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ColdFusion plus Adobe's Portable Document Format add up to a lot of graphical power — and they mix like mint & julep. ColdFusion and PDF Let's say we need to produce a customized handbook for each of our employees, who would download it from our web site. Additionally, the handbook also needs to contain some glitzy artwork that must be printed in a tightly controlled format. To do the job properly, we decide we need a to use a tool fancier than HTML. The right tool for this job, we decide, is PDF. What is PDF? PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It lets a user view documents regardless of platform when Adobe Acrobat or an Acrobat plug-in for the user's browser is properly installed. There seems to be a lot of confusion on how to get ColdFusion to work with PDF files. In this article we'll discuss two ways to accomplish this mystifying task. Adobe FormsDocument ... (more)

Three Flavors

Ever wanted to compare how ColdFusion, ASP and Java Server Pages perform the same actions? In this article David writes the same small application in all three and compares the coding and syntax. Which technology? As developers we all ask ourselves the same questions over and over again: What technologies and languages should I use? What's better, ColdFusion or ASP? What is Java Server Pages? Which will pay me the greater return for my efforts and time? At the moment the three most popular web scripting languages are arguably Macromedia's ColdFusion, Microsoft Active Server Pages... (more)