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Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit: v. 2 [Paperback]

Ben Forta , Raymond Camden , Charlie Arehart , John C. Bland II , Leon Chalnick , Ken Fricklas , Paul Hastings , Mike Nimer , Sarge Sargent , Robi Sen
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29 Nov 2007
ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 2: Application Development begins by introducing important code organization and management techniques, and then progresses to topics that include integrating with all sorts of other technologies (including PDF, Adobe Flex, Ajax, advanced SQL and databases), debugging, and optimizing performance. From design and planning, to application deployment and troubleshooting, this instructional reference is all you need to successfully work, create, and progress with ColdFusion 8, the the most important ColdFusion since the product was created back in 1995

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (29 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321515463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321515469
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,391,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 2: Application Development begins by introducing important code organization and management techniques, and then progresses to topics that include integrating with all sorts of other technologies (including PDF, Adobe Flex, Ajax, advanced SQL and databases), debugging, and optimizing performance. From design and planning, to application deployment and troubleshooting, this instructional reference is all you need to successfully work, create, and progress with ColdFusion 8, the the most important ColdFusion since the product was created back in 1995

About the Author

Ben Forta is Adobe Systems Inc.'s Senior Technical Evangelist, and is one of the best known and most trusted names in the ColdFusion community. Ben is the author of numerous books on ColdFusion, SQL, Regular Expressions, and related technologies, and ½ million Ben Forta books have been printed in more than a dozen languages worldwide. He writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ColdFusion 30 Aug 2009
By Artic
Brilliant! This book is crammed full of ColdFusion examples, which can be downloaded. This book builds from volume 1.

There are some electronic chapters in a PDF, which you have to download. The only negative point is that the electronic chapters for this volume is 550 pages. It would have been better to produced another volume with the chapters being just as useful as the ones in the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but publisher buggered the delivery 14 July 2008
By K. Miller - Published on
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I love Ray Camden's work, and this book is no exception. He has a straightforward writing style with lots of examples to back it up. CF8 has a lot of new features, and if you work with CF8, this is the reference set to start with. If you have prior works, you'll continue to love it, though you'll rapidly get sick of the old 'Orange Whip Studios' sample.

Now the bad part. For some reason the publisher split this into 3 separate books. If I pile them all up they are about the same size as the last single CF book I bought by Ray, except that you now pay over twice as much. Myself, I'd rather have the single big book.

Second grief; about 1/3 of the content is on CD... except it isn't on CD's... You have to download the PDFs from Ray's site. Personally, I hate electronic copy for reference books, I like to flip between pages and dog ear topics of interest. The publisher did the same thing in the prior versions of this book, though at least they had the dignity to include the CD with the book.

Editors PLEASE: offer a set of completely printed volumes and a set of electronic volumes. Let the users choose. If Ray went with a different publisher that did this I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

So, content aside - which is excellent - this entire line reeks of a bunch of new VPs brainstorming how to improve quarterly margins. You can almost visualize the Dilbert like conversation...

VP1: 'OK, first we'll only publish 2/3s of the content, we'll put the last chapters on CD, that'll save us a bunch!.
VP2: 'heh, why attach the CD, we could save $0.03 on each sale if we DIDN'T attach it! Let 'em download it!
VP3: 'In fact, we'll make 'ol Ray put it on his site so we don't even have to pay for hosting space - that way we can shaft the customers AND the author (laugh around the table). They'll be paying us for something we don't even provide!
VP1: 'GREAT!, and, wait - yeah - we could cut it into 2 books and charge twice as much!'
VP2: 'Come on man, be bold - THREE volumes and charge THREE times as much!'
VP3: 'Oh man, no wonder they fired thoses bozo VPs before us - we'll double earnings in one quarter alone! I can't wait for the bonuses!'

Anyway, great job to Ray. Publishers - WAKE UP!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Forta Fan 30 Mar 2008
By M. Murphy - Published on
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I have almost every book that Ben Forta has written on ColdFusion and have been a big fan of his teaching and writing style but this book is a big disappointment to me.

Firstly, I did not purchase volume 1 since I already have a basic working knowledge CF thanks to his previous books and at the current prices didn't think I needed a reprise. Vol 2 appeared to cover the new CF8 features but it appparently is not a stand-alone version since there were no instructions as to where to obtain and install the sample code and tutorials used in the book. I finally found the link on the back cover, visited the Forta/book site and accessed the forum. I found the supporting files to Vol 2, downloaded and installed them, then discovered that I apparently needed databases and files included in previous books. Not only that, but to "reduce the price" of the book, half the chapters are online.

Chapt 29 spent a great deal of Page space (which seems to be at a premium) expounding on the need to create a good user experience (navigation techniques, fast downloads, etc) - this book was supposed to be on CF8, not best practices in website design. I would have preferred he used the valuable page space for CF8 features and techniques.

I still haven't located what appear to be missing files in a missing directory called "imageserver", (which displays a "page not found" message when trying to view the example code files in Chapter 33) even after spending some frustrating time surfing the online forum.

