Thursday, November 12, 2009

Learning: Filling in Gaps

I know that what any one developer needs to know is dependent on what said developer does.  There's also some set of common knowledge that could reasonably be considered the 'base.'

If I've been using ColdFusion for eight years, obviously there are some things that I can do pretty well (and hopefully using best practices).  However, I know that there are many large gaps in my knowledge.

Can anyone recommend any books that do an especially good (thorough, organized) job covering ColdFusion basics in a tutorial style? I would really like to read/skim through an excellent guide, taking time on the parts I don't know, so that I can feel there are fewer gaps. I want tutorial, as opposed to reference, so that the material is presented with the intention of teaching me something.


  1. There's not a lot of CF books around, unfortunately. There is CFWACK, of course. I know that a revision to cover CF9 is being worked on but will not be published till later into 2010.

    You might want to take a look at "ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial" by John Farrar. It's designed to get you up to speed in CF and covers features such as ajax, PDF, REST services, etc.

  2. Hey Sarah,

    The ColdFusion Anthology came out not too long ago, and I think this would make an excellent addition to your CF library. It is essentially a greatest hits of articles from the Fusion Quarterly Update. Each chapter is its own tutorial or introduction to some greater concept (e.g. CF features, OOP, frameworks). You can get it through Amazon for the time being.


  3. ColdFusion books are few and far between. I just read this book last week and loved it. A great introduction (or refresher) on OO development with CF: