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1 Step Through Your CFML Code With FusionDebug Charlie Arehart

2 Topics Introduction to Step Debugging FusionDebug Features FusionDebug Demo Benefits Over CFDUMP/CFOUTPUT Other Features, Learning More, Gotchas, Pricing, FAQs, etc.

3 About Your Speaker Independent consultant Since Sept 2006 Formerly CTO, New Atlanta (BlueDragon) 9 yrs CF experience (24 in Enterprise IT) Member, Adobe Community Experts Co-author, ColdFusion MX Bible (Wiley) Frequent contrib. to ColdFusion Dev Journal President, Atlanta ColdFusion User Group Past accomplishments of note Tech Editor, CFDJ ( ) Certified Adv CF Developer (4, 5, MX), Instructor Frequent speaker: UGs, confs worldwide

4 Introduction to Step Debugging Understanding interactive debugging What can it do for you? Past debugging solutions (CF4, 5) No current or discussed plans for CFMX FusionDebug from Intergral CFML step debugging for CFMX 6.1/7+

5 About FusionDebug Is an Eclipse (3.1, 3.2) plug-in You dont NEED to use Eclipse for editing Can continue to edit in DWMX, CF Studio, HomeSite+, etc. Do need to download Eclipse or use with Flex Builder, which is Eclipse; or CFEclipse if you have it installed already Requires just a minor change in JVM config for CFMX server Add a couple JVM entries, name a port for debugger to listen on You then do a minor setup in Eclipse to enable debugging against that server All of the above is well-documented in the FusionDebug User Guide, free online

6 FusionDebug Features Can step through code, including tags, functions, CFCs, includes, custom tags, and so on As well as stepping through a page, you can also Step Into (or out of) sub tags, CFC calls and function calls Can list all variable and scopes View all scopes available to your page and view anything stored within. See values change as you step through page Expression Watcher Create arbitrary expressions, from simply outputting a variable to showing the result of an if condition and the Expression Watcher will dynamically evaluate them Query Support Open queries to see row data, column names and data types. Also, when looping through a query the Current Query feature lets you know exactly which row youre on

7 FusionDebug Demo Lets see it in action

8 Demo Features Enabled debugging, stepping through code Enabled watches and setting variables can do with right-click on var/expression Showed simple cf code (CF Example Apps) Set variables on the fly Showed query data in variables pane Showed CFC-based code (Model Glue) Showed scopes available in CFC methods var and this scopes Showed how stack is interactive click to jump to lines in chain above current instruction Showed debugging web service code Showed debugging Flex apps

9 Benefits Over CFDUMP/CFOUTPUT Can debug when a CFOUTPUT/CFDUMP may not be possible What are some examples? CFCOMPONENT/CFFUNCTION OUTPUT=false CFSILENT When generating XML What other tags may help in the above cases? Can debug without having to rely on finding the output of CFLOG or CFTRACE (or enabling the latter) Can debug without needing to change code Can debug requests from Flex, Ajax, or as web service Can debug when someone besides the developer is calling a template Can debug against production Can debug on remote machine Can change the value of variables on the fly during execution

10 Benefits Over CFDUMP/CFOUTPUT Can debug in situations where a simple CFOUTPUT/CFDUMP would not suffice (powerful Variables, Expressions panes) Can use the debugger to understand the flow of execution of the request (help newcomers to your code, or to CFML in general) Can debug in situations where you don't even know where in a complex app to try to do CFOUTPUT or CFDUMP

11 Benefits Over CFDUMP/CFOUTPUT Can view call stack during execution Can view the Java classes called to execute your code See config2 And thats not even all of them

12 Other Features Flex and FusionDebug Can work alongside the Flex Debugger to debug any ColdFusion (.cfc) code being used within a Flex project Debugging perspectives switch automatically between debugging Flex and CFML Can also debug CFCs called from Flex even without using FlexBuilder Can debug CFCs called from Flex, Flash Remoting, Ajax, web services, or CFMX gateways (SMS, event, etc.) as they call CFCs

13 Learning More Documentation (very good) available online User guide walks through configuration of the CF Server, Eclipse, and use of FusionDebug Several Captivate demos Available CFML templates to test with Great to get started, to work through initial introductory features and challenges Rather than jumping into the middle of debugging a big app as your first test Ive started a series of blog entries on it

14 Gotchas: Using FD Breakpoints remain alive for any user (not just debugging developer) if debug session active If any user runs the requestthey will see page hang Only developer with FD open sees its stopped on line This is unlike CF4/5 debugging, so be aware Can use skip all breakpoints option to temporarily disable in multi-user environments Be careful holding breakpoint within CFLOCK or CFTRANSACTION tags for too long (impacts other users in other pages) Can set breakpoint on non-CFML or blank line, but wont fire May not fire if on CFSCRIPT or CFRETURN and in some other instances See: Can try to set variable for query column but wont take When setting variable that can be evaled as expression ( ), will do math so surround it in quotes to coerce as string

15 Gotchas: FD Setup FD has only minor impact when debugging not active, due to changes made in jvm.config So can run in production, but perhaps should think twice When setting port in Debug settings, it should be that for FD, not the web server serving CFML pages If using FusionReactor (Intergrals CF monitor tool), should disable crash protection feature If you CFEclipse and dont see line pointer highlighted, can configure that See Firewalls or port restrictions can get in the way sometimes

16 Troubleshooting If you see no CIP moving with debugging be sure to associate debug session source code properties with a project, not the filesystem (see docs for steps) If debugging just stops, you may have the CFMX page request timeout thats killing the page See Admin Timeout Requests after x seconds This is disabled by default in 6.1, enabled by default in 7 If a runtime error occurs, FD will also seem to stop (but error has been sent to the browser) A few others listed in docs (above items are not, currently)

17 Pricing, Discounts, Trials List price: US$ 299 Available 10% Discount Code: CFCOMMUNITY Priced per seat, available volume discounts Available free trial (20 days) Ive arranged 2 licenses to give away tonight

18 FAQs Does FusionDebug work with BlueDragon? Not currently. They are in talks But you could install free Dev edition of CFMX and debug against that Does it work with CF4 or 5? No, it is specific to CFMX Can it work without Eclipse? No, it is specific to Eclipse Must I use/learn how to use Eclipse? Nothing more than what Ive shown here, really Must I use/learn how to use CFEclipse? No, FusionDebug is not connected to CFEclipse You can use your favorite CFML editor to edit Just use FD to do debugging How do I get support? Intergral offers free support: Whats with the name/spelling Intergral? Formed from Internet and Integration

19 Conclusion Great solution, finally, for CFML debugging Sure, it costs money, but will pay for itself if youll benefit from debugging Some debugging naysayers. To each his own Intergral support has been great Available free support at Very interested in supporting community

20 Questions on presentation Charlie Arehart Also available for setup and implementation consulting As well as other developer productivity coaching, system admin and tuning support, and more Remote or on-site

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