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    Does anyone in here use Cold Fusion? If so is it as powerful as asp/php? Is it a tough program to learn and use? Thanks

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    I user CF at work and PHP at home. At work, I help design dynamic webpages as well as maintain the webservers. At home, I use PHP to create games for my site(believe me, php will do MUCH MUCH more.) I tried talking the boss into trying PHP, but since it is free and no support, it didn't fly.

    All in all, I still prefer php. Much easier to use, much less overhead.

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    I only know tiny bits and pieces of CF from when Allaire's download Web site went down and displayed the database connections, etc.

    From what I hear it is a proprietery (sp) technology which can be powerful for connecting to databases. However it's more like HTML than like ASP because you control stuff through tags, like <CFINPUT> and a bunch of others that are then interpreted by the CF Server (available for linux, solaris, bsd (?), and nt).
    http://www.javascripts.com/ uses them. Their site is always incredibly slow, though.

    If you are coding in CF (or any other language, for that matter) be SURE to get Homesite 4.0 from http://www.allaire.com/ . It is the program of choice for most coders.

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    How does Dreamweaver work with it?

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    Dreamweaver actually doesn't handle programming languages very well, but it doesn't go crazy over them and try to correct the syntax like a certain editor ...cough(FP2k)... I know of...

    Dreamweaver puts a tiny little symbol in place of PHP and ASP tags which represents a coding block.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote/font><HR>Originally posted by bilbong30:
    How does Dreamweaver work with it?
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    Not very well, generally I do a quick, HTML-only mock up in Dreamweaver and then the rest of the coding in Homesite or Coldfusion Studio.

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    Actually if you want to do Cold Fusion programming the best editor to use is Homesite. It has tight integration with Cold Fusion and has help built into it. It is also made by Allaire and is probably the most popular HTML Editor on the market today. Probably has something to do with the fact that it costs half as much as DreamWeaver. The great thing is that for those of you using Dreamweaver, it comes with Allaire Homesite on the CD (or at least it used to) and the two products integrate together. I know Homesite 4.5.1 still has the integration features built in but I don't use Dreamweaver so I don't know if it is reciprocal.

    Cold Fusion is simply an XML-based DTD that gets interpreted by a custom parser. ASP is a technology that allows a user to access objects and components on the server through scripting scripting languages installed on the server level. PHP is similar but includes its own scripting engine.

    I haven't looked into Cold Fusion that much because there are more wide spread technologies in use, namely ASP and PHP, that give you the same functionality. From what I have been reading though I would have to say that Cold Fusion is not as powerful as ASP or PHP because a lot of Cold Fusion developers are integrating ASP into their Cold Fusion applications.

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    If you are really looking for an editor to do CF pages check out Cold Fusion Studio also by Allaire.

    It looks a lot like Homesite plus it has a great section to easily edit CF code.

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    I feel the same way as you CDitty ....
    I use CF at work and PHP for my own site and I too prefer PHP over CF for many reasons.

    But CF isn't that hard to learn so it's a nice alternative for PHP for starters. And it's easier to maintain an Access database then a MySQL database.




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