Using ColdFusion Event Gateways: A Couple of Gotcha's

10 Feb 2005

Though I'm still working on some code which uses the new CFML Asynchronous Gateway as part of the Event Gateways in the newly released ColdFusion MX 7.0, I thought I'd post a couple of things I've came across to be aware of.

When using the Developer edition of CFMX 7.0, the Gateway functionality is limited. I understand this to mean that you can only fire off 10 event gateways within one request, but feel free to correct me if you find something different with that yourself. Also, Tim Buntel answered a question I had about it on CF-Talk with a little more detail about how it's limited: "Enterprise Gateway architecture is limited in message handling capability in Developer mode, and individual Gateways are limited to a single incoming OriginatorID (SMS, IM buddy, etc)."

It appears that CFML Asynchronous Gateway requests are actually routed as internal requests to it's version of Apache Axis (which is what ColdFusion uses for webservices). (Samuel Neff pointed out that this is now false-- see comments below. Thanks Sam!) So for instance if your application has anything dependent on Form or URL variables in the event which you are calling, it will not be able to "find" them. An example of this-- I've wrote something which "cleans" URL and Form variables on each client request that is ran from Application.cfm before any application logic is called. As such, when I made requests via the Event Gateway it would get stuck in that particular part of the application because it couldn't find any URL or Form variables. I just added an if statement around that piece of code to check for the existence of the Form and URL scopes which fixed the problem.

I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about Event Gateways in the days ahead, but figured I'd put these gotcha's out there while they were still on my mind.