OK, been quite a few posts out there, within the CF community, about how you can download the ColdFusion RDS plugins for Eclipse (Well, CFEclipse). Now, if you have Flex Builder 2.0 then you already have it. At least I think you do, it might be an option during install, but either way it's available to you with Flex Builder 2.0. But, you can also go to that first link in this post to download it by itself. Install is pretty cut and dry, but you kind of have to search a little to find out what to do next.
For those of you coming in late, you may reference the related entries to catch up (quick reads, I promise).
Last time we began filling our template and creating our stylesheet. Just some basics, where we defined a primary content area.
More than once I've had someone ask me what I've got in my tool box, what apps and utilities do I use for programming applications. I thought it would be a good idea to post these. Maybe someone will find something interesting, or useful. Maybe I'll look back on it in a dozen years and laugh. Here's the listing. How does yours compare?
- Internet Explorer -
Yes, I know. We hate it. But 88% of the users of the sites I develop use it, so I must test in it.
- FireFox -
Browser of choice (and champions), along with a few extensions:
- All-In-One Sidebar
- DOM Inspector
- HTML Validator
- Tabbrowser Preferences
- View Formatted Source
- View Source Chart
- Web Developer
- Eclipse + Callisto + CFEclipse
- Photoshop CS2 or Fireworks (just depends)
- Thunderbird (yes, email counts in development)
- ColdFusion (6.1 converting to 7 at work, 7 on most side work)
But my most important tools? Books and Blogs. Here is some current reading:
- The Bible (classic King James, with italics)
- CFMX7 Certified Developer Study Guide
- MySQL Tutorial
- Teach Yourself XSLT in 21 Days
- DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
- Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 for Server Geeks
- Many CF (and more) blogs (Ray, Sean, Aaron, Mark, others)
Somewhere down the line I hope to throw the Flex Builder into that Eclipse. At work I use MSSQL, but on most side work I use MySQL. I use BlogCFC for this blog). I love Model-Glue, though I've worked with Mach-II, and I hope to look at Fusebox 5 real soon (never really liked the earlier implementations much, though).
Pretty simple. I throw some other things in when I need to. I like the "find" functionality of Dreamweaver better than that of CFEclipse (note to self: drop Mark a ticket in the bug tracker). I use Flash at the office, but mostly to troubleshoot issues (we have a bang up Flash designer who is also learning ColdFusion).
Ok, before we continue lets's pick apart our template a little.
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
We defined the doctype of our page as a transitional XHTML 1.0 document with english as the language. The doctype declaration is a required element of any well-formed XHTML page, and references the appropriate DTD (document type definition) for the content of the document.
DTD is used by SGML applications, such as HTML, to specify rules that apply to the markup of documents of a particular type, including a set of element and entity declarations.
Bad Habits and Disillusionment
A continuation of The History of Cutter and Computers
So, there I was, back into computers again. And, in my mind, this World Wide Web thing was gonna take off. I quickly got tired of perusing online porn day-in and day-out, IRC was boring, and people were really starting to try to make money. This new online bookstore of the day, Amazon.com, was really taking off in sales, even though they still weren't turning a profit.
Over the years I've seen a trend. There are a lot of designers who've learned some development, but fewer developers have learned design.
Well, I downloaded the CFEclipse beta plugin, and installed it into a fresh install of Eclipse 3.2. I opened my workbench, set up a project, opened my perspective and everything broke. CFEclipse has always been a great tool, but this beta is way too early, and should probably be scrapped to start over.
OK, jokes over. Mark Drew will quietly chuckle at this post, the last time I'll bring up this now old joke from the conference. The fact is, CFEclipse is the new phenom. Everybody loves it. Everybody was talking about it. Every session showing code examples was using it. And everyone from Ben Forta to Sean Corfield to Joe Rinehart (etc., etc....) was telling us "If you're not using it you should be".
Those of you who've been following this blog know that we spent quite a bit of time with Mark while in Bethesda. Aside for consuming fairly large amounts of alcohol, we also had the opportunity to give Mark some feedback on CFEclipse features, for which he was furiously taking notes for later updates. In Mark's (paraphrased) words, "This is great. I spend so much time working on CFEclipse (in Java) that sometimes I lose site of what features might be necessary from a (CF) development standpoint."
Needless to say, downloads of CFEclipse saw a sharp increase during and after the conference. In a small bit of irony, during the Flex sessions the presenters kept saying "use CFEclipse" for CFC editing, yet Flex 2.0 does not yet work on Eclipse 3.2 (several key features break, including the RDS support), yet the beta ("Beeta", as Mark would say) only works on Eclipse 3.2. I asked Mike Nimer about this during the Flex and ColdFusion Integration session, at which point he stated that an update to Flex would be "a priority." (Side Note: the Eclipse Callisto release, an update to 3.2 for the IDE, as well as several key related projects, came out two days after Ben's keynote announcement about the release of Flex 2.0)
The good news? For those who care to do so, Eclipse runs standalone, so you could run 3.1, with the current stable version of CFEclipse, if you wish to do Flex development, while also running 3.2 with the CFEclipse beta for straight CF development.
Some features of the beta? Language versioning per project for tag insight and code complete (courtesy of funding from NewAtlanta), Word Wrap (yeah!), and CF dev toolbars similar to those of Dreamweaver or Homesite (for those of you who like that sort of thing).
And, straight from the CFEclipse session, the one really cool feature that's been there that most never knew about? The scibble pad. Look it up, you won't regret it.
This is reprinted from a series of articles I used to write for the 741st MI BN newsletter. This was the first article of that series, which started on the 4th of July, somewhere around 1994. - Cutter
The shot that was heard around the world. That was what they called the beginning of the resistance to the opposing invasion. A corrupt and cruel government had been imposing crippling taxes and stilting the trade of its colonies, all without the consent of their legislatures. Many in the colonies had decided that they weren't going to take it anymore. But some were still undecided about independence.