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About ColdFusion Builder

  1. ColdFusion User Guide
  2. Introduction to ColdFusion
    1. About Adobe ColdFusion
    2. Download Adobe ColdFusion
    3. What's new in ColdFusion (2023 release)
    4. ColdFusion (2023 release) Release Notes
    5. Deprecated Features
    6. REST enhancements in ColdFusion
    7. Central Configuration Server
    8. Server Auto-Lockdown
    9. Asynchronous programming
    10. Docker images for ColdFusion
    11. SAML in ColdFusion
    12. JSON Web Tokens in ColdFusion
    13. Use SAML and LDAP in Admin
  3. Cloud Services in ColdFusion
    1. ColdFusion and GCP Storage
    2. ColdFusion and GCP Firestore
    3. ColdFusion and GCP PubSub
    4. ColdFusion and Amazon S3
    5. ColdFusion and DynamoDB
    6. ColdFusion and Amazon SQS
    7. ColdFusion and Amazon SNS
    8. ColdFusion and MongoDB
    9. ColdFusion and Azure Blob
    10. ColdFusion and Azure Service Bus
    11. Multi-cloud storage services
    12. Multi-cloud RDS databases
    13. ColdFusion and Azure Cosmos DB
  4. Install ColdFusion
    1. Install the server configuration
    2. Install ColdFusion- Zip Installer
    3. Install ColdFusion- GUI Installer
    4. CFSetup configuration tool
    5. ColdFusion Licensing and Activation
    6. ColdFusion server profiles
    7. Prepare to install ColdFusion
    8. Install the JEE configuration
    9. Install ColdFusion Express
    10. Install integrated technologies
    11. Configure your system
    12. Troubleshoot installation issues
    13. Install ColdFusion silently
    14. Install Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release) hotfix
    15. ColdFusion (2018 release) - Install JEE configuration
  5. Use ColdFusion
    1. GraphQL in ColdFusion
    2. Command Line Interface (CLI)
    3. External session storage
    4. Generate Swagger documents
    5. Language enhancements
    6. NTLM support
    7. Enhanced PDF in ColdFusion
    8. Security enhancements in ColdFusion (2016 release)
  6. Performance Monitoring Toolset
    1. Overview of ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    2. Auto-discovery of ColdFusion nodes and clusters
    3. Code profiler in ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    4. Configure ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset settings
    5. Install ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    6. View cloud metrics
    7. Monitor GraphQL in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    8. Configure TLS/SSL and Authentication for Elasticsearch 8.x  in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    9. View cluster and node metrics
    10. View data source metrics
    11. View external services
    12. View incoming services
    13. View list of sites and busy connections
    14. View topology of sites
    15. Datastore Health Monitoring
    16. Performance Monitoring Toolset Update 1
    17. Secure Performance Monitoring Toolset with HTTPS/SSL
    18. Performance Monitoring Toolset deployment guide
  7. Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    1. Getting started with Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    2. Add a ColdFusion server
    3. Project Manager
    4. Work with ColdFusion code
    5. Profile preferences
    6. Debug applications
    7. Refactoring
    8. Services Browser
    9. RDS support
    10. PMT Code Profiler integration
    11. Security Analyzer report integration
    12. Known issues in this release
  8. Use ColdFusion Builder
    1. About ColdFusion Builder
    2. System requirements | ColdFusion Builder
    3. Install ColdFusion Builder
    4. Edit code in ColdFusion Builder
    5. Manage servers in ColdFusion Builder
    6. Manage projects in ColdFusion Builder
    7. What's new in Adobe ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)
    8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Adobe ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)
    9. Debug applications in ColdFusion Builder
    10. ColdFusion Builder workbench
    11. ColdFusion Builder extensions
    12. Debugging Perspective in ColdFusion Builder
    13. Build mobile applications using ColdFusion Builder
    14. Bundled ColdFusion Server
    15. Debug mobile applications in ColdFusion Builder
    16. Use extensions in ColdFusion Builder
  9. Coldfusion API Manager
    1. Overview of Adobe ColdFusion API Manager
    2. Features in ColdFusion API Manager
    3. Get started with ColdFusion API Manager
    4. Install ColdFusion API Manager
    5. Authentication types
    6. Create and publish APIs
    7. Administrator
    8. Subscriber
    9. Throttling and rate limiting
