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Using shortcut keys


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ColdFusion Builder Essential Training

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Video: Using shortcut keys

I prefer not to take my hands off of my keyboard, if I can avoid it. So, I tend to use a lot of shortcut keys. Unfortunately, when I first started with CFBuilder, some of the shortcuts weren't quite to my liking. You can change the keyboard shortcuts for ColdFusion Builder by going to the Preferences, and in the filter, type Keys. Now, you are going to get two sets of keyboard shortcuts. The first are general keyboard shortcuts, which apply to the entire Eclipse IDE. This means that these shortcuts will apply in ColdFusion Builder, Flex Builder, or any other plug-in that you have installed into Eclipse.
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  1. 7m 48s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Installing ColdFusion Builder
      2m 20s
    3. Installing ColdFusion Builder as a plug-in
      3m 18s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 17m 42s
    1. Workspace overview
      2m 25s
    2. Organizing your workspace
      6m 19s
    3. Adding and selecting workspaces
      2m 53s
    4. Installing and managing plug-ins
      6m 5s
  3. 12m 12s
    1. Creating projects
      2m 11s
    2. Importing projects
      2m 48s
    3. Creating project working sets
      2m 23s
    4. Managing projects
      2m 22s
    5. Linking folders
      2m 28s
  4. 23m 2s
    1. Configuring and managing ColdFusion servers
      6m 26s
    2. Using the Services Browser
      4m 15s
    3. Using RDS Dataview and Fileview
      4m 52s
    4. Using FTP
      7m 29s
  5. 18m 10s
    1. Creating editor profiles
      2m 6s
    2. Using Code Assist
      5m 43s
    3. Setting code coloring
      4m 5s
    4. Using shortcut keys
      3m 5s
    5. Working with outlines and syntax checking
      3m 11s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Using code completion
      7m 25s
    2. Using snippets
      9m 23s
    3. Using SQL editing and the Query Viewer
      5m 55s
    4. Working with components
      7m 27s
    5. Working with variable mapping
      2m 14s
    6. Navigating code and documents
      5m 16s
  7. 13m 12s
    1. Getting set up
      3m 50s
    2. Using the ColdFusion debugger
      5m 37s
    3. Watching logs with Tailview
      3m 45s
  8. 13m 8s
    1. Installing extensions
      4m 5s
    2. Using the CFC Generator extension for ColdFusion 8
      4m 52s
    3. Using the CFC Generator extension for ColdFusion ORM
      4m 11s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Building a simple contact form extension
      3m 42s
    2. Creating user interfaces
      8m 55s
    3. Packaging the extension
      3m 55s
    4. Building the handler
      8m 10s
    5. Using the Builder extension
      9m 23s
  10. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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ColdFusion Builder Essential Training
2h 57m Beginner Mar 22, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing ColdFusion Builder
  • Customizing the ColdFusion Builder workspace
  • Managing assets within a project
  • Setting up ColdFusion servers
  • Coding with Code Assist, code coloring and syntax checking
  • Using code snippets
  • Working with components and variable mappings
  • Creating custom Builder extensions
Subjects:
Developer Web
Software:
ColdFusion Builder
Author:
Daniel Short

Using shortcut keys

I prefer not to take my hands off of my keyboard, if I can avoid it. So, I tend to use a lot of shortcut keys. Unfortunately, when I first started with CFBuilder, some of the shortcuts weren't quite to my liking. You can change the keyboard shortcuts for ColdFusion Builder by going to the Preferences, and in the filter, type Keys. Now, you are going to get two sets of keyboard shortcuts. The first are general keyboard shortcuts, which apply to the entire Eclipse IDE. This means that these shortcuts will apply in ColdFusion Builder, Flex Builder, or any other plug-in that you have installed into Eclipse.

Now, there are a ton of keyboard shortcuts here. My suggestion to you would be to go through this list and see which shortcuts you like, make note of them, and commit them to memory. If they are not quite to your liking, you can select each one, and in the Binding section, you can type in a new shortcut. If that shortcut conflicts with anything, you will see the conflict over here in the Conflicts window. You can also export all of these keyboard shortcuts to a CSV file, so you can go through them and perhaps make a cheat sheet to put on your desk.

Let's go back and look specifically at some ColdFusion Builder keyboard shortcuts. Here, you can see all of the shortcuts for inserting ColdFusion code quickly and easily. For instance, doing a cfabort tag or cfdump, which I do quite a bit when I am doing my debugging. So, these are two that you are going to want to remember. Also, wrap in pound signs Shift+ Command or Shift+Ctrl+H, or cfoutput tags, double quotes and single quotes.

All of these are actions and code that you are going to be doing all day long. So, let's play with a couple of these and see how they work. I am going to play with the cfset and the cfdump keyboard shortcuts. Let's click OK and open up our FileTest. Let's delete what I have in here and start over. So, the first thing I am going to do is insert a cfset tag by pressing Command or Ctrl and the equal sign. It inserts a cfset tag, and I am ready to start typing. So, I will do .

Now, another thing I can do is if I hold down the Shift key and press Enter, it will actually put me on a new line, even if my cursor is in the middle of a tag. So, Shift+Enter moves me to a new line, and now I can actually dump the value inside Foo. If I want to, I can just type the word Foo and highlight it, and press Shift+Command or Shift+Ctrl+D, and it will wrap the cfdump tag around my variable with pound signs. I can press Shift and Enter again, press Ctrl +Command+A and it will insert a cfabort tag.

So, as you can see, I can do a lot of coding very, very fast, if I can spend a little bit of time to get those keyboard shortcuts committed to muscle memory. That's about all there is to the keyboard shortcuts. As you go through and set keyboard shortcuts to your liking, be sure you test as you go, to make sure that your shortcuts don't conflict with any of the existing Eclipse shortcuts.

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