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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.

We'll see you in New York!

Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• Nest Labs

The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!

The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.

@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.

ColdFusion Components and Data Abstraction
CFCs provide basic object functionality to CF developers

I've been discussing ColdFusion Components on and off since we first introduced them - which was in ColdFusion MX - and even dedicated my entire keynote time slot at our 2002 conference to CFCs, as well as covering them extensively in prior CFDJ columns. But, apparently, many users have yet to take advantage of these important application building blocks, or have failed to fully appreciate their necessity. So I am going to dedicate my next two columns to explaining the most important aspect of ColdFusion Components - data abstraction.

The Separation of Presentation from Content
The best way to understand data abstraction and the resulting need for CFCs is to look at an example:

<!--- Get employees --->
<CFQUERY NAME="employees"
SELECT Emp_ID, LastName, FirstName
FROM Employee
ORDER BY LastName, FirstName

<!--- Display list --->
  <CFOUTPUT QUERY="employees">
   <LI>#LastName#, #FirstName#</LI>

This is really simple code. You've seen code like this, and have likely written something much like it many times. It uses <CFQUERY> to retrieve an employee list from a database table, and then displays the names in an HTML list. Simple enough.

So, what is wrong with this code? It is commented, uses case consistently, is indented, doesn't have extraneous # characters, and, best of all, it works! So, is there really anything wrong with it?

Well, maybe not. After all, if the code works, then there's nothing wrong with it. The fact of the matter is that applications are written to do a specific job, and if that job gets done, then the application is doing exactly what it was intended to do. That's not wrong. If it works, there is no wrong per se.

But having said that, there is no right either. There are lots of ways to write applications, with pros and cons to each (usually). And the code above has one big con going against it. Consider what would happen to your code if the table column names were changed to NameLast and NameFirst. Or if the table schema changed. Or of the user list was to be pulled from Active Directory instead of a database.

These are not far-fetched scenarios, back ends do change all the time. And when this happens, what will happen to your code? Obviously the above SQL statement will break, and will need to be changed to reflect the new table information. That will likely be a tedious but not impossible task. You'll need to find all <CFQUERY> tags (a simple site-wide search will find those) and make the code changes. A pain, but doable.

But that won't be enough. Look at the code again. The <CFOUTPUT> loop is referring to column names explicitly, and so those will break too. Now the change has gotten a bit more complicated.

What if your database query was returning columns used in <CFIF> or <CFSET> statements, values used in calculations, or flags that somehow affected data presentation? Think about it.

How many <CFQUERY> tags are used throughout your code? And how many columns are referred to within CFML code outside of <CFQUERY> tags? How much of your code will break when back-end changes occur?

It's a scary thought, but it's an important one. The truth is that database changes should never be able to break HTML formatting, that makes no sense at all. And if table schemas do change, that should not be able to throw errors in client-generated output. Even if a database is replaced with directory services, employee lists should still be rendered the same way.

I have explained this problem in detail previously (see CFDJ, Vol. 4, issue 10), so I'm not going to dwell on it here. Rather, I'll concentrate on how CFCs help overcome this issue.

CFCs to the Rescue
The problem described above is one that ColdFusion Components (CFCs) were designed to solve. CFCs are special files (they have a .cfc extension, instead of .cfm) designed to provide basic object functionality to ColdFusion developers.

Don't let the word "object" scare you; CFCs are as easy to use as the rest of ColdFusion. They are plain text files made up of tags, and they are called (invoked, to be precise) from other .cfm pages.

Here's a modified version of the previously seen code:

<!--- Get employees --->

<!--- Display list --->
  <CFOUTPUT QUERY="employees">
   <LI>#LastName#, #FirstName#</LI>

A tag named <CFINVOKE> invokes a component named emps (the actual file name would be emps.cfc, in the current directory), and calls a method (function) named list that returns a query named employees, which is used just like the query in the first example.

So where is the actual <CFQUERY> tag? It is in the emps component.

