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Ben Nadel at CFCamp 2023 (Freising, Germany) with: Brett Payne-Rhodes
Ben Nadel at CFCamp 2023 (Freising, Germany) with: Brett Payne-Rhodes ( @bpaynerhodes )

ColdFusion Query Argument Reference Can Be Confusing

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I was experimenting with a QueryAppend() function when I came across an interesting caveat to query variables. In ColdFusion, queries are passed around by reference. That is, if you pass a query to a method, such as QueryAddRow(), no query is returned because the original query object is updated by reference; however, this does not always seem to be the case. In my experimentation, I found that QueryAddRow() did in fact update the original query:

<cfset QueryAddRow( ARGUMENTS.QueryOne ) />

... but, changing the pointer of the query did NOT change the original reference:

<cfset ARGUMENTS.QueryOne = 3 />

This one leaves the original query alone and only affects the local variable, ARGUMENTS.QueryOne. I am sure this has to due with when the variable value is dereferenced or evaluated, but it seems to be a bit confusing.

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