CFMAIL and Dynamic Message Content
Pardon me while I put on my geek hat. I’ve been hitting my head up against a wall trying to figure out the best way to dynamically include content into an email using ColdFusion.
I tried the most logical solution first, define the URL with the data I wanted and pass that onto the SEND script.
<input type="hidden" name="msgString" value="http://example.com/msg/test.cfm?subject=Hifirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com" />
Then, I converted the string to a variable I could more easily work with…
<cfset msgStr = "#form.messageString#" /> <cfmail to="firstname.lastname@example.org" from="email@example.com" subject="Hey there!" server="mail.example.com" type="html"> <cfinclude url="#msgStr#" /> </cfmail>
No luck. ColdFusion choked on the dynamic string everytime. When I tried to define the string as a variable and parse it with CFOUTPUT, ColdFusion choked again.
So, I thought, why not try using CFHTTP to grab the data, and then have it render into the body of the email I wanted to send.
<cfhttp resolveurl="yes" url="http://www.example.com/#form.messageString#" method="get"></cfhttp> <cfmail to="firstname.lastname@example.org" from="email@example.com" subject="Hey there!" server="mail.example.com" type="html"> #CFHTTP.FileContent# </cfmail>
BINGO! That worked. In retrospect, it seems pretty easy to do it this way… but I couldn’t get it to work right for quite some time. Now it works right, and the client should be happy.
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