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This is just a short note and hopefully, an intro to a new series about the “Box” world. After watching ColdBox for about 7 years and never successfully getting it installed, times are a changin’. I took on a couple of new projects at work and decided that maybe it was time to give a framework a chance. I initially started with F/W1 and for whatever reason, I just could grasp how it works and therefore, was unable to get very far. My initial reaction was to go back to my homegrown mess. I knew that would be a mistake. One night I decided to go through the documentation related to ColdBox and it just seemed to make sense, This is by no means a declaration of complete understanding, but it does so much out of the box (pun intended). It definitely is a paradigm shift and takes some rethinking to separate model-view-controller. I personally found that installing ContentBox gave me a little more of an understanding of how things work.

In addition to ColdBox, I have started to make use of CommandBox. All I can say is that if you are using ColdFusion or Lucee, you need to be looking at CommandBox. I am a GUI person and not a fan of the command line, but that prejudice is shifting. It is such an invaluable tool and the ability to integrate it into Visual Studio Code is terrific.