    10. Notifications
    11. Connectors
    12. Set up cluster support
    13. Integrate ColdFusion and API Manager
    14. Metrics and Logging in API Manager
    15. Generate Swagger documents
    16. Configure SSL
    17. Known issues in this release
    18. Policies in ColdFusion API Manager
    19. Create a Redis cluster
    20. Multitenancy in API Manager
    21. Docker images for ColdFusion API Manager
  10. Configure and administer ColdFusion
    1. Administer ColdFusion
    2. Use the ColdFusion administrator
    3. Data Source Management for ColdFusion
    4. Connect to web servers
    5. Deploy ColdFusion applications
    6. Administer ColdFusion security
    7. Basic Troubleshooting and FAQs
    8. Work with Server Manager
    9. Use multiple server instances
    10. WebSocket Enhancements (ColdFusion 11)
    11. Security Enhancements (ColdFusion 11)
    12. Work with Server Monitor
    13. ColdFusion Administrator API Reference
  11. CFML Reference
    1. Introduction to CFML Reference
      1. New functions in ColdFusion (2018 release)
      2. New and changed functions/tags in Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release)
      3. Script supported tags and functions
      4. New and changed tags/functions in ColdFusion 11
    2. Reserved words and variables
      1. Reserved words and variables
      2. Reserved words
      3. Scope-specific built-in variables
      4. Custom tag variables
      5. ColdFusion tag-specific variables
      6. CGI environment (CGI Scope) variables
    3. ColdFusion tags
      1. ColdFusion tags
      2. Tags in ColdFusion 10
      3. Tag summary
      4. Tags by function
      5. Tag changes since ColdFusion 5
      6. Tags a-b
      7. Tags c
      8. Tags d-e
      9. Tags f
      10. Tags g-h
      11. Tags i
      12. Tags j-l
      13. Tags m-o
      14. Tags p-q
      15. Tags r-s
      16. Tags t
      17. Tags u-z
    4. ColdFusion functions
      1. ColdFusion functions
      2. New functions in ColdFusion 10
      3. ColdFusion functions by category
      4. Function changes since ColdFusion 5
      5. Functions a-b
      6. Functions c-d
      7. Functions e-g
      8. Functions h-im
      9. Functions in-k
      10. Functions l
      11. Functions m-r
      12. Functions s
      13. Functions t-z
      14. BooleanFormat
    5. Ajax JavaScript functions
      1. Ajax JavaScript functions
      2. Function summary Ajax
      3. ColdFusion.Ajax.submitForm
      4. ColdFusion.Autosuggest.getAutosuggestObject
      5. ColdFusion.Layout.enableSourceBind
      6. ColdFusion.MessageBox.getMessageBoxObject
      7. ColdFusion.ProgressBar.getProgressBarObject
      8. ColdFusion.MessageBox.isMessageBoxDefined
      9. JavaScriptFunctionsinColdFusion9Update1
    6. ColdFusion ActionScript functions
      1. ColdFusion ActionScript functions
      2. CF.http
      3. CF.query
    7. ColdFusion mobile functions
      1. ColdFusion Mobile Functions
      2. Accelerometer Functions
      3. Camera Functions
      4. Connection Functions
      5. Contact Functions
      6. Event Functions
      7. File System Functions
      8. Geolocation Functions
      9. Media and Capture Functions
      10. Notification Functions
      11. Splash Screen Functions
      12. Storage Functions
    8. Application.cfc reference
      1. Application.CFC reference
      2. Application variables
      3. Method summary
      4. onAbort
      5. onApplicationEnd
      6. onApplicationStart
      7. onMissingTemplate
      8. onCFCRequest
      9. onError
      10. onRequestEnd
      11. onRequest
      12. onRequestStart
      13. onServerStart
      14. onSessionEnd
      15. onSessionStart
    9. Script functions implemented as CFCs
      1. Script Functions Implemented as CFCs
      2. Accessing the functions
      3. Function summary
      4. ftp
      5. http
      6. mail
      7. pdf
      8. query
      9. Script functions implemented as CFCs in ColdFusion 9 Update 1
      10. storedproc
    10. ColdFusion Flash Form style reference
      1. Styles valid for all controls
      2. Styles for cfform
      3. Styles for cfformgroup with horizontal or vertical type attributes
      4. Styles for box-style cfformgroup elements
      5. Styles for cfformgroup with accordion type attribute
      6. Styles for cfformgroup with tabnavigator type attribute
      7. Styles for cfformitem with hrule or vrule type attributes
      8. Styles for cfinput with radio, checkbox, button, image, or submit type attributes
      9. Styles for cftextarea tag and cfinput with text, password, or hidden type attributes
      10. Styles for cfselect with size attribute value of 1
