We’re hard at work on updating the ColdFusion books for ColdFusion 8. Many of you have been asking for details about the updated books, and so here is the current table of contents for all three (yes, three) volumes.
ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 1: Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • PART I: Getting Started
    • 1: Introducing ColdFusion
    • 2: Choosing A Development Environment
    • 3: Accessing the ColdFusion Administrator
    • 4: Previewing ColdFusion
    • 5: Building the Databases
    • 6: Introducing SQL
    • 7: SQL Data Manipulation
  • PART II: Using ColdFusion
    • 8: The Basics Of CFML
    • 9: Programming With CFML
    • 10: Creating Data-Driven Pages
    • 11: The Basics of Structured Development
    • 12: ColdFusion Forms
    • 13: Form Data Validation
    • 14: Using Forms to Add or Change Data
    • 15: Beyond HTML Forms, ColdFusion Powered Ajax
    • 16: Graphing, Printing, and Reporting
    • 17: Debugging and Troubleshooting
  • PART III: Building ColdFusion Applications
    • 18: Planning an Application
    • 19: Introducing the Web Application Framework
    • 20: Working with Sessions
    • 21: Interacting with E-Mail
    • 22: Online Commerce
    • 23: Securing Your Applications
  • PART IV: Appendices
    • A: Installing ColdFusion & Development Environments
    • B: Sample Application Data Files

ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 2: Application Development

  • Introduction
  • PART V: Creating Functions, Tags, And Components
    • 24: Building User-Defined Functions
    • 25: Creating Custom Tags
    • 26: Building Reusable Components
    • 27: Creating Advanced ColdFusion Components
  • PART VI: ColdFusion Configuration And Performance
    • 28: ColdFusion Server Configuration
    • 29: Improving the User Experience
    • 30: Managing Threads
    • 31: Improving Performance
  • PART VII: Integrating With ColdFusion
    • 32: Working With PDF Files
    • 33: ColdFusion Image Processing
    • 34: Advanced ColdFusion Powered Ajax
    • 35: Understanding Flex Integration
    • 36: Integrating With Flex
    • 37: Creating Presentations
    • 38: Generating Non-HTML Content
    • 39: Full-Text Searching
    • 40: Event Scheduling
  • PART VIII: Advanced ColdFusion Development
    • 41: More On SQL and Queries
    • 42: Working with Stored Procedures
    • 43: Using Regular Expressions
    • 44: ColdFusion Scripting
    • 45: Working with XML
    • 46: Manipulating XML with XSLT and XPath
    • 47: Using WDDX
    • 48: Using JavaScript and ColdFusion Together
    • 49: Using XForms
    • 50: Internationalization and Localization
    • 51: Error Handling
    • 52: Using The Debugger
    • 53: Managing Your Code
    • 54: Development Methodologies

ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 3: Advanced Application Development

  • Introduction
  • PART IX: Creating High Availability Applications
    • 55: Understanding High Availability
    • 56: Monitoring System Performance
    • 57: Scaling with ColdFusion
    • 58: Scaling with J2EE
    • 59: Managing Session State in Clusters
    • 60: Deploying Applications
  • PART X: Ensuring Security
    • 61: Understanding Security
    • 62: Securing The ColdFusion Administrator
    • 63: ColdFusion Security Options
    • 64: Creating Server Sandboxes
    • 65: Security in Shared and Hosted Environments
    • 66: Using the Administration API
  • PART XI: Extending ColdFusion
    • 67: Using Server-Side HTTP and FTP
    • 68: Creating and Consuming Web Services
    • 69: Working With Feeds
    • 70: Interacting With the Operating System
    • 71: Server Side Printing
    • 72: Interacting with Directory Services
    • 73: Integrating With Microsoft Exchange
    • 74: Integrating with .NET
    • 75: Extending ColdFusion with COM
    • 76: Integrating with Microsoft Office
    • 77: Extending ColdFusion with CORBA
    • 78: Extending ColdFusion with Java
    • 79: Extending ColdFusion with CFX
    • 80: Working with Gateways
    • 81: Integrating with SMS and IM
  • PART XII: Appendices
    • C: ICU4J Supported Locales
    • D: Locale Differences Between ColdFusion & ICU4J

Ray Camden returns as lead co-author on these books. And the contributing author team is made up of Charlie Arehart, Jeff Bouley, John C. Bland, Jeff Tapper, Ken Fricklas, Leon Chalnick, Mike Nimer, Matt Tatum, Paul Hastings, Robi Sen, and Sarge Sargent.

15 thoughts

  1. WHAT?!!!! No history of the internets?
    Good luck Ben and Ray. I always look forward to getting the latest books from you. I am sure CFWACK 8 will not disappoint.

  2. Hi Ben,
    Will the chapters already avaible on previous versions of WACK (also included here) are going to have new content? or they will be the same? Chapters like
    # 75: Extending ColdFusion with COM
    # 76: Integrating with Microsoft Office
    # 77: Extending ColdFusion with CORBA
    # 78: Extending ColdFusion with Java
    # 79: Extending ColdFusion with CFX
    Just to name a few

  3. Okay, obviously you are quite busy with the WACK books and adding all of the CF 8 new features, but I have to ask: any idea when the next certification exam prep book will be available?

  4. @William, without wishing to speak for Ben I’d be pretty certain that "Introducing the Web Application Framework" – note: "the" – is about Application.cfc and has nothing to do with any of the open source web application frameworks for

  5. @O?uz, the cf7 version had a bunch of icu4j content already. for this version i just moved a bunch of "boring" locale tables (along w/the code to produce them ) to the online bits to save some trees & chopped out some content to make that ch

  6. Paul, you did not save any trees. If they are not used for paper, they will be cut down and corn to make ethanol will be planted.

  7. Salvatore, Amazon.com is taking orders now. Book 1 should be out by MAX< and Books 2 and 3 will follow it.
    TJ, nope, run out of space. πŸ˜‰
    Raul, many are new and updated, but some did not change at all. The CORBA chapter did not change. The office one changed quite a bit. COM add CFX did not change, Java changed slightly.
    William, there is a chapter that introduces frameworks, but it is just that, an introduction. It is not full coverage, that would warrant its own book.
    Becky, the publisher has not agreed to publish that one yet, so still working on it.
    — Ben

  8. Is there going to be any documentation on Verity? The official docs are really horrible on this and Verity is always touted as one of the great pluses of CF but with the documentation that comes with CF, doing anything beyond basic searches is really a task.

  9. Recommend one powerful Corba Simulator tools. Very simple & useful.
    Download site:
    UCS (Ultra Corba Simulator) is one more powerful corba client/servant simulator tool than other similar products(e.g. Telcopro’s MtSim, or OpenFusion’s Corba Explorer, or eaiBridge’s CAST). It doesn’t need idl-related helper class or IR service.

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