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This post is to announce the availability of updates for ColdFusion 2016 and ColdFusion Builder 2016.

ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 3

ColdFusion 2016 Update 3 includes support for Windows 10 Version 1607 and IBM Websphere Application Server 9. It also includes approximately 180 bug fixes(including ~100 external bugs) related to Language, Document Management, Serialization, Net Protocols, Database, Administrator and a few other areas.

For more details, refer this tech note.

ColdFusion Builder (2016 release) Update 3

ColdFusion Builder 2016 Update 3 includes:
    1. Important security fixes
    2. Bugs fixes in the areas of Editor and Security Code Analyzer.
    3. Upgraded PhoneGap libraries(from version 5.2.0 to version 6.0.0)
    4. Dictionary (Code Assist) changes to accommodate the changes/enhancements in ColdFusion 2016 Update 3 and earlier.
For more details, refer this tech note.

NOTE: We will be back porting all the important/applicable fixes to ColdFusion 10 and 11 version. Pre-release build for the same will be available in a couple of weeks for your feedback.

ColdFusion 2016 Update 3 early access build is now available for your testing and feedback. It includes support for Windows 10.1 and IBM Websphere Application Server 9 along with approximately 180 bug fixes.

Please note that this is a test build and should not be used in a production environment.

Refer the documents given below for more details on this update:

1. What's New in this update    
2. Issues Fixed in this update
3. Installation Instructions

The build number after applying this update should be 2016.0.03.300232.

In case, you have configured local site for receiving the update notifications, then please take back up of the URL before changing it to the pre-release URL.

We will look forward to your valuable feedback and suggestions.


Many a time, ColdFusion application code is deployed on a network path when your ColdFusion deployments are of large-scale and mandated to use network paths.

After setting up the server for the first time, if there is any performance hit, as the first thing you would want to cross-check few things. One of the things to determine is if there is any network latency.

Though you would have got same network within your organization same as earlier, your OS version also would have changed.

Follow the steps below to see if the performance hit is due to network latency-


Machine learning has been a buzz word in recent times. I often hear people talking about this and their profound interest to learn more and gain expertise in this field. As a consequence, many programming languages are now having machine learning libraries available in their toolbox. For example, Java has ML libraries like WEKA, C++ has Encog (Encog is available for Java as well), PyBrain for Python etc.  These libraries come in handy and obviates the need to write basic algorithms from scratch. One such tool is WEKA (http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka/)-  A data mining software in Java. You can use it as a standalone application or use it's APIs in your own Java program.


In this article, I will show you how to use WEKA library in ColdFusion. I am going to write a very simple Java program and add wrappers to it in ColdFusion. These wrappers can then be called from ColdFusion pages. In short, I am making the WEKA library available to ColdFusion. 


I will be using weather dataset located at data/weather.numeric.arff  in downloaded weka package. Weka uses ARFF format for datasets. Below is the dataset

@relation weather

@attribute outlook {sunny, overcast, rainy}
@attribute temperature numeric
@attribute humidity numeric
@attribute windy {TRUE, FALSE}
@attribute play {yes, no}


The above dataset contains five attributes namely outlook , temperature, humidity, windy & play. outlook is a categorical variable(it can take only three values - sunny,overcast, rainy) temperature and humidity are numeric variables, windy is again a categorical variable(it can take two values - TRUE, FALSE) and play is a categorical variable(it can take two values - yes,no). play is the class variable in our problem which means we have to predict the value of this variable for given test datapoint which contains remaining four values. 


So the problem at hand is a classification problem. We are given a training dataset which can be used to train a classifier and then use this model to predict the label for a test datapoint. There are many classifiers which can be used to solve this problem. But I am going to use naïve Bayes to solve this problem. It's a very simple classifier based on probability and it assumes that features are independent of one another. This means that the value outlook takes is independent of the values other attributes take.  I will not explain the mathematical background of naïve Bayes but rather provide an implementation for it. To understand the theory behind naïve Bayes, check this link.


