- Series: Inside
- Paperback: 864 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (August 13, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735713049
- ISBN-13: 978-0735713048
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,674,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside Coldfusion MX Paperback – August 13, 2002
From the Back Cover
The most comprehensive guide to learning and maximizing the latest version of ColdFusion. Inside ColdFusion MX begins with a discussion of ColdFusion MX and how it differs from previous versions of ColdFusion. The authors discuss the new ColdFusion Administration/Administration, integration with existing IDE's, recent language extensions, and the planning and development of ColdFusion applications under the new CF architecture. The book delves into a detailed discussion of the CFML language, the heart-and-soul of ColdFusion application development, including real-world example code and discussion on how to solve common problems. Coverage includes advanced application development topics, such as exception handling, interacting with other application/server resources, and extending ColdFusion MX with other technologies. The book discusses complex topics in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-understand way, focusing on the questions developers will ask when using the book for problem-solving.
About the Author
John Cummings is a Senior Product Support Engineer with Macromedia, Inc. where he provides ColdFusion application, administration, and code support for many organizations and agencies throughout the United States. In 2001, John worked with Ben Forta and Nate Weiss on the ColdFusion 5 Web Application Construction Kit (Macromedia Press, 2001) as a contributing author.
Neil Ross is a ColdFusion Application Architect with Ciber Inc in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Neil is a Macromedia Certified ColdFusion Developer and was a ColdFusion Consultant during his time with Allaire's Consulting Services. He has worked with clients throughout North America and has conducted public and private classes throughout the US as one of Allaire's "in-house" ColdFusion Instructors. He has published articles and product reviews in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal and is active in the ColdFusion community. Neil is a founding member and currently serves as the manager of the Central Pennsylvania ColdFusion User Group and speaks at ColdFusion User Groups every chance that he gets.
Robi Sen is the Vice President of Department 13, a software consultancy focusing on e-procurement, supply chain management, enterprise application integration, and web services. Formerly, he was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Software Development at Granularity, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Experienced programmers who have worked with previous versions of ColdFusion will find the book to be a great introduction to features of the new MX version such as XML and Flash MX integration, CFC's and more.
A well-organized index allows readers to quickly find any topic of interest. Chapters in the book are logically arranged and well cross-referenced. Task oriented readers will appreciate not having to plow through the book in contiguous order to be able to grasp required information.
Some of the chapters I would like to highlight as particularly useful are:
User Defined Functions; CF Components; Application Performance; Advanced Database Interaction; and very practical Tips and Tricks. Additionally, the appendices provides an invaluable resource for the novice and not-so-novice reader alike. Inside ColdFusion MX is a great book and I highly recommend it!
This book explained ColdFusion and application development in a way that just makes sense. The authors don't numb you with ultra-techno lingo but explain each and every concept in a way that is clear and concise and they give relevant examples to back it all up.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn ColdFusion development, extend their existing knowledge of ColdFusion or even learn to administrate their CF servers.
I got a lot from the chapters on CFCs and from the sections about application development and methodologies. The book provides a nice lead into XML and web services too. I think the part that was most useful right off the bat were the sections on security and e-commerce. I pulled some code right out of the example code and immediately put it to work in one of my projects.
You won't be dissappointed! I give it two thumbs up.
The bad: The book is terribly edited. This is inexcusable when you consider the credentials of the editors. This really hits neophytes worse than experienced users, who can ostensibly tell when an update query is missing the UPDATE statement. There are so many typos that it is hard to believe that the book was spell-checked, let alone proofread.
For me, the lowlight was the wacky, wrong-headed explanation of "n-tier" archatecture, but the worst part is that the explanations lack depth, so that someone learning MX from this book would not really be any further ahead when they finished than if they had read a more comprehesible albeit less ambitious book, like something from Visual Quickstart (their MX book isn't out yet, but, presumably, it will aspire to the series standard).
It is really disheartening and hardly unique to this book that lax standards and quick release seem to be the new norm. I should have waited for the new Programming ColdFusion MX book.
All in all, a worthwhile investment.
This book is not like other books that come with a cd where the code doesn't even work. The site had all the code from the book and real working examples. Why are you not buying this book this second?!?!?! Go...hurry before they are all gone.
It does not focus on the basics like all the others but rather gives real-world examples and approaches. I liked this book a lot, though I can find no use for the tag reference (adds extra 200 pages).
The XML and Web-Services chapter was easy to understand and so was the application architecture chapter.
I did not like the caching chapter which I thought was missing some info about software like xcache.