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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.
Where you do all of your work in ColdFusion Builder is called your workspace, so let's dive right in and take a look. We will start up ColdFusion Builder, and the first time you start ColdFusion Builder, it's going to create your default workspace. If you installed ColdFusion Builder as a plug-in, then you already have an Eclipse workspace. Each time you start Adobe's ColdFusion Builder, if you haven't already purchased a serial number, you will get the Software Setup dialog and you will need to select that you are going to use it on a trial basis. So, we will click Close, and then I will just maximize my window here and we will take a quick tour around the workspace.
Now, your workspace is actually more than just what we are looking at, but it also contains all of your snippets, your code editing preferences and server setups. So, workspace is much more than just where a particular view is drawn on the screen. Now, all these workspace settings are stored here. You will notice it says, my User folder, Documents, Adobe ColdFusion Builder workspace. This folder on your hard drive contains all of the setup information for what we are currently looking at. You can actually have more than one workspace on your system and you can switch between them each time you start up ColdFusion Builder, which I am actually going to show you later in this chapter, but back to our default workspace.
The first thing you need to know is that what we are looking at now is a perspective or a distinct collection of views. This particular perspective, if you will notice here in the upper left-hand corner, is the ColdFusion perspective, which by default has a large number of individual views displayed. To the left, we have our Navigator View, where we are going to see all of our projects and do most of our work throughout this course. The File view at the bottom allows you to see your local hard drive, as well as remote hard drive set up through FTP. Then across the bottom, we have a Servers view, where we will actually define all of our ColdFusion servers.
We also have a TailView, where we could watch logs, a Services Browser, and an Extensions view, where we will actually install extensions later on in the course. To the right, we have our Snippets view, and at the top an Outline, RDS Data, and Fileviews. If I click this little Show List arrow, here off to the right, you can see those additional views in that group. That's all there is to a workspace. The big takeaway here is that a workspace is a collection of settings and views that you can swap out at will. So, now that you have had the whirlwind tour of a workspace, I think it's time to show you how to get your workspace organized to suit your own needs.
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