Finally, a framework for the rest of us!

CFWheels is an open source CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language) framework inspired by Ruby on Rails that provides fast application development, a great organization system for your code, and is just plain fun to use.

One of our biggest goals is for you to be able to get up and running with CFWheels quickly. We want for you to be able to learn it as rapidly as it is to write applications with it.

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Publishing Plugins

How to publish your plugin to forgebox.io via commandbox

So, you've created your new magic, world solving plugin, and naturally, you want to share it with the world. CFWheels uses forgebox.io as a plugins repository. This enables us to our CFWheels application's dependencies, install updates easily via Commandbox and more.

As a plugin author, it's well worth spending a little time setting yourself up to work with forgebox with the minimum amount of effort. Once done, you'll be able to either publish directly from the commandline, or upload to forgebox manually.

This tutorial makes extensive use of Commandbox, GIT and the CFWheels CLI.

Requirements

We strongly recommend always having the latest version of Commandbox.

You'll also want the CFWheels CLI. You can install that in commandbox via install cfwheels-cli. This will also update it if you've got an older version installed.

Some scripted commands also require the git CLI, although these are technically optional.

Setup a forgebox user account

If you've not got a forgebox.io account you can either register directly on forgebox or very quickly via commandbox itself

# Register for an account
$ forgebox register

Once you've got your credentials, you should be good to go.

If you've already got an account, you need to login at least once, which will store an API token for future use:

# Login
$ forgebox login

# (optional) Check which account you're logged in with
$ forgebox whoami

Ensure you've got a box.json in your plugin root

Forgebox uses your local box.json - you'll need one! Critical package information like the name of your plugin and the location are stored here. You can create one manually, or you can run:

# Create a basic box.json
$ init

# Or pass in parameters at the same time
$ init name="My Funky Plugin" slug=my-funky-plugin version=1.0.0 type="cfwheels-plugins"

# Or use the wizard
$ init --wizard

Ensure you've set some critical box.json attributes

In order for other CFWheels users to quickly identify and install your plugin via the CFWheels CLI, make sure you set the following box.json attributes - whilst a standard box.json might only have name, version,author, we need a little more information. Here's a template to get you started: (replace the values in CAPS)

{ 
  // Required: 
 "name":"PLUGIN-NAME", 
 "version":"0.0.1", 
 "author":"YOURNAME",
  // Required: GitHub Repository stub
 "location":"GITHUBUSERNAME/GITHUB-REPONAME#v0.0.1",
  // Required: Should always be /plugins/
 "directory":"/plugins/",
  // Required: Should always be true
 "createPackageDirectory":true,
  // Required: Must be the name of your primary CFC File
 "packageDirectory":"PLUGIN-NAME",
  // Required: The Forgebox slug, must be unique
 "slug":"FORGEBOX-SLUG",
  // Required: Must be cfwheels-plugins
 "type":"cfwheels-plugins",
  // Required: From here is optional but recommended
 "homepage":"https://github.com/GITHUBUSERNAME/GITHUB-REPONAME",
 "shortDescription":"PLUGIN DESCRIPTION",
 "keywords":"KEYWORD",
 "private":false,
 "scripts":{
   "postVersion":"package set location='GITHUBUSERNAME/GITHUB-REPONAME#v`package version`'",
 "patch-release":"bump --patch",
 "minor-release":"bump --minor",
 "major-release":"bump --major",
 "postPublish":"!git push --follow-tags && publish"
  }
}

Your completed box.json might look something like this:

{ 
  // Required: 
 "name":"Shortcodes", 
 "version":"0.0.4", 
 "author":"Tom King",
  // Required: GitHub Repository stub
 "location":"neokoenig/cfwheels-shortcodes#v0.0.4",
  // Required: Should always be /plugins/
 "directory":"/plugins/",
  // Required: Should always be true
 "createPackageDirectory":true,
  // Required: Must be the name of your primary CFC File
 "packageDirectory":"Shortcodes",
  // Required: The Forgebox slug, must be unique
 "slug":"shortcodes",
  // Required: Must be cfwheels-plugins
 "type":"cfwheels-plugins",
  // Required: From here is optional but recommended
 "homepage":"https://github.com/neokoenig/cfwheels-shortcodes",
 "shortDescription":"Shortcodes Plugin for CFWheels",
 "keywords":"shortcodes",
 "private":false,
 "scripts":{
   "postVersion":"package set location='neokoenig/cfwheels-shortcodes#v`package version`'", 
 "patch-release":"bump --patch",
 "minor-release":"bump --minor",
 "major-release":"bump --major",
 "postPublish":"!git push --follow-tags && publish"
  }
}

