Search is key to the Adobe Community Help Client (CHC). You can specify various search and filter options in the CHC and search across different Help packages and search locations.
Select Help > ColdFusion Builder Help to launch the Adobe Community Help Client. In the CHC, click Search Options to display the following Search locations:
Local Help – Use this option to search the Help packages downloaded to your desktop. Click Filter Results to narrow down your search results to a specific book in the Help package.
Note that you can search Local Help only if the downloaded Help packages are fully downloaded. A good way to check if the Help packages are downloaded is by going to Edit > Preferences > Local Content. The status for the ColdFusion Builder and ColdFusion docs should read as “Current”.
Adobe.com – Use this option to search for reference content across all online resources available on adobe.com, including Developer Center articles, tutorials, and knowledgebase articles.
Community Help – This search is cumulative of all the resources available on adobe.com as well as the most relevant content contributed by experts from the Adobe community.
A new Help system – Adobe Community Help Client - has been introduced in the ColdFusion Builder Beta 3 release.
Community Help Client (CHC) is an AIR application that is configured with ColdFusion Builder to provide ColdFusion Builder and ColdFusion 9 Help content. The Help content is served directly from the web. So, when you open the CHC for the first time, an Internet connection is needed. You can then download the Help content to your desktop to use and search offline.
To launch the Adobe Community Help Client, within ColdFusion Builder, select Help > ColdFusion Builder Help.
Some of the key features of the Community Help Client are:
- Up-to-date definitive reference content online and offline
- Relevant content contributed by experts from the Adobe community
- Ability to comment on, rate, and contribute to content in the Adobe community
- Content updates and feature enhancements without reinstalling the AIR application
To learn more about the Community Help Client, see http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/communityhelp/.
One of the nice new features of ColdFusion Builder Beta 3 is the support for AIR application development.
To get started with creating an AIR project, do the following:
- In ColdFusion Builder, select File > New > Project.
- In the Create Project wizard, select HTML projects > Adobe AIR Project.
- Follow the next screens in the wizard and click Finish to create your AIR project.
You can then run or debug, package, and sign the AIR application.
Read Developing AIR applications in the ColdFusion Builder User Guide for detailed information.
It’s been just a few minutes since the ColdFusion Builder Beta 3 release has been made available on Adobe Labs.
Read through the What’s New section of the Release Notes for a quick glimpse of what we have to offer in this release.
Updated Beta documentation is available online:
Installing ColdFusion Builder (HTML|PDF)
Using Adobe ColdFusion Builder (HTML|PDF)
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The Learning Resources group at Adobe is conducting a brief survey to learn more about how customers get information about using Flex. The many ColdFusion developers out there who use Flex, we’d be particularly interested in getting your feedback.
Click the link below to take a quick survey on the following topic:
Creating data-driven applications in Flash Builder 4
Thanks, in advance. We really appreciate your participation in this survey!
If you’ve been visiting the ColdFusion Help pages lately, the version pods should have caught your eye. To begin with, let me explain what a version pod is – a version pod looks like a sticky note and contains links to other versions of the documentation.
A version pod lets you quickly navigate between different versions of the documentation – all from within the Help system. For example, if you’re in the ColdFusion 8 Help system, the version pod will offer you links to ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion 7 documentation.
If you find the pod distracting, you can simply hide the pod – by clicking the little triangle highlighted below, and, presto, the pod’s hidden! Clicking the triangle again, unhides the pod.
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.
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!
Lynda.com 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.
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 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!