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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.
Now, in this video we are going to talk about getting your workspace organized. I don't know about you, but I like my desk a certain way. I always know where my pens and pencils are and where my paper is and my post-it notes, and the same holds true for my CF Builder workspace. I want things just the way I want them, so I can get to them quickly, depending on the way that I like to work. The first thing to know about ColdFusion Builder is that everything can be moved, and we will start, if you would look at the edges of the Editor window here, this is the Editor View.
We can take and drag all of these dividers and move things around in whatever fashion we deem appropriate. So, it's really, really easy to get everything the right size. And what we are moving around is the borders on all of these views. Each of these tabs here represents an individual view, and they are organized into groups. And inside each group, across the top here you will have a series of buttons. The ones over on the left have to do with actions that you can take inside the view.
And over here, on the far right, we will cover these first. We have a Minimize and a Maximize button. Now, when you minimize a view group, what it does is collapses it to the gutter bordering the side of that particular group. So, you can see here, I now have my Navigator collapsed here, and if I hold my mouse over that, I can restore it to its original position. If I collapse it again, if I don't want to restore it but I still want access to that view, I can click the Views icon and it will pop it out temporarily.
But you can see, sometimes you get an occasional rendering goofiness when you do that. You can click it again. It will pop back in. So, we will again restore that. The opposite of that would be to maximize it. So, if I maximize this view, it takes up the entire space and all of the other view groups get collapsed to their gutters. As you can see here, these Servers, Console, Problems, and TailView, when I minimize that, that goes down to the bottom gutter.
We will maximize that again. Now, you can either click the maximize button or you can double-click a view's tab, and it will take up all of the available space. So, go ahead and put everything back the way we found it. Now, next to the Minimize and the Restore buttons there is also a View menu. And this View menu is a contextual menu that shows you all of the options for the particular view that is active in that group. So, as you can see, in the Navigator, we can select working sets.
We can sort projects. In the File view, if I click that same icon, I can create new pages directly from here. If I go over to Snippets, I get a completely different set of options. So, the View menu inside each view will give you more options to manipulate the contents of that view. And I can also move these views around. For example, over here on the left-hand side I have the Navigator and the File view in separate groups. I like to keep these in the same group, so I can just click and drag the tab and move it up here to stick inside that group.
I don't know if you noticed or not, but when I was dragging the File group, it gave me more options as to where I can put it. You can see that black outline there, allows me to drop it back to where it was, but I could also drag it over here or I could drag it over here. I could move the Servers group up here, and then I could move the Extensions down here. I can rearrange these views all I want, so long as I have the space to do so.
Let's go ahead and put everything back the way it was. Let's put the Servers back over there, put the File up with the Navigator. And then if I also have views I don't want to see, if I didn't want to see the File view as an example, I can just click the X on its tab to close it and it disappears from the workspace entirely. Now, if I want to get that view back or I want to show other views, if you choose Window and Show View, the initial menu will show you most of the common views that you can turn on.
So, as an example, if I click on File, I can get my File view right back where it was before I closed it. If I choose Window, Show View, and Other, I get a large list of views that I can display inside my workspace. Inside the ColdFusion group, we have all the views that ColdFusion Builder added, and we can also see views from other plug-ins that are installed inside of Eclipse. So, let's go ahead and cancel this dialog. And now that I have things just the way I like them when I am working, I need to save this perspective, because everything that we have been looking at is considered a single perspective. I need to save that to make sure that I don't lose it.
So, under the Window menu, again, we can choose Save Perspective As. I am going to call this Dan's Perspective. I will click OK, and here you can see this icon now says Dan's Perspective. Now, if I want to open a different perspective, I can click on the Open Perspective button here. I will choose Other. And we will go ahead and open the ColdFusion Debugging perspective, and click OK. Now we can see it has rearranged our entire view.
We have our Debug view over here. We have Variables and Debug Output Buffers and Breakpoints and Expressions, and all kinds of other stuff that we didn't have in my standard work view. So, I can just click on that and go right back to my standard perspective. So, as I am working through my code and debugging things, I can quickly switch back and forth in between the different perspectives in order to see everything that I need to see. And that's how you go about organizing your workspace just the way you like it. There are a ton of options. Make it yours, and spend a little time to get things just the way you like them.
And then make sure you save that perspective, so that you can go back to it at any time.
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