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Core ColdFusion 8
ColdFusion Training Course Duration

3 Days

ColdFusion Training Course Outline

Part 1: Introduction to ColdFusion

  • Static pages vs. Dynamic pages
  • Server-side Web Technologies
  • Database Alphabet Soup: ODBC/JDBC, DSNs and SQL
  • Course Objectives and Prerequisites
  • Introduction to Course Project
Part 2: ColdFusion Basics
  • Using CFML
  • Code Editors – Dreamweaver vs. HomeSite+
    • Dreamweaver CS3 Interface
    • Arguments for use of Dreamweaver
  • HomeSite+ / ColdFusion Studio Interface
    • Arguments for use of HomeSite+ / ColdFusion Studio
    • Tag Editing Dialog Boxes
  • Embedded Tag Help
    • <hr> help window in HomeSite+
    • <hr>help window in Dreamweaver
  • Using ColdFusion Comments
  • Creating Variables
    • <cfset> and <cfoutput>
  • Variable Scope/Prefixes
  • Built-in ColdFusion Functions
    • Insert Expression (HomeSite+ / ColdFusion Studio specific)
    • CF Function Reference (Dreamweaver specific)
    • Online Reference (http://livedocs.adobe.com)
  • Demo: Built-in Functions
  • Demo: Date / Time Functions
  • Using <cfinclude> to reuse code
    • Demo: Create Header and Footer with <cfinclude>
  • Exercise 1: Build Dynamic Page Footer using Variables and Date Functions
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 1
Part 3: Dynamic Data: Querying the Database
  • Database Basics
  • Introduction to SQL
    • Select Statement
    • Update Statement
    • Insert Statement
    • Delete Statement
  • Data Source Name (DSN) / Remote Development Server (RDS).
    • The DSN Used in This Class: movieList
    • Course Project Database
  • Querying the database with <cfquery>
    • <cfdump> for Quick Output
  • Exercise 2: Query the database
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 2
  • Customizing Display with <cfoutput>
    • Demo: Using <cfoutput>
    • Building Dynamic Tables
    • Shortcut: <cftable>
    • Shortcut: Dynamic Table Tool (in Dreamweaver)
  • Exercise 3: Display Resulting Records manually with <cfoutput>
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 3
Part 4: Creating a Drill-down Interface
  • Passing Variables between Pages
  • “Two-page method”
  • Demo: Pass Variables via Links
    • Demo: List of Actors with links
  • Receive Variables through the URL
    • Using a WHERE clause in a SQL Statement
  • Protecting Against SQL Injection Attacks with <cfqueryparam>
  • Exercise 4: Drill-down for More Detail
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 4
Part 5: Conditional Statements and Forms
  • Conditional Statements
    • <cfif>, <cfelseif> and <cfelse>
  • Comparison Operators
    • Operator
    • Description
  • Demo: Conditional Statements
  • Demo: Conditional Statements Using URL Variables
    • Using the isDefined() function
  • Exercise 5: Conditional Statements – Data Validation
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 5
  • HTML Form Review
    • Demo: Pass Variable through a Form
  • Exercise 6: Process Form Submission
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 6
  • Self-Submitting Forms
    • Using the <cfparam> tag to set a default value
    • Quick Examination of a ColdFusion Framework (Methodology): Fusebox
  • Exercise 7: Self-submitting Form
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 7
  • Dynamically Populating Select Lists
    • HTML Review: <select> tags
    • Demo: Dynamic Select List 9
  • Introducing the Tag .
    • Shortcut: <cfselect>
  • Exercise 8: Create a Dynamic Select List
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 8.
Part 6: Search Interface
  • Creating a Search Interface
    • Demo: Using the LIKE clause
    • Using % and _ in a LIKE Statement
    • Demo: Building Dynamic SQL Statements
  • Exercise 9: Create a Search Interface
    • Note
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 9
Part 7: Insert Records into the Database
  • SQL Insert Statement
    • Demo: Insert Record Part 1 – the Form
    • Insert Record Part 2 – the Insert
  • Shortcut: <cfinsert>
  • Redirect Users with <cflocation>
    • Important note about <cflocation>!
  • Exercise 10: Insert a New Actor in the Database
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 10
  • Automated Form Validation
    • Client-side vs. Server-side validation: When does the validation code run?
  • Exercise 11: Automatic Client-side (or Server-side) Form Validation
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 11
Part 8: Edit (Update) Database Records
  • SQL UPDATE Statement Review
    • Demo: Update Record Page 1 – select the record to edit
    • Passing the Primary Key
    • Page 2 – View Current Data in a Form
    • Page 3 – Perform the Update to the Database
  • Shortcut: <cfupdate>
  • Exercise 12: Edit a Record
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 12
  • Note on Deleting records
    • Review of the SQL Delete Statement
    • “Deleting” without deleting
  • No <cfdelete>!
Part 9: Reusing Code
  • Reusing code with <cfinclude> and <cflocation>
  • Custom Tags
    • Demo: custom tags
    • Where to store Custom Tags
    • Demo: Custom Tag with Parameters
    • CALLER and ATTRIBUTE scopes
  • Using <cfmodule>
  • A Note about CFX tags
  • Exercise 13: Calling a Custom Tag to Display a List of Years.
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 14
  • User Defined Functions (UDFs)
    • Creating UDFs with the tag
  • Using ColdFusion Components (CFCs)
    • Creating Components
    • Calling or Invoking Components
    • Passing Arguments to Components
    • The Component Code
    • The main CFML page
    • View a Component directly in the browser
  • Exercise 14: UDFs
    • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 14
Part 10: Using Session Variables for Password Protection
  • Session Variables
    • Creating Password Protected Pages
    • The Included Page: demo-password-protect.cfm
    • The Log in Page: demo-password-form.cfm
  • Application.cfc
    • Note regarding Application.cfm
    • Locking Session and Application variables with <cflock>
    • Exercise 15: Password Protecting Pages (optional)
    • Challenge
    • Possible Solution to Exercise 15
Part 11: Tracking User Information with Cookies (optional)
  • Demo: setting cookies
  • Note: When Using Cookies and ColdFusion 5.0
  • Exercise 16: Remember Users by using Cookies
  • Challenge
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 16
Part 12: Sending email with <cfmail> (optional)
  • Using ColdFusion to Send Email
  • <cfmail> Tag Syntax
  • Demo: Sending an email
  • Exercise 17: Sending Automated Emails
  • Possible Solution to Exercise 17
Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: Set-up Notes

Appendix C: Create a Dreamweaver “Site”
  • Location of our course files
  • Site Creation – Basic
  • The Advanced Tab – Additional Categories
  • Site Files Panel
  • “Create a Site” vs. “FTP or RDS Server Connection”
Appendix D: Selecting Among ColdFusion Code Reuse Methods
 
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