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Chapter 33. Using ColdFusion > Using ColdFusion Studio

Using ColdFusion Studio

As you've seen throughout this chapter, CFML code coexists in the same file as XHTML code. Therefore, ColdFusion templates have to be plain text files, just as XHTML documents are. So technically, all you need to write ColdFusion templates is an editor that can write out plain text files. This means you could compose your templates using Notepad, Microsoft Word, or any XHTML authoring tool that enables you to edit the raw code.

Although any text editor is fine, you should seriously consider using Allaire's ColdFusion Studio—currently in version 4.5—as your development tool of choice for ColdFusion templates. Based on the popular authoring program HomeSite, ColdFusion Studio comes with many helpful features that directly support you as you write CFML code. This section of the chapter introduces you to ColdFusion Studio and how to use Studio to make your development work much less tedious.


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