Basic CFC Abstraction
Now you obviously want to see what component emps.cfc looks like. Here's the code:


<!--- List employees --->
  <!--- Get data --->
  <CFQUERY NAME="employees"
  SELECT Emp_ID, LastName, FirstName
  FROM Employee
  ORDER BY LastName, FirstName
  <!--- Return data --->
  <CFRETURN employees>


Everything in a .cfc file is enclosed within <CFCOMPONENT> and </CFCOMPONENT> tags. These define the component itself. The component contains one or more methods (functions), each defined with a set of <CFFUNCTION> and </CFFUNCTION> tags.

The method contains the exact same <CFQUERY> as used before. But this time a <CFRETURN> tag returns that query to the calling page.

So, in order:

  1. Code in a .cfm page uses a <CFINVOKE> call to run the list method in a component named emps.cfc.
  2. The list method contains a <CFQUERY> that obtains data from a database.
  3. list returns the query to the calling .cfm page.
  4. A <CFOUTPUT> loop in the .cfm page displays the query contents as it would any other query.
It's that simple.

The Value of Data Abstraction
Was it worth it? All we have done is add an extra file and more lines of code. Have we gained anything?

Let's go back to the scenario where something changed in the table layout. Perhaps the table columns LastName and FirstName are now named NameLast and NameFirst, respectively. You'd obviously need to change your SQL; there is no real way around that. Your updated .cfc code might look like this:


<!--- List employees --->
  <!--- Get data --->
  <CFQUERY NAME="employees"
  SELECT Emp_ID, NameLast AS LastName,
     NameFirst AS FirstName
  FROM Employee
  ORDER BY LastName, FirstName
  <!--- Return data --->
<CFRETURN employees>


Notice that the SELECT statement contains aliases (defined using the SQL AS keyword) that rename NameLast to LastName and NameFirst to FirstName. The database changed, and so the SQL had to change accordingly. And what about the presentation code? It can stay the same, as far as it is concerned nothing changed; it'll continue to work as it did before.

Even in an example as simple as this one, the benefits start to become apparent very quickly indeed.

Not Just for Data Retrieval
Most articles and tutorials on using CFCs use examples involving data retrieval, but that isn't all CFCs are for. All data access should be encapsulated within CFCs, including inserts, updates, and deletes. Here's a simple update method, used to update the name of an employee. This would be placed inside of the same emps.cfc file:

<!--- Update an employee --->
  <!--- Arguments --->

<!--- The update --->
UPDATE Employee
SET LastName = '#ARGUMENTS.LastName#',
   FirstName = '#ARGUMENTS.FirstName#'

Now, to update an employee, .cfm code would simply need to invoke this new method and pass the required arguments (parameters) to it. One way to do this is by adding name=value pairs to the <CFINVOKE>, like this:


Another option is to use <CFINVOKEARGUMENT> tags, like this:


Either way, .cfm code need simply pass values, and not care about what the update operation does internally.

It turns out that there is a right way to do things after all.

ColdFusion Components, first introduced in ColdFusion MX, provide the fundamental building blocks used to design applications the right way. In this column we looked at basic data abstraction, separating data (and data integration) from presentation. We'll continue this discussion next month when we look at encapsulating more than just data processing. Stay tuned!

About Ben Forta
Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Technical Evangelist. In that capacity he spends a considerable amount of time talking and writing about Adobe products (with an emphasis on ColdFusion and Flex), and providing feedback to help shape the future direction of the products. By the way, if you are not yet a ColdFusion user, you should be. It is an incredible product, and is truly deserving of all the praise it has been receiving. In a prior life he was a ColdFusion customer (he wrote one of the first large high visibility web sites using the product) and was so impressed he ended up working for the company that created it (Allaire). Ben is also the author of books on ColdFusion, SQL, Windows 2000, JSP, WAP, Regular Expressions, and more. Before joining Adobe (well, Allaire actually, and then Macromedia and Allaire merged, and then Adobe bought Macromedia) he helped found a company called which provides automotive services (buy a car, sell a car, etc) over the Web. (including Stoneage) is one of the largest automotive web sites out there, was written entirely in ColdFusion, and is now owned by Auto-By-Tel.

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