CFEclipse Is Well Worth Trying

CFEclipse is a CFML plug-in for Eclipse (the popular open-source Java IDE originally created by IBM, and now managed by the Eclipse Foundation). The CFEclipse plug-in provides Eclipse with CFML awareness and functionality (code completion, syntax highlighting, code insight, language help, CFC method outline viewing, code problem previewing, and more). I have been using it on and off for a few weeks now, and while it is definitely a work-in-progress, it is also very good (and surprisingly responsive). For more info visit, and for a good getting -started overview visit

Comments (6)

  • Jo

    I switched to Eclipse after I could not get DW to work with UTF-16 encoded XML files. No matter what it corrupted them. Moving to Eclipse was painless and familiar (like CFStudio/Homesite+but with Unicode support). BTW the XML plug-in from is worth checking out.

    #1Posted by Jo | Dec 9, 2004, 02:13 PM
  • Tom Cornilliac

    I totally agree Ben and I'd add that the CVS support in Eclipse is outstanding.

    #2Posted by Tom Cornilliac | Dec 9, 2004, 02:44 PM
  • Sean Corfield

    I use DW and CFE side-by-side. I use DW for all my UI work and some site management stuff (FTP/SFTP) and I use CFE for all my CFC work.

    #3Posted by Sean Corfield | Dec 9, 2004, 03:00 PM
  • johnb

    pretty much exactly the same as me Sean - I haven't got to grips with FTP from Eclipse so still use DW for sync'ing sites and GET/PUTs

    #4Posted by johnb | Dec 9, 2004, 03:25 PM
  • pim

    I switched 100% from Homesite+ to CFE, the only feature I miss is the contextual 'wizard' when you righ-click a tag / 'Edit current tag', I hope it comes in a future release.

    Another plug-in for Eclipse that's cool:

    #5Posted by pim | Dec 10, 2004, 08:33 AM
  • Stacy Young

    Yep I rarely use DW now. CFEclipse...and MyEclipse for JSP/Java/SQL Explorer duties.

    #6Posted by Stacy Young | Dec 15, 2004, 03:38 PM