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ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit, Fifth Edition

by Ben Forta

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Appropriate for all courses in Web application development using Macromedia ColdFusion MX. ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit gives students all the guidance and software they need to create sophisticated Web-based applications with Macromedia's powerful new ColdFusion MX Web Application Server and development environment. ColdFusion expert Ben Forta clearly introduces all the essentials of Web application development, including designing database-enabled applications, creating data-driven pages, building complete applications, implementing security mechanisms, integrating with e-mail, and interacting with Macromedia Flash. Forta covers the entire ColdFusion development lifecycle, giving students practical insight into application design, installation, deployment, and troubleshooting. The book's extensive collection of hands-on projects has been thoroughly updated for ColdFusion MX, with new techniques for building applications that deliver improved performance, scalability, and security. New and updated coverage includes: using the new ColdFusion MX development environment and debugging tools; dynamically generating business charts; creating reusable components; leveraging ColdFusion's new Java-based engine; integrating with J2EE servers and XML; and accessing and publishing content created with Microsoft's .NET tools. The accompanying CD-ROM contains evaluation versions of ColdFusion MX Web Application Server and ColdFusion MX Studio, as well as all source code, examples, and databases used throughout the book. It also contains bonus chapters, add-on ColdFusion tags, and demonstrations of commercial ColdFusion add-ons.… (more)

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If horse-choking is your thing, then this book is for you. Well, it may also be for you if you're looking for a definitive resource on ColdFusion MX web application construction, but, honestly, this book could choke a horse.

Published by Macromedia press back before Adobe bought out Macromedia, this book is THE BOOK when it comes to ColdFusion MX, especially since it's published by the source. Now, don't get me wrong, the source doesn't always publish the best definitive guides. I know several poorly documented tools for which I've had to cobble together a cheat tome, so there's nothing really sacrosanct about it being published by Macromedia. What makes it sacrosanct is that it abides by Jacob's First Law of Interesting Computer Books: If a computer book is to be interesting, it must be (a) informative, and (b) entertaining. This book fits that bill nicely.

Included with the book is a trial of ColdFusion MX, which can run client-side indefinitely, but only run server side for a limited time. Likewise, a trial of DreamWeaver and the examples from the book are included. The book is chock full of exercises, following an amusing film-based theme for most of them. There are so many hidden jokes in the examples provided in the book, I'm not even sure I got them all. But those jokes don't in any way deviate from the important, informative content of the book, so if you're a boring person, you can just skip or otherwise ignore statements meant to be both informative and entertaining (just seeing the informative part).

If you want to start learning ColdFusion, this is definitely a place to start. Keep a look out for the latest and greatest version of this book, though, as with Jacob's Second Law of Interesting Computer Books, as time approaches infinity, computer books that are not meant to be entertaining become so, and computer books that are meant to be entertaining become annoying. So get the latest and greatest, so you can have the best mix of information and entertainment. ( )
  aethercowboy | May 12, 2009 |
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Appropriate for all courses in Web application development using Macromedia ColdFusion MX. ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit gives students all the guidance and software they need to create sophisticated Web-based applications with Macromedia's powerful new ColdFusion MX Web Application Server and development environment. ColdFusion expert Ben Forta clearly introduces all the essentials of Web application development, including designing database-enabled applications, creating data-driven pages, building complete applications, implementing security mechanisms, integrating with e-mail, and interacting with Macromedia Flash. Forta covers the entire ColdFusion development lifecycle, giving students practical insight into application design, installation, deployment, and troubleshooting. The book's extensive collection of hands-on projects has been thoroughly updated for ColdFusion MX, with new techniques for building applications that deliver improved performance, scalability, and security. New and updated coverage includes: using the new ColdFusion MX development environment and debugging tools; dynamically generating business charts; creating reusable components; leveraging ColdFusion's new Java-based engine; integrating with J2EE servers and XML; and accessing and publishing content created with Microsoft's .NET tools. The accompanying CD-ROM contains evaluation versions of ColdFusion MX Web Application Server and ColdFusion MX Studio, as well as all source code, examples, and databases used throughout the book. It also contains bonus chapters, add-on ColdFusion tags, and demonstrations of commercial ColdFusion add-ons.

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