      11. Styles for cfselect with size attribute value greater than 1
      12. Styles for cfcalendar tag and cfinput with dateField type attribute
      13. Styles for the cfgrid tag
      14. Styles for the cftree tag
      15. ColdFusion Flash Form Style Reference
    11. ColdFusion event gateway reference
      1. ColdFusion Event Gateway reference
      2. addEvent
      3. CFEvent
      4. CFEventclass
      5. Constructor
      6. Gateway development interfaces and classes
      7. getStatus
      8. setCFCPath
      9. setCFCMethod
      10. getOriginatorID
      11. getLogger
      12. getBuddyList
      13. getBuddyInfo
      14. IM gateway message sending commands
      15. IM Gateway GatewayHelper class methods
      16. onIncomingMessage
      17. onIMServerMessage
      18. onBuddyStatus
      19. onAddBuddyResponse
      20. onAddBuddyRequest
      21. IM Gateway CFC incoming message methods
      22. IM gateway methods and commands
      23. CFML CFEvent structure
      24. warn
      25. info
      26. setOriginatorID
      27. data command
      28. submit Multi command
      29. submit command
      30. setGatewayType
      31. setGatewayID
      32. setData
      33. setCFCListeners
      34. outgoingMessage
      35. getStatusTimeStamp
      36. numberOfMessagesReceived
      37. numberOfMessagesSent
      38. removeBuddy
      39. removeDeny
      40. removePermit
      41. setNickName
      42. setPermitMode
      43. setStatus
      44. SMS Gateway CFEvent structure and commands
      45. SMS Gateway incoming message CFEvent structure
      46. getStatusAsString
      47. getProtocolName
      48. getPermitMode
      49. getPermitList
      50. getNickName
      51. getName
      52. getDenyList
      53. getCustomAwayMessage
      54. getQueueSize
      55. getMaxQueueSize
      56. getHelper
      57. getGatewayType
      58. getGatewayServices
      59. getGatewayID_1
      60. getGatewayID
      61. getData
      62. getCFCTimeout
      63. setCFCTimeout
      64. getCFCPath
      65. getCFCMethod
      66. GatewayServices class
      67. Gateway interface
      68. GatewayHelper interface
      69. addPermit
      70. addDeny
      71. addBuddy
      72. error
      73. debug
      74. Logger class
      75. stop
      76. start
      77. CFML event gateway SendGatewayMessage data parameter
      78. restart
      79. fatal
      80. SMS gateway message sending commands
    12. ColdFusion C++ CFX Reference
      1. C++ class overview
      2. Deprecated class methods
      3. CCFXException class
      4. CCFXQuery class
      5. CCFXRequest class
      6. CCFXStringSet class
      7. ColdFusion C++ CFX Reference
    13. ColdFusion Java CFX reference
      1. ColdFusion Java CFX reference
      2. Class libraries overview
      3. Custom tag interface
      4. Query interface
      5. Request interface
      6. Response interface
      7. Debugging classes reference
    14. WDDX JavaScript Objects
      1. WDDX JavaScript objects
      2. JavaScript object overview
      3. WddxRecordset object
      4. WddxSerializer object
  12. Develop ColdFusion applications
    1. Introducing ColdFusion
      1. Introducing ColdFusion
      2. About ColdFusion
      3. About Internet applications and web application servers
      4. About JEE and the ColdFusion architecture
    2. Changes in ColdFusion
      1. Changes in ColdFusion
      2. Replacement of JRun with Tomcat
      3. Security enhancements
      4. ColdFusion WebSocket
      5. Enhanced Java integration
      6. ColdFusion ORM search for indexing and search
      7. Solr enhancements
      8. Scheduler enhancements
      9. Integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
      10. RESTful Web Services in ColdFusion
      11. Lazy loading across client and server in ColdFusion
      12. Web service enhancements
      13. Displaying geolocation
      14. Client-side charting
      15. Caching enhancements
      16. Server update using ColdFusion Administrator
      17. Secure Profile for ColdFusion Administrator
    3. Introduction to application development
      1. Introduction to application development using ColdFusion
      2. Using the Developing ColdFusion Applications guide
      3. About Adobe ColdFusion documentation for Developers
    4. The CFML programming language
      1. The CFML programming language
      2. Elements of CFML
      3. ColdFusion variables
      4. Expressions and number signs
      5. Arrays and structures
      6. Extend ColdFusion pages with CFML scripting
      7. Regular expressions in functions
      8. ColdFusion language enhancements
      9. Built-in functions as first class citizen
      10. Data types- Developing guide
