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  • Paperback: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (23 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003807
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,749,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a greater range of topics in this book than there is in most other ColdFusion books. -- San Antonio Macromedia & ColdFusion UG, August 2002

About the Author

Rob Brooks-Bilson is a freelance writer and a senior technology manager at Amkor Technology, where he has worked since 1996. Rob's involvement with ColdFusion goes all the way back to version 1.5 and includes several large-scale projects, the creation of numerous open source custom tags, and more recently, the open source Common Function Library Project, where he coordinates several libraries of freely available functions. Rob is a member of Team Macromedia and is a frequent speaker at ColdFusion user groups and conferences. Rob also has his CF certification as a Macromedia Certified Advanced ColdFusion 5.0 Developer. Rob is the author of O'Reilly's Programming ColdFusion MX, 2nd Edition (covering CF MX 6.1). He has written several articles on ColdFusion for Intranet Design Magazine, CF Advisor, and CNET's Builder.com.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By purrdey on 6 Sept. 2003
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This is my fourth CF book. That isn't to say that the first three were all rubbish, although one of them was! (ISBN 0735712719)
I quickly moved on to ISBN 0321158024, which was a good, relatively cheap, get-you-started primer. However after a month or two I ran out of road with this as a CF reference work and I subsequently acquired ISBN 0072225564. Now there's nothing really wrong with this book, it's just that I still couldn't get the answers I wanted. After reading a load of reviews I acquired Rob's book the other day.
Now it may have over 1100 pages and look rather anorak-y but, trust me, it's brilliant and the writing style makes it easy to read. The author is clearly evangelical about CF, and if you haven't yet decided on a web development tool, after reading the first Chapter or so of this you'll ignore ASP, PHP and the rest.
I could give a dozen reasons why this is a book for beginners upwards, but just one example of how to do things quicker and simpler than the other books would be how to display a table of data with a header and alternately banded rows for greater legibility. Read example 11.2 on p314. If it looks like Greek to you, then it won't after you've read the early stuff or have played around with CF for longer than a week or three.
The bad news about this book is that I now want to re-code ALL my earlier stuff. The good news is that the lines of code are shrinking before my eyes, they're more decipherable, and probably faster.
OK, so I'll probably never use 30-50% of this book, but we're all different, and that 30-50% may well be the bits you need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2004
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Having read several books on the subject, this title is now the one I turn to when working on ColdFusion projects.
I was previously a fan a Ben Forta's books on the subject but always found 2 main problems with them:
1. The table of contents never seemed to be layed out in a logical fashion
2. When working on a particular component, I found myself flicking around all over the book to complete the appropriate reading.
In contrast this book is well thought out - appealing to both learners and experienced users alike. Countless examples, an articulate writing style and a comprehensive coverage of all the major ColdFusionMX components.
Whether a beginner or experieced CFMX user, this book will serve as an invaluable learning tool or reference manual. Highly recommended.
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Being a server-side tool you will find that it is not easy to find an environment with or that will allow you to apply ColdFusion.

The book is comprehensive on ColdFusion. A side benefit of the book is that it describes the environment in which ColdFusion works. This helped with better web design. Yet the real worth for me is the thorough coverage of LPAP.

I keep this book as a reference incase I need to talk to any ColdFusion folk. However as I stated above the book covers many subjects better than dedicated books.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best reference book, but not a "how to" learning tool 18 Aug. 2004
By S. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love O'Reilly books when I know a language and need a desktop reference. I have owned the JavaScript Definitive Resource and the PERL "Camel" book for many years.

However, if you are just starting out with Cold Fusion programming, get ColdFusion MX Bible or ColdFusion Programming instead. But remember to come back for this book when you are ready for having a good reference book.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Execellent Resource for Experienced Programmers 18 Sept. 2003
By Lisa J Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the early days of ColdFusion, there were a couple of beginner books, but once you gained some experience, you had to go online for help. Nowadays, there are several advanced books from which to choose. "Programming ColdFusion MX" by Rob Brooks-Bilson is a good choice as an all-around resource for experienced programmers.
If you're using CF 4.5 or up, and plan to move up to the Java-based ColdFusion MX like a third of our user group members, this is the book for you. Skip the first five chapters and dive in.
Every chapter contains usable code examples for complex data, maintaining state and form control. There are plenty of advanced topics, including a full chapter on Advanced Database Techniques. The book is updated to cover the latest release of CFMX 6.1.
If you're interested in programming from CF to Flash using Flash Remoting, this book gets right to the meat of connecting and passing data back and forth. You won't learn how to layout your movie, but there are plenty of resources for Flash MX.
This book is a worthwhile addition to your library!
Lisa Wilson, Sacramento ColdFusion User Group Manager
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A well-structured, systematic reference 10 Nov. 2003
By Foti Massimo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are more than a few valuable ColdFusion books on the market but, in my opinion, they suffer from their "hands down" approach that makes them very well suited for the beginners but, at the same time, often fails to deliver what experienced developers really need. So, if you already have some decent experience with ColdFusion or web developing in general (no matter the language), give yourself a favor and get a copy of Brooks-Bilson's book. The author delivers a well-structured, systematic reference to ColdFusion; just what a developer needs to get the job done, also a handy reference to keep near the keyboard. A special mention is due to the fact that this is the only book that covers version 6.1.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother buying any other CFMX book! 6 Sept. 2003
By purrdey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my fourth CFMX book. That isn't to say that the first three were all rubbish, although one of them was! (ISBN 0735712719, which I quickly sent back; read my review at [...] and you'll see why)
I quickly moved on to ISBN 0321158024, which was a good, relatively cheap, get-you-started primer. However after a month or two I ran out of road with this as a CF reference work and I subsequently acquired ISBN 0072225564. Now there's nothing really wrong with this book, it's just that I still couldn't get the answers I wanted. After reading a load of reviews I acquired Rob's book the other day.
Now it may have over 1100 pages and look rather anorak-y but, trust me, it's brilliant and the writing style makes it easy to read. The author is clearly evangelical about CF, and if you haven't yet decided on a web development tool, after reading the first Chapter or so of this you'll ignore ASP, PHP and the rest.
I could give a dozen reasons why this is a book for beginners upwards, but just one example of how to do things quicker and simpler than the other books would be how to display a table of data with a header and alternately banded rows for greater legibility. Go to [...] and read example 11.2 on p314. If it looks like Greek to you, then it won't after you've read the early stuff or have played around with CFMX for longer than a week or three.
The bad news about this book is that I now want to re-code ALL my earlier stuff. The good news is that the lines of code are shrinking before my eyes, they're more decipherable, and probably faster.
OK, so I'll probably never use 30-50% of this book, but we're all different, and that 30-50% may well be the bits you need.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Defacto CFMX Reference Book 22 Sept. 2003
By "cornhuskerfootball" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The examples Rob uses are simple when possible and complex when necessary. The exercises he uses are explained in great details and contain many tips and techniques that will surely make you a better developer. This update brings you up to speed on the new features in CFMX and shows a few things using Flash MX remoting which was a big plus for me. The book also gives a great overview and reference guide for ColdFusion MX. In my opinion, now that ColdFusion is the defacto "Web Programming Language", this book is a vital purchase for all web professionals using CFMX and other Macromedia Web Technologies. I recommend this book without any reservation as it is one of the best technical books I have read so far.
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