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CFConcurrent runs on CF11 or higher, and Lucee 4.5.5 or higher.
This is a fork of Marc Esher's original and awesome library found here: https://github.com/marcesher/cfconcurrent. All credits for the code and hard work go to Marc. The reason for this fork are:
We have, of course, reached out to Marc who sent us his blessing via tweet:
Have at it! Good luck and Godspeed.
ColdFusion 9: A user recently discovered that a massive memory leak exists when running this on CF9. Therefore, it is not safe to use this library on Adobe ColdFusion 9. The problem is not in the library but in the interaction between Java executors and ColdFusion. I will attempt to work with Adobe to identify a fix. ColdFusion 10 is unaffected and behaves as expected.
LUCEE 5: CfConcurrent previosly had multiple issues with Lucee 5. We believe these are now resolved as of CfConcurrent 2.1.0 (but please test thoroughly).
Although CFThread is suitable for management-free fire-and-forget concurrency, robust production applications require higher-level abstractions and a greater degree of control. The Java Concurrency Framework (JCF) provides such improvements, and you can take advantage of it using 100% CFML.
You create CFCs that act as "tasks" that return results. You submit those tasks to the JCF for execution. You can then retrieve the execution results immediately when they are available, or you can create a periodic "polling" task which processes the completed results.
In addition, you can easily create cancelable, pausable scheduled tasks directly in your code (think: heartbeats, daemons), freeing you from the 1-minute limitation of ColdFusion's scheduled task implementation.
CFConcurrent's goals are:
CFConcurrent is not a "wrapper" library, nor does it hide the Java Concurrency Framework from you.
I started writing concurrent programs in Java in 2004. This library represents what I wish I had in ColdFusion since learning to write concurrent programs.
For CF developers, Concurrency trends thusly: 1) Lob it into CFThread and hope it works. 2) OMG it's hard to do correctly. Let's eat cake. 3) Spend an inordinate amount of time with locks, app and server-scoped based data sharing schemes, and brittle thread-cancelling mechanisms.
I want this library to expose safe, correct concurrency abstractions that enable high-quality concurrent programming in ColdFusion applications.
CFConcurrent ships with running examples and a suite of tests. Docs are in the wiki: https://github.com/pixl8/cfconcurrent/wiki. To run the examples, open up a web browser.
box install cfconcurrent
Or, download/clone the repository directly.
You may need to create a
/cfconcurrent mapping if the installation directory is not directly beneath your webroot.
CFConcurrent owes a great deal to Mark Mandel and JavaLoader. While CFConcurrent uses native Java proxy object creation on CF10, it requires JavaLoader on CF9. This project would not be possible today without JavaLoader.
Doug Lea began
util.concurrent in 1998, just a few years after the release of both Java and CF version 1. In 2004, with Java 5,
util.concurrent was brought into the JDK as an official package, named
java.util.concurrent. Thus, 3 years before ColdFusion received multithreading capabilities via CFThread (in CF8), Java provided a vastly superior approach to concurrency. Unfortunately, CF developers could not take advantage of java.util.concurrent because of the inability to pass ColdFusion Component (CFC) instances to a Java library.
This changed in 2011, when Mark Mandel tweaked the Java proxy object creation facility available in JavaLoader to enable CFC instances to be passed to invocation methods in the Java concurrency framework. With this ability, "concurrency as it should be" is now possible in ColdFusion.
In 2018, Pixl8 have forked this repository in order to help maintain it and better package it for applications that work with ForgeBox / CommandBox.
Post issues to https://github.com/pixl8/cfconcurrent/issues.
Pull requests should ideally have accompanying tests (see
CFConcurrent is published under the MIT license.
box install cfconcurrent