Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion Express in 24 Hours

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Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion Express is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to turn basic Web sites into Web applications. From installation to database connection configuration, from tag and function usage to code reuse, this book helps you take advantage of Web application technology so you can take your Web sites to the next level. Learn how to interact with databases to create dynamic data driven web sites, how to perform intelligent server side condition and logical processing, how to create guest...

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion Express is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to turn basic Web sites into Web applications. From installation to database connection configuration, from tag and function usage to code reuse, this book helps you take advantage of Web application technology so you can take your Web sites to the next level. Learn how to interact with databases to create dynamic data driven web sites, how to perform intelligent server side condition and logical processing, how to create guest books, counters, and other server side applications, as well as how to create personalized and interactive Web sites.

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Using ColdFusion, thousands of web developers have built complex sites with surprising ease. Now there's ColdFusion Express, a scaled-down freebie version. It's powerful enough to support quite a few sites in its own right -- and, of course, it's a great way to learn ColdFusion technology without springing for a license. There's been a crying need for a ColdFusion Express book. Now, one's been published, and it's very good.

In SAMS Teach Yourself ColdFusion Express in 24 Hours, Allaire (now Macromedia) insiders Ben Forta and Sue Bove organize ColdFusion Express into 24 lessons, from the absolute basics to application deployment and management.

Along the way, you'll master the integrated HomeSite editor; create your first page and learn the basics of CFML. Forta and Bove show how to process user input with forms and Action pages; how to connect to databases and create data-driven pages (ColdFusion Express connects to most Windows desktop databases, and to MySQL); and how to create dynamic pages and searches. There's a lesson on basic personalization with cookies; another on security and authentication; another on debugging and troubleshooting; and yet another on optimizing application performance.

ColdFusion is relatively easy, ColdFusion Express is easier, and ColdFusion Express combined with this book is the easiest of all! (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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Illustrates how to build web pages using ColdFusion Express, a scaled down version of the ColdFusion application server. The series of 24 lessons covers the HomeSite code editor, conditional processing, links, forms, databases, and data manipulation functions. The CD- ROM contains a complete copy of ColdFusion Express. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672316623
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 12/18/2000
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Forta is Allaire Corporation's product evangelist for the ColdFusion product line. A well-know ColdFusion expert, Ben has over 15 years of experience in the computer industry. Ben is the author of the popular ColdFusion 4.0 Web Application Construction Kit, Advanced ColdFusion 4 Application Development Kit, and Sams Teach Yourself HomeSite in 24 Hours.

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Table of Contents



Introduction.


Hour 1. Understanding ColdFusion Express.

Understanding the Internet.

Internet Applications. Intranets and Extranets. DNS, the Domain Name Service.

Understanding the World Wide Web.

Web Servers. Web Browsers. URLs. Understanding HTML.

Introducing ColdFusion Express.

Understanding Web Applications. What Is ColdFusion Express? Introducing HomeSite.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 2. Getting Started.

Installing ColdFusion Express.

Preparing for Installation. Installing on Windows. Installing on Linux.

Verifying the Installation.

Accessing the ColdFusion Administrator. Accessing the Documentation and Examples.

Installing HomeSite. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 3. Using HomeSite.

Getting to Know HomeSite.

The Editor. Buttons and Toolbars. The Integrated Browser. Design Mode.

Using the Resource Tab.

The Files Tab. The Projects Tab. The Site View Tab. The Snippets Tab. The Help Tab. The Tag Inspector Tab.

Creating and Working with Files.

Using the Default Template. Using Wizards and Templates. Opening Existing Web Pages. Saving Local Pages.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 4. Creating Your First ColdFusion Page.

Building a Page.

Creating an Application Directory. Creating a Work Folder. Static Pages. Dynamic Pages.

Understanding CFML. Using Includes.

Code Reuse. Using Path Mappings. ColdFusion Path Mappings.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 5. Working with Variables and Expressions.

What Are Variables?

Creating Variables.

Displaying Variable Values.

Variable Scope. Variable Families.

Using Expressions.

Data Types in Expressions. Expression Operators.

Sprucing Up the Output.

&#lt;CFOUTPUT&#gt; Placement.

Creating Variables with CFPARAM. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 6. Implementing Conditional Processing.

Decision Making.

Using the &#lt;CFIF&#gt; Tag. The Fallback Decision. Making a Decision from Multiple Choices. Nesting Decisions? Compound Conditions. TRUE and FALSE Values. SWITCHing Gears.

Looping.

The &#lt;CFLOOP&#gt; Tag. Looping over a List. Using the Index Loop. Looping on a Condition. Using &#lt;CFLOOP&#gt; to Create a Color Palette.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 7. Using Functions.

Understanding Functions. Understanding Functions in ColdFusion Express.

Function Syntax. Nesting Functions.

Using ColdFusion Express Functions.

String Functions. Date Functions. Decision Making Functions.

Using Functions in Tags. Saving Function Results. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 8. Working with Links.

Understanding Links. Creating Links.

Linking to ColdFusion Express Pages. Passing URL Parameters. Passing Multiple URL Parameters. Dynamic URL Creation.

Using URL Parameters. Handling Missing Parameters.

Preventing Processing. Providing Defaults. Conditional Processing.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 9. Using Forms.

Creating Forms.

Using the &#lt;FORM&#gt; Tag. Form Controls. Using Text Area Boxes. The Completed Form.

Understanding Action Pages.

