We're pleased to announce the first set of ColdFusion training videos are now available!

Getting Started with ColdFusion 2016

Altogether, 9 hours of training content is now available. 

Chapter 1:   Introduction
Chapter 2:   Configuring your work environment
Chapter 3:   Variables and data types
Chapter 4:   Publishing database content
Chapter 5:   Creating a drill down interface
Chapter 6:   Inserting new data in the database
Chapter 7:   Updating data
Chapter 8:   Reusing Code
Chapter 9:   The application framework
Chapter 10: Session management
Chapter 11: More security
Chapter 12: Building the site administration

You can find all of the videos here on Adobe KnowHow:

24 Comments to “New ColdFusion Training Videos Available! ”

  1. Kenny
    Chapter 6's title is misspelled.
  2. Shawn
    Step in the right direction, but they should be available for offline viewing as well. I urge you to complete the series, also offer it in a e-reader version. Maybe donate them to lynda.com?
  3. Tushar
    I am pleased to see CF team is taking necessary steps in the right direction. Hope they will be not here.
  4. Tushar
    * they will not stop here
  5. Charlie Arehart
    Very interesting to see what is essentially the classic "Fast track to ColdFusion" course, offered online and for free. That acknowledges the big change in how training has changed in the past 10 years or so. And each chapter is broken into segments of a few to several minutes, though still several hours total.

    That said, in the first video, presenter Damien Druyndonckx (a long time instructor of Adobe courses) explains how it serves that course's traditional audience, those totally new to CF, seeking to build basic dynamic web sites. It focuses only on the most basic features, not necessarily best practices, nor focused on what's new.

    We can hope Adobe may arrange other such materials on increasingly more advanced topics in future training.

    Until then, those wanting a deeper dive with more advanced topics can look to the community-built "Learn CF in a week" (http://www.learncfinaweek.com/), also free and online.

    A still-more substantial resource for "learning" CF (over 1,000 pages) is the often missed guide in the CF docs, "Developing ColdFusion Applications" available online at https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/developing-applications/topics.html and in pdf at http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/coldfusion_developing.pdf, a true user's guide as opposed to the CFML reference that most find first and tend to gravitate to. (You wouldn't learn to speak a language by only reading a dictionary, right?)

    One way or other, go forth and learn CF from whatever starting point for you or colleagues!

    PS Besides considering Lynda, I hope Adobe will consider offering this course on Udemy.com, which also allows free courses and where people may be seeking CF courses.
  6. Mehdi
    Still there is nothing here over advanced topics?
  7. Charlie Arehart
    Mehdi, see my comment #5, where I anticipated an observation like yours and tried to help.
  8. Mehdi
    @Charlie also forget about seeing that on udemy. If you register you will get immediatly an email showing that adobe is selling that!


    Hmm doesn't look they are moving to offer value free content.
  9. Charlie Arehart
    Mehdi, I don't understand. The course is free, as indicated on the course page if you visit it: https://www.adobeknowhow.com/courselanding/getting-started-coldfusion-2016.

    Now, you refer to registering and getting an email that suggests "Adobe is selling that", by which I suppose you mean the CF course. But then you point us to the promotions, and the CF course is not listed there (I suspect that lists only courses that do cost money. And cool to see that even though they do, they are giving this one away, though I suppose someone could make a snarky comment rather than celebrate this.)

    Anyway, are you proposing that you see this course being offered by Adobe for some price?

    Also, why would udemy care either way? Udemy sells courses, and also gives away free ones. They don't require a course to be offered exclusively there. I was proposing that if Adobe DID get it listed there, it may just reach people who may not hear about this one at adobeknowhow.
  10. Gary F
    Yay! A good resource. Well done Adobe. I echo other comments and hope it doesn't stop there.
  11. Oliver
    Good to see such a great initiative. Keep up and well done.
  12. kishore
    Hi Charlie,

    This was the starter series we are already searching for someone who would do an advance series. Would keep the group updated.

  13. Anurag
    I would love to see some advanced topics being introduced into the web series, or better introduce a separate "Advanced" series.
  14. David R
    +1 for "Advance Series" sometime soon! :-)
  15. Damien Bruyndonckx
    Hey guys,
    I'm glad to see you like our new video series. It has been a great endeavour for me to produce those videos.

    My initial idea was to produce a book with this material. This book exists, but was never published! At the beginning, I wanted to write a 2 volumes book : one for the beginner level and another one for the advanced level.

    But the advanced book has not been written yet....

    I'm willing to produce more videos on more advanced topic, but I'm perfectly aware that I'm more a teacher than a developer. Teaching is something I'm gifted at, and this is how I can best serve the ColdFusion community.

    In other words, I would need your help to create new, more advanced exercices to shoot more videos.

    My idea is to start the advanced course where the beginner course stopped. This advanced course would include topics such as Object-oriented programming, Using the ORM, Error handling, Using AJAX, using and creating Web services, etc...

    If anyone is interested in helping me update the sample files of the current video series to serve as examples for more advanced videos, be my guest.

    Maybe Kishore can put the interested people together and setup a Connect meeting to start talking about a plan for the next round of videos.

    How does that sounds?

    With regards from sunny Belgium...
  16. Mehdi
    @Charlie seem you didn't got my point here.

