While most other ColdFusion books--as well as Macromedia's product documentation--play largely to those who've honed their programming concepts elsewhere, Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion in 21 Days taps the vast market of static-page designers who are ready to take their sites to the next level. Drawing on the success of his popular ColdFusion tutorial on Wired's Webmonkey site, author Charles Mohnike provides readers with a fundamental understanding of how ColdFusion works, and then guides them through the use of ColdFusion to create their own applications quickly and easily. ColdFusion's upcoming release capitalizes on the macromedia partnership by adding direct support for Flash, allowing developers to add dynamic content and database interactivity to their animations. In addition, the new version of ColdFusion anticipates the growing demand for Web services by increasing its integration with technologies such as XML and SOAP.
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My first exposure to ColdFusion was an expensive fast-track class. I came away from it shaking my head and wondering if I would be able to do anything with ColdFusion at all. My experience was with web design - I didn't have any database or backend experience at all. After the class, I purchased ColdFusion Studio and this book. Before my 21 days was up, I was impressing myself with what I was able to accomplish with ColdFusion. I'm looking for a book now to take me to the next step, but for a beginner this book is excellent and fun to read.
Well, well, what can I say? This book did not get off to a very good start....and I'll tell you why. It is because I already have around 7 breeze block sized computer books, every single one of them has only had perhaps five dozen pages thumbed through before I gave up. They all started with the ubiquitous 'let me let you in on a secret, this stuff is pretty easy etc...'. Then they go off at wild and frustrating tangents leaving you high and dry. ...It says 21 days, but I finished it in 3, pulled up a chair and started coding away!! He mentioned several times in the book that he expects you to be fairly proficient in HTML coding, so I was a bit apprehensive. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Every single tag of HTML is explained along with the ColdFusion stuff. This book not only taught me ColdFusion, but it also taught me both HTML and SQL!! This is totally unbelievable and makes SUCH a refreshing change from the norm! The style could not be criticised, it was humorous,...
If you are new to ColdFusion, but an experienced Web developer, I can tell you from experience that you will gain a lot from this book--fast. It has the typical convenience and layout of all SAMS books, and it has all the content you need to get yourself started in scripting real, practical ColdFusion Web applications. If you are an expert developer, you really don't need any books. You can gain all you need by looking up ColdFusion reference sites on the Internet. But then, you will find information on all the ColdFusion tags, but may not necessarily find perfect examples all on one site. If you are the type of person who wants easy, smoothly flowing reading before a nights sleep, then this book is definitely for you. It doesn't just tell you what each tag does, but it also tells you practical uses and examples. There's always the tag reference in the appendix in the back of the book. Plus, half the time you are online you are doing things other than putting effort into...
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