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Advanced ColdFusion 9: XML, Web Services and File System

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Course Outline

Module 1: Manipulate the File System with <cffile>

  • Working with <cffile>
    • Read and Write Text Files with <cffile>
    • Demo: Read Plain Text Documents
    • Built-in Function: ExpandPath()
    • Reading Files with the <cffile> tag
    • Demo: Write Text File
    • Built-in Function: FileExists()
    • Exercise 1: Build a Simple Message Board or Log File
  • Upload Documents with <cffile>
    • Using the <cffile> tag for an Upload
    • After a <cffile> Upload:  FILE Variables
    • Demo: Upload Image and Dynamically Create Static HTML Pages
    • Deeper Examination:  HTML and a File Upload
    • Saving long variable values with <cfsavecontent>
    • Using the <cffileupload> tag for Multiple Uploads in ColdFusion 9
    • Demo: Using <cfdirectory>
    • Using <cfcontent> to create an Excel Spreadsheet
    • Exercise 2: Upload External Files and Create Photo Gallery Page

Module 2: Using XML with ColdFusion

  • XML Syntax Basics
    • XML Logical Structure
    • Each XML document must begin with a language declaration
    • Each XML document must have a single root element, which normally contains other child elements
    • XML Physical Structure
    • Case Sensitivity
    • Required Closing Tags
    • New Syntax for “empty elements”
    • Tags must be nested properly
    • Attribute Values must be enclosed properly in single or double quotes
    • XML Comments
    • XML Logic: Designing Datasheets
  • Parsing XML data with ColdFusion
    • Demo:  Convert an XML datasheet into an XML Document Object with XMLParse()
    • Case-sensitive Element Names with XMLParse()
    • Demo:  Referring to Specific XML nodes
    • Method 1 – Array notation with generic node names
    • Method 2 – Associative Array notation
    • Method 3 – Array notation with specific node names
    • Methods 4(+) – Mix and Match
    • Demo:  Loop through each node with <cfloop>
    • Deeper Examination:  Counting Nodes
    • Manipulating XML data with Built-in Functions
    • List of Structure/Array Functions that may be used on an XML Document Object
    • List of XML-specific Functions
    • Exercise 3: Create a Calendar of Events Built from External XML Files Provided by External Organizations
  • Manipaulating the XML Document Object:  Adding Elements
    • Demo:  Build XML Object in .cfm Document with <cfxml> Tag
    • Demo:  Query Database to Build XML Document Object
    • Demo:  Add nodes to Existing XML Document Object
    • Deeper Examination:  Adding an XML Attribute
    • Exercise 4: Add an Event to the Calendar
  • Create a Query Object from Existing XML (optional)
    • Demo:  Combine Multiple XML Document Objects into One
    • Deeper Examination: Looping through the XML
    • Demo:  Convert XML Document Objects into a Query Object with QueryNew()
    • Deeper Examination: Creating the Query Object
    • Deeper Examination: Query the query
    • Exercise 5: Co-mingle the Events on the Calendar (optional)
  • Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Basics
    • XSL, XSLT, and XSLFO
    • XSL Basics: Linking to an XSL Stylesheet
    • Examining an XSL Stylesheet
    • The xsl:stylesheet tag and the namespace declaration
    • The <xsl:template> tag
    • The <xsl:value-of> tag
    • Referencing iterating nodes
  • Server-side XSL Transformation with ColdFusion
    • Demo:  Transforming XML Data with XSL
    • Deeper Examination: XMLTransform()
    • Idea! Transforming XML Data into XML Data
    • Exercise 6: Transform XML data
  • XPath Basics
    • XPath: the XSL Node Matching Syntax
    • Choosing Between Equivalent XPath Expressions
    • An XPath testing tool
  • Using XPath with ColdFusion
    • Demo:  Select Nodes Based on Attribute Values
    • Deeper Examination: XPath expression
    • Deeper Examination: XMLSearch()
    • Idea! Convert an XML Document Object to a Query Object
    • Exercise 7: Using XPath to select specific XML elements

Module 3: Working with <cfhttp>

  • Making http requests with <cfhttp>
    • Demo:  Using <cfhttp> to display a complete page: Screen Scrape
    • Demo:  Using <cfhttp> to download a complete page and save with <cffile>
    • Attributes of <cfhttp>
    • Demo:  Convert a Text File into a Query with <cfhttp>
    • Deeper Examination:  <cfhttp> tag
    • Deeper Examination:  <cfoutput> block
    • While looping though the records
    • Demo:  Add a Column to Query
    • Deeper Examination: QueryAddColumn() function
    • Idea! Dynamically Creating Static Pages
    • Exercise 8: Using <cfhttp> to Access and Parse External Data
  • Passing Variables with <cfhttp> and <cfhttpparam>
    • Creating an Intelligent Agent
    • Demo:  Examine a Simple Traditional Application
    • Demo:  Convert Simple Application into an Intelligent Agent
    • Deeper Examination: agent.cfm
    • Deeper Examination: agent-page2.cfm
    • Deeper Examination: <cfsetting>
    • Demo:  Screen Scraping for Data
    • Exercise 9:  Simulate the Post Method with <cfhttp> and Create an “Intelligent Agent”

Module 4: ColdFusion and Web Services

  • Working with Web Services
    • Examples
    • Producers vs. Consumers
    • Definitions
    • Creating WSDL Documents
    • Demo:  Converting CFCs into Web Services
    • Step 1 – Convert the existing CFC into a Web Service
    • Step 2 - Examine a local WSDL file from the demo
    • Step 3 - Invoking a ColdFusion Web Service
    • Deeper Examination
    • Deeper Examination: Passing an argument to a Web Service
    • SOAP
    • A note about security
    • Exercise 10: Convert Existing CFC into Web Service
  • Invoking External Web Services
    • Locating Web Services
    • Invoking Web Services from .NET, Java and more
    • Demo:  Random Quote Generator
    • Deeper Examination: <cfinvoke> and <cfinvokeargument>
    • Exercise 11: Consuming External Web Services

Module 5: Web Distributed Data Exchange (WDDX) (optional)

  • WDDX
    • Demo:  Store simple data as WDDX
    • Deeper Examination: <cfwddx> tag
    • Demo:  Store an Array as WDDX
    • Demo:  Store a Recordset as WDDX
    • Demo:  Store binary object as WDDX
    • Deeper Examination
    • Exercise 12: Serialize data as wddx file
  • Deserialize WDDX data in JavaScript
    • Demo:  Deliver a ColdFusion query to JavaScript
    • Deeper Examination: Include JavaScript functions
    • Deeper Examination: Deserialize in JavaScript
    • Deeper Examination: Generated source code
    • Demo:  Using the data in a more complicated example
    • Deeper Examination
    • Exercise 13: Transfer WDDX data from ColdFusion to JavaScript

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