ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial Paperback – 2 Jul 2008
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About the Author
John started working with computer programming around 1977. He has had the opportunity to work on projects used by Apple, Blue Cross, Brunswick Recreation, Casio, GVSU, Johnson Controls, Sprint, and many others. This history covers over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the industry. He started doing web development over 10 years ago. In the early days of the Web ColdFusion stood out to him not just as a way to make web pages into web applications but as a maturing solid platform good for the developer, site owner, and end users. He started at version 4.5 and has been enjoying each version upgrade more and more. John owns a company called SOSensible. His company does work for large companies but has a special focus on also making sure technology is approachable beyond the enterprise. They have developed a number of Open Source solutions including COOP. COOP is a mix of Custom Tags and CFCs that provides structure while keeping development simpler. It demonstrates his love for the things that make ColdFusion/CFML a delightful language to build websites. He has spoken at national and regional conferences, online meetings, and area user group meetings. He is also an Adobe User Group manager. John knows that community is a viable and productive tool to build developers and the companies they serve. He has learned much from great resources in the community including bloggers, books, conferences, and resources to great in number to mention here. He blogs at sosensible.com for the community.
Top Customer Reviews
If you are learning ColdFusion or new to some of the CF8 features I would recommend this book over the Application Construction Kit series simply because it has everything a beginner would need to get started, but even if you're an advanced CF user don't discount this book as it serves as good refresher.
The only negative for me was the very brief mention about Eclipse in `Tools'.
First: Read "Programming ColdFusion MX: Creating Dynamic Web Applications / ISBN-0596003803" to start although it's outdated a bit but it's not bad as start point.
Second: Carry on and upgrade your information and knowledge of the new features in CF8 using ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial we are reviewing.
Pros. of the book:
-Well organised and written.
-Referencing all possible related IDEs and software.
-Covers fairly advanced topics and API such as Google Maps.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Recently, I got my hands on a copy of John Farrar's [ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial] and I have to say.. I think it's clearly written...it covers a broad range of subjects, but I think what I like the most is that it goes above and beyond most books. He clearly focuses on the readers and does everything possible to get you to get it... (if that makes sense).
I am not one to recommend books, I think tutorials and "demonstrations" work better when it comes to learning things, but I think that this book can teach people quite a bit and really get them to understand and master the coding logic that is needed to become a good developer.
If you have yet to read this book, I suggest you pick up a copy.. It's not only worth the cash.. but will also be a good reference later on.. Lots of Ajax in there too.. which I haven't seen in many other books (other than WACK... but that is another story!).
Overall, I would give this book a 4.5 (out of 5 stars) because it delivers a good range of topics, clear communication, and most importantly it helps with next steps!
Great Job John!
Keep them coming!
"You can nest structures inside the structures in addition to actual variable storage containers. It is the first step towards packaging your data inside the application."
He is trying to say that structures can contain other structures, and that this can help to organize data.
Here's another gem:
"Most of the failed web pages come when we start getting interactive."
He is explaining that people sometimes make mistakes when they program in ColdFusion.
Despite all this verbiage, when there is a need to explain something properly, he doesn't bother. For example, it is important to know when to use # in CF. His explanation is:
"This is required for functions to work properly."
Since # is not usually used inside functions - and the example he gives is actually a tag rather than a function - the reader isn't any the wiser.
"Computers see upper case letters differently from lower case letters. So THIS proved the point that strings are case sensitive."
[In English] The function find() searches for sub-strings and is case sensitive.
Note that he doesn't explain what the function find() actually does: indeed, at this point in the book (p.14) he hasn't even introduced functions.
I seriously doubt that anyone could learn anything useful from this book: it's truly dreadful. Even the cover picture makes no sense (cold fusion - i.e., fusion at low temperatures - is supposed to take place at room temperature. It doesn't need ice.) Buy Ben Forta's books, which are more coherent, more accurate and much better written. Or use the manuals which are free to download from Adobe.com.
was that the book did not get too technical. The reader can follow
along. I was a developer that stayed at one level for very long..
and most books were a gigantic leap into so much technical jargon
that I was lost. This book is the next step if you are a cold fusion
developer that knows some of the basics or a developer new to Cold Fusion who catches on very quickly. Thank you!