You shall comment ALL your code!

Comments are necessary and essential for any programming language. CFML is no different with helping you add code comments in both script and tag syntax.

Tag Comments

You can use the <!--- and ---> Syntax to comment within a CFML template (.cfm). This is very similar to HTML comments but adding an extra - to demarcate it as a CFML comment.

HTML Comment
<!-- I am an HTML Comment -->

ColdFusion Comment
<!---  I am a ColdFusion Comment --->

Script Comments

If you are within a CFC or in a <cfscript> block you can use an alternate style for comments. You can leverage // for single line comments and the following for multi-line comments:

 * Multi-line Javadoc style comment
 * @COLDBOX_CONFIG_FILE The override location of the config file
 * @COLDBOX_APP_ROOT_PATH The location of the app on disk
 * @COLDBOX_APP_KEY The key used in application scope for this application
 * @COLDBOX_APP_MAPPING The application mapping override, only used for Flex/SOAP apps, this is auto-calculated
 * @COLDBOX_FAIL_FAST By default if an app is reiniting and a request hits it, we will fail fast with a message. This can be a boolean indicator or a closure.


// Single line comment

Script "Javadoc" style comments

A multi-line block can affect the metadata of a component or function if the opening line contains 2 asterisks. Also, for readability, some people will start each line of the comment with an asterisk. The CF engines will parse out those starting asterisks and they will not appear in the component or the function metadata.

     * This is the hint for the function
     * @param1 This is the hint for the param
    function myFunc( string param1 ){

CFCDoc Style Comments

In the CFML world, you can write JavaDoc comments in what we call CFCDoc comments. We leverage the DocBox library to generate documentation according to object metadata and comments. Please check out the annotating your code section in the DocBox documentation to get a feel for how to document your code:

 * This is my component
 * @author Luis Majano
component extends="Base" implements="IHello" singleton{

     * The Settings
    property name="settings";

     * Constructor
     * @wirebox The Injector
     * @wirebox.inject wirebox
     * @vars The vars I need
     * @vars.generic Array
     * @return MyComponent
     * @throws SomethingException
    function init( required wirebox, required vars ){
        variables.wirebox = arguments.wirebox;
        return this;

Read about DocBox

You can see some examples of advanced CFC documentation here:

Tip: VSCode has some great plugins for generating this type of documentation on your CFCs. We recommend the following extensions:

  • Align - Helps align everything

  • AutoCloseTag - Helps close comment and well all tags

  • DocumentThis - Automatically generates detailed JSDoc, CFCDoc comments in TypeScript and JavaScript files.

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