Certified ColdFusion Developer Study Guide

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9780789725653: Certified ColdFusion Developer Study Guide
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The book will not teach ColdFusion, it will be a review guide and will provide helpful pointers for examinees. The book will look non-intimidating yet thorough, and will be highly readable in small bite-sized chunks.

Each subject will be presented in clear and direct language, with useful and well explained code examples. Sample questions will accompany each subject, as will references to recommended reading (Allaire documentation, Allaire course work, and existing MCP ColdFusion books).

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ColdFusion's popularity continues to grow, and along with that so has the demand for experienced developers. Once upon a time claiming to be a ColdFusion developer was easy – the product was simple enough that with a minimal investment of time and energy developers could realistically consider themselves experts.

This is not the case anymore. The product line has grown both in actual products and in their complexity, and the levels of expertise and experience among developers are diverse. Claiming to be an expert is not that easy, and recognizing legitimate expertise is even harder.

And this is where certification comes into play. Formal official certification helps to mark a threshold that explicitly separates developers by their knowledge and experience, making is possible to identify who is who.

The Certified ColdFusion Developer certification is not an easy exam, and examinees are tested on a wide range of topics – from ColdFusion and CFML to SQL and database concepts to HTML and Internet fundamentals. And that's why you need this book

To prepare for your exam you should start at the beginning of the book and systematically work you way through it. The book flow, layout, and form-factor have all been especially designed to make reviewing content as pleasant an experience as possible. The content has been designed to be highly readable, and digestible in small bite sized chunks so that it'll feel more like reading that studying.

Once you have reviewed all content, reread the topics that you feel you need extra help brushing up on. Topics are all covered in highly focused and very manageable (and cross referenced) chapters so that you can easily drill-down to the exact content you need.

Even after the exam, you'll find that the style and design of this book makes it an invaluable desktop reference tool as well.

And as an added bonus, this book contains a coupon for 15% off the exam fee (so you'll get most of the cost of the book back).

About the Author:

Ben Forta is Allaire Corporation's Product Evangelist for the ColdFusion product line. He has more than 15 years of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and product marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit (now in its third edition), and its sequel Advanced ColdFusion 4 Development (both published by Que), as well as titles on ColdFusion Express, Allaire Spectra, Allaire HomeSite, SQL, WAP, and JavaServer Pages (the complete list of his books can be found at http://www.forta.com/books/). Ben coauthored the official Allaire ColdFusion training courses, helped create the content for the Certified Developer exam, writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on ColdFusion and Internet application development worldwide. Born in London, England, and educated in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Ben now lives in Oak Park, Michigan, with his wife, Marcy, and their six children. Ben welcomes your email at ben@forta.com, and invites you to visit his Web site at http://www.forta.com/.

Matthew Boles started training for Allaire in 1997, making him one of the first Allaire instructors. He is currently a Senior Instructor. In addition to training, Matthew also has some responsibility for curriculum development and instructor readiness. Matthew is also a certified Microsoft and Novell instructor.

Geoffrey Bowers was educated in Scotland and studied biochemistry at Oxford before returning home to Australia as an options derivatives dealer. Leaving the City, Geoff founded Daemon Internet Consultants in 1995 (http://www.daemon.com.au/) and has been building Web applications ever since. Based in Sydney, Geoff is the Allaire Master Instructor for Australasia and divides his time between teaching, consulting, and playing the ancient game of Real Tennis. He can be reached at modius@daemon.com.au.

Emily Kim is Director of Business Development and co-founder of Trilemetry, Inc., a Web design and programming company. She has coauthored a college-level workbook about the Internet and was contributing author to a popular ColdFusion book, and occasionally writes for ColdFusion magazines. She is also a Certified Allaire Instructor and teaches both ColdFusion and Spectra courses for Allaire. You can reach Emily at emily@trilemetry.com.

Matthew Reider has been working for commercial software vendors since 1992, beginning with the database driver team at Q+E in Raleigh, North Carolina. Initially, Allaire hired Matt to manage West Coast partner and customer relationships. After joining the education team as a Master Instructor in 1999, he coauthored the Advanced ColdFusion, Advanced Spectra Development, and Fast-track to JRun curriculum. Before joining Allaire, Matt enjoyed a position at Sybase as a product specialist for the Watcom SQL database family. Matt loves to backpack in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

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