engines and syntax, some tools won't suit all needs. As for these below, some are CF-specific, but most are not. Choose/use/test appropriately to your needs.

Remote Desktop Connection Tools [link]

You may need to connect to and manage remote computers/servers. There are multiple ways to do that, from protocols like VNC, RDP, SSH, and telnet, to web-based alternatives.There is also a class of tools/services where you can arrange remote/unattended access to your servers without using those standard protocols. See both types below.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Remote Desktop Alternatives [link]

For those using the RDP (Remote Desktop Control) protocol to connect to a remote computer/server, while there may be an RDP client built-into your OS, to connect easily to one computer/server, the following tools help manage remote connections to multiple machine/servers (allowing grouping of related servers, managing of passwords, and more), as well as sometimes offering remote protocol support beyond just RDP to include also VNC, SSH, telnet, etc.

Remote/Unattended Access Tools [link]

The following tools provide web-based alternatives to traditional RDP/VNC client access to remote machines (like those in the "remote desktop alternatives" category above). With the following tools, you typically install

See also the related "one-to-one support" category below, for controlling/supporting someone else's computer (or allowing them remote control/support of yours).

Remote Support/Presentation/Shared Desktop/Web Conferencing/Webinar Tools [link]

While the previous category of tools was focused on you controlling some computer of your own, the following are more for sharing your computer with others, such as to show them a presentation for instance (and typically one-to-many), or to obtain support from them or offer it to them (typically one-to-one, possibly with the option for one to let the other take control of their screen). Some are free, some are commercial.

Most do not require the observers to install anything, instead using just a browser. In some cases, the presenter must install something extra.

While some of the services include computer-based audio (VOIP) or phone-based teleconferencing services, if you'd like alternative phone support for these web conferencing tools, there are many free and commercial teleconferencing services available to consider. Simply do a Google search for free conference call or teleconferencing.
Following are the subcategories offered:

One-to-One/Support Tools[link]

The following remote sharing tools are more oriented toward one-on-one sharing. See below for tools focused more on one-to-many sharing. (Again, if you need to remotely access a computer or server of your own, see the previous section on remote desktop connection tools.)
  • Bomgar, commercial, multi-platform appliance
  • Copilot, commercial hosted service
  • Remote Utilities, commercial hosted service
  • RescueAssist, commercial hosted service (formerly GotoAssist)
  • ScreenHero, closed for new signups (1/2017) while integrating with slack
  • Skype, free
  • SolarWinds Take Control, remote support, commercial hosted service (formerly MSP Aywhere)
  • Splashtop, free and commercial hosted product
  • TeamViewer, free (free for personal use, as of a check in May 2018) and commercial hosted service
  • Wayk Now, commercial hosted service
  • Zoho Assist, free and commercial hosted service, for Windows, MacOS, and Linux
  • Zoho Meeting, free and commercial hosted service (free for one-on-one), for Windows, MacOS, and Linux
  • The following are or seem defunct: CrossLoop (www.crossloop.com)
  • Note that the tools listed in the following category as one-to-many sharing tools can of course also be used for one-on-one sharing
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

One-to-Many/Webinar Tools [link]

The following remote sharing tools are more oriented toward one-to-many sharing (though can of course also be used for one-on-one). See other aspects and related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • Adobe Connect, commercial hosted service from Adobe
  • Anymeeting, free commercial hosted service (free for up to 4 users, as of check in May 2018)
  • Amazon Chime, free and commercial hosted services (free for 2 people, as of check in May 2018)
  • BlueJeans, commercial hosted service
  • Eblvd, commercial hosted service (free only for one-to-one, see previous category above)
  • FreeScreensharing, free hosted service --supports up to 1,000 participants, for up to 6 hours at a time, as of check in May 2018 (from the same people offering FreeConferencing.com)
  • Glance, commercial hosted service
  • GotoMeeting, free and commercial hosted service (free for up to 3 participants and 40 minutes, as of a check in May 2018); and related GotoWebinar
  • Google Hangouts, free hosted service, and related Hangouts Meet, commercial hosted service
  • HPE MyRoom, commercial hosted service
  • IBM Connections Meetings Cloud, commercial hosted service
  • join.me, free and commercial hosted service (for Windows, MacOS, IOS, Android, but still not Linux as of a check in May 2018), free for one organizer and two viewers for 40 mins max and computer audio only, as of a check in May 2018
  • LoopUp, commercial hosted service
  • Mikogo, free and commercial hosted service (free for one-one meetings, as of a check in Dec 2018) (BeamYourScreen was merged with it)
  • ReadyTalk, commercial hosted service
  • RingCentral Meetings, free and commercial hosted service (free for 1:1 meetings and group meetings of up to 40 mins, as of a check in Nov 2018)
  • Skype for Business, commercial hosted service
  • Spreed, free and commercial hosted service (free for up to 3 attendees, as of a check in May 2018)
  • StartMeeting, commercial hosted service (seems to no longer be free, as of a check in May 2018)
  • TeamViewer Blizz, free and commercial hosted service (free for less than 5 participants and VOIP-only, as of a check in May 2018)
  • UberConference, free and commercial hosted service (free for 10 participants, phone and voip, as of a check in May 2018)
  • WebEx, free and commercial hosted service (free for up to 3 participants, with voip or phone, as of a check in Sep 2018. And note that the former Cisco Spark was merged into webex.)
  • Zoho Meeting, free and commercial hosted service (free with voip-only, as of a check in May 2018)
  • Zoom, free and commercial hosted service (free for one-on-one, or for groups of up to 100 participants and for up to 40 mins, as of a check in May 2018)
  • The following seem or are defunct: BlueTrain (mybluetrain.com, formerly webtrain.com), ConferencingNow (conferencingnow.com), Dimdim (dimdim.com), Genesys (intercall.com/genesys/go/), MeetingBurner (meetingburner.com), Unyte (unyte.net), Yugma (yugma.com), Yuuguu (yuuguu.com)
  • See also the preceding category's list of one-to-one sharing tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Reporting and Report Builder Tools [link]

