Implicit Structure Notation ColdFusion

January 13, 2009

Implicit Structure Notation was added to ColdFusion 8, this allows you to create a struct on the fly in one line.

Here's a simple example of how the new short hand notation works:

<cfset person = { firstname="Pete", lastname="Freitag" }>

In Prior versions we might have done something like this, which is equivalent to the above code:

<cfset person = StructNew()>
<cfset person.firstname = "Pete">
<cfset person.lastname = "Freitag">

As you can see the new shortcut notation is very handy!

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I know this is an old thread, but let me know if you've ever run into this problem before and know WHY it's doing it.

Put this code in a CFM file and run it to see what it's doing.

//testMethod(): testing the structure notation of CF
public any function testMethod(required any arg1, required struct arg2, string arg3){
return arguments;

goodStruct = StructNew();
goodStruct.var1 = DateFormat(Now(), 'mmm. d, yyyy');
goodStruct.var2 = testMethod(arg1=12, arg2={key1="value1",key2="value2"}, arg3="Good");
goodStruct.var3 = CreateODBCDateTime(Now());

badStruct = StructNew();
if(1 == 1){
badStruct.var1 = DateFormat(Now(), 'mmm. d, yyyy');
badStruct.var2 = testMethod(arg1=12, arg2={key1="value1",key2="value2"}, arg3="Good");
badStruct.var3 = CreateODBCDateTime(Now());

<cfdump var="#goodStruct#" label="Good Struct">
<p>The above struct is NOT created inside an if statement and thus works as expected.<br/></p>

<cfdump var="#badStruct#" label="Bad Struct">
<p>The above struct IS created inside an if statment and notice how the other variables get filled, but variable 1 gets removed from the struct?</p>
<p>We know the IF statement is working because the other 2 variables get created and filled with expected data, but the first variable gets removed from the struct or is never set (my bet is on the former).</p>

Sure would be interested in your take on the situation.

Forgot to mention, this is running on Adobe CF 9.01

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