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Everything You Must Know About ColdFusion Variables

Understanding ColdFusion variables and logic is vital to being able to program in the language. In this tutorial, Jay's second covering ColdFusion, you will learn about the types of ColdFusion variables and how to use them.

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By: Jayaram Krishnaswamy
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August 15, 2005
  1. · Everything You Must Know About ColdFusion Variables
  2. · Developing ColdFusion Content
  3. · Variable definition with CFSET tag
  4. · Variable by assigning statements in CFSCRIPT
  5. · Scope of a variable
  6. · Data Type Category of Variables
  7. · How do we name a variable?

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Everything You Must Know About ColdFusion Variables - How do we name a variable?
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  • The first character of a variable name must be one of: a letter, an underscore character, or a Unicode currency symbol. Subsequent characters can be any number of characters, numbers, underscores, and Unicode currency symbols and their combinations.

  • Variables should be an unbroken string, no white spaces. In other words, firstName is OK, first Name is not good.

  • No dot (or period[.]) is allowed in the variable name, as it may be taken for a structure access, or scope access.

  • Use a standard naming convention: FIRSTNAME can be written as firstName, FirstName, First_Name. In this tutorial we will be use the 'firstName' type most often.

  • While using forms, databases, and so on, make sure that the names used for the field do not conflict with other variables, since they are also considered as variables.

  • Stick to a meaningful variable name, like firstName, instead of fn. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not in programming.

Programmers in Visual Basic are used to attaching a three letter prefix to the variable name to indicate the data type of a variable. This makes reading of the code easy and rapid. A similar, but consistent scheme may be used.


In this tutorial the nature of variables in ColdFusion has been described. Several examples have been presented. Usage examples given can be pasted into a text editor and saved with the ColdFusion file extension. Server side extension using CFSCRIPT has been explained. With a properly configured web server these files can be processed. A proper naming convention will go a long way towards ease of reading, and troubleshooting.

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