ColdFusion has had a built-in report builder since CF 7, and embedded Crystal Reports support since CF 3 (at least), but what if you are on another version or CFML engine, or just care to consider alternatives? There are many, free and commercial.

RSS to Email Tools [link]

Are you someone who reads or publishes RSS feeds? Did you know there are tools to permit people to receive notifications without using RSS Readers? Some just prefer email. The following services offer tools both for readers (add a URL and you'll get an email when a site's RSS feed changes) and publishers (add a widget to your site to let others easily register to receive your feed via email). Note as well, after the list, some tools to monitor any page for content changes, not just RSS-fed ones. (Useful to watch this site, until I get an RSS Feed on it!)
Something taking a slightly different approach are tools that can notify you of changes to pages on any site, not just RSS-fed ones, such as the following. Again, sure, some browsers include such a feature, but some want notification by email (Useful to watch this site, until I get an RSS Feed on it!)

Screen Capture tools [link]

I've divided the list here into still and a/v image capture tools. All of these can be great for creating tutorials, training, demos, etc.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Still Screen Image Capture Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

A/V Capture (screencast/screen share/screen record/demo) Tools [link]

The following tools can be used to capture any screen content and record it. Some produce AVI, some SWF, some FLV, and so on. Some can capture video on screen, while some cannot. There are free and commercial options, for multiple platforms. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Security/Protection Tools [link]

There are a range of security concerns for CF shops, from SQL Injection, to Cross Site Scripting (XSS), to Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF), ClickJacking, CRLF injection, xPath injection, and more, as well as denial of service attacks. The first three are related: attempts by hackers to get data into your application (whether to affect your database, or to have you store and present back to future viewers).

There are several levels at which you can detect and prevent such attempts. The lowest level is your CFML code, then your CFML application, then the web server, then web application firewalls, etc. Some features let you specify what to block, while others try to determine that automatically based on heuristics (observed patterns of behavior for requestors), and so on.

This category is broken into subcategories, depending on the level at which the attack is detected/prevented, from the inner-most code level to the outer-most hardware firewall level. I also offer a sub-category on intrusion detection tools, as another aid in addressing security problems.
Following are the subcategories offered:

CFML Code-level Injection Protection Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.
  • Recent releases of CF have introduced more and more features to assist with protection at the coding and other levels. CF10 added the several EncodeForxxx functions to encode input string (for XSS protection) and a canonicalize function to decode strings, the CSRFGenerateToken/CSRFVerifyToken functions for CSRF, and the CFClickJackFilterDeny/CFClickJackFilterSameOrigin elements in web.xml for clickjacking, as well as built-in protection against CRLF injection for several tags. See this article from Adobe for more on CF10 security enhancements. CF11 added new XSS support, in the guise of Anti-Samy support, with new functions isSafeHTML and getSafeHTML, and support for Xpath injection protection with the new encodeForXPath function. See this article from Adobe for more on CF11 security enhancements. Finally, CF2016 added the Security Analyzer tool (feature of CF Builder, which works only with CF2016 Enterprise), to help review your code for such opportunities for improvement regarding security.
  • CFQueryParam, a tag whose main job is to support query parameterization, aka "bind variables", but is used by folks to *help* with sql injection protection, as it supports datatype checking of values passed to a CFQUERY. For instance, if the tag was used to check an incoming url (query string) variable for cfsqltype="CF_SQL_INTEGER" (because it should be a number) then if that value had any kind of string in it, it would be rejected.

    To be clear, this tag's job is NOT sql injection protection. If the cfsqltype were set to "CF_SQL_VARCHAR", that would simply confirm that the incoming value was a string. It would NOT look for and remove threatening strings. Be very careful relying solely on cfqueryparam for sql injection protection.

