My favourite Java shortcuts for ColdFusion

I just wanted to list some of my favourite Java shortcuts that I like to use when using ColdFusion

java.lang.String.length() – Yes I could do this with Len() from cf, but typing myString.length()seems to be so much easier and faster for me.

java.lang.String.getBytes() – a useful way of working out how many bytes in a string. This can be interesting to use to check approximatley how much memory you are using when storing long strings in a shared scope.

java.lang.reflect.Array – The man when it comes to dealing with Java native arrays.

java.util.Date.before() and .after() – Yes, I can use dateCompare, but I simply find if(myDateOne.after(myDateTwo)) {..} so much easier to read (and all CF date objects are Java date objects).

java.util.Vector.addAll() – Since all CF arrays are vector, this is a easy way of adding an entire array into another without having to manually enter every single item. i.e.

a = arrayNew(1);
a[1] = "1";
a[2] = "2";
a[3] = "3";

b = ArrayNew(1);


I think that's all the ones I usually use at the moment – what other Java snippets do you use to save yourself time?

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  • dave ross | August 30, 2004

    java.lang.String.split("any goddamn delimeter you want")

    (I hate that listToArray only can take one character delimeters)

  • Patrick Whittingham | August 30, 2004


    Are all of the methods for those packages (class) available or our their limitations?


  • Raymond Camden | August 30, 2004

    Question – why do you say you need addAll? You are aware of arraySum, right?

  • Mark | August 30, 2004

    Raymond –

    to c/p

    Array sum function.

    The sum of values in an array. If the array parameter value is an empty array, returns zero.

    addAll doesn’t add all the values togoether – it appends all the objects of the first array INTO the second array.

    Did you mean a different function?

  • Raymond Camden | August 30, 2004

    Oops. You are right. It’s what I get for reading blogs before coffee.

  • Mark | August 30, 2004

    That’s okay – for a minute there I thought I had gone ‘woah! new thing’.. only to find yet again I hadn’t read the docs properly ;o)

  • Daniel Roberts | August 31, 2004

    The StringBuffer class concatenation has been the most important use of Java with in CF I have found/used

  • Qasim Rasheed | August 31, 2004

    Wouldn’t array addall function seems like using duplicate or am I missing something?

  • Mark | August 31, 2004

    Qasim –

    addAll() *could* be used that way, particularly in the case of an array of CFCs (except each CFC would be passed by refernce, not by value – and you can’t duplicate CFCs as per previous post).

    Or it could be used in an instance where you have 2 already established arrays, and simply want to join them into a single one quickly and easily. All depends on what you need.

    Daniel –

    Nice performance results on using StringBuffer! Very good to know!

  • Daniel Roberts | September 1, 2004

    "Nice performance results on using StringBuffer! Very good to know!"

    Yeah, I was very fortunate to have found the article in CFDJ a week before someone asked us to look into speeding up the creation of a CSV that was taking around 5-10 minutes. It was a simple query loop to build up a string but as the article explains, the CF variable is being created for every concatenation (read: creating a variable thousands of times = takes long time). Use of Java StringBuffer class concatenation dropped the CSV creation time down to about 15 seconds.

  • Mr Anderson | September 3, 2004

    I have found that using the java classes directly using cfobject is very fast but if you call the java methods on CF objects (like x.add() on a CF array) it is very slow. In tests i did, the java add() method was more than 10 times slower than using CFs ArrayAppend() !! Not sure why this is the case 🙁

  • Daniel Roberts | October 31, 2006

    Probably because CF arrays are java vectors. There’s probably a conversion process taking place to get the vector into an array for every the java function.