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With Allaire ColdFusion 4.5, you can build powerful, dynamic Web applications faster than you ever imagined! Learn ColdFusion 4.5 now, from professional Web developers, through real world projects with example code available from the companion Web site. Start with the basics, such as learning database fundamentals and setting up an Access database. Then master every element of a robust ColdFusion solution, from setting up your ColdFusion server through working with the most important ColdFusion tags and ...

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Overview

With Allaire ColdFusion 4.5, you can build powerful, dynamic Web applications faster than you ever imagined! Learn ColdFusion 4.5 now, from professional Web developers, through real world projects with example code available from the companion Web site. Start with the basics, such as learning database fundamentals and setting up an Access database. Then master every element of a robust ColdFusion solution, from setting up your ColdFusion server through working with the most important ColdFusion tags and functions. Every project's code examples, database, and images are downloadable from the companion Web site. No other ColdFusion book gets you running this fast, or supports you this well!

You'll learn all this and much more-hands-on!

  • Database access and integration
  • Building online catalogs, step-by-step
  • Automating email and user interaction
  • Providing site search capabilities
  • Integrating ColdFusion with WAP and web-clipping technologies to build applications for WAP-enabled phones as well as wireless Palm devices

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The whole idea of ColdFusion is to get results fast, with minimum complexity. So how come most ColdFusion books are so gargantuan? Now, there's an alternative: Essential ColdFusion 4.5 for Web Professionals. Using plenty of examples, these two expert web developers teach all the ColdFusion you need to get rolling, in just a couple hundred pages.

How? Rather than exhaustively covering every single CFML tag, the authors focus on those you'll use most in real-world projects. In fact, projects are at the heart of the book, and nearly every chapter contains one.

You'll find projects introducing ColdFusion database integration, online catalogue construction, automated email responses, user interaction, search features, and more. There's even a chapter on developing wireless m-Commerce applications for WAP-enabled cell phones and wireless PDAs. The book's also backed with a companion web site containing still more advanced projects and downloadable code.

Brown and Fredrick are both longtime ColdFusion aficionados; Brown's work, in particular, has appeared at sites from Apple to Wells Fargo. They know what it's like to be busy. If you're a web pro in the same position, you'll find their book heaven-sent. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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PREFACE:

Introduction

In the beginning, creating websites using static pages was enough until people started to realize that updating content on their sites was a tedious chore. People also realized they had huge amounts of information they wanted to list on their constantly-changing websites, as well as in their databases.

Also needed was the ability to add logic to the websites, allowing the users to search through their products, buy their products online, or perform a number of other functions, turning it into one giant web application or a series of small ones. If a user comes to the website and performs a search, or navigates a certain way through the site, it would be nice to have pages dynamically built for them to accommodate where they are in the site. Suddenly several languages popped up that allowed the web developer to do all of these things and more. Each language had strengths and weaknesses such as learning curves and cost, but for the most part, many of these languages allowed you to create the same types of applications.

Languages Used for Web Application Development

There are several types of languages used for web development with new ones popping up all the time. Here are a few examples of some of the better-known ones being used today:

ColdFusion ASP—Active Server Pages
PHP C++
Drumbeat Lasso
JSP-Java Server Pages (Servlets) Perl
PHP Tango
Tcl

How Does ColdFusion Work?

ColdFusion doesn't require a high level ofknowledge in programming or server-side scripting to get started in developing some pretty powerful applications. Written in a way that resembles HTML syntax, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) consists of tags and attributes that transform a static web page into a truly dynamic and customizable experience for each and every user. CFML consists of a series of tags and formatting options that perform different functions:

Syntax:

<CFOUTPUT>Today's date is: #DateFormat(Now(), "DDDD, MMMM DD, YYYY")#</CFOUTPUT>

Output:

Today's date is: Saturday, November 25, 2000

The ColdFusion application server runs behind your existing web server and parses the .cfm file (.cfm is the extension all ColdFusion pages are saved with) that was passed and converts it into plain HTML, which is then presented to the viewer. The user never sees the actual CFML coding which took place.

About ColdFusion

ColdFusion Application Server

Requirements

With the introduction of ColdFusion 4.5, ColdFusion Application Server now runs on several operating systems including Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Solaris, and Linux. The recommended minimum requirements are:

Enterprise Server

ColdFusion 4.5 for Windows

  • Windows NT, with service pack 4 or above
  • 150-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM

ColdFusion 4.5 for Linux

  • Red Hat Linux 6.0 or above
  • 150-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM

ColdFusion 4.5 for Solaris

  • SPARC Solaris 2.5, 2.6, or 7 with patch 103582-1B or above
  • 200-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM
Professional Server

ColdFusion 4.5 for Windows

  • Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000
  • 50-MB hard drive
  • 32 MB of RAM

(Windows 2000 systems should have a minimum 96 MB of RAM)

ColdFusion 4.5 for Linux

  • Red Hat Linux 6.0 or above
  • 100-MB hard drive
  • 64 MB of RAM

NOTE

There have been some problems using the tag <CFCONTENT> (introduced in chapter 9) with service pack 6 for NT 4.0. If you are currently using this you should upgrade to service pack 6a to fix this problem.

