Generate Random Data CFBuilder Extension

I just released (at RIAForge naturally: http://randomdatagenerator.riaforge.org/) a new ColdFusion Builder Extension: Generate Random Data. The idea behind the extension is simple. Many times I have need of a ColdFusion query, but don’t have the actual data itself. I may be building a service component, or perhaps writing a simple test for a blog entry. I typically do something like so:

<cfset q = queryNew("id,name")> <cfloop index="x" from="1" to="10"> <cfset queryAddRow(q)> <cfset querySetCell(q, "id", x)> <cfset querySetCell(q, "name", "Random X")> </cfloop>

And while this "works", I had a hunch ColdFusion Builder would allow me to do it even quicker. With that idea in mind, I quickly whipped up the following extension. Click the image below to watch a quick video:

The extension makes use of both jQuery and the jQuery Validation library. Right now it's pretty simple. You can generate queries with random names, random numbers, random values from a list, and random booleans. If folks have ideas on how to extend this, just file an enhancement request at the RIAForge project.

So.... useful?

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