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Clojure and CFML Sitting in a tree

cfmljure is a utility that lets you easily call Clojure code from CFML!

It works by leveraging Leiningen to obtain the classpath for a Clojure project that you want to load into your CFML project. The examples provided use two Clojure projects in the clj folder. One is very basic Clojure code that is loaded and run directly in the index.cfm page, the other loads the Clojure code at application startup and makes that code available in the variables scope of each page of the example.

Installation (with Leiningen)

Install the lein script from (download the lein script, make it executable, run lein self-install to complete the installation). If you're on Windows, use the Windows installer for Leiningen.

Note: cfmljure expects the lein command to be on the path used by cfexecute inside your CFML engine!

Verifying Leiningen / Clojure

In each of the projects, clj/cfml and clj/tasks, you should be able to run the tests with Leiningen:

lein test

In clj/cfml you should see:

lein test cfml.test.examples

Ran 7 tests containing 7 assertions.
0 failures, 0 errors.

In clj/task you should see:

lein test task.test.core

lein test task.test.create

Ran 4 tests containing 14 assertions.
0 failures, 0 errors.

The first time you run lein test you may see all sorts of stuff being downloaded from Maven Central. Do not panic! This is how Leiningen (Clojure's build tool) manages dependencies automatically for you.

Running the CFML/Clojure examples

Assuming you deployed cfmljure (via cloning from Github or unzipping a release) to a folder within a CFML webroot somewhere, you should be able to navigate your browser to the cfmljure home page, e.g.,


This will take a few seconds the first time but should then show the output of the Basic Examples. You can click through to the more advanced Task example which uses Clojure for all the business logic, including reading and writing to a Derby database!

Using Your Own Clojure Code

Create a new project somewhere with Leiningen:

lein new mystuff

That will create a complete Clojure project with a mystuff.core namespace containing a foo function that accepts a string argument and prints a message (to the console of your CFML engine).

Now create a CFML page containing:

<cfset clj = new cfmljure("/path/to/project/mystuff") />
<cfset clj.install("mystuff.core",variables) />
<cfset"From CFML") />

And now hit that page in your browser - it should say Done! in your browser and if you look in your CFML engine's console you should see:

Detected Clojure 1.6 or later
From CFML Hello, World!

The first line is cfmljure telling you whether it found a recent version of Clojure or an older one (Clojure 1.6 introduced a new, improved way to embed Clojure into an application).

The second line was printed by the Clojure code in that core.clj example!

Installing Namespaces

CFML can only "see" the Clojure code in the namespaces you specify in install(). This allows you to organize your Clojure code however you want and only expose a specific API to your CFML code.

You can expose any of the namespaces in your Clojure project, including those from third party libraries specified as dependencies in your project.clj file. It's often convenient to install clojure.core as it provides a lot of useful functions!

Using Clojure Functions

As you can see above, you can call any (public) function in a Clojure namespace just by using the dotted path to it. CFML strings work as Clojure strings, CFML numbers are Clojure floating point (double) values - on Railo at least, on ColdFusion they're still strings.. duh! You can pass CFML arrays and structs to Clojure and they can be treated as sequences and hashmaps (with "UPPERCASE" string keys) respectively. If Clojure passes back a vector or list, CFML can treat it like an array (in most cases). If Clojure passes back a traditional hashmap, it will usually have keywords as keys. You can make a keyword from a string by calling clojure.core.keyword("str") which produces :str in Clojure terms - a keyword. You will often need to use Clojure functions to get stuff out of hashmaps if they use keywords:

<cfset v = clojure.core.get( cljMap, clojure.core.keyword( "k" ) ) />

That returns the :k key value from cljMap or null if there's no such key.

Sometimes, instead of calling a function, you want to get a reference to it. For example, here's Clojure code that increments every element of a list:

(map inc [1 2 3 4])

To do that from CFML, you would need this code:

<cfset vs = clojure.core._inc(), [1, 2, 3, 4] ) />

The _inc() call returns a reference to inc. In general will return a reference to the func function in the specified namespace, so that you can pass it to other functions.

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