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cfcToPrinter(cfcType[, outputType])

Last updated August 30, 2005


Jared Rypka-Hauer

Version: 1 | Requires: CF7 | Library: UtilityLib

This UDF takes a fully-qualified CFC name (i.e. "CFIDE.componentutils.cfcexplorer") as the only required parameter and displays the results of cfcexplorer.cfc's getCfcAsHtml() function as HTML, FlashPaper, or PDF.

Return Values:
Returns either a string or binary data.


<cfcontent type="application/x-shockwave-flash" reset="yes" variable="#cfcToPrinter('CFIDE.componentutils.cfcexplorer')#" />


Name Description Required
cfcType The CFC type. Yes
outputType Can be html, flashpaper, or pdf. Defaults to flashpaper. No

Full UDF Source:

 Given the fully-qualified path of a CFC, it renders the cfcexplorer.getcfcashtml() output to html, flahspaper, or PDF for printing as reference.
 @param cfcType 	 The CFC type. (Required)
 @param outputType 	 Can be html, flashpaper, or pdf. Defaults to flashpaper. (Optional)
 @return Returns either a string or binary data. 
 @author Jared Rypka-Hauer ( 
 @version 1, August 30, 2005 
<cffunction name="cfcToPrinter" access="public" output="false"  returntype="any">
    <cfargument name="cfcType" type="string" required="true" />
    <cfargument name="outputType" type="string" required="false" default="flashPaper" />
    <cfset var myCfc = structNew()>
    <cfset var myExplorer =  createObject("component","CFIDE.componentutils.cfcexplorer")>
    <cfset var cfcDocument = "">
    <cfset var cfceData = "">

    <cfset = arguments.cfcType>
    <cfset myCfc.path = "/" & replace(,".","/","all") & ".cfc">

    <!--- Trap CFCExplorer's output --->
    <cfsavecontent  variable="cfceData">

    <!--- Clean up the HTML a bit... there's a lotta crap in that output  stream... --->
    <cfset cfceData = reReplace(cfceData,"\t*?\n","","all")>
    <cfset cfceData = reReplace(cfceData,"\s{2,}",chr(10),"all")>

    <!--- Switch up the output stream based on outputType argument --->
    <cfswitch expression="#arguments.outputType#">
        <cfcase value="html">
            <!--- Return tidied HTML for cfoutputting --->
            <cfreturn cfceData />
        <cfcase value="flashpaper,pdf">
            <!--- Return !! object !! (use cfcontent to set the right mime  type!!) --->
            <cfdocument fontembed="true" name="cfcDocument"  format="#arguments.outputType#">
            <cfreturn cfcDocument />
        <cfthrow message="Invalid data for argument outputType:  #arguments.outputType#"
            detail="Your choices for outputType are pdf, flashpaper, or html." />
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