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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.
Obviously, before you can get started with ColdFusion Builder, we need to install it. So, to get ColdFusion Builder, you can go to the Adobe Labs and on the right-hand side, click on ColdFusion Builder. Once you are on the Adobe ColdFusion Builder page, you can click Get ColdFusion Builder Beta and download the Installer. I already have the installer on my desktop, so I will go ahead and close Safari and run the Installer. When you run the CF Builder Installer for the first time, if you are on the Mac, you may have to enter in your Administrator password so that ColdFusion Builder can put all the files where it needs to place them.
If you are on Windows Vista, you may need to allow the Windows Security Advisor to let the ColdFusion Builder installer run. The first screen in the wizard, the Introduction, just tells you that you should quit all other programs before continuing the installation. Standard warnings when installing new software. Go ahead and click Next. And on the next screen, you will need to accept the license agreement, and then you will choose the type of installation that you want to run. You have two different options. This video I am going to show you the standard ColdFusion Builder installation, and in the next one, I will show you how to install it as a plug-in into an existing Eclipse installation.
So, we will click Next, and then we just need to choose where we want to place Adobe ColdFusion Builder. On the Mac, it will default into the Applications folder, and on Windows, it will default to your Program Files directory. If you want to change that, just click Choose and you can browse to the folder where you would like to place Adobe's ColdFusion Builder. Click Next. And here you will get a summary of exactly how much disk space it's going to take to install ColdFusion Builder. If you see a screen asking you to associate CFM and CFC files, check the box to make CF Builder the default application to open when a ColdFusion file is double-clicked.
Go ahead and click Install. Through the magic of video editing, that should only take a few seconds here in the video, but it may take a few minutes longer on your system. So, when you are all finished, just click Done to quit the installer and then for Mac users, you will have one more step, which is to go to your Applications folder. Find your Adobe ColdFusion Builder folder, grab the CFBuilder icon, and drag it to your dock. If you are installing on Windows, it's in the Program Files folder and in the Start menu, ready to use.
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