    Note that while the CF Builer 2016 Security Analyzer would help identify places where you are vulnerable to SQL Injection (among many other vulnerabilities), there is also an open-source CFML tool to help identify such places where CFQUERYPARAM is missing from your CFML-based. See the Queryparam Scanner tool from Peter Boughton .
  • CFArgument, a tag whose main job is to support datatype checking of variables passed to CFC methods and user defined functions. Like cfqueryparam, it could be used as a meager form of protection
  • See also ESAPI4CF, open source, from Damon Miller, a "web application security control library that makes it easier for programmers to write lower-risk applications" (last updated in 2015, as of a check in June 2017)
  • db-dot-cfc, a cfc called "db", created by Bruce Kirkpatrick, which "Enhances cfquery by analyzing SQL to enforce security & framework conventions." (last updated in 2013, as of a check in June 2017)
  • Again, there are several other levels of injection protection that you can consider, extending out first to your CF application, to then your web server, to then a web application firewall, and so on, as discussed in the following sub-categories.
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

CFML Application-level Security/Web Application Firewall (WAF) Tools [link]

These are solutions that you might implement in your application.cfm file, or the onrequeststart method of application.cfc. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.
  • cfFirewall, open source, from Ed Tabara (last updated in 2007, as of a check in June 2017)
  • CFXSSDefender, open source, from Randy Smith (aka WisconsinWildcat; last updated in 2014, as of a check in MAy 2018)
  • FuseGuard, commercial, from Pete Frietag, of Foundeo (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Feb 2018)
  • Portcullis, free, a CFC that detects/protects against XSS and SQL injection (last updated in 2010, as of a check in June 2017)
  • See tools below, for security protection at higher levels than CF, and see also Site Security Testing Tools and Database Testing Tools, to assist with testing for vulnerabilities, before or after using these protection tools
  • Seemingly defunct: XSSblock (illumineti.com/blog/index.cfm?mode=entry&entry=959D55B6-C09F-25C5-83E39DC95F4D2BA4)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Web Server-level Security/Web Application Firewall (WAF) Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.

Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) Tools [link]

RASPs represent the next generation of web application protection, with a focus on running WITHIN the application (application server) rather than operating at the perimeter as WAFs do.

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.

Cloud/SAAS-level Application Firewalls [link]

The following services can be easily enabled for your site (with minor DNS adjustments) and often provide more than just web application firewall capabilities but also DDOS protection, CDN/caching capabilities, and more.

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.

Bot Mitigation Protection Tools [link]

This is similar to the previous section on WAFs, but these services focus on protecting your site against unexpected, excessive bot traffic. See related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.

Hardware-level Web Application Firewall (WAF) Tools [link]

See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader Security category above.

Intrusion Detection Tools [link]

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) range from which focus on detecting file changes on your server (like PA File Sight), to those that focus on analysis of logs (like LogWatch), to those that offer broader threat detection (like AlertLogic, FireEye, Snort, and others).

Server-side Spell Checkers [link]

There have been various server-side spell checkers written for CFML.

Session Tracking/Management Tools [link]

ColdFusion sessions can be tracked/managed using various tools, though note that some tools only track J2EE/Java EE sessions (an option that can be configured in the ColdFusion Administrator>Memory Variables page.)
  • ColdFusion Enterprise Server Monitor, from Adobe (available in ColdFusion Enterprise (only) in versions 8 and above). Offers a session monitor, which shows a list (and can show a count) of all current sessions, whether Java EE or not. See its Statistics tab at the top, then the Request Statistics section on the left, and its Active Sessions page. Your first shown a list of all sessions, and if you double-click on one you see additional details about the session (when it was created, when last used, when it will expire). Click the "chart" icon on the far right to see a chart showing a count of sessions
  • Note that a simple count of ColdFusion sessions is available though a number of other means, whether graphically or in logs:
    • Again, see the ColdFusion Enterprise Server Monitor above, and its Active Sessions page and chart
    • ColdFusion has an undocumented internal sessiontracker object, which has been documented in various places, such as this blog entry from Steven Neiland. Before hacking together something yourself, see the next tool, ServerStats
    • ServerStats, open source, from Mark Lynch. Provides count of current number of ColdFusion sessions (whether J2EE sessions or not), including a count per application. Uses the CF sessiontracker object internally, and since the code is open source, you can review it for some advanced uses of the object
    • FusionReactor, commercial, for ColdFusion, Lucee/Railo, BlueDragon, and any Java EE server/servlet engine. FusionReactor 5 (technically, 5.0.6) offers a graphical count of sessions in its Metrics>Custom Series page, via the ActiveSessionCount option in the drop-down at the top right of the page (tracks sessions whether J2EE or not). It also offers a count of sessions as a column in its realtimestats.log. That log is also available for FusionReactor 4, if the FusionReactor Extensions for ColdFusion are enabled. FREC is now built into FR 5
    • ColdFusion 10's optional metrics log tracks CF sessions regardless of whether set to use J2EE or not)
    • The JRun Metrics, available for ColdFusion 6-9, can be enabled to log a count of sessions, though it only tracks ColdFusion sessions if J2EE sessions are enabled
  • Those running ColdFusion 10 or above (which runs on Tomcat), or running CF or Lucee/Railo on Tomcat, should note that there are tools specifically for monitoring Tomcat sessions, such as MessAdmin, open source, though again it would only work if J2EE sessions are enabled in ColdFusion. And while the built-in Tomcat Manager application does offer session tracking, that manager app is not enabled (or even provided) in CF10
  • J2EE sessions can also be tracked using Java tools such as sessionmon (which would be implemented as a servlet, using instructions offered on the page), as well as using as one of many Java EE monitoring tools which offer session trackins among many other features, such as JavaMelody, InfraRED, and psi-probe, to name a few
  • For more on tracking sessions in ColdFusion, see this 2009 blog post "Tracking number of CF sessions per application easily, and why you should care", from Charlie Arehart
  • For more on J2EE sessions in ColdFusion (why they were created, what they enabled, how they work, and some gotchas), see this article from the CF6 timeframe, when they were introduced
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Source Code Control [link]

