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Explanation of ColdFusion Studio features. Key words: toolbars, data entry wizard, editing, debugging, resources, School for Champions. Copyright © Restrictions

ColdFusion Features

by Ron Kurtus (revised 15 March 2001)

ColdFusion is a combination of a rapid application development platform and the ColdFusion markup language (CFML) used with that platform.

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CFML

One of the distinguishing features of ColdFusion is its associated scripting language, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), which compares to the scripting components of ASP, JSP, and PHP in purpose and features, but its tag syntax more closely resembles HTML while its script syntax resembles JavaScript.

Main toolbar

The main toolbar consists of the standard, view, edit, and tools sub-toolbars. There is also a debug toolbar.

Standard 

The standard toolbar includes the most basic types of actions you can take on a file, such as opening and saving. An interesting feature is extended find and replace, which allows you to search all files in a folder and subfolders for strings of HTML and CFML text.

View

The view toolbar enables you to turn on or off different panes on the screen, such as resource pane, result pane, and quick bar.

Edit

The edit toolbar contains editing icons, as well as the repeat last tag and code sweeper icons. The code sweeper allows you to select how you want to clean up the formatting of your HTML and CFML.

Tools

The tools toolbar allows you to change colors, verify links, check spelling and edit cascading style sheets.

Debugging

Finally, there is a debug toolbar, allowing you to walk through your code, one line at a time.

Quick bar

The quick bar allows quick coding in HTML or CFML. The HTML toolbars provide quick access to various HTML tags. There are three CFML toolbars: basic, advanced and forms.

Panes

There are two panes or sub-windows that act as work spaces.

Editor 

The editor pane allows you to enter HTML and CFML code. You can also view tag attributes, complete and validate tags. The editor pane has an edit, browse and design view.

Resource 

The resource pane includes special tabs to access what you want. You can access your files, data, projects, or site through the tabs. There is also a snippets tag, where you can create and use snippets of code that are often used. There is also help tag and a tag inspector and editor.

Data entry wizard

The Studio Data Entry Wizard will guide you through the creation of a data-entry form and action page. From File > New, select the CFML tab and select Data Entry Wizard. You can select the data source, table, and fields, and the Wizard will create an entry form, along with the processing and confirmation page.

Summary

Studio has toolbars, panes and a data entry wizard to help the development process.


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Resources and references

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Websites

ColdFusion - Wikipedia

ColdFusion Resources

Books

Top-rated books on ColdFusion


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