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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.
A project in CF Builder is a way for you to manage all the files you work on day-to-day. You should set up a project for each application you are working on. If you are coming from a Dreamweaver background, you can think of a project as a site. To get started, let's create a new project. You can click the ColdFusion Project link here in the Create column of the start page, or in the Navigator view, right-click anywhere in the blank area, choose New and ColdFusion Project. The first step of the New ColdFusion Project dialog is to give your project a name. We will call this one ColdFusion Builder, but in this case, we are going to point our project at the ColdFusion 9 webroot.
So, let's uncheck Use Default Location. I will click Browse. And in my Applications folder, I will find my ColdFusion 9 application. On Windows, it will most likely be under your C drive, under ColdFusion 9. And we will scroll down and choose the wwwroot. I have already copied all the exercise files for this course into my wwwroot, so I will click Choose and then click Next. The next step in the New ColdFusion Project wizard is to set up a server for this particular project. We are not going to do this right now because we are going to cover setting up your ColdFusion Server in the next chapter.
So, for now, we will just click Next and move on to the next screen. In this step, you can set up linked folders for your ColdFusion project. We are also going to cover this in another video. So, for now, we will go ahead and click Finish. Now we have our CFBuilder project in the Navigator view. I will expand that. We can see all of the folders in our project, and you can see on the CFBuilder folder, we have a nice little CFBuilder icon, so that we know that this is actually a ColdFusion Builder project. Behind the scenes, when your project gets created, ColdFusion Builder is going to add two hidden files to your hard drive.
The first is .project. The second is .settings. These two files contain all of the project configuration information that ColdFusion Builder uses to do its thing. So, if you see these files on your hard drive, just leave them alone. If you delete them, you are going to have to reconfigure all of your project settings. Creating projects is quick and easy inside ColdFusion Builder and you are now ready to get to work. In the next video, we will cover importing existing projects that you have already begun work on.
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