Source code control (or version control) systems are an important tool for tracking code (and other file) changes.
Following are the subcategories offered:

Source Code Control Tools [link]

Following are some of the more popular source code control repository tools, including multiple "distributed" source control tools. Note that many of the tools bundle (or have available) client access tools. You can also avoid installing a source code repository locally and instead use any of the many available Remote Source Code Repositories, discussed in the next category here.

Remote Source Code Repositories [link]

Note as well that there are various available remotely hosted repositories (Subversion, Git, Mercurial, and others), some free and some commercial. See more on those source code tools in the the category above.
  • Assembla, free and commercial, offering SVN and Git hosting
  • BeanStalk, free and commercial, offering SVN and Git hosting
  • Bitbucket, free and commercial, offering Git and Mercurial hosting
  • Codesion (formerly CVSDude), free and commercial (with student discounts and free upgrades for open source projects), offering SVN, Git and CVS hosting (also known as Collabnet Cloud)
  • CodeSpaces, free and commercial, offering SVN and Git hosting
  • Google Code, free for open source projects, offering SVN and Mercurial hosting (See the Getting Started resource)
  • github, free and commercial, offering git hosting (see also the site CFML projects on GitHub)
  • Hosted-projects, commercial, offering SVN hosting
  • Kiln, free and commercial, offering Mercurial hosting (from Fog Creek)
  • OpenSVN (opensvn.csie.org), (closed down in early 2010), free
  • ProjectLocker, free and commercial, offering SVN and Git hosting
  • Sourceforge, free for open source projects, offering SVN, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, and CVS hosting (See the Getting Started resource.)
  • Unfuddle, free and commercial, offering SVN and Git hosting
  • XP-Dev, free and commercial, offering SVN, Git and Mercurial hosting
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
There are various reviews of these remote repository options, including here, here and here.

Testing Tools/Services [link]