Working with Form Data. The Completed Action Page.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 10. Validating Form Fields.

Understanding Form Validation. Form Validation Types.

CFML Server-Side Validation.

CFML Custom Validation. Client-Side Validation. Comparing Validation Types. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 11. Connecting to a Database.

Databases. Enter the Relational Database.

Tables. Columns. Rows.

Relationships.

Uniquely Identifying Rows of Data. The Missing Link. Learning More.

Databases and the Web. What Is SQL? How ColdFusion Express Connects.

Open Database Connectivity. ODBC Data Source. Supported Databases. Creating the Data Source.

Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 12. Collecting Data.

The Need for Data. Collection Methods. Inserting Data.

Validating Data Input. Understanding Null Values.

SQL and ColdFusion Express.

Working with Dates. Inserting Variable Values. Tracking Page Hits.

Inserting User Data. Creating an Insert Form.

Choosing Controls. Defaulting Data. Validating Data Input.

Creating an Insert Action Page.

Using &#lt;CFQUERY&#gt; and INSERT. Using &#lt;CFINSERT&#gt;.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 13. Creating Data Driven Pages.

Understanding Data-Driven Templates. Selecting Data.

Returning All Columns. Ordering Data. Filtering Data.

SQL and ColdFusion Express.

Accessing the Resultset.

Printing Out Query Results. Formatting Display of Results.

Creating a Dynamic List. Creating a Dynamic Table.

Extra Query Information.

RecordCount. CurrentRow. ColumnList. ExecutionTime.

Aliasing Query Columns.

Spaces in Column Names. Aggregate Functions.

Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 14. Creating Dynamically-Generated Searches.

Understanding Dynamic Queries. CFML in SQL.

Variables in Queries. Viewing Resulting SQL. Using Conditional Processing. Compound Logic.

Viewing SQL Debugging. Using URL Parameters in Queries.

Navigation Options Page. Navigation Report Page.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercise.


Hour 15. Displaying Dynamic Pages.

Understanding Drill-Down Interfaces. Drill-Down Pages.

The List Page. Detail View Page.

Creating Drill Downs Using Frames.

The Frame Tags.

Guest Drill Down.

Create the Frame Set. Change the Target Frame.

Using Next-N Interfaces. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 16. Creating Rich Search Interfaces.

Search Types. Search Components.

Creating the Search Form Page. Creating the Search Action Page.

Search Form Considerations.

Redirect to the Form. Handling No Rows Returned. No Search Criteria. Validating Form Input.

Code Tables.

Adding an Any Option. Selection of Multiple Values.

Free Text Searches. The Completed Code. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 17. Updating Database Data.

Understanding Maintenance Interfaces. Creating the List View. Maintenance Page Processing. Update Processing.

Creating the Update Form. Creating the Maintenance Action Page.

Delete Processing.

Creating the Confirmation Page Deleting Rows Using DELETE.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 18. Using Advanced Variable Types.

Understanding Complex Data Types. Understanding Lists.

Creating Lists. Lists from Other Sources. Looping over Lists.

Understanding Arrays.

Creating Arrays. Adding to an Array. Array Calculations. Printing Out Arrays. Sorting Arrays. Two-Dimensional Arrays.

Understanding Structures.

Creating Structures. Looping over Structures.

Comparing Advanced Variable Types. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 19. Personalizing Your Web Site.

Understanding Personalization.

Understanding Statelessness. State in a Stateless World.

Using Cookies.

Understanding Cookies. Working with Cookies. Cookie Limitations.

Using Client Variables.

Understanding Client Variables. Turning on Client Variables. Working with Client Variables.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 20. Securing Your ColdFusion Pages.

Understanding Security.

Hacking. Eavesdropping. Unauthorized Access.

Understanding Authentication. Implementing Access Control.

Creating the Administration Pages. Securing the Administration Application.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 21. Debugging and Troubleshooting.

Understanding What Can Go Wrong.

Web Server Problems. ColdFusion Express Problems. Database Problems.

Debugging Applications.

Finding Coding Errors. Finding Bugs. Using the Debugging Options. Using the Log Files.

Avoiding Bugs. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 22. Improving Application Performance.

Improving Database Query Performance.

Don't Do the Database's Job. Eliminate Unnecessary Queries. Cache Query Results.

Improving Code Performance.

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse. Variable Prefixes. Simplify Your Code. Organize Your Code.

Monitoring Server Performance.

Performance Monitoring on Windows. Performance Monitoring on Linux.

Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 23. Managing the ColdFusion Server.

Launching the ColdFusion Administrator.

Launching the Administrator Locally. Launching the Administrator Remotely. Logging In to the Administrator.

Using the Server Settings.

Limit Simultaneous Requests to n. Timeout Requests After n Seconds. Restart After n Unresponsive Requests. Restart When Requests Terminate Abnormally. Suppress Whitespace by Default. Enable Strict Attribute Validation.

Using ODBC Data Sources. Using Basic Security. Using Mappings. Using General Error Logging.

Administrator E-Mail. Log Directory. Log Slow Pages. System Logging.

Using Debug Settings. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Hour 24. Deploying Your Applications.

Hosting ColdFusion Express Applications.

Adequate Horsepower. Permanent Internet Connections. Static IP Address. Picking a Hosting Provider.

Using Projects.

Creating A Project. Using Projects. Uploading a Project.

Handling Updates. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Quiz. Exercises.


Appendix A. Answers to Quiz.


Index.

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