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FusionReactor 10.0.2 update released Jul 19 2023: resources and thoughts

If you're using FusionReactor, note that a 10.0.2 update was released recently, Jul 19, with a few bug fixes/improvements. (Sorry for the delay in reporting this. This was the week after there were multiple CF updates and a Java update as well.)

I want to draw special attention to the one "new improvement" and one "new feature". (In my posts on past FR updates, I sometimes don't do much more than list the simple bullet points offered in the FR release notes.) See the elaboration on these two things below.

For more on the update, as well as help on installing such FR updates, read on.

The 6 items listed in the FR release notes for 10.0.2

If you visit the release notes page for FR, you will see that the items indicated as changed were these (though I've reordered them a bit):

  • Improvement - Request Content Capture: Allow response only capture and ability to only capture headers or body
  • New Feature - Add support for error-history, longest, slow, event snapshot, memory transaction pages in the cloud
  • Bug - Lucee uses incorrect home path for scraping default logs (catalina/application logs)
  • Bug - Disabling observability logging doesn't disable log scraping
  • Bug - Mac M1: Observability plugins not starting due to snappy dependency
  • Bug - Internal HTTPS configured passwords are removed if settings are saved with no changes to the passwords

About the improvement and the new feature

Let me talk just briefly about each of the new "improvement" and then the "new feature".

The "improvement", for Request Content Capture

As indicated in the bullet points above, the "improvement" is a change for the FR "Request Content Capture" feature, available in the FR on-prem (traditional) UI. (For those not familiar with this long-existing feature, I plan to do another post with more info on it. Until then, see at least the rather meager FR docs on the feature.)

What's improved is actually two things: first, whereas before you could capture only EITHER a) ONLY all requests or b) ALL requests AND responses, now you can optionally capture c) ONLY all responses. Then second, whereas before that captured the headers AND bodies of whatever was selected, now you can optionally choose to request ONLY headers or ONLY bodies.

This is an important change, if one wanted to capture, for example, ONLY the headers for ONLY responses. (Previously, you had no choice but to ALSO get BOTH the headers AND bodies or BOTH requests AND responses.)

This is actually a feature request I had made: so thanks, FR folks, for accommodating that! :-) And again, see a new blog to come from me with more on this feature, where I will better demonstrate what you can do now and then as of this change (as well as things to be careful with about using this feature).

The "new feature", plumbing for a future FR Cloud feature bringing FR on-prem info to the cloud

Finally, as for the one listed "new feature", note that's not a new feature whose for the traditional on-prem UI, nor yet is it in FR cloud. Instead, it's adding support for more details being sent TO the cloud FROM the on-prem FR agent...and it's setting up for a future feature (in FR Cloud) which is intended to BRING to the FR Cloud UI some of the pages we are used to seeing in the FR On-prem UI.

Again, as hinted at in the bullet point above, this will includes bringing the data to show (in the Cloud) such pages as Requests>Slow Requests, Requests>Longest Requests, and Requests>Error History (as well as the same for the similar JDBC and Transaction pages), as well as Requests>Event Snapshots and memory transaction pages.

This will be a nice addition to the cloud UI, and again this "new feature" is really plumbing in support of THAT "new feature", which is NOT yet available in FR Cloud. (I think an argument could be made that this was not a "new feature", but that's a quibble.)

Getting, getting notified about, and performing FR updates

If you visit the FR UI (on-prem or in the cloud), you will also be notified of this new update. And that notification will take you to the FR download page, which itself also has a link to the release notes mentioned above. I just point these updates out when I can, to help folks who might miss that info or want more information.

As for performing an update to FR (whether via installer or configuration), I did a blog post on that topic in 2018, which still mostly applies well.

If you need help installing the update, or working with FR, or dealing with any aspect of ColdFusion or Lucee, I am available for short-term, remote consulting, with satisfaction guaranteed or you won't pay for the time. See my online calendar link or contact info offered there.

To be clear, I don't work for Intergral, the makers, but I am a LONG-time fan and love helping people know more about it, just as I help folks use it almost daily in my consulting work.

And if you'd like to hear more about using FusionReactor, I've done several hour-long webinars over the years, and those are available as a playlist on my youtube channel. I've also done over 60 FR blog posts.

As always, I welcome comments and corrections to this post.

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