    5. Building blocks of ColdFusion applications
      1. Building blocks of ColdFusion applications
      2. Create ColdFusion elements
      3. Write and call user-defined functions
      4. Build and use ColdFusion Components
      5. Create and use custom CFML tags
      6. Build custom CFXAPI tags
      7. Use the member functions
      8. Object Oriented Programming in ColdFusion
    6. Develop CFML applications
      1. Develop CFML applications
      2. Design and optimize a ColdFusion application
      3. Handle errors
      4. Use persistent data and locking
      5. Use ColdFusion threads
      6. Secure applications
      7. Client-side CFML (for mobile development)
      8. Use the ColdFusion debugger
      9. Debugging and Troubleshooting Applications
      10. Develop globalized applications
      11. REST enhancements in ColdFusion
      12. Authentication through OAuth
      13. Social enhancements
    7. Develop mobile applications
      1. Mobile application development
      2. Build mobile applications
      3. Debug mobile applications
      4. Inspect mobile applications
      5. Package mobile applications
      6. Troubleshoot mobile applications
      7. Device detection
      8. Client-side CFML
      9. Mobile Templates
      10. Code samples to build a mobile application
    8. Access and use data
      1. Access and use data
      2. Introduction to Databases and SQL
      3. Access and retrieve data
      4. Update database
      5. Use Query of Queries
      6. Manage LDAP directories
      7. Solr search support
    9. ColdFusion ORM
      1. ColdFusion ORM
      2. Introducing ColdFusion ORM
      3. ORM architecture
      4. Configure ORM
      5. Define ORM mapping
      6. Work with objects
      7. ORM session management
      8. Transaction and concurrency
      9. Use HQL queries
      10. Autogenerate database schema
      11. Support for multiple data sources for ORM
      12. ColdFusion ORM search
    10. ColdFusion and HTML5
      1. ColdFusion and HTML 5
      2. Use ColdFusion Web Sockets
      3. Media Player enhancements
      4. Client-side charting
      5. Display geolocation data
    11. Flex and AIR integration in ColdFusion
      1. Flex and AIR integration in ColdFusion
      2. Use the Flash Remoting Service
      3. Use Flash Remoting Update
      4. Offline AIR application support
      5. Proxy ActionScript classes for ColdFusion services
      6. Use LiveCycle Data Services ES assembler
      7. Use server-side ActionScript
    12. Request and present information
      1. Request and present information
      2. Retrieve and format data
      3. Build dynamic forms with cfform tags
      4. Validate data
      5. Create forms in Flash
      6. Create skinnable XML forms
      7. Use Ajax data and development features
      8. Use Ajax User Interface components and features
    13. Office file interoperability
      1. Office file interoperability
      2. Using cfdocument
      3. Using cfpresentation
      4. Using cfspreadsheet
      5. Supported Office conversion formats
      6. SharePoint integration
    14. ColdFusion portlets
      1. ColdFusion portlets
      2. Run a ColdFusion portlet on a JBoss portal server
      3. Run a ColdFusion portlet on a WebSphere portal server
      4. Common methods used in portlet.cfc
      5. ColdFusion portlet components
      6. Support for JSR-286
    15. Work with documents, charts, and reports
      1. Work with documents, charts, and reports
      2. Manipulate PDF forms in ColdFusion
      3. Assemble PDF documents
      4. Create and manipulate ColdFusion images
      5. Create charts and graphs
      6. Create reports and documents for printing
      7. Create reports with Report Builder
      8. Create slide presentations
    16. Use web elements and external objects
      1. Use web elements and external objects
      2. Use XML and WDDX
      3. Use web services
      4. Use ColdFusion web services
      5. Integrate JEE and Java elements in CFML applications
      6. Use Microsoft .NET assemblies
      7. Integrate COM and CORBA objects in CFML applications
    17. Use external resources
      1. Send and receive e-mail
      2. Interact with Microsoft Exchange servers
      3. Interact with remote servers
      4. Manage files on the server
      5. Use event gateways
      6. Create custom event gateways
      7. Use the ColdFusion extensions for Eclipse
      8. Use the data services messaging event gateway
      9. Use the data management event gateway
      10. Use the FMS event gateway
      11. Use the instant messaging event gateways
      12. Use the SMS event gateway


