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ColdFusion 8 Beyond the Basics

Course Summary

  Demonstrates advanced techniques in ColdFusion 8, such as creating multimedia presentations and working with XML files.   

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    Course Syllabus

    1. Getting Started
    Installing the required software
    Installing Eclipse
    Installing the ColdFusion Extensions for Eclipse
    Installing and configuring CFEclipse
    Installing the exercise files and database
    Installing the exercise database
    Setting up a project and testing the installation
    2. Using Advanced Data Types
    Understanding arrays
    Manipulating arrays
    Looping through arrays
    Understanding structures
    Combining advanced data types
    Converting queries to arrays of structures
    Assigning variables by value or reference
    Reviewing the Application Framework
    Using J2EE sessions
    Storing complex session data in server-based memory
    3. Building and Debugging ColdFusion Components
    Creating a ColdFusion component with CFEclipse
    Wrapping database functionality in CFCs
    Calling CFC methods with ‹cfinvoke› and CreateObject()
    Passing CFC arguments with ‹cfinvokeargument›
    Passing CFC arguments with positional syntax
    Passing CFC arguments with argumentCollection
    Configuring the ColdFusion 8 line debugger
    Using the ColdFusion debugger to inspect data
    4. Using the ColdFusion Extensions for Eclipse
    Using the CFC Value Object wizard
    Understanding the Value Object design pattern
    Understanding the DAO design pattern
    Understanding the Gateway design pattern
    Retrieving data with Gateway methods
    Presenting in a data entry form with Gateway objects
    Updating data with a Gateway method
    Inserting data with a Gateway method
    Deleting data with a Gateway method
    Understanding the Active Record design pattern
    5. Using CFCs and Sessions in a Shopping Cart Application
    Setting up the application
    Displaying the item catalog
    Creating the shopping cart CFC
    Adding items to the shopping cart
    Displaying the shopping cart count
    Displaying the shopping cart contents
    Removing items from the shopping cart
    6. Structured Exception Handling
    Using ‹cftry› and ‹cfcatch› to manage exceptions
    Debugging exceptions
    Managing multiple exception types
    7. Working with External Services
    Understanding XML
    Creating XML files
    Retrieving XML-based data with ‹cfhttp›
    Parsing XML with XMLParse()
    Getting data from XML
    Creating a SOAP-based web service with a CFC
    Calling a web service with ‹cfinvoke›
    Retrieving RSS-based data feeds with ‹cffeed›
    8. Working with Flash Forms
    Building a simple Flash form
    Laying out Flash forms
    Presenting data in a Flash-based data grid
    Binding data in Flash forms
    Using ActionScript in Flash forms
    9. Working with Images
    Getting image information
    Changing the size of an image
    Changing the borders on an image
    Rotating an image
    Telling computers and humans apart with a CAPTCHA image
    10. Working with Acrobat PDF Documents
    Generating PDF documents with ‹cfdocument›
    Customizing PDF documents with dynamic data
    Collecting data from PDF documents
    11. Creating AJAX-Style Applications
    ColdFusion and AJAX
    Creating an application with the AJAX Application wizard
    Using the generated AJAX application
    Creating dynamic menus with ‹cfmenu›
    Using ‹cflayout› and ‹cflayoutarea›
    Using ‹cfpod› to create defined pods in a layout area
    Using an AJAX-style data grid
    12. Creating ColdFusion Presentations
    Understanding ColdFusion presentations
    Adding notes to presentation slides
    Searching presentation slides
    Adding audio to a presentation slide
    Adding video to a presentation slide
    Appendix A
    Installing ColdFusion 8 on Windows
    Installing ColdFusion 8 on Mac OS X
    Testing the ColdFusion installation
    Installing MySQL on Windows
    Installing MySQL tools on Windows
    Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
    Installing MySQL tools on Mac OS X


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USD 25

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7 - 8 hours / week

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