Archive for October, 2009

ColdFusion 9 docs have a new home

Over the past few days, several people have gone looking for the ColdFusion 9 documentation at the Help Resource Center (the erstwhile home of the ColdFusion docs).


This post is to point out that while the Help Resource Center  continues to house the ColdFusion 8 docs, the ColdFusion 9 docs are not available there. And that’s because the ColdFusion 9 docs have a brand new home at the ColdFusion Help & Support (H&S) page.


While one may notice the obvious sections and links in the ColdFusion H&S page, I’d like to take a moment to point out other useful links that may be missed at first glance.



OLHButton.jpg takes you to the online version of the CFML Reference. And within the online Help system, in the top left panel, you will notice a bunch of links to all other ColdFusion 9 docs.  


On the right panel of the ColdFusion H&S page, clicking DEVELOPER DOCUMENTATION, displays links to HTML and PDF versions of the ColdFusion 9 documentation.




Clicking ADDITIONAL HELP displays links to ColdFusion 8 documentation, and other related content.





And there are several more such useful nuggets of information in the ColdFusion Help & Support  page. So, happy exploring!

The Power of ColdFusion ORM

Read this very interesting Adobe DevNet article (by Mark Ellis from Adobe) that talks of how you can leverage the power of ColdFusion ORM along with other Adobe technologies to build an enterprise micro-blogging solution.

The article also contains a link to a recorded MAX 2009 session on Adobe TV, where you can learn more! 

Before you deep-dive into the article, if you are looking for a primer on ColdFusion ORM, be sure to read through the ColdFusion ORM topic in the ColdFusion Developer Guide. It should help you get on to a better start!

ActionScript 3.0 Reference for the Flash Platform

A few days ago, I posted a link to the Adobe ColdFusion 9 Language Reference, which provides information about the ActionScript 3.0 APIs for ColdFusion.


I want to bring to your attention that we have an ActionScript 3.0 Reference that contains ActionScript 3.0 APIs for all Adobe products and runtimes at a single location: BETA ActionScript 3.0 Reference for the Adobe Flash Platform


The neat content-filtering feature lets you see only those products, runtimes, and versions that you are interested in.






Before your begin using the reference, please take a moment to read the release notes available on the front page of the reference. 


As always, we are very keen on knowing your feedback!

Especially, how you find the experience of accessing all the products and runtimes in a single location when compared to the experience of using separate product-specific language references.

ColdFusion 9 tutorials on has posted new tutorials on ColdFusion 9.


Thought it might be useful to provide links to these tutorials:



The first few sample chapters are available free.

Adobe Community Publishing System

In July this year, Adobe Community Publishing 1.1 beta went live.


Adobe Community Publishing System (CPS) is an AIR application that lets anyone with an Adobe ID publish content to


While the Help pages support only plain-text commenting, CPS lets community members contribute tips, movies, code snippets, and more with easy-to-use templates. Contributions are moderated by community experts. Plus, everyone in the community can rate and comment on contributions.


Contributing is as simple as this:

  1. Download the Community Publishing app from:
  2. Author your tip using a simple template.
  3. Publish it to

Your contribution goes live within a few minutes, and the content is automatically added to Community Help search.





For some very useful tips to get you started with the Community Publishing app, read through Adobe Community Publishing tips.

Have you used the ColdFusion search engine?

Adobe Community Help provides a nifty custom search engine that enables you to find the best available ColdFusion resources.


You don’t have to limit your search to content produced by Adobe alone, you can search for articles, blogs, tutorials, and videos from ColdFusion community experts across the world.




The ColdFusion search engine is available from the ColdFusion Help and Support page. Or, just click here, and get started!


Happy searching!

ColdFusion Builder Beta 2 documentation live

It’s been raining good news for all ColdFusion fans. On October 5th, the public beta 2 of ColdFusion Builder was announced on Adobe Labs.


Read the release notes for a quick overview of the new and changed features in ColdFusion Builder beta 2.


See Getting Started with ColdFusion Builder to get you started with all these features, and more.


ColdFusion Builder beta documentation is available online in HTML and PDF format.

  • Installing Adobe ColdFusion Builder – Describes ColdFusion Builder installation, as a standalone installation or as a set of plug-ins within an existing Eclipse workbench, for Windows and Macintosh platforms.

  • Using Adobe ColdFusion Builder – Describes how to use ColdFusion Builder as an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing applications using ColdFusion.

And, not to forget, the ColdFusion Help & Support page – where you’ll find videos, articles, and useful information about ColdFusion Builder.


ColdFusion 9 documentation and learning resources

ColdFusion 9 was officially released on October 5th.  And to get you started with ColdFusion 9, we have a host of resources to offer.


First and foremost is the ColdFusion Help and Support (H&S) page. This page is a one-stop shop for docs, videos, tutorials, blogs, featured articles, and all information related to ColdFusion.



For a quick overview of the new features of this release, see What’s New in ColdFusion 9 .



All ColdFusion 9 documentation is available online both in HTML and PDF format.


  • Installing Adobe ColdFusion 9 (HTML | PDF)

    Guides you through the installation and basic configuration of ColdFusion 9 for Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, Linux, and AIX platforms.

  • Configuring and Administering Adobe ColdFusion 9 (HTML | PDF) – This book provides detailed information about performing ColdFusion administration tasks like managing server settings, configuring datasources, managing security, deploying ColdFusion applications, and more.

  • Adobe ColdFusion 9 CFML Reference (HTML | PDF)Read this book for descriptions, syntax, usage, and code examples for all ColdFusion tags, functions, and variables.

    For the list of new tags in ColdFusion 9, see New Tags in ColdFusion 9.
    For the list of new functions in ColdFusion 9, see New Functions in ColdFusion 9.

  • Developing Adobe ColdFusion 9 Applications (HTML | PDF)  This book provides detailed information about ColdFusion features, such as ColdFusion ORM, AJAX, Flex and AIR integration, integration with other products and technologies such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, and SharePoint.
  • Adobe ColdFusion 9 Language Reference (HTML) Provides syntax and usage information for the ActionScript language elements, core libraries, and component packages and classes for ColdFusion.

The slick commenting feature lets you add and view comments to all the documentation. So, happy reading, and keep the comments coming in!