I expected a book devoted to the new and upgraded CF8 features and not revisiting previous code examples (like Next N) unless the new features impact the former way of doing things, which are covered in a previous Forta books like: Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit and Advanced Macromedia ColdFusion MX Application Development (3rd Edition).

I paid almost $50 for one volume of a 3 volume book which is mostly a rewrite of the previous content and half of that is only available on line. I would rather have paid a bit more for new valuable content on the changes in CF8.

When I purchase a book, I expect a book that I can read sitting in a chair - not sitting at a computer reading a pdf file or printing it out on a ream of paper!

Forta's other books are great but this book is not worth the price.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for any ColdFusion Developer 8 Jan 2008
By Andrew M. Sandefer - Published on
This book is well written. I've been working with CF more and more over the last 4 or 5 years and I've been buying this family of books since version 6. As with earlier versions, this family of books for CF 8 has definitely helped me get started with new features and I regularly consult them for ideas as I need to integrate new features into various ongoing projects and existing applications.

This book does a good job of introducing concepts related to the new display management tags (cflayout, cflayoutarea, cfpod, etc.) and the new image handling tags. It stays within the scope of what the majority of advanced level CF developers need to know when leaping from CFMX7 to CF8.

I do wish that the book approached AJAX development by threading the examples together in a "build this small application" style format rather than the way they're laid out now which is "here is a random example of how to use cfmenu, cfajaxproxy, etc.". It is only fair to mention that the Getting Started edition for CF8 does employ that format when teaching AJAX Auto-Suggest and basic Grid Design using the familar Orange Whip Studios web application. I have not yet bought my copy of Volume 3 so maybe it will go a bit more in depth on some of the database related AJAX topics - we'll see. All in all, this is another great book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like a hurry job 18 Feb 2009
By Andor Admiraal - Published on
Having used the previous edition of this series (7MX), this edition turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. It looks like the publisher compromised on quality rather than on release date. Points to note before you buy this:

- Some of the chapters are to be downloaded as PDF's. These chapters are not just some appendixes or add-ons covering bonus topics. These are integral parts of the book. In fact, it would be hard to guess why one chapter made it to the book while another did not. Why, for example, put information on the basics and good practices of web development in the book, but leave information on using ColdFusion to consume web services to the downloadable PDF's?

It would make more sense to make the books a little thicker, or to create a volume 4. If cost consideration are at the heart of this decission, then why print a book in the first place? Unable to decide on making a book or a site, the publisher mixed the two up in an unfortunate way. Puzzeling stuff.

- The books generally feels sluggish. Certain parts are not as well written as others. Moreover, some writing is clearly targetted at the very beginner in web development, whereas other chapters (for example, on the integration of CF with .Net) are understandble only by those who are already quite advanced in both CF and .Net.

- In almost all new chapters there are some minor gramatical and technical/logical errors that should have been taken out by the editor. Most people might not notice most of these, but for a 50 dollar book I believe proper editing is not too much to ask.

- Much, perhaps most, of the content is simply copied from the previous series of this book. But alas, why fix it if it ain't broken? But on the other hand, not all of the new CF8 features are fully covered. For example, the coverage of the new cfimage tag, the new Ajax functionality, the newly integrated rich text editor and integration with Flex leave much ground untouched. Even though the series consists of 3 books, it can not be considered a full reference on ColdFusion.

- Unlike the previous version of the books, there is no reference section of CF functions and tags. For this and the above reasons, I still regularly refer to my good old WACK 7MX books, rather than this new and updated edition.

- Most importantly: there is no index for all three books combined. So if you want to look up something, you need to go through three indexes to know which information is available.

Say, you want to know how to localize the way dates and times are rendered for a non-US audience. Displaying a date is rather basic, so you first look in the index of volume 1. It's not there, so you look in volume 2 and finally, by going through the index of volume 3, you find that you find the information you look for is in chapter 50. This is one of the PDF's you then download, print or read from the screen. Not very handy.

It is generally much faster to use Google or the Adobe site to find an answer to a specific question as it is. But if the publisher makes such a mess of the books, the match is off.

Conclusion: if you want books on the new features of ColdFusion 8, then this series is the one to buy, simply because there is nothing else out there. If you want to learn ColdFusion from scratch, this is a rather OK tutorial. Not great, just OK.

But if you want a good reference on ColdFusion, the previous edition of the same series (CF7MX) is much better. This is mainly due to its reference list of ColdFusion tags and functions by topic, which was thrown out in this edition. Also: you have only two, not three indexes to go through in order to find the information you look for.

For our offshore web development office, I was contemplating to buy an extra series of these books as a reference for our CF-people there. I decided that they would be much better off with just a printout of the documentation provided on the site of Adobe. That is more consise, complete, and free. A sad conclusion for a series I had rather high expectations of.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's worth 19 Nov 2008
By Arleston Lueders - Published on
It's a good book. You'll see components, session, security, JSON, cookies, performance, manipulate images, well.. getting more deep into the application. You will also see some Ajax and Flex integration.
I wish this book could have more about ColdFusion AJAX and Flex working together, but I guess it should have another book just focused on those technologies (CF+Ajax+Flex). ColdFusion 8's new Ajax/Flex features are great. For intermediate programmers, it's worth.
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