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Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion

By : Matthew Gifford
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Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion

By: Matthew Gifford

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion
About the Author
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Creating our first Bean

Let's look at creating a Bean for use with the projects table in the database. We'll continue with the Person Bean as the primary example, and create the CFC to handle person objects.

An introduction to UML

Before we start coding the component, let's have a quick look at a visual representation of the object using Unified Modeling Language (UML).

UML is a widely-used method to display, share, and reference objects, Classes, workflows, and structures in the world of object-oriented programming, which you will come into contact with during your time with OOP development.

The modeling language itself is incredibly detailed and in-depth, and can express such a wide array of details and information.

Person object in UML

In this example, let's take a look at the basics of UML and the visual representation of the Person component that we will create, which looks like this:

At first glances, you can instantly see what variables and functions our component consists of.

With most...