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My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server

Like HTML, ColdFusion is a tag based language. If you have ever wanted to gain a working knowledge of ColdFusion, you will find this article to be a good place to start. It covers starting and stopping the MX 7 server, configuring a virtual directory, and testing the directory.

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By: Jayaram Krishnaswamy
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August 08, 2005
  1. · My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server
  2. · Accessing Server Administration Panel from IIS
  3. · Creating a Virtual Directory to Publish CFM Files
  4. · Virtual Directory Properties
  5. · Creating a Web Page with the CFM Extension, our First ColdFusion Page
  6. · ColdFusion Tags CFSET and CFOUTPUT

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My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server
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In a previous article, the installation of the ColdFusion MX 6.1 server was discussed in detail. Since that article was written, Macromedia has released a new version of MX server, the MX 7 server. The new version introduces flash form generation, integrated business reporting, document printing, instant messaging, and more.

ColdFusion is essentially a tag based language, very similar to HTML syntactically. In this tutorial, starting and stopping the server, configuring a virtual directory to publish CFM (ColdFusion Markup) files, and testing the directory will be discussed. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner who wants to get a working knowledge of ColdFusion. The reader is advised to review the previous article so that he/she will be comfortable with knowing where the files are located. For the purposes of this tutorial we will be using the MX6.1 server.

The tag based processing of the document in ColdFusion is really one of its core strengths, namely supporting the Cold Fusion Markup Language. The other core functionalities of MX include the CF Max Administrator, the CF application services and the CF scripting environment. We will visit these topics in later tutorials.

Starting and Stopping the Application Server

The application server is installed as a window service and therefore depending on the manner it is installed, it needs to be started before serving the requests. If it is supposed to be started manually, then by going to Control Panel-> Administrative Tools-> Services, the applications running as services can be accessed. In this installation they are installed to start up automatically, as shown in this picture. Similarly, for database related applications, you may need to start both the CFMX ODBC Agent as well as the CFMX ODBC server.


You can start or stop the server (JRun Server) by double clicking the line item, which brings up the following screen, where you can stop, if it is running, or start if it is stopped. You can also set it up to start automatically the next time around.

ColdFusion MX application Server Properties

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