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ColdFusion Builder, based on the Eclipse workbench, is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. ColdFusion Builder Essential Training, with author Dan Short, is designed to teach both new and experienced ColdFusion developers how to configure servers and services, generate data-aware components, and create custom extensions. Exercise files accompany the course.
You most likely have been using another IDE for years and you have your own style of coding and your own preferences for colors and formatting. Luckily, CFBuilder gives you a great deal of control over how your code is displayed and how the editor responds to your actions. In this chapter, I'm going to show you how to get things just the way you like them. To get started, I'm going to show you how to manage your editor profiles. You can get to the editor profiles by choosing the Adobe ColdFusion Builder and then Preferences. On the Windows side, you'll choose Window and then Preferences.
Once inside the Preferences, expand the ColdFusion node and choose Editor Profiles. The Editor Profiles store all of your existing information for colors, code assist, keyboard shortcuts, basically anything to do with how the editor works. Now ColdFusion Builder comes with several default Editor Profiles. The first one is, of course, Default, which is how ColdFusion Builder comes straight out of the box. They also have Editor Profiles for CFEclipse and Dreamweaver, which have common CFEclipse and Dreamweaver keyboard shortcuts, as well as code coloring.
As you can see, I already have an option in my profile list called Custom. As soon as you start changing any of the settings, it will automatically create a custom profile for you. Now if I want to create a new profile, I can click the Create New Profile button and give my profile a name. In this case, we're going to call it Dan. I'll click OK and now we can see I have this new active profile. Now, it has inherited all of the settings from the default CFBuilder profile. I can then expand the Editor Profiles section and start playing with all these settings and they'll automatically get saved under this Dan profile.
If you decide for whatever reason you want to remove a profile, just select it from this list and click Remove. It'll ask you if you're sure you want to delete it, and click OK, and it goes back to the Default profile. So, let's create that one again. Again, we'll call it Dan and there we go. Now that you know how to create and manage Editor Profiles, you can start customizing those preferences in the next few videos.
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