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Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 1: Getting Started: v. 1 Paperback – 17 Sep 2007
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The ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit is the best-selling ColdFusion series of all time―the books that most ColdFusion developers used to learn the product. This Getting Started volume starts with Web and Internet fundamentals and database concepts and design, and then progresses to topics including creating data-driven pages, building complete applications, implementing security mechanisms, integrating with e-mail, building reusable functions and components, generating data-driven reports and graphs, building Ajax-powered user interfaces, and much more. Complete coverage of ColdFusion 8 continues in “Volume 2, Application Development” (ISBN 0-321-51546-3) and “Volume 3, Advanced Application Development” (ISBN 0-321-51547-1).
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I would have liked it better if CFEclipse would have been covered in more depth, as I can't really say I like the Dreamweaver Coding approach too much, and even Adobe seems to guide people towards Elipse for both Flex and ColdFusion development nowadays (excellent tutorials on the Adobe site to set up CFEclipse etc.).
This book covers all you need to develop a good modern website with ColdFusion 8, and the second Volume in the 3part series certainly is high on the wishlist once you've covered half of this one, as you gradually grasp the possibilities within CF.
Four stars only as I agree with th previous reviewer that I'd like to see the "missing three" "e-Chapter" in my 30+ GBP book thank you very much. Print out the eChapters on A4 paper and tack them to the back of the book - now that looks nice. Real geeks probably don't care about desktop looks, I prefer a more tidy looking approach to be honest.
Apart from that, a great book and the authors deserve praise for their websites, especially Raymond offers a few great and free applications which you can use in your own development. Be sure to visit his Amazon wishlist if you find them useful, a fair way of giving something back methinks.
If Adobe Publishing is doing this deliberately to include some sense of copyright measures so that only people who actually bought the book can have access to the entire content of the book then why not make the book registrable using its ISBN number and once done, have the option of having the rest of the chapters sent by post printed in whatever paper. Even if Adobe prints it in toilet paper and wrap it in old newspaper when they send it by post, i'd still take it as long as it is printed.
The other two volumes in this collection are great and build upon the previous book.
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So this is a large jump from my book for version 6, there is a lot more in the book, but also a lot less. I went ahead and got all three books in the series, and one of the things that I found was missing was the CFML tag reference at the end of the book. I know that sometimes I do work while on the road, and so do not have internet access, but they seem to only want to have that information on-line.
In my review of Volume 3, I did complain about half the book being on-line only and not actually in the print book. When you buy a book, it is nice to actually get the book.
I am far from a new user of Coldfusion so I can not speak of how well it teaches the language, but as a long time user, I do find this series as a nice reference. One things that does seem to be missing is talking about which of the features are new to 8, which were added in 7, and so on. I know that in my development, I need to constantly support customers who are on old version of Coldfusion, so that would be a great thing to have with the Tag reference.
Hope this helps people out there...
Another complaint is that you have to work really hard to find all the info about a give subject and there is no guarantee that you may ever find that piece one bit that you really need.
Finally, the 3 volume set has no overall index so you are forced to look in every book for whatever you are trying to find. More often than not, it is the overflow chapters that are offline, so to speak. They used to include a CD with these chapters.
I finally download all of their online stuff so I can quickly reference it off of my harddrive, but it is less than satisifying.
Previous editions have been a bit daunting, so the authors this time wisely decided to split into three volumes instead of the normal two. Volume 1 introduces readers to the basic concepts behind setting up ColdFusion and beginning to write their first applications. Once the basics are covered, it moves on to show how to connect to databases and display that information, create and use forms and their data, make printable content, and set up a basic application framework - pretty much, everything a newcomer to the language would need to know.
The thing that struck me, an advanced ColdFusion developer, about this edition was that many books claim to preach accepted best practices but then sacrifice them in the name of simplicity. These authors, on the other hand, practice what they preach. For years, ColdFusion developers have been stressing the need to create multi-tier applications using ColdFusion Components, and yet most introductory materials on the language have relegated CFCs to advanced courses. This book introduces them as soon as it reasonably can - about half way through - and then follows the "proper" format of using multi-tier applications from then on. So this is not another book that just shows how to create ColdFusion applications, but is rather a book that shows how to build them correctly.
The ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit: Volume 1 is a book that no beginning ColdFusion developer should be without, and even the most experienced developers are bound to learn a few things along the way. It is quite simply the book that no ColdFusion developer at any level can do without.
I would recommend this book if you are starting this ColdFusion World, and the others (volume 2, 3) as well.