There is a wide range of available testing tools, of many kinds.
There are multiple categories of testing tools offered here.
Following are the subcategories offered:
CFML Code Testing Tools [link]
See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
  • CF Live, free service, by Russ Michaels, for testing code on ColdFusion and Lucee ("Need to test some CFML code quick? Simply paste your CFML code into the box below and hit RUN, the results will be displayed")
  • CodeChecker, open source, by Chris Weller ("a code review automation tool that helps take away the tedious (and boring) aspects of reviewing code.") For more info, see his blog post
  • ColdFish, open source, by Jason Delmore (a code highlighting tool, rather than a testing tool, but doesn't fit in any other category here and could help some while testing code)
  • CodeCop, by Steve Bryant, "ColdFusion code checker."
  • QueryParam Scanner, open source, by Peter Boughton (finds code where CFQUERYPARAM could be added for improved security, performance)
  • VarScoper, open source, by Mike Schierberl. A var scope checking tool to help identify where you're creating local variables in CFCs without var scoping them
  • Note as well the CFML Syntax checker available in the ColdFusion Admin
  • See also additional generic code testing tools
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
CFML Unit Testing Tools [link]
See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. Database Testing Tools [link]
See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. Functional Testing Tools [link]
The following tools test the functionality of web pages, such as for regression (or even performance) testing. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. HTML Validation Tools [link]
The following tools can check your site or a page for the validity of your HTML, CSS, etc. Link Checking Tools [link]
The following tools can check your site or a page for the validity of hyperlinks. Some are online services, others are downloadable tools. Network Bandwidth Testing Tools [link]
The following tools test your network bandwidth. Some are tools you run once, others are tools that monitor your bandwidth continuously. Load, Stress, and Application Testing Tools [link]
There are many load testing and/or stress testing tools, free and commercial. (See also the newly created functional testing category, with tools that can also be used for load testing.) See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Note as well that I indicate here which tools indicate they support Flex or Flash testing (I use whatever words they do, not wanting to presume they mean one for the other.)
  • Apache Bench (ab), free, downloadable (command-line driven tool), multi-platform (built into Apache HTTP server, but can run stand-alone). Learn more from a CFers's perspective here and here
  • Applause Load Testing, commercial, hosted service (with focus on their assisting you with setup of tests)
  • Automai AppLoader, commercial, downloadable, for Windows
  • AppPerfect Load Test, free, downloadable, multi-platform
  • BlazeMeter, free and commercial hosted service (formerly PerformanceXpert), free for 50 users and 10 tests
  • Dynatrace Load, commercial hosted service
  • Flood (from Apache), open source, downloadable, for *nix
  • Flood.io, commercial hosted service
  • httperf, open source, downloadable, for Linux
  • Gatling, open source, downloadable, multi-platform
  • JMeter (from Apache), open source, multi-platform. (Here's an article on setting up JMeter and using it)
  • LoadComplete, commercial downloadable, for Windows, and related LoadUI Pro, commercial, downloadable multi-platform (with a focus on API testing)
  • Loader.io, free and commercial hosted service (free limited to 2 urls, 1 minute)
  • LoadImpact, commercial hosted service
  • LoadRunner, free and commercial, downloadable (free "Community edition" for 50 "community virtual users"), and related StormRunner commercial hosted solution
  • LoadStorm, commercial hosted service
  • LoadView, commercial hosted service
  • NeoLoad, free and commercial, multi-platform (free for 50 virtual users)
  • Netling, open source, for Windows
  • Neustar website load testing, commercial, hosted service
  • OpenLoad, commercial downloadable and hosted service
  • Parasoft SOATest, commercial, multi-platform (formerly WebKing)
  • PureLoad, free and commercial, downloadable, multi-platform (free for 100 virtual users), and related PureTest (functional testing)
  • Redline 13, free and commercial hosted service, testing of AWS server (free for unlimited virtual users)
  • Siege, open source, downloadable for *nix
  • Silk Performer, commercial, downloadable for Windows (formerly from Segue, then Borland, now from Microfocus)
  • The Grinder, open source, downloadable multi-platform (Java)
  • WAPT, Web APplication Testing tool (at loadtestingtool.com), commercial, downloadable for Windows, and with available WAPT Cloud solution
  • WCAT (Microsoft Web Capacity Analysis Tool), free, downloadable for Windows
  • WebLoad, free and commercial, downloadable for Windows (free for 50 vusers)
  • Web Performance Load Tester, commercial and free, hosted ("On-demand") and downloadable multi-platform
  • WebServer Stress Tool, free, downloadable for Windows (formerly commercial, but released as freeware in 2014)
  • Websurge, free and commercial, for Windows, from West Wind (Rick Strahl)
  • Seemingly defunct (gone or not updated in several years): Astra QuickTest/LoadTest (formerly from Mercury Interactive; seemingly folded into other HP products), E-Test Suite, from www.empirix.com (formerly from RSW Software), FSMax (mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/fsmax.aspx), jcrawler (jcrawler.sourceforge.net), OpenSTA (opensta.org), QEngine (manageengine.com/products/qengine/index.html), StressTester (reflective.com/stresstester), StressIT (synametrics.com/SynametricsWebApp/StressIT.jsp), Web Application Stress Tool (WAST) from Microsoft, WebMetrics (www.webmetrics.com)
  • See also other lists of load testing tools, such as OpenSourceTesting.org's list of performance tools, as well as SoftwareQATest's list, and so on
  • On the subject of load testing, check out the 221 page Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, from the MSDN: patterns & practices series. You can download it as a PDF also
  • Consider also HeavyLoad, free, for Windows, though it and other tools like it are focused on stressing system resources versus web applications
  • Finally, see also other categories here, such as Functional Testing Tools, as those tools can often also be used for load testing
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
Page Appearance Testing Tools [link]
The following tools test how web pages appear on different browsers. (See the next category for tools to test how pages perform in browsers.) See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. Page Performance Testing Tools [link]
The following tools test how web pages perform, and most identify opportunities for improvement. First shown are service-based tools, and second are client-based tools. (See the previous category for tools to test how pages appear in browsers.) See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.
Service-based Page Performance Testing Tools [link]
The following tools test response time from a hosted service: how quickly web pages are returned when requested. (See the previous category for tools to test page performance from WITHIN your browser.) See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above. Client-based Page Performance Tools [link]
Regex Testing Tools [link] Site Security Testing Tools [link]

This list offers a range of different tools for testing the security of your site. Most test (from the outside) for classic vulnerabilities like SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, etc., either to identify them (to help you) or to penetrate them (to help a hacker, or you, by learning what they can learn.) Over the years, they have evolved into classes of applications with teh acronyms SAST, IAST, DAST, etc. See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above.

Note especially the nifty (and CF-specific) HackMyCF service listed below, from Pete Freitag and Foundeo. It's not focused on assessing your server from the outside but rather from the inside, inside your CF engine, and about configuration vulnerabilities.

