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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.
ColdFusion Builder is actually built on top of Eclipse, which is an open source IDE platform developed by IBM. If you are using CF Eclipse, Flash Builder, or any number of other IDEs built on top of Eclipse, then you already have an Eclipse installation on your system. So, instead of adding one more by installing CF Builder as a standalone application, you can install it as a plug-in into your existing Eclipse installation instead. So, to show you how to install CF Builder as a plug-in, I have downloaded the latest Eclipse version, which is Ganymede, and unzipped it to my desktop.
So, I will close my browser here and here in my Eclipse folder, you can see I have Eclipse installed and ready to go. So, we are going to double-click on the CFBuilder installer, just as we did when we installed it as a standalone application. So, on the Introduction screen, we will click Next. Agree to the terms of the license agreement, and click Next. And now we have our choice of either standalone or to install as a plug-in. You will see that the standard installation is disabled, because I already have Adobe ColdFusion Builder installed as a standalone application.
So, we will just leave the plug-in option selected, since we have no other choice and click Next. This screen will actually allow you to choose where you want the plug-in files to be installed. The default is to place those in the Applications or the Program Files directory on Windows in Adobe ColdFusion Builder Plugins. One issue with having your plug-in files in a separate directory from your Eclipse folder is that it makes your Eclipse installation less portable. One of the nice things about Eclipse is that you can actually move the Eclipse installation folder around, say drop it on a Flash drive or onto another computer, and you are all ready to go just as if you had installed it on that machine.
For now, we are going to leave this at its default and we will click Next. Now we need to choose our Eclipse installation folder. So, I will click Choose. I will need to find my Desktop. So, I will go to my hard drive, Users, User, and Desktop, and I will select my eclipse installation folder. Now, I am going to choose the folder itself and not the actual Eclipse application. So, I will go back here to my Desktop, choose Eclipse, and click Choose. I will click Next.
Then I will see a summary of how much space is going to be required to install ColdFusion Builder and where my plug- ins and the installation directory are going to be located. Click Install. Once the installation is complete, click on Done, and then I will go ahead and open up Eclipse, choose my workspace, And then I will click Window > Open Perspective, choose Other. I can see I now have a ColdFusion perspective available inside of Eclipse.
I will click OK, close my Welcome view here, and you can see I have all of the ColdFusion Builder Server, TailView, Services Browser, and Extension views available to me.
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