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Day 21. Using ColdFusion's Debugging Too... > Identifying the Source of Errors

Identifying the Source of Errors

First, realize that ColdFusion-related error messages can seem as cryptic as the Rosetta stone viewed through a soda bottle in a windstorm. In many cases in which errors occur, certain external factors might tell you more about what's wrong than the actual message itself. The most telling of these factors is when the error occurs—what you were doing when the error popped up.

For example, does the error occur when you try to load a template page, or does it rear its little head when you try to submit a form page? It's important to understand that the average ColdFusion application works with several components, including your Web server, the SQL language, your system's security setup, your database application and ODBC drivers, and yes, ColdFusion Server. One or more of these components can be confused by your code and report an error—this is where the when factor becomes important.


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