Within CFC cfinvoke function A or call function B

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I'm looking for a best practice and have not found one as yet. Within a CFC I have a function A that needs results from function B. In the past, I have done both call (cfset) and cfinvoke. For memory or speed performance is there a clearly best approach? (oversimplified example here)

 

<cffunction name="functionB" access="private" output="no" returntype="numeric">
   <cfargument name="myArg1" type="numeric" required="yes" >
   <cfargument name="myArg2" type="numeric" required="yes" >

   <cfset var retVal = myArg1 + myArg2>

   <cfreturn retVal>
</cffunction>

<cffunction name="functionA" access="public" output="no" returntype="void">

	<!---better this way--->
   <cfset var sum1 = functionB(1,1)>

	<!---or no difference---> 
   <cfinvoke method="functionB" returnvariable="sum2">
      <cfinvokeargument name="myArg1" value="1"/>
      <cfinvokeargument name="myArg2" value="1"/>
   </cfinvoke>

   
   <!---db query action here--->
</cffunction>

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020
Performance: the 2 function invocations have more or less the same performance. There is no significant difference in the time it takes for ColdFusion to run them.  Best-practice: one of the best-practices in software development is simplicity. Simplicity is not only craftsmanship, but is also a practical necessity. It has been estimated that 60 to 70 percent of the lifetime cost of an application will go to maintenance. Simplicity means ease of maintenance, hence lower costs in the long run. ...

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Performance: the 2 function invocations have more or less the same performance. There is no significant difference in the time it takes for ColdFusion to run them. 

 

Best-practice: one of the best-practices in software development is simplicity. Simplicity is not only craftsmanship, but is also a practical necessity. It has been estimated that 60 to 70 percent of the lifetime cost of an application will go to maintenance. Simplicity means ease of maintenance, hence lower costs in the long run.

 

On that basis, sum1 is preferable.

 

You can see for yourself that sum1 and sum2 have similar performance. Do the following test.

 

1) Place the files test.cfm and Test.cfc in the same directory under the web root.

2) Replace the line <!--- ***** ---> with the code

 

<cfset var sum1 = functionB(1,1)>

 

3) Run test.cfm 3 times and record the results.

4) Replace the line <cfset var sum1 = functionB(1,1)> with the code

 

<cfinvoke method="functionB" returnvariable="sum2">
      <cfinvokeargument name="myArg1" value="1"/>
      <cfinvokeargument name="myArg2" value="1"/>
   </cfinvoke>

 

5) Run test.cfm 3 times and record the results.

6) Compare these results with those you obtained earlier in step 3). You will see that there is no significant difference.

 

 

test.cfm
<cfset testObject = createobject("component", "Test")>
<cfset startTime = getTickCount()>

<cfoutput>
<cfloop index="i" from="1" to="300000">
	<cfset testObject.functionA()>
	<cfif i mod 100000 eq 0>
	Execution time after #i# calls: #(getTickCount() - startTime)/1000# seconds <br>
	</cfif>
</cfloop>
</cfoutput>


Test.cfc
<cfcomponent>
<cffunction name="functionB" access="private" output="no" returntype="numeric">
   <cfargument name="myArg1" type="numeric" required="yes" >
   <cfargument name="myArg2" type="numeric" required="yes" >

   <cfset var retVal = myArg1 + myArg2>

   <cfreturn retVal>
</cffunction>

<cffunction name="functionA" access="public" output="no" returntype="void">
<!--- ***** --->
</cffunction>
</cfcomponent>

 

 

 

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