Determining the size of objects in memory
Someone asked for a method to find out how much memory their cached queries, and components are using on the cf-talk mailing list today. In CFMX and in java there are no build in methods for determining the size of an object. The actual size of objects are a lot less important to Java and ColdFusion developers because the JVM handles all of the memory management for us. In languages like C the developer has to do all this work.
To find the size of an object you simply find the size of each object that it contains. That may sound recursive, and it is, but the base case (the values we know) are the sizes of primitive data types (such as int, char, float, double, etc). Primitive data types are always the same size on any platform in java (unlike some other languages). So to find the size of a string (there aren't really any primitives in CF, many types are just strings) we can just take the length of it and multiply it by the number of bytes per char, 2. Granted that is an estimate, there could be other data members inside the String object, and that's not counting things like the sizes of memory references.
Here's the function I came up with to determine the size of a query in ColdFusion:
<cffunction name="sizeOfQuery" returntype="numeric"> <cfargument name="query" type="query" required="true"> <cfset chars = 0> <cfoutput query="arguments.query"> <cfloop list="#arguments.query.columnlist#" index="column"> <cfset chars = chars + Len(Evaluate("arguments.query.#column#"))> </cfloop> </cfoutput> <!--- multiply by two since chars in java are double bytes ---> <cfreturn chars * 2> </cffunction>
Finding the size of a Component is a bit more complicated, I will leave that as an exercise for the reader...
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Determining the size of objects in memory was first published on December 10, 2003.
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