Posts in Category "Learning Resources"

ColdFusion docs now have version pods

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.

 


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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.

 

 

Clicking
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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.

 

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

 


 


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

ColdFusion 9 tutorials on Lynda.com

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.

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!