    It's over seeing that on udemy. Currently adobe is trying to build it's own plateform to get a piece of elearning pie like linda.com/pluralshight/udemy. That's great and agree this course is free but as I showed, registration is required and once you register they push for the other material. Still fair. BUT again they won't post their own produced coldfusion tutos on udemy as they will push for their own plateform.


    There is a lot of material to start more advanced topic on:


    But don't know if adobe can use it or push back as it's published under 'CC BY 3.0'.
  17. Shawn
    I think it's fair that they chase elearning given so many of their products are a core piece of other learning sites and they need to pay for the courses in some way. What isn't acceptable is making learners suffer with lesser quality options. Where is the Mobile app? The offline available content? These are key elements of e-learning these days.
  18. Shawn
    @Charlie Surely you realize, if CF gets serious about training docs, videos, and tutorials on a coldfusion.com like central community website, learncfinaweek.com will not get as much attention. The effort and all the contributions made are much appericated, but in the end they need more than what is being done on that site to succeed to a larger scale. Developers expect it.
  19. Charlie Arehart
    Mehdi (#16), I get your "point" (about why you think we may never see this training offered on a site like Udemy, or Lynda). You think Adobe will ONLY want to they want to capture people on their own site to "push" (your word) their other content.

    And fair enough. You're stating the pessimistic view. I prefer to wait and hope optimistically that it may be something they will consider. Let's each wait for them to speak for themselves. We don't need to "hold our breath" or "not". Let's just see what may happen.

    As for your suggesting LearnCFinaWeek to Damien to consider for his class, that's a fair point (and one I already suggested earlier that everyone consider, if they wanted "more advanced" CF training.) I see your point that Damien can't "just copy it", but Damien could at least get ideas for the kind of topics some in the community thought were worthy "next topics" to learn. And I pointed to still others.

    As always, I'm just trying to help (him, the community, and Adobe). More on that in a next comment where I'll reply to Damien and Shawn.
  20. Charlie Arehart
    Damien (#15), thanks for chiming in here. Good to see you so open to ideas. Hope you will consider what I (and others here) have posed already (including Shawn's at #17), and that folks really interested in making a difference will reach out to you.

    Finally, Shawn (#17), your point seems to be that until Adobe steps up to do more, these other resources won't reach the "scale" you feel is needed "to succeed to a larger scale", and fair enough.

    But you pose it as (saying surely I must "realize") that if Adobe DOES step it up in such online training, such "other resources" "will not get as much attention". Um, no. I don't quite see that cause/effect.

    There are plenty of community resources that supplement (or even supplant) equivalent Adobe-provided resources. Some may be because they're just better, others may be because they're just more popularly shared in the community. And as often some will complain, some people may be MORE likely to see/use something that is NOT "buried somewhere in the Adobe site" (or even using coldfusion.com as a primary gatewaay to such).

    Even way, there's room for both kinds, and I do encourage both. Indeed, my only point in bringing up the others was to make sure readers here knew about them UNTIL Damien and Adobe may get to doing more advanced topics. Hope it's helpful to someone.
  21. Shawn
    Well if it's buried on a coldfusion.com where it can't be found outright or picked up as the solution by Google, then they just didn't build it right. If Abobe does it they should do it right.

    Anyway was just saying don't get too attached to that baby. There might be a new more popular sibling coming to the house.

    In my proposal of coldfusion.com I suggested the site be inclusive of community bloggers to contribute in a variety of ways (including third party domains) but done in way not to decentralize the product. That's one of the problems I see is the product is too reliant on CF bloggers, they get built up as faces of the product, and then they leave the product in dramatic fashion causing bad PR.
  22. Charlie Arehart
    Shawn (#21) you've lost me. Maybe it's not important to clarify to me, if you think other readers should be able to follow you, but FWIW I really don't know what you mean in your first paragraph, nor in the second by your reference to "that baby" or the "popular sibling".

    And in the third you say that you think on one hand that your "proposal of coldfusion.com" (which, to be clear to readers does already exist) ought to be inclusive of community bloggers on one hand, but then on the other you say that CF is "too reliant" on them.

    Anyway, let's not get lost in the weeds here. This is a post announcing the new CF training, and my initial comment was simply one in support of and offering additional resources related to that.

    There is the other blog post about Adobe marketing. I think that's the better place for questions or comments on coldfusion.com or other Adobe resources (http://blogs.coldfusion.com/post.cfm/coldfusion-marketing).

    As always, just trying to help.
  23. Shawn
    Coldfusion.com does not exist. It's a redirect. If you are referring to this blog, then you don't understand what I mean when I say a real community site. And I said exactly what I meant, CF paid the piper for not centralizing the product and relying on others to do materials for them, eventually people left and it makes it look like the sky is falling. That doesn't mean don't utilize them, it just means get engaged and do it smarter. The passive approach of trying to pass the responsibility on others is getting old and is not in the best interest of the product or its developers. And yes, learncfinaweek.com is part of that passive approach just to say "eh, we tried".

    Starting with the video elearning series, which had good reception and have been long overdue suggestions by the community, I hope Adobe moves forward with others, not looking back at past passive efforts.
  24. Mehdi

    Crossing finger for more and seem the adobe marketing team is trying to offer more training, as I just saw the post over the new weekly meetup. Nice

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