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22. ColdFusion Components > 22.1. Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

Before we continue, I’d like to throw out a few terms from the object-oriented world that you’ll see used throughout the chapter. If you are coming from an object-oriented background, you may notice that some of these concepts are implemented differently in ColdFusion than they are in other object-oriented languages, such as Java. Conversely, if you are new to object-oriented programming, you should be aware that some of the terms here have slightly different meanings or implementations outside of ColdFusion MX:

Object

The foundation of object-oriented programming is the object. An object is an abstraction that is essentially a function containing variables and methods. Objects usually model actual entities in the real world. Using our employee directory as an example, you can model an individual employee as an object. In ColdFusion MX, we generally refer to objects as component (CFC) instances.


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