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Workspace overview

From: ColdFusion Builder Essential Training

Video: Workspace overview

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.

Workspace overview

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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ColdFusion Builder Essential Training

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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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