Adobe® ColdFusion® Builder™ is built on top of Eclipse™, an open-source IDE (Integrated Development Environment). An IDE contains most of the tools that developers need within a single application. ColdFusion Builder provides tools for editing and validating code, managing files and projects, and debugging. The plug-in architecture of ColdFusion Builder lets you extend the functionality for your own needs.

ColdFusion Builder runs on Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® Macintosh platforms. The installation configuration options let you install ColdFusion Builder as a standalone installation or as a set of plug-ins within an existing Eclipse workbench installation. For more information, see Installing Adobe ColdFusion Builder.

ColdFusion Builder configurations

The ColdFusion Builder installer provides the following two configuration options:

  • Standalone ColdFusion Builder IDE Installation: Installs ColdFusion Builder as a standalone IDE (Integrated Development Environment) built on Eclipse™ 4.6.
  • ColdFusion Builder plug-ins within Eclipse IDE: Installs ColdFusion Builder as a plug-in with an existing Eclipse IDE. This configuration is for users who already use the Eclipse workbench and want to add ColdFusion Builder plug-ins to their toolkit of Eclipse plug-ins.

If you are not sure which configuration to use, follow these guidelines:

  • If you already use and have Eclipse 4.6 or higher installed, select the plug-in configuration.
  • If you do not have Eclipse 4.6 or higher installed, select the standalone configuration. This configuration also allows you to install other Eclipse plug-ins, so you can expand the scope of your development work in the future.

The two configurations provide the same functionality. However, some menu names and the ways to access the menu commands sometimes differ slightly in the plug-in configuration.

Activating ColdFusion Builder

When you start ColdFusion Builder, you are prompted to enter the product serial number. When you enter a valid product serial number, activation happens in the background the first time the software detects an Internet connection.

If you do not enter the product serial number when you start ColdFusion Builder, you can use the trial version of the full-featured ColdFusion Builder (2018 release) for 60 days. After the trial expires, you need to purchase a license to continue using all the features. If not, ColdFusion Builder switches to a feature-limited Express Edition.

ColdFusion Builder Express Edition

The Express Edition lets you use ColdFusion Builder with the basic features such as editor, code assist, and syntax highlighting.But the following key features are not available in the Express Edition:

  • Code assist for extensions
  • Code insight
  • Extension callback
  • Connection to remote server
  • Quick fix
  • Debugging remote projects
  • Refactoring
  • ColdFusion search
  • Code formatting
  • Log viewer
  • Local file browser
  • Code hyperlinks
  • Hover help
  • Mobile development, inspection, debugging, and packaging 

You can convert the Express Edition to a full-featured version by purchasing the license and specifying the product serial number.