If you're looking for protection against vulnerabilities identified by such testing tools, see several forms of Security/Protection Tools that are cataloged elsewhere here.
  • Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS), commercial, downloadable (for Windows) or hosted service. (Offers a free online scan, which identifies IF it finds vulnerabilities, while the paid version would offer the specifics)
  • AppScan, commercial, downloadable (multi-platform) and hosted service
  • BeEF, The Browser Exploitation Framework, open source, for Mac or Linux, "allows the professional penetration tester to assess the actual security posture of a target environment by using client-side attack vectors."
  • Beyond Security Website Vulnerability Scanner, commercial hosted service
  • Burp Suite, free and commercial, downloadable, multiplatform
  • Contrast Assess, commercial and free (Community edition), multiplatform (implemented as agents within java, .net, ruby, python, node)
  • Fortify Static Code Analyzer, commercial
  • Fortify WebInspect, commercial, downloadable
  • Frontline Web Application Scanner (and related Pen Test, commercial hosted service
  • HackMyCF, commercial hosted service with downloadable component, checking for CF-specific vulnerabilities, from Pete Freitag and Foundeo
  • Lynis, free (for *nix) and commercial hosted or self-hosted service
  • Mavituna NetSparker, commercial downloadable (for Windows) and hosted service
  • Nessus Professional, commercial downloadable
  • Nikto, open source (PERL-based) web server security scanner (see also Wikto, below)
  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) Project, free, (multiplatform), " can help you automatically find security vulnerabilities in your web applications"
  • Qualys Web Application Scanning, commercial hosted service. See also their FreeScan service
  • SQLMap, open source, python-based (cross-platform, but requires Python be installed), "automates the process of detecting and exploiting SQL injection flaws and taking over of database servers."
  • SQLNinja, free, PERL-based, for Linux, FreeBSD, and MacOS. "a tool targeted to exploit SQL Injection vulnerabilities on a web application that uses Microsoft SQL Server as its back-end"
  • TrustWave Security, offering "App Scanner" (application vulnerability testing) and related "Managed Security Testing" (pen testing), both commercial services
  • Veracode Web Application Security, commercial service (reference to CF support in news release)
  • Wikto, open source, multi-platform web server security scanner (see also Nikto, above
  • Consider also:
    • Absinthe, open source, multi-platform (requires .NET for Windows, Mono for Linux, MacOS). A GUI SQL injection tool, not a tool to test for and discover your vulnerabilities so much as to exploit them--a tool a hacker might use against you. (not updated since 2011, as of a check in Apr 2017)
    • AutoMagic, free, downloadable for Windows, "an automated SQL injection tool designed to help save time on pen tests. It is only designed to work with vanilla Microsoft SQL injection holes where errors are returned."
  • See also web app security tools, SoftwareQATest's list of Web Site Security Test Tools, and so on
  • For more on SQL and XSS Injections, see resources like the OWASP project page on the topic, the FoundStone Hacme Shipping project that demonstrates bad security practices in a CFML app, and the OWASP WebGoat project that demonstrates bad security practices in a Java EE app
  • See also CFML Code Testing Tools
  • Finally, again, if you're looking for protection against vulnerabilities identified by such testing tools, see several forms of Security/Protection Tools that are cataloged elsewhere here.
  • The following seem defunct (site dead or tool not updated in several years): Brutus (www.hoobie.net/brutus), CA Nimsoft Cloud Monitor(nimsoft.com/solutions/nimsoft-cloud-user-experience.html, formerly WatchMouse.com), FG-Injector (sourceforge.net/projects/injection-fwk/), Scrawlr (spidynamics.com/Products/scrawlr), SiteDigger (mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/sitedigger.aspx), Spike Proxy (immunitysec.com/resources-freesoftware.shtml), SQL Power Injectorsqlpowerinjector.com)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback
Site Testing Tools [link] Web Services Browsing/Testing Tools [link]

Tools to browse web services, to see their available methods, arguments, return types. (If you're looking at these tools when a web service you're calling is failing, and you'd like a URL that shows how the tool works when the URL is valid, here is a web service WSDL URL that you can test with the tools below, which has worked for a few years: http://soap.amazon.com/schemas2/AmazonWebServices.wsdl .)
  • Dreamweaver - Don't miss the feature in the Application Panel, Components tab, to select "web services" from the drop down (if you have a CF page opened within a CF site), where you can provide a WSDL URL and DW will browse the web service, showing its available methods and their arguments, etc
  • Eclipse - soapUI (see below) or Adobe Services Browser (in ColdFusion Builder and Adobe ColdFusion Extensions for Eclipse). Use Window>Show View>Other>ColdFusion>Services Browser. Then click the icon just left of the minimize icon ("Show Web Services"), then click red + to add a new WSDL URL
  • GMorpher (gmorpher.com/Morph/dynamo/main.jsp) (defunct) free, web-based, and Dynamo Invoker (free, downloadable)
  • Liquid XML Studio, for Windows (commercial, free trial), "an advanced XML Development Environment and XML toolkit containing all the tools needed for designing and developing XML schema and XML applications, including web services testing and browsing. For XML novice or expert, the intuitive interface and comprehensive features will help you save time and money developing a successful XML project.”
  • SoapClient (free, web-based)
  • soapUI (free, open source downloadable, both standalone and as Eclipse plug-in)
  • StrikeIron (strikeiron.com/tools/tools_analyzer_windows.aspx), defunct, Web Services Analyzer for Windows (commercial, downloadable)
  • Web Service Call Composer (Web Service Tester) (downloadable, commercial), part of commercial Stylus Studio XML IDE
  • Web Service Proxy Generator (free, web-based (does not work with https urls)
  • Xmethods WSDL Analyzer (free, web-based)
  • XMLSPY IDE web service tester (commercial, downloadable)
  • See also related subcategories in the introduction to the broader category above
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Time Tracking/Invoicing/Billing Tools/Services [link]

