Ok, I know this sounds crazy, but yesterday I encountered a bug. What makes this more crazy is that the code worked locally on a development machine but not production. Now I know that hasn't happened to any of my readers, but it actually happened to me twice in the past 24 hours, and in both cases it was the same issue - although expressed in slightly different ways.

The code in question was a very simple CFC method:

remote boolean doX(numerid x) { return x > 1; }

That isn't the exact code I had, but if you look closely you can probably see the bug already. I was using the CFC method in a simple Ajax application (this one...) and everything worked fine on my local server. Once I pushed the code to production, though, I got an error about my argument not being of type numerid.

Numerid? WTF?

Yep - I had typoed (or as I call it, pull a Zoid) numeric. So why did it work locally? One of the options in the ColdFusion Administrator is Disable CFC Type Check, which is explained as: When checked, UDF arguments of CFC type is not validated. The arguments are treated as type "ANY". Use this setting in a production environment only.

Right away you can see one mistake. The setting clearly says it should only be enabled in production. I don't even remember turning it on but I guess I did. Now this is where things get interesting. When it comes to UDF arguments, the type you specify can be anything you want, but if you specify a value that is not on the list of defined types (like numeric, string, etc) that ColdFusion assumes you mean a CFC type. In my case, numerid ended up, to ColdFusion, implying some CFC named "numerid.cfc". Because I had "Disable CFC Type Check" on, it ended up being Any, which means I could pass anything I wanted to it - CFC or not.

Ok, so to be clear - that isn't a bug in ColdFusion. That was definitely my fault. But this is the first time that setting has tripped me up like that. Of course, to make things fun, I tripped over this exact same issue again today, this time in regards to ORM. I had used this code in a persistent entity:


What I had meant to do was


Type in cfproperty refers to the same list of types we use with UDF arguments. Once again - since I had picked an unknown value, CF assumed I meant a CFC, and because I had the "Disable CFC Type Check" setting on, it just plain worked for me.