Here is the Java program


import weka.classifiers.Classifier;
import weka.classifiers.Evaluation;
import weka.classifiers.bayes.NaiveBayes;
import weka.classifiers.trees.J48;
import weka.core.Attribute;
import weka.core.Instance;
import weka.core.Instances;
import weka.core.SparseInstance;
import java.util.*;

public class Demo {

	public static Classifier naiveBayesClassifierTrainedWithCV(Instances data, int numFolds) throws Exception
		Classifier cls = new NaiveBayes();
		Evaluation eval = new Evaluation(data);
		for(int i=0;i<numFolds;++i)
			Instances train = data.trainCV(numFolds,i);
			Instances test = data.testCV(numFolds, i);
			eval.evaluateModel(cls, test);
		return cls;
	public static Instance generateTestSample(String overcastValue, int temp, int hum, String wind,Instances data)	{
		//Create nominal attribute
		List<String> outlookValues = new ArrayList<String>();
		Attribute outlook = new Attribute("outlook", outlookValues);
		//Create numeric attribute
		Attribute temperature = new Attribute("temperature");
		Attribute humidity = new Attribute("humidity");
		List<String> windyValues = new ArrayList<String>();
		Attribute windy = new Attribute("windy",windyValues);
		Instance testSample = new SparseInstance(5);
		testSample.setValue(outlook, overcastValue);
		testSample.setValue(temperature, temp);
		testSample.setValue(humidity, hum);
		testSample.setValue(windy, wind);
		return testSample;
	public static double[] getDistributionInstanceForATestSample(Classifier cls, Instance data) throws Exception	{
		return cls.distributionForInstance(data);

Download weka.jar from http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka/downloading.html. Add this jar to the classpath and compile the above program.


In the above program, naiveBayesClassifierTrainedWithCV is used to train a naïve Bayes classifier with the dataset that is passed as an argument. The second argument numFolds is used to mentioned the number of folds for cross-validation. For e.g., 10-fold cross-validation requires numFolds = 10. generateTestSample is used to generate a test sample for which a class label will be predicted by the classifier. getDistributionInstanceForATestSample is used to get the probability distribution for a test sample predicted by the classifier.


Following is a wrapper for these methods in ColdFusion. I have created a CFC for the same

component output=false
	property name="demo";
	property name="bufferedReference";
	property name="fileReference";
	property name="fileObj";
	property name="bufferedObj";
	property name="instanceReference";
	property name="instanceObj";
	property name="model";
	//This function loads ARFF file
	function Init()
		demo = CreateObject("java","Demo");
		//Create a buffered reference
		bufferedReference = CreateObject("java","java.io.BufferedReader");
		//Create a file reference
		fileReference = CreateObject("java","java.io.FileReader");
		//Create a file object
		fileObj = fileReference.init("C:/ColdFusion11/cfusion/wwwroot/weka/weather.numeric.arff");
		//Create a buffered reader object
		bufferedObj = bufferedReference.init(fileObj);
		instanceReference = CreateObject("java","weka.core.Instances");
		instanceObj = instanceReference.init(bufferedObj);
		instanceObj.setClassIndex(instanceObj.numAttributes() - 1);
	function naiveBayesClassifierTrainedWithCV()	{
		model = demo.naiveBayesClassifierTrainedWithCV(instanceObj,10);
		return model;
	function  getDistributionInstanceForATestSample(required string outlook, required numeric temp, required numeric humidity, required string windy)	{
		sample = demo.generateTestSample(JavaCast("string",outlook),JavaCast("int",temp),JavaCast("int",humidity),JavaCast("string",windy),instanceObj);
		distribution = demo.getDistributionInstanceForATestSample(model,sample);
		return distribution;

