ColdFusion is a rapid application development tool used to create Web sites throughout the Internet. The product's ease of use and capabilities allow even inexperienced developers to rapidly produce basic Web sites.
The ColdFusion MX Developer's Cookbook focuses upon teaching the use of ColdFusion's advanced features in the development of more complex Web sites -- Web sites that interact with other sites on the Internet, that are data-driven rather than static, and that are not necessarily confined to one server.
Though the basics of ColdFusion are easily picked up by even novice programmers, many encounter difficulties when they attempt to master more advanced features because they lack formal training. The ColdFusion MX Developer's Cookbook provides recipes and insights into ColdFusion, and along the way teaches some of the fundamentals of the development process.
The recipes serve as templates for database access, custom tags, scripting, generating charts and graphs, and linking into other resources on the Web using SOAP and .NET.
About the Author
Pete Freitag is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CFDev, a company that builds Web components for ColdFusion and other languages. He has several years of experience developing database-driven Web applications, integrating with legacy systems, and product development. He contributes to the ColdFusion, Web development, and software development communities regularly, and holds a BS in Software Engineering from Clarkson University.
Brad Leupen is the Chief Technology Officer for the software company Noverant. He holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he focused on operating systems and distributed systems research. He won the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching as a Teaching Fellow for several university undergraduate classes. He has closely followed the development of key Web technologies and standards, including J2EE, .NET, and XML.
Chris Reeves is a software developer for Religent, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, where he assists in development for the company's remote systems management software suite. He graduated with a BA in English from Appalachian State University.