Essential ColdFusion 4.5 for Web Professionals

Essential ColdFusion 4.5 for Web Professionals

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by Micah Brown
     
 

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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130406460
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
03/26/2001
Series:
Essentials for Web Professionals Series
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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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.

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