Above file is named as MachineLearning.cfc. Init() method is used to load the ARFF file. Rest of the methods are just wrappers around the corresponding Java methods. This CFC is used as follows

<cfset mlObj = CreateObject("MachineLearning")>
<cfset mlObj.Init()>
<cfset NB = mlObj.naiveBayesClassifierTrainedWithCV()>
<cfset distributionForTestSample = mlObj.getDistributionInstanceForATestSample("sunny",80,95,"TRUE")>
<cfsavecontent variable="html">
				<title>WEKA Demo</title>
				<h3>Naive Bayes</h3>
				<hr />
				<h3>Classifying a sample</h3>
				<h4>t = (Outlook = "sunny", Temperature = 76, Humidity = 95, Windy = "TRUE")</h4>
					Yes = #distributionForTestSample[1]#, No = #distributionForTestSample[2]#

MachineLearning object is created and naïve Bayes classifier is called on that object. Once the model is trained, a test sample is created and we want to know what is the label that is predicted by the classifier. Instead of getting the label, probability distribution of the test sample over the class labels is calculated i.e. probability of test sample being yes and probability of the sample being no. This is achieved by calling getDistributionInstanceForATestSample method. Below is the output that we get

As you can see, for test sample("sunny",76,95,"TRUE") the classifier predicts with 60% probability that play=yes and with 40% that play=no.


So this was a simple example on how to use Weka in ColdFusion. Perhaps, this idea can extended and a ML library for ColdFusion can be created.

With ColdFusion 11 Update 3, we have introduced a new parameter called "getHeaders", in the "cfExchangeMail" tag. It accepts a boolean value. When set to true, cfExchangeMail returns a query with an additional "InternetHeader" column. This column contains a struct containing key-value pairs of the email-headers associated with each message.

Email message headers provide technical details about the message, such as who sent it, the software used to compose it, the version of the MIME protocol used by the sender etc. 

On Exchange 2010, the fields that are returned are: CC, Content-Transfer-Encoding, Content-Type, Date, From, MIME-Version, Message-ID, Received, Return-Path, Subject, To, X-MS-Exchange-Organization-AuthAs, X-MS-Exchange-Organization-AuthSource, X-Mailer.

You may reference this weblink for the detailed list of the fields and their description.

You can put this new feature to any good use that suites your purpose. I will dwell on one such use case below.

In MS Exchange 2010 and later, the "ToId" column in the retrieved messages query contains the primary email address of the sender. A primary email address can have multiple aliases. If you need to retrieve the email-alias the message was sent to, you can make use of this new attribute.

Here's an example that demonstrates the usage the tag in the context of the use case discussed above:

<cfmail from="#frm_usr_email#" to="#to_usr_alias#" cc="#cc_usr_alias#" subject="#msg_sub#"  server= "#exchangeServerIP#" port = "25">

----------- testing mail to an alias address ------------


<cfset sleep(5000)>

<cfexchangeConnection action="open" username ="#to_usr#" password="#password#" server="#exchangeServerIP#" serverversion="#version#" protocol="#protocol#" connection="excon">

<cfexchangemail action="get" name="usr_msgs" connection="excon" getheaders=true folder="Inbox">

<cfexchangefilter name="fromID" value='#frm_usr#'>

<cfexchangefilter name="subject" value="#msg_sub#">


<cfif usr_msgs.recordcount GTE 1>

info from cfexchangemail fields:<br>

<cfloop query="usr_msgs">







info from cfexchangemail.internetHeaders fields:<br>

<cfloop query="usr_msgs">


#ReplaceList(usr_msgs.internetHeaders["from"][1], ">,<", ",", ",", ",")#<br>

#ReplaceList(usr_msgs.internetHeaders["to"][1], ">,<", ",", ",", ",")#<br>

#ReplaceList(usr_msgs.internetHeaders["cc"][1], ">,<", ",", ",", ",")#<br>





You can reference the bugbase, for the enhancement request originally logged for this feature.