Adobe Fast Track to ColdFusion MX 7

ColdFusion MX IconAdobe Fast Track to ColdFusion MX 7 is a 3-day training course that provides experienced Web developers with the knowledge and hands-on practice they need to start building and maintaining dynamic and interactive Web applications using ColdFusion MX 7.


  • Setting up the ColdFusion development environment
  • Using Dreamweaver MX
  • Publishing dynamic data using ColdFusion tags
  • Reusing common code
  • Building forms with ColdFusion MX
  • Building search interfaces
  • Building data drill-down interfaces
  • Accepting user information for updating and inserting data in databases
  • Incorporating JavaScript to perform client side validation
  • Securing web pages


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Set up and manage the ColdFusion MX development environment
  • Use ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML)
  • Connect to a database
  • Build queries that retrieve, insert, and update data dynamically
  • Perform client-side and server-side validation
  • Authenticate users and secure access to pages
  • Use local, query, form, and URL variables
  • Re-use code
  • Incorporate custom tags, user defined functions, and ColdFusion components into your application
  • Create a search form
  • Build a data drill-down interface
  • Develop fully interactive, database-driven web applications


To gain the most from the class, you should already have:

  • A familiarity with Web terminology
  • An understanding of Web server characteristics
  • Experience with the HTML tag set and syntax
  • Familiarity with the SQL command set, including SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introducing the Course

  • About the course
  • Course objectives
  • Course prerequisites
  • Course format

Unit 2: Introducing ColdFusion

  • Advantages of dynamic web pages
  • Using ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML)
  • ColdFusion Components and Features
  • Configuring ColdFusion environments
  • Creating a site with Dreamweaver MX 2004
  • Creating local variables with
  • Referencing variables
  • Displaying variable values using
  • Including files using the tag
  • Creating comments

Unit 3: Publishing Database Content

  • Understanding Relational Databases
  • Using Database Drivers to connect to data sources
  • Understanding the tag
  • ColdFusion Administrator debugging
  • Using to display database data
  • Using the Dynamic Table Tool
  • Additional information returned with queries
  • Using ColdFusion Functions

Unit 4: Building Forms with ColdFusion

  • Understanding HTML forms and form controls
  • Enabling debug output
  • Self-Posting forms
  • Determining form submission with and IsDefined()
  • Evaluating form variables
  • The tag
  • Converting to ColdFusion forms
  • Using

Unit 5: Building Search Interfaces

  • Using form data in dynamic queries
  • Preserving form data
  • Creating dynamic SQL
  • Using multiple search criteria
  • Creating a dynamic SQL statement
  • Using text searches
  • Using list searches

Unit 6: Building a Drill-Down Interface

  • Using Dynamic URL parameters
  • Creating a Query String
  • Dynamic URL Parameters
  • Creating a data drill-down
  • Data drill-down page

Unit 7: Inserting New Data

  • Building an Insert FORM Page
  • Using ColdFusion Validation
  • Using Client-side Validation
  • Using Server-side Validation
  • Creating Custom validation
  • Building Insert ACTION Logic
  • Using with INSERT
  • Redirecting Process Flow with the tag

Unit 8: Updating Data

  • Building an Update FORM Page
  • Providing the primary key for update
  • Pre-Filling HTML Forms
  • Building Update Logic

Unit 9: Reusing Templates

  • Reusing Code
  • Using Custom Tags
  • Using User-Defined Functions
  • Finding UDFs
  • ColdFusion Components
  • Finding CFCs

Unit 10: Securing an Application

  • Using the ColdFusion Login Wizard
  • Understanding the Login Pages
  • Customizing the Login
  • Using the Application Framework
  • Using Application Events
  • Using Application Variables
  • Using Session Variables