Using the forgebox staging server (optional)

If this is the first time you've done this, you might want to try the forgebox staging server. That way you can make sure your publishing process is spot on without having lots of unnecessary versions pushed up. You can view the staging server version at http://forgebox.stg.ortussolutions.com/

# Add staging server configuration
$ config set endpoints.forgebox.APIURL=http://forgebox.stg.ortussolutions.com/api/v1

# Revert back to production configuration
$ config clear endpoints.forgebox.APIURL

Remember this configuration will "stick", so make sure you change it back afterwards. (I find once changed, it might not kick in until you reload the commandbox shell via r).

Publishing a plugin to forgebox

The "forgebox publish" command (aliased as "publish") will add a new package to ForgeBox or update an existing one (that belongs to you). If the local version number is different, a new version will be created in ForgeBox.

# Publish a plugin once logged in
$ forgebox publish

ForgeBox does not store your actual package files like npm, but point to your download location.

Once you run this command, you can run forgebox show my-package to confirm it's there. If you change the slug, a new package will be created. If you change the version, a new version will be added to the existing package.

Adding a new version via publishing scripts

By adding the following block to our box.json, we can more easily deploy new versions with a single command:

 "scripts":{
   "postVersion":"package set location='GITHUBUSERNAME/GITHUB-REPONAME#v`package version`'", 
 "patch-release":"bump --patch",
 "minor-release":"bump --minor",
 "major-release":"bump --major",
 "postPublish":"!git push --follow-tags && publish"
  }

Obviously, you'll need to change location='GITHUBUSERNAME/GITHUB-REPONAME#v to your repo.

With these in place, once you've committed your changes to your local repository, you can now do:

# Don't forget to commit your changes. You can access git directly from commandbox using !
$ !git add .
$ !git commit -m "my new changes"

# Move from 1.0.0 -> 1.0.1
$ run-script patch-release

# Move from 1.0.0 -> 1.1.0
$ run-script minor-release

# Move from 1.0.0 -> 2.0.0
$ run-script major-release

This will:

  • Set the package location to include the new version number
  • Publish to forgebox.io
  • Push your changes to gitHub (assuming you've set that up)
  • Publish a gitHub tagged release

This saves you having to manually update the version number too!

# Example output of a patch release
$ run-script patch-release

Running package script [patch-release].
> bump --patch && publish
Set version = 0.1.7

Running package script [postVersion].
> package set location='neokoenig/cfwheels-cli#v`package version`'
Set location = neokoenig/cfwheels-cli#v0.1.7
Package is a Git repo.  Tagging...
Tag [v0.1.7] created.
Sending package information to ForgeBox, please wait...
Package is alive, you can visit it here: https://www.forgebox.io/view/cfwheels-cli

Running package script [postPublish].
> !git push --follow-tags
Counting objects: 10, done.
Delta compression using up to 12 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (8/8), done.
Writing objects: 100% (10/10), 908 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 10 (delta 5), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: Resolving deltas: 100% (5/5), completed with 4 local objects.
To https://github.com/neokoenig/cfwheels-cli.git
   477648f..400604b  master -> master
 * [new tag]         v0.1.7 -> v0.1.7

Package published successfully in [forgebox]

Lastly, you can double check it's made it into the plugins list via wheels plugins list

Removing a plugin from forgebox

Likewise, you can unpublish a plugin, but keep in mind people might be relying on your plugin, so don't do this lightly!

// Remove all versions of a package
$ unpublish

// Remove a specific version of a package
$ unpublish 1.2.3

// Skip the user confirmation prompt
$ unpublish 1.2.3 --force

Publishing Plugins

How to publish your plugin to forgebox.io via commandbox