Managing ColdFusion Builder licenses

If you are a single-license user you can use ColdFusion Builder on up to two computers. To use your ColdFusion Builder license on a different computer than your original two computers, deactivate the ColdFusion Builder license on one of the two computers. After which, you can use it on another computer.

Updating ColdFusion Builder

Updates to ColdFusion Builder can include changes to security or new product functionality. Adobe recommends that you periodically check and install the updates, when available.

  1. In Adobe ColdFusion Builder, select Help > Check for Updates. If any new updates are available, ColdFusion Builder downloads and installs the updates.

  2. For the updates to take effect, restart ColdFusion Builder (standalone configuration) or restart Eclipse (plug-in configuration).

Installing third-party Eclipse plug-ins

ColdFusion Builder provides integration with third-party Eclipse plug-ins that let you extend or customize your development environment. You can install the third-party Eclipse plug-ins on Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

  1. In Adobe ColdFusion Builder, select Help > Install New Software.

  2. Click Add.

  3. Enter the name and URL of the plug-in to install.

  4. Select the plug-ins to Install.

  5. Click Next and follow the instructions in the Install wizard .

  6. Click Finish.

Getting started experience

ColdFusion Builder presents a dynamic getting started experience. Any time you start ColdFusion Builder, the Start Page screen invites access to:

  • Getting started tutorials
  • Workflows
  • Movie tutorials
  • Notifications such as What is new in a release and details of ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder releases and hot fixes
  • Tips and tricks
  • Useful resources
  • Most used options such as Recently Open Files, Links to Open Project Wizard, Add server, Recommended extensions, and Install Extensions

You can choose to hide the Start Page, and then later display it again.

ColdFusion Builder Help System

While you work in ColdFusion Builder, you can display context-sensitive Help for specific user interface elements of the workbench (views and dialog boxes) and language-reference help for code elements.

Eclipse Help System

The Eclipse Help system displays CFML reference Help for code elements. The Eclipse Help system also displays Help for any third-party plug-ins that you install or that come packaged with ColdFusion Builder.

 The help content for the dialogs and wizards will be shown in a built-in browser just like how the help content for the CFML tags are rendered.

To open and view the Eclipse Help system, select Help > Help Contents.

Display CFML Reference Help

The CFML Reference is integrated into ColdFusion Builder, letting you quickly review the reference Help for a CFML tag or function.

To open the Help topic for a CFML tag or function, do the following:

  1. In the CFML editor, select a CFML tag element or function by highlighting or placing the pointer on the built-in tag or function name.

  2. Press F1 (Windows) or the equivalent keyboard shortcut for Mac OS. A link to the Help page for the selected tag is displayed in the docked Help window.


    In Mac OS, when you press Command+Shift+/ to view Help for a CFML tag or function, generic editor Help appears in the docked Help window. To see the tag or function-specific Help, click the selected tag or function name in the CFML Editor again.

  3. Click the Help page link. The Help page for the selected tag or function is displayed.

Set Help Preferences

You can set Help preferences to control how Help is displayed in the Eclipse Help system.

  1. In ColdFusion Builder, select Window > Preferences.

  2. In the Preferences dialog box, you see a tree-view structure on the left side. Select Help.

  3. Set the following options, as required.

  • Open help search Determines whether to display the help search in the Dynamic Help view window or in a browser. By default, in the Dynamic Help is selected.
  • Open help view documents Determines where to display documents that are opened from links in Dynamic Help. By default, In-place is selected, and Help documents open in the Dynamic Help view window. To open Help documents in the ColdFusion Builder IDE editing area, select In the editor area.
  • Open help contents Lets you display help in a web browser of your choice. By default, the embedded browser of the IDE displays Help. Select In an external browser and then select the Web Browser link to select your web browser.
  • Open window context help Determines how to display context-sensitive Help links for an open window. By default, context-sensitive Help links are displayed in the Dynamic Help view which, when opened, is docked into the current perspective like all other views. To display context-sensitive Help links in an infopop (similar to a tooltip), select In An Infopop.
  • Open dialog context help Determines how to display context-sensitive Help links for an open dialog box. By default, Help is displayed in the dialog box. To display context-sensitive Help links in an infopop (similar to a tooltip), select In An Infopop.

