Sam Farmer

Growing up I never imagined I would play bass guitar for the Dave Matthews Band. And indeed it never happened.

But I have become passionate about making software.

debugClean, a ColdFusion Builder Extension to Check for Debug Free Code

December 12, 2010
Recently I wrote some code that ran beautifully on my machine. So beautiful in fact that if it was a painting it would be the Mona Lisa. I pushed it to stage and no one could get it to run.

The reason?

I had left in a console.log and cfdump output to file. The staging environment didn't like this one bit and laughed at my suggestion of the code being like the Mona Lisa.

So, I wrote ColdFusion Builder extension to check for debug code and called it debugClean. Its now up and downloadable on RIAForge. Full description:

Checks a file or folder for any debug code that should probably be stripped before moving to staging or production. Looks for ColdFusion tags: - cfdump - writeDump - cflog - writeLog Looks for JavaScript: - console.log The tags and functions it looks for can be configured to your taste in the _config.cfm file.

Go get it, install it and only push our production ready code!


This is definitely going to be useful . . . thanks!

By: Lola LB 12/13/2010 7:06 AM
Hi Sam, Nice post. Have you tried adding a check to compile the code for syntax errors? I have used the cfcompile executable before but am looking for a way to call the compile via an api.

By: Mike Henke 12/13/2010 9:42 AM
@Lola: Thanks! Hope it proves to be useful. @Mike: Nope. Wouldn't those errors be shown in the editor anyway?

By: Sam Farmer 12/13/2010 4:29 PM
True, the errors should show in the editor but another check wouldn't hurt.

By: Mike Henke 12/14/2010 12:54 PM
Could this be ported as a cfadmin extension? To allow it to work from there? Because this does sound very useful. But I don't use cf9 or cfbuilder. Thanks

By: Craig M. Rosenblum 12/16/2010 9:56 AM
@Mike: Yeah, I could see that being useful on a whole directory. @Craig: Sure. It wouldn't be too hard to port the code over (its basically one file anyway!) to an admin extension.

By: Sam Farmer 12/17/2010 12:40 AM
Some comments have been lost over the years due to moving hosts.


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