This article, the first of two parts, explains how to use ColdFusion 6.1 in conjunction with Dreamweaver MX 2004 to build dynamic web sites. It is excerpted from chapter one of the book ColdFusion Web Development with Dreamweaver MX 2004, written by Jen and Peter deHaan et al. (Apress, 2004; ISBN: 1590592379).
Welcome to Coldfusion MX 6.1 - Integration with Dreamweaver (Page 3 of 5 )
Macromedia has made it easier than ever to develop rich ColdFusion MX 6.1 applications with Dreamweaver MX 2004. For example, Dreamweaver MX 2004 allows you to create Recordsets using a simple wizard interface and add server behaviors that can page through those Recordsets with a few mouse clicks.
TIP A Recordset is a specific group of records selected from a database and defined as a single object, thus enabling you to easily manipulate the data via your server-side language.
Dreamweaver MX 2004 also offers code hinting for ColdFusion MX 6.1 tags, which brings up a list of available tag attributes and suggested values where appropriate. Also available is a complete tag editor that allows you to right-click on ColdFusion MX 6.1 tags and fill in attributes by using a wizard-style interface that uses text boxes and drop-down menus, and support for CFML functions, keyboard shortcuts (including snippet keyboard shortcuts), and more.
You can also receive ColdFusion MX 6.1 server debugging information from within Dreamweaver MX 2004, which helps you debug your applications. Macromedia has also made it very simple to use web services and ColdFusion Components (a powerful new tool in CFMX 6.1) within Dreamweaver MX 2004. Tell Dreamweaver MX 2004 the URL of any web service, select Insert Code, and Dreamweaver MX 2004 generates all the necessary code and embeds it into your ColdFusion MX 6.1 template.