Use dynamic Help

Dynamic Help is docked to the current perspective and displays topics for the associated views and dialog boxes.

  1. Select Help > Dynamic Help.

To change the default keyboard shortcut binding, select Window > Preferences > General > Keys, and change the associated binding for the Dynamic Help command. 

Getting started with ColdFusion Builder

Using ColdFusion Builder, you can develop ColdFusion applications in a full-featured IDE that lets you complete the following tasks:


Before getting started with the tasks, ensure that you are familiar with the ColdFusion Builder workbench and its capabilities and features. For more information, see ColdFusion Builder Workbench Basics.

  • Create ColdFusion projects: Using the Project wizard, you can create a project and configure a local or remote server with it. 
  • Add and manage servers: ColdFusion Builder includes integrated server management that allows you to manage your ColdFusion servers, the ColdFusion Administrator, and Server Monitor within ColdFusion Builder.You can configure both JRun and non-JRun servers. To manage your applications efficiently, ColdFusion Builder provides features such as virtual hosts, virtual directories, and URL prefixes. For more information on using these features and managing your servers, see Managing Servers.
  • Create ColdFusion pages, components, and interfaces: ColdFusion Builder provides wizards that let you create resources such as, ColdFusion pages, ColdFusion components (CFCs), and interfaces. You can associate these resources to a project. 
  • Write and edit your ColdFusion application source code using the CFML editor: ColdFusion Builder provides code editors to edit CFML, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS code. Based on the type of code that you are editing, the appropriate editor is opened. The editors provide many features, including code colorization, code assist, and Outline view, which help you navigate through your code. The CFML editor provides features such as code completion, code refactoring, and streamlined code navigation. ColdFusion Builder lets you use different colors and fonts to display your code in the editor. For more information on the complete feature-functionality of the CFML Editor, see Code Editing in ColdFusion Builder.
  • Write and edit SQL statements using the SQL Editor: The CFML editor has an integrated SQL editor that lets you edit and write SQL statements. You can also set code colorization preferences for supported SQL statements. For more information on the SQL Editor, see SQL Editor.
  • Use and create CFML dictionaries: ColdFusion Builder provides built-in CFML dictionaries that assist you with CFML code completion. CFML dictionaries are supported for ColdFusion versions 7, 8 and 9. You can also create your own custom CFML dictionary. For more information about using and creating dictionaries, see CFML Dictionaries.
  • Use ColdFusion Builder development views: ColdFusion Builder provides many views that let you develop your applications easily.The RDS FileView lets you access and explore file systems on local and remote servers. The RDS DataView lets you access and explore local or remote data sources. For more information, see RDS FileView and RDS DataView.You can also query data on a local or remote data servers using the RDS Query Viewer. For more information, see RDS Query viewer.The Services Browser view lets you browse through CFCs and their methods within the server web root. You can access both local and remote CFCs and web services. For more information, see Services Browser view.The Snippets view and Outline view let you reuse and streamline your code. For more information, see Snippets view and Outline view.For more information about all the development views, see ColdFusion Builder Development perspective.
  • Use the ColdFusion debugger to debug applications: ColdFusion Builder provides an integrated debugger with debugging views, like the Debug view and the Breakpoints view, which let you debug your applications. You can add breakpoints to your code, step into or over functions, and examine and evaluate expressions. You can debug files on both local and remote servers. For more information, see Debugging Applications.The Problems view, TailView view, and Console view detect syntax, server, and compilation errors and display them.
  • Use and develop ColdFusion Builder extensions: Use the Extensions view to manage ColdFusion Builder extensions. You can develop extensions to generate code, design user interfaces, and perform basic CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations on the database. You can also develop extensions to perform custom actions such as opening files in the CFML Editor or inserting text in an open file. For more information about creating extensions, see ColdFusion Builder Extensions. ColdFusion Builder provides the ColdFusion Builder Extension Creator to guide you through the process of creating and packaging extensions.
    The following extensions come packaged with ColdFusion Builder.
    • Adobe CFC Generator
    • ActionScript Class Generator
      For more information on installing and using these extensions, see Using Extensions.
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