Following are online or downloadable tools to provide time tracking, invoicing, and billing services (not necessarily written in CFML, but of value to CF developers).
  • fourteenDayz, free and commercial hosted service (free for 4 projects and 4 users)
  • 88 Miles, free and commercial hosted service (free for unlimited projects but no more than 40 hours a month)
  • AcceptPay, free and commercial service (free for up to 10 invoices per month). Also provides for credit card acceptance in commercial edition
  • Billings, commercial downloadable tool (for MacOS)
  • Cashboard, free and commercial hosted service (free for 2 active projects and 2 employee logins)
  • Clicktime, commercial hosted service
  • Costrak, free and commercial hosted service (free for 5 users)
  • eBillity, free and commercial hosted service (free for 5 projects and 3 clients)
  • FreshBooks, free and commercial hosted service (free for 3 projects and 1 user)
  • Fanurio, commercial, multi-platform
  • Freckle, free and commercial hosted service (free for 1 project, 1 user)
  • Harvest, free and commercial hosted service (free for "one person and two active projects") (This is the tool I have used happily for years.)
  • Invoice, commercial downloadable too (for MacOS)
  • Klok, free and commercial AIR app
  • OroTimesheet, commercial (for Windows)
  • Paymo, free and commercial hosted service,(free for timetracking for up to 2 users, and up to 3 free invoices)
  • ProWorkFlow, commercial hosted and downloadable service (happens to be written in CFML)
  • Recurring Billing Software, a free open-source subscription billing system developed by Steven Rubenstein
  • Senomix Timesheets, free and commercial hosted service (free for 2 users and 10 timesheets)
  • SideJobTrack, free hosted service (no longer taking new members currently)
  • SlimTimer, free hosted service
  • Tick, free and commercial hosted service (free for 1 project and unlimited users)
  • Tiktrac, free and commercial hosted service (free for 5 projects and 5 users)
  • TimeClock Online, free and commercial hosted service (free for 1 user), happens to be written in CFML
  • Timeless Time and Expense, commercial hosted service and downloadable program
  • Timeloc, free AIR app
  • TimeSnapper, commercial, for Windows
  • Timetracker, free AIR-based CFML app, from Ray Camden
  • TimeXchange.net, free and commercial hosted service (first year free)
  • Toggl, free and commercial hosted service (free for 5 users, limited features)
  • TrackMyPeople, free and commercial hosted service
  • Web TimeSheet, commercial hosted service
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Virtual/Cloud Server Solutions [link]

Virtual or Cloud servers have become a significant alternative to physically hosted servers. The cloud computing space is frequently changing. Be sure to read up on the options and competitors available, including those below.

URL Rewriting Tools [link]

These tools can help solve many problems, from dealing with handling changed URL patterns for your site, to even masking the fact that your pages are dynamic (to make them look static, which can be helpful for search engine friendly URLs/SEO).

Users of IIS 7 and above should note that Microsoft added a free URLRewrite feature, the last tool listed below (not installed by default), which has lessened the need for 3rd party tools, though some still add value (such as making IIS able to read Apache-style .htaccess files).
  • Helicon APE, commercial, for IIS 7 (can be made to work for IIS 6), "Provides support for Apache .htaccess configuration for IIS" (last updated in 2017, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • Helicon Isapi_rewrite, free and commercial versions, for IIS 5, 6, and 7, an "Apache mod_rewrite compatible URL rewriter for IIS" (last updated in 2014, per a check in Oct 2017. Free editions in their version 3 and version 2 products)
  • Ionics Isapi Rewrite Filter (IIRF), free, for IIS 6 and 7 (last updated in 2011, per check in Oct 2017)
  • Mod_rewrite, free, for Apache 2+
  • Streamcatcher, free and commercial, for IIS 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (" It probably also works on Windows 2012 Server with IIS8. On 64-bit Windows, put all AppPools into 32-bit mode so that the StreamCatcher DLL can be loaded.") As for free compared to paid version, "when registered, features are active on an unlimited number of domains for each licensed web server." (last updated in 2009, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • URL Replacer, free, for IIS (6, it seems.) (Last updated in 1999, per a check in Oct 2017)
  • Tuckey URLRewrite, free, multiplatform, "A Java Web Filter for any compliant web application servers (such as Tomcat, JBoss, Jetty or Resin), which allows you to rewrite URLs before they get to your code". (Last updated in 2017, per a check in Oct 2017.) For more on using Java filters with CFML, see my Feb 2003 CFDJ article, "Fun with Filters". See also a more specific resource on using this filter with Railo, whose info generally applies also to ColdFusion as well.
  • URL Rewrite, free, for IIS 7+ (from Microsoft, not installed by default)
  • The following are defunct: PageExchanger (port80software.com/products/pagexchanger), UrlRewritingNet (www.urlrewriting.net)
  • See also:
    • Helicon LinkFreeze, commercial, for IIS 4, 5, and 6, "a fast and easy solution to optimize dynamic or database-driven websites for search engines. It transforms all dynamic links on your site removing all unwanted characters and making links look like static."
    • ServerMask, commercial for IIS 6 and 7, can eliminate file extensions from URLs, to help with preventing information leakage/deter hacking
    • IIS Rewrite, commercial, for IIS (which used to be offered at http://www.qwerksoft.com/products/iisrewrite/, but site no longer exists [now parked domain], but is still avialable to buy from programmersheaven)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Web Server Content Caching/Accelerator Tools [link]

