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22. ColdFusion Components > 22.4. Advanced CFC Topics

Advanced CFC Topics

I mentioned several advanced CFC topics briefly earlier in this chapter. These topics included introspection, inheritance, CFC security, and assigning component instances to shared variable scopes. This section presents a more detailed exploration of each of these topics.

Introspection

One of the coolest features of CFCs is that they are self-documenting. All of the various tag attributes we discussed throughout the chapter, along with any user-defined attributes, are available as component metadata. This metadata exists as a ColdFusion structure that can be used for all sorts of purposes. ColdFusion MX comes with a tool called the CFC Explorer that you can use to introspect any CFC on your ColdFusion server. To use the CFC Explorer, simply fire up a browser and enter the URL to the CFC you want to introspect. You should be presented with the CFC Explorer login screen shown in


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