It’s high time you brought your Web site into the 21st century with the full array of interactive features that Web surfers have grown to expect. How? With ColdFusion 4. ColdFusion 4 is a scripting language. It’s a Web server. It’s a rapid application development environment. With ColdFusion, your site can greet returning customers by name, search your database and return the results that visitors request, accept customer forms, send email to visitors...the possibilities are limitless. And the best thing is, ColdFusion 4 is no harder to use than HTML!
If you’re ready to rev up your site with this amazing development tool, ColdFusion 4 For Dummies is for you. In no time, this friendly guide will get you on-track with the know-how and skills you need to:
- Master the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML)
- Use the rapid application development environment
- Create Web apps and pages that seamlessly interact with your database
- Build a members-only Web site
- Use forms to gather data from visitors to your site
- Accept payments online
- Greet returning visitors by name
Whether you want to build a fully interactive site from scratch, or you want to add dynamic content to an existing site, this book covers all the bases with clear, step-by-step explanations and plenty of working examples. Topics covered include:
- Configuring a development environment
- Using ColdFusion Studio
- Adding records to a database and updating records
- Displaying information and processing mail
- Storing data with variables
- Selecting and presenting data
- Building better forms
- Troubleshooting your ColdFusion applications
ColdFusion 4 For Dummies also comes with a bonus CD-ROM featuring:
- Top custom ColdFusion tags—ready to use!
- Web authoring tools, including evaluation editions of ColdFusion Enterprise Server 4.0.1, ColdFusion Studio for Windows 4.0.1, and HomeSite 4.0.1
The days of Web sites that just sit there are over. Let ColdFusion 4 For Dummies show you how to bring your site to life with that amazing Web development tool.
About the Author
Alexis D. Gutzman is a computer systems engineer at the University of Virginia, where she plays on the Web and administers NT servers. She has 12 years of systems experience on a variety of platforms and a masters degree in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, which she hopes to use some day. Alexis lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and soon-to-be-two children, one of which was percolating while this book was being written.
Contributor Charlie Arehart is an experienced ColdFusion developer who's worked with the product since 1997. An Allaire certified instructor, Charlie is also a frequent presenter to user groups all over the country. He presented at the first CF Developer conference in 1998 at Fort Collins, Colorado, and he has taught or spoken to thousands of ColdFusion developers since joining this wonderful community. Charlie brings nearly 20 years of IT experience to his role, having spent the bulk of his career designing, programming, and administering very large-scale enterprise database management systems. This culminated in several years working on two of the largest databases in the world, at the Australian Department of Social Security and the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration. Charlie is also a frequent contributor to the ColdFusion Developer Journal and is tips editor for the CFAdvisor.
John Paul Ashenfelter is a Web developer, author, and educator. He is the author of Choosing a Database for Your Web Site and writes columns on Web database development for WebReview.com and WebNet Journal. He has been heavily involved in academic Web site development at the University of Virginia and at commercial sites such as Exploremath.com and is the founder of webdatabase.org. He currently writes, consults, and lectures about technology. Mr. Ashenfelter holds a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University, an M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Ph. D. in science education from the University of Virginia. In his spare time, he hikes, cooks, and spends time with his wife and their dog and two cats.
Table of Contents
Part I: Bare-Bones ColdFusion.
Chapter 1: Basic ColdFusion.
Chapter 2: Configuring a Development Environment.
Chapter 3: Using ColdFusion Studio.
Chapter 4: A Big Serving of ColdFusion.
Part II: Making ColdFusion Do Simple Stuff.
Chapter 5: Adding Records to a Database.
Chapter 6: Displaying Information.
Chapter 7: Updating Records.
Chapter 8: Processing Mail.
Part III: Creating ColdFusion Applications.
Chapter 9: Thinking Like a Programmer.
Chapter 10: Storing Data with Variables.
Chapter 11: Applications, Security, and State.
Chapter 12: Selecting and Presenting Data.
Part IV: Serious about ColdFusion.
Chapter 13 : Building Better Forms.
Chapter 14: Troubleshooting.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Common Coding Mistakes.
Chapter 16: Ten of the Best ColdFusion Custom Tags.
Chapter 17: Ten of the Best ColdFusion Functions.
Appendix: About the CD.
End-User License Agreement.
Book Registration Information.