Tools to cache content within web servers, to help speed web page processing for clients and on the server. While they are not CF-specific, they would work in caching/accelerating CF-based web sites.

Web Site Archive Repositories [link]

These services offer historical presentations of how web sites have appeared over time. The classsic is archive.org, but there are others, and I wanted to list them here.

Web Site Design Repositories [link]

These sites offer web site designs, most free, some commercial.

Wireframing/Prototyping/Mockup Tools [link]

While most of these are not CF-specific, they can of course be used to create UI wireframes for CFML-based apps.
  • Balsamiq, free and commercial, downloadable and hosted service
  • Gliffy, commercial hosted service
  • proto.io, free and commerical hosted service
  • Invision, commercial hosted service
  • Wireframe Viewer/Editor, open source
  • WireframeSketcher, commercial, downloadable
  • The following seem defunct *or not updated in several years): Adalon (synthis.com), CFPrototype (cfprototype.riaforge.org), FormMonkey (millionmunkeys.net/FormMunkey), Fusebox Wireframe Editor (wireframe.riaforge.org), FuseBuilder (fusebuilder.net), FuseMox( fusemox.com), Rebar (cfopen.org/projects/rebar)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

WYSIWYG/Rich Text Editors [link]

When you want to make it easy for your users to enter text into a form, and permit them to mark it up (bold, italics) or add HTML (hyperlinks, images), that's where a WYWIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, or a Rich Text editor, comes in handy.

With respect to the editors below, note that the reference to platform may refer to either client or server requirements. Rather than detail them, I offer simply whatever platform information I could easily glean from the site. To confirm details for your needs, see the respective product site (such as system requirements pages) for more details.
  • Asbru Web Content Editor, commercial, multi-platform (last updated in Jul 2018, as of a check in Aug 2018)
  • Ekit, open source, multi-platform (last updated in 2010, as of a check in Aug 2018)
  • CKEditor, open source and commercial, multi-platform (last updated in Aug 2018, as of a check in Aug 2018; formerly known as FCKEditor)
  • TinyMCE, open source, multi-platform (last updated in 2018, as of a check in Aug 2018)
  • XStandard, free and commercial, multi-platform (last updated in 2010, as of a check in Aug 2018)
  • The following seem defunct: ActivEdit (zrinity.com/activedit, formerly from CFDev), EWebEditPro (ektron.com/Products/Web-CMS/eWebEditPro/), KTML (interaktonline.com/Products/Online-HTML-Editor/), SOEditor (siteobjects.com/pages/soeditor.cfm), TTW HTML Editor (koivi.com/WYSIWYG-Editor/)
  • I welcome additions/corrections/feedback

Background

I started this list back in 2002, which I hosted on my older Systemanage site. You can even see the original page, via the good ol' Internet Wayback Machine in this view of the page as of April 2002. Of course, I've updated it substantially since then, bringing it over to my carehart.org site in mid-2007 (and I continue to do so: last updated on Dec 13, 2018.) It now has over links to over 2,000 tools/resources in over 175 categories. I welcome additions/corrections/feedback. I've gathered most of them myself but I welcome community participation.

Again, with regard to any of the above, I welcome additions/corrections/feedback.

If you're a keeper of lists yourself, I'd ask that you please do not just copy/paste this page and its categories to your own site. Of course, the information I link to is public info. I'm referring to the organization of it. I certainly welcome people pointing others to this list, including deep-linking to a specific category. I may ultimately also create an RSS feed to track new entries on the whole list or in certain categories.

Disclaimer: Finally, for the lawyers and suit-happy, note that the information, including but not limited to hyperlinks, product names shown, descriptions offered, categorization, and characterizarion, is provided for educational purposes only. There is no warrantee of the truth or accuracy of the information above, nor of its fitness for a particular purpose. Because information about companies, product names, links, and so on can change over time, and I cannot guarantee to keep it updated, it is the reader's responsibility to confirm the accuracy and validity of any information presented here.



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