Download ColdFusion 4.5

You can download a full-featured 30-day trial version of ColdFusion from Allaire's website (...

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Database Basics 1
Ch. 2 ColdFusion Basics 25
Ch. 3 Global Templates 51
Ch. 4 Building an Online Catalog 65
Ch. 5 Sending Email 105
Ch. 6 Searching the Site 123
Ch. 7 Knowing Who's Who 143
Ch. 8 Using Custom Tags 153
Ch. 9 ColdFusion and Wireless 165
App. A An Introduction to Forms 185
App. B ColdFusion Reference 201
Index 203
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Preface

PREFACE:

Introduction

In the beginning, creating websites using static pages was enough until people started to realize that updating content on their sites was a tedious chore. People also realized they had huge amounts of information they wanted to list on their constantly-changing websites, as well as in their databases.

Also needed was the ability to add logic to the websites, allowing the users to search through their products, buy their products online, or perform a number of other functions, turning it into one giant web application or a series of small ones. If a user comes to the website and performs a search, or navigates a certain way through the site, it would be nice to have pages dynamically built for them to accommodate where they are in the site. Suddenly several languages popped up that allowed the web developer to do all of these things and more. Each language had strengths and weaknesses such as learning curves and cost, but for the most part, many of these languages allowed you to create the same types of applications.

Languages Used for Web Application Development

There are several types of languages used for web development with new ones popping up all the time. Here are a few examples of some of the better-known ones being used today:

ColdFusion ASP—Active Server Pages
PHP C++
Drumbeat Lasso
JSP-Java Server Pages (Servlets) Perl
PHP Tango
Tcl

How Does ColdFusion Work?

ColdFusion doesn't require a high levelofknowledge in programming or server-side scripting to get started in developing some pretty powerful applications. Written in a way that resembles HTML syntax, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) consists of tags and attributes that transform a static web page into a truly dynamic and customizable experience for each and every user. CFML consists of a series of tags and formatting options that perform different functions:

Syntax:

<CFOUTPUT>Today's date is: #DateFormat(Now(), "DDDD, MMMM DD, YYYY")#</CFOUTPUT>

Output:

Today's date is: Saturday, November 25, 2000

The ColdFusion application server runs behind your existing web server and parses the .cfm file (.cfm is the extension all ColdFusion pages are saved with) that was passed and converts it into plain HTML, which is then presented to the viewer. The user never sees the actual CFML coding which took place.

About ColdFusion

ColdFusion Application Server

Requirements

With the introduction of ColdFusion 4.5, ColdFusion Application Server now runs on several operating systems including Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Solaris, and Linux. The recommended minimum requirements are:

Enterprise Server

ColdFusion 4.5 for Windows

  • Windows NT, with service pack 4 or above
  • 150-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM

ColdFusion 4.5 for Linux

  • Red Hat Linux 6.0 or above
  • 150-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM

ColdFusion 4.5 for Solaris

  • SPARC Solaris 2.5, 2.6, or 7 with patch 103582-1B or above
  • 200-MB hard drive
  • 128 MB of RAM
Professional Server

ColdFusion 4.5 for Windows

  • Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000
  • 50-MB hard drive
  • 32 MB of RAM

(Windows 2000 systems should have a minimum 96 MB of RAM)

ColdFusion 4.5 for Linux

  • Red Hat Linux 6.0 or above
  • 100-MB hard drive
  • 64 MB of RAM

NOTE

There have been some problems using the tag <CFCONTENT> (introduced in chapter 9) with service pack 6 for NT 4.0. If you are currently using this you should upgrade to service pack 6a to fix this problem.

Download ColdFusion 4.5

You can download a full-featured 30-day trial version of ColdFusion from Allaire's website (...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    This book really helped me!

    This book is really a handbook, It's open on my desk while I work! Good explanations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    excellent!

    This is a powerful language and this book used examples I actually needed to use for my own site. Even the chapter on wireless devices has got me ready for my next challenge.

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    Posted February 21, 2001

    A programmer wrote this book!

    This book has the most extensive explanations. They're organized to let you choose how fast to move through an exercise. There are walk through introductions, but this is not a book for the classroom. This is a programmer's guide to the Cold Fusion engine.

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