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Part 1: Week 1 At a Glance > Setting Up ColdFusion and Defining a Datasource

Day 3. Setting Up ColdFusion and Defining a Datasource

Now that you've examined the basic components of a ColdFusion application, it's time to either install the software or to get set up with a remote ColdFusion provider so you can start working miracles with your own templates. If you're not already the proud owner of ColdFusion Server, you have a few decisions to make at this point. This section will help you decide whether you need to shell out the dollars for your own copy, or whether you'd be better served—pardon the bad pun—by hosting your CF documents on someone else's server. I'll also cover

  • Issues to consider when choosing a remote provider

  • Web servers compatible with ColdFusion Server

  • The three varieties of ColdFusion Server

  • Installing ColdFusion Server

  • Verifying ColdFusion Server installation

  • Understanding ColdFusion Administator

  • Defining a ColdFusion datasource

  • Starting and stopping ColdFusion service

If you're one of the few, the proud, who host their own Web servers, you might skip the following sections and move to "Exploring ColdFusion Server Varieties," which looks at the two types of ColdFusion Servers and helps you decide which one you'll need.

If you're among us folk who can't afford our own T-1 Net connection, read on. I'll look at some important issues in choosing an outside Web provider and help you decide whether you need to run your own copy of ColdFusion for testing purposes.


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