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Published on Jun 1, 2015
Using FusionReactor, FusionAnalytics, and FusionDebug to Solve CF Server and Coding Challenges Presented to the Northern Virginia ColdFusion Users Group, Presented by Charlie Arehart (Recorded November, 2014)
----Description of Presentation in detail----
In this 90 minute talk, veteran CFer Charlie Arehart will introduce and demonstrate the "Fusion tools", FusionReactor (FR), FusionAnalytics (FA), and FusionDebug (FD). If you're not familiar with the tools, or are not aware of how they have evolved, you'll come to appreciate how they can quickly and easily help you solve server or coding challenges.
First, as for FusionReactor, you may wonder, "why do I need a CF server monitor? What if I already have one? What if I don't want to sit around watching a monitor?". Well, FR is more than just a monitor: its unique logging capabilities help resolve problems after a crash, while its alerting features can help warn you and provide valuable diagnostic info BEFORE a crash. It can even help forestall a crash in some situations. And in its monitoring capabilities are many powerful features you may never have known were possible to understand your CF environment. And FR is also more than just a CF monitor: it can monitor CF, Railo, BlueDragon, and indeed any JEE server (such as Tomcat, JBoss, Glassfish, Jetty, and more) and including Solr and the CF11 PDFG service. It can also monitor multiple servers from a single dashboard, including from mobile devices. And with FR 5 you can also monitor complete end-to-end performance (from server to client).
Second, as powerful as FR's logs are, they're made even more powerful with FusionAnalytics, which analyzes those (and CF's logs) to provide a database-backed means to quickly and efficiently watch metrics over longer times (hours, days, weeks, months, or even years), as well as to watch still more metrics than are available within FR itself. With FA, you can spot trends and hotspots that you might otherwise have missed in your own analysis.
Finally, while monitoring and analytics tools can help solve server problems, and might also point out coding problems, there's no better way to understand flow of processing in your code than to use an interactive step debugger. FusionDebug is a fast and capable debugging tools that offers features not provided by the debugger included in ColdFusion Builder (CFB). It also lifts limitations imposed by CFB: FD does NOT require use of RDS on the CF instance being debugged. And if of course FD does not require use of CFB, so it benefits those using CFEclipse or those not even currently using any Eclipse-based editor.
We'll spend about 80% of time on FR, with the remaining time on FA and FD, along with time for questions. Finally, Charlie will offer a sneak peak at the coming Cloud-based version of FusionReactor, which will offer even more powerful capabilities for monitoring your servers. With the "Fusion tools", your server is no longer a black box, and resolving problems becomes something you can look forward to, for having the right tools for the job.
----About the Northern Virginia ColdFusion Users Group----
Northern Virginia ColdFusion Users Group meets (at a minimum) once per month.
Our aim is to provide opportunities for ColdFusion and Actionscript developers to meet and network with one another as well as opportunities to engage in presentations and learning to help sharpen your ColdFusion development skills.
We are an active group and we always welcome new members. If you live or work (or can otherwise get to) Fairfax, VA then we'd love to have you come out.