Sunday, April 18, 2010

How to Learn ColdFusion

Here are a few tips for how to go about learning ColdFusion

  • Adobe Documentation ( then click on "Developer Documentation." This is a terrific resource. Look for two items in particular:
    • Developing ColdFusion 9 Applications - this is basically a free text book It is 1317 pages long!! It explains how to do a heck of a lot - for free!
    • ColdFusion 9 CFML Reference - This one is the dictionary. It is a listing of each tag and function. But, it doesn’t explain HOW to do anything.
  • CFQuickDocs (
    • a quick interface for the reference mentioned above. It is a faster interface
  • Safari Books online ( - this one is not free, but it lets you search through hundreds (maybe thousands) of books including some that have not been released yet (Rough Cuts - like Ben Forta's Web Application Construction Kit for CF9)
  • ColdFusion Meetup ( - This is an online user group which records the meetings, so you can go back to older topics which you didn't need then, but do need now.
  • Take a class - I also am a ColdFusion instructor, so I teach classes. Take a look at courses available online or in person.
  • Online Blogs - It is amazing how many tutorials are available online. Learn to fine tune your search techniques and you can find a ton of help.
  • Practice practice practice - actual need is the best teacher in a way. The more you just try things out, the more you learn!

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