Built in ColdFusion Functions as First Class Citizens

The ColdFusion built-in functions will be treated as ‘first-class’ functions so that any built-in function can be passed as an argument.

For instance, this is valid:

function convertCaseForArray(Array array, function convertor)
    for (var i=1; i <= arrayLen(array); i++){
        array[i] = convertor(array[i]);
    return array;

// lcase built-in function is being passed as callback.
resultantArray = convertCaseForArray(['One', 'Two','Three'], lcase); 


Now, you can treat the built-in CFML functions like ucase() as objects, being able to assign them to variables, and pass them as arguments.

Another example, this is where lcase and ucase are being returned from a function:

function convertArray(array array, string caseTo){
    caseConverterFunction = getConvertFunction(caseTo);
    for (var i=1, I <= arrayLen(array); i++){
        array[i] = caseConverterFunction{array[i]);

function getConvertFunction (String caseType){
    if (caseType == ‘lower’) return lcase; else return ucase;

resultArray_lower = convertArray([‘One’, ‘Two’, ‘Three’], ‘lower’);
resultArray_upper = convertArray([‘One’, ‘Two’, ‘Three’], ‘upper’);

lower array: one, two, three upper array: ONE, TWO, THREE

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