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Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion

Matt Gifford

Break free from procedural programming and learn how to optimize your applications and enhance your skills using objects and design patterns
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196323
Paperback192 pages

About This Book

  • Fast-paced easy-to-follow guide introducing object-oriented programming for ColdFusion developers
  • Enhance your applications by building structured applications utilizing basic design patterns and object-oriented principles
  • Streamline your code base with reusable, modular objects
  • Packed with example code and useful snippets

Who This Book Is For

If you are a web developer wanting to implement object-oriented programming with ColdFusion, then this book is for you. If your goal is to get a good grounding in the basics of object-oriented programming concepts, this book is perfect for you. No prior knowledge of object-oriented programming is expected, but basic knowledge of ColdFusion development skills is assumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing ColdFusion Components
Why use CFCs?
The ColdFusion component tags
Our first component
Restricting your functions to scopes
Protecting your local variables
Accessing your CFC
Passing arguments into an instance method call
Arguments in action
Creating an object constructor
Chapter 2: Effective Component Development
Returning values and variables
Access properties
Getting information about your CFC
Detailed introspection
Chapter 3: Building Your First Bean
What is a Bean?
The benefit of using beans
Creating our first Bean
Populating the Bean
Helpful objects
Implicit accessors
Chapter 4: Inheritance and Object-Oriented Concepts
What is Inheritance?
The inheritance hierarchy
Chapter 5: Data Access Objects
What is a Data Access Object?
Creating a Data Access Object
Dependency Injection
Chapter 6: Gateways
What is a Gateway?
A typical ColdFusion Gateway
The Gateway discussion
Chapter 7: Creating a Service Layer
What is a Service Layer?
Creating a service
Defining the address service

What You Will Learn

  • Make your ColdFusion Components (CFCs) come alive with methods, using object inheritance, connecting to a database through the internal methods of our object/CFCs
  • Create a Bean object, complete with accessors and mutators to set and retrieve properties in the object, including sample code for ColdFusion 9 script components
  • Optimize and encapsulate your functions to improve code portability
  • Introduce the Bean into ColdFusion object-oriented programming design patterns, discover the benefits of code inheritance and understand polymorphism
  • Persist objects in memory throughout your applications
  • Examples of OOP concepts and basic design patterns
  • Create a service layer or façade to interact with your objects

In Detail

Are you tired of procedural programming or is your extensive code base starting to become un-manageable? Breathe some new life into your code and improve your development skills with the basic concepts of object-oriented programming. Utilize objects, modular components, and design patterns to expand your skills and improve your ColdFusion applications. Packed with example code, and written in a friendly, easy-to-read style, this book is just what you need if you are serious about ColdFusion.

This book is a fast-paced tutorial to important ColdFusion object-oriented programming topics. It will give you clear, concise, and practical guidance to take you from the basics of ColdFusion to the skills that will make you a ColdFusion developer to be reckoned with. Don't be put off by jargon or complex diagrams; read and see how you can benefit from this book and extend your development skills in the process.

Using the practical examples within this guide, you will learn how to structure your applications and code, applying the fundamental basics of object-oriented programming to develop modular, reusable components that will scale easily with your application. You will learn the basic fundamental practices of object-oriented programming, from object creation and re-use, to Bean objects, service layers, Data Access objects, and sample design patterns to gain a better understanding of OOP using examples that can be altered and applied in your application. Complete with detailed code samples and snippets, and written in a friendly easy-to-follow style, you will be able to break free from writing purely procedural code and enhance your applications by building structured applications utilizing basic design patterns and object-oriented principles.


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