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Working with Word documents

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Video: Working with Word documents

Along with Microsoft Excel integration, ColdFusion 9 now also gives you the ability to convert Word documents to PDF and extract the data from these files to be used elsewhere. In this video I am going to show you how to take a Word document, convert it to a PDF, and then pull all the text of those files so that we can manipulate it as we see fit. So to start, in your Chapter7 folder you see there is a word.docx file. I want to go and open that up and this is just the default file I generated from Microsoft's new Project Gallery.

Working with Word documents

Along with Microsoft Excel integration, ColdFusion 9 now also gives you the ability to convert Word documents to PDF and extract the data from these files to be used elsewhere. In this video I am going to show you how to take a Word document, convert it to a PDF, and then pull all the text of those files so that we can manipulate it as we see fit. So to start, in your Chapter7 folder you see there is a word.docx file. I want to go and open that up and this is just the default file I generated from Microsoft's new Project Gallery.

It's a simple resume and inside a table we have got Objectives, Experience, Education, etcetera. It has a header, a bunch of text inside of it, and we are going to take this Word document and convert it to a PDF. So I'll go and close this and open up word.cfm. So we are going to use the cfdocument tag to read in the content of that Word file. So we'll say cfdocument and we are going to generate the PDF. We are going to save the PDF as convertedWordDoc.pdf.

And we are going to specify the file that we want to read it, which in this case is going to be Word.docx in the current folder. We'll save our file and preview it and we don't get any feedback but if I go over here at Chapter7 and refresh, you can now see I have a convertedwordDoc.pdf. If I open that up, it looks awfully close to the Word document. I am, however, missing the header. If I scroll down here. It did pull in-- my footer has got page numbers.

And on the second page I have some bad bookmarks and other kind of special stuff that was in my Word document. So, this is not perfect. You are not going to get 100% copy of your Word document into the PDF. Bookmarks and other special Word formatting may not come through perfectly. So make sure you that you test all of your integration before you post something like this out to production. But now that we have our PDF, I can now read in all the text from this using some new actions in the cfpdf tag.

So go back to CF Builder, go to our source code and let's just comment out that section. And we are now going to use our cfpdf tag action="extracttext". And I will specify the source that I want to pull that content from. So we are going to use our convertedwordDoc.pdf. I will tell it how I want that data returned. I can choose string or xml, we'll choose string to start with, tell it which variable I want to place that content in and then specify which pages I want to read.

And in this case lets just do page 1. Because if you noticed before, page 2 in our PDF just had a whole bunch of gobbledygook and missing bookmarks. So I'll choose page 1 and we'll dump out myWordContent. So if I preview this, you can now see I have all of the content of page 1 as plain text. If I go back over to my source code, I can say xml and then we'll use the XMLParse function here to turn this into a proper xml object, and preview that.

And now we can see we have our TextPerPage, the individual pageNumber, and all the content for that page. If you were going to read in more than one page, go back to our source code and say *. We can do 1 through 2 or 1, 3, 5 just to read in the odd-numbered pages and you can specify the number of pages however you want in there. We'll save that, preview it again and this time we get a node for each of the individual pages in our document.

While we still don't have the same type of deep integration in Word documents as we do in Excel spreadsheets, the ability to pull in content from Word and repurpose it in your applications is a huge advantage in ColdFusion 9.

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ColdFusion 9 New Features

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  1. 4m 30s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 37s
  2. 7m 48s
    1. Adding managing and comparing servers
      5m 26s
    2. Monitoring server health
      2m 22s
  3. 22m 10s
    1. Setting the default data source and SMTP
      5m 6s
    2. Getting programmatic debugging and exception handling
      5m 54s
    3. Reviewing the new onCFCRequest method
      5m 29s
    4. Using ApplicationStop()
      2m 24s
    5. Working with Server.cfc and onServerStart
      3m 17s
  4. 17m 45s
    1. Using ternary and chained operations
      5m 46s
    2. Using New and Import
      4m 2s
    3. Reviewing CFScript enhancements
      7m 57s
  5. 20m 23s
    1. Building with implicit getters and setters
      4m 26s
    2. Working with LOCAL scope in functions
      4m 35s
    3. Serializing objects
      6m 6s
    4. Writing components in CFScript
      5m 16s
  6. 19m 27s
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      5m 51s
    2. Logging ORM activity
      2m 13s
    3. Saving objects to the database
      6m 10s
    4. Defining table relationships
      5m 13s
  7. 16m 59s
    1. Caching page fragments
      5m 29s
    2. Managing the cache
      4m 48s
    3. Working with in-memory files using VFS (RAM disks)
      6m 42s
  8. 12m 39s
    1. Working with Excel spreadsheets
      4m 56s
    2. Working with Word documents
      4m 4s
    3. Working with PowerPoint presentations
      3m 39s
  9. 28m 58s
    1. Loading Google maps with markers onto a page
      4m 53s
    2. Adding a Flash movie with the built-in FLV player
      2m 14s
    3. Using multi-file upload control
      6m 7s
    4. Building a progress indicator
      3m 37s
    5. Working with accordion layouts
      3m 18s
    6. Showing information with data grid enhancements
      5m 1s
    7. Informing users with Confirm Alert and Prompt dialog boxes
      3m 48s
  10. 9m 8s
    1. Accessing IMAP accounts
      6m 31s
    2. Working with the new array functions
      2m 37s
  11. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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