- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (April 19, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672324628
- ISBN-13: 978-0672324628
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,686,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ColdFusion MX Developer's Cookbook 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
ColdFusion is a rapid application development tool used to create Web sites throughout the Internet. The product's ease of use and capabilities allow even inexperienced developers to rapidly produce basic Web sites.
The "ColdFusion MX Developer's Cookbook" focuses upon teaching the use of ColdFusion's advanced features in the development of more complex Web sites -- Web sites that interact with other sites on the Internet, that are data-driven rather than static, and that are not necessarily confined to one server.
Though the basics of ColdFusion are easily picked up by even novice programmers, many encounter difficulties when they attempt to master more advanced features because they lack formal training. The "ColdFusion MX Developer's Cookbook" provides recipes and insights into ColdFusion, and along the way teaches some of the fundamentals of the development process.
The recipes serve as templates for database access, custom tags, scripting, generating charts and graphs, and linking into other resources on the Web using SOAP and .NET.
About the Author
Pete Freitag is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CFDev, a company that builds Web components for ColdFusion and other languages. He has several years of experience developing database-driven Web applications, integrating with legacy systems, and product development. He contributes to the ColdFusion, Web development, and software development communities regularly, and holds a BS in Software Engineering from Clarkson University.
Brad Leupen is the Chief Technology Officer for the software company Noverant. He holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he focused on operating systems and distributed systems research. He won the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching as a Teaching Fellow for several university undergraduate classes. He has closely followed the development of key Web technologies and standards, including J2EE, .NET, and XML.
Chris Reeves is a software developer for Religent, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, where he assists in development for the company's remote systems management software suite. He graduated with a BA in English from Appalachian State University.
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The authors waste no time diving into techniques for improving you skills. In the first couple of pages on string manipulation, I learned tips I could use today. They move quickly into arrays and structures (a challenge for most beginners!) If you're building an application for the first time, the techniques and advice offered throughout will give you working code to build and expand upon.
One section is devoted to database interaction including a simple SQL database you can build to run examples and separate coverage of stored procedures in both MS SQL Server and Oracle. Each recipe is described in a short sentence, making it easy to determine whether it's the one you're looking for, followed by the technique with one or more examples and further comments. There's no wasted text.
Especially interesting to me are the chapters detailing use of the new XML tags and functions and interoperability with JSPs and Servelets. An excellent list of resource websites is included as an appendix. This book is a great companion to your CFML Reference guide. The only improvement would be to make it a fatter, more detailed book!
The cookbook is one of Sams Developer's Library editions, specializing in providing practicing programmers with a core reference to assist them in common day-to-day programming tasks. Highly recommended for intermediate developers wanting to improve their skills quickly.
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- Does it show, for example, how and why to use temporary tables in stored procedures? Not. It only shows the basics (how to call a stored procedure from within ColdFusion, how to write a simple one, etc. - the same stuff you find in the user's guide).
- CFX Tags? Only basic CFX C++ (which is getting outdated since CFX Java is available). By the way, CFX Java is only covered in one page - a lot less than in the user's guide for this one!)
- Arrays, structures, lists? Only the basics again. The user's guide has even more for some.
- SQL? How to insert, delete, group, update, join. Any dummy CF book will have more. And the user's guide too.
- XML coverage? Better not to compare it with the user's guide.
The fact that some reviewers liked this book is either because they never bothered to read the user's guide or, even worse, they have not yet noticed that there is an online user's guide (with all the simple examples that this book has and still a lot more) in ColdFusion Studio!
So one star for the nice layout and for copying the user's guide in a way that convinced a distracted editor and some lazy or unexperienced readers.
I would have been disappointed if this book made me wade through chapters of language basics already covered in the documentation and applications that I'll never want to write. Instead, I found ample coverage on all common tasks and emphasis on important tasks. There was full coverage on Java CFX, for instance, but empahsis on the new and better ways of communicating with Java in CFMX.
Another reviewer questioned the coverage of Arrays, SQL and XML. I already have references for these topics on my bookshelf gathering dust. What I wanted from this book, was quick coverage of the basic tasks concerning XML, for instance, that I would use in any language, but specific to ColdFusion. I got that in 5 minutes. Assign a document to an object, parse the document, etc.
I found I was wanting to play with many of the examples, which is not generally the case with books that have example applications that span entire chapters(examples in this book are concise and to the point). And since building applications is simply a process of building small tasks, testing them and assembling them, I liked the approach. I tried the other way and ended up spending more time on troubleshooting than I did writing the application in the first place. The process of writing the test first really helps in productivity and reduces frustration. This book helps in this area and is why I would also recommend it for beginners.
This book will stay on my desk!