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In ColdFusion 9 New Features, author and developer Dan Short has gathered together the important updates and improvements in this dynamic web application. Dan showcases the new ColdFusion Builder application throughout the course, using it to work through the new language and CFScript enhancements in this release. He shows how to use the new Server Manager to compare servers and create server groups, as well as monitor server health through notifications. He also explains the new integration with Office applications, building Excel, Word, and even PowerPoint files on the fly from ColdFusion. Finally, he covers the important new Object Relational Mapping feature and how to use the built-in Flash Player. Exercise files accompany this course.
If you're a premium member of the lynda. com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this title. The Exercise Files are broken down into chapters with all of the assets for each chapter in one folder. Inside of each chapter there is a Finished folder, which will have all of the files in their finished state at the end of the videos. The Exercise Files for this course are all CFM or CFC files with the exception of a few images and other assets for working with AJAX and Office integration videos.
To use the Exercise Files you'll need to copy all the files into your web root, so that they are accessible to the ColdFusion server. On the Mac, that will be under Applications/ColdFusion 9/wwwroot. So we'll copy these items, go to Macintosh HD/Applications/ColdFusion 9/wwwroot. So we'll simply paste all of our files into here. On the PC you'd move them to C:/ ColdFusion 9/wwwroot or if you set up your own web server, wherever you are going to have the files to be able to browse them in your browser.
Now throughout the course I am going to be using ColdFusion Builder to build and preview our files. You can download ColdFusion Builder from labs.adobe.com. Let's go to technologies/coldfusionbuilder and you can download the free public beta of ColdFusion Builder. Once you have that and ColdFusion 9 installed, the last thing we need to do is get ColdFusion Builder setup and ready to use. So inside ColdFusion Builder in our Project Navigator, you can right-click and choose New > ColdFusion Project.
We'll need to give the project a name so in this case we'll call it CF9 New Features. So we will uncheck Use Default Location and then click Browse and find your ColdFusion webroot. Again on the Mac that's in Applications/ColdFusion 9/wwwroot or on the PC C:/ColdFusion 9/wwwroot. Select that folder and click Choose and then click Next. Now to be able to preview inside a ColdFusion Builder, you'll need to select a ColdFusion server.
Click to select list here and click Add Server. I am going to call this one Local Development and for the Host Name that will localhost. This is indeed a local test server and mine is installed under Port 8500. I'll then enter in my RDS username and password. You'll need to ensure that you fill in the correct information for your particular server. Now in this case I can select Auto Start and Auto Stop the ColdFusion server and each time I start or stop ColdFusion Builder, it will start and stop the ColdFusion server along with it.
Click Next and select your server home. On the Mac that's Applications and then ColdFusion9. We are not selecting the wwwroot > home; we are selecting the Server Home. Click Choose and it will automatically fill in our wwwroot. For the version number, select 9 and click Next. Then next step is optional, whether you want to install the ColdFusion Builder extensions or not. In this case I'm going to choose no, because we are not going to be using the extensions in this course.
I'll click Finish, Finish once more, and my project is ready to go. Now if you don't have access to the Exercise Files, you can follow along from scratch or work with your own assets.
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