Scaffolding a basic ColdBox application with CommandBox involves a series of steps, from setting up CommandBox to initializing and running your ColdBox application. Here's a guide to get you started:
Before you begin, you need to have CommandBox installed on your system. It's a CLI tool for ColdFusion (CFML) that allows you to manage dependencies, run servers, scaffold applications, and more.
- Download : Visit the CommandBox website and download the appropriate installer for your operating system.
- Install: Follow the installation instructions provided on the website or in the downloaded package.
Open Terminal/Command Prompt: Navigate to where you would like your new application to reside to create your new application directory.
Now create a new ColdBox application.
Create Application: Run the following command to create a new ColdBox application:
coldbox create app myApp
Replace myApp with your desired application name.
You can start a server using CommandBox to view your application.
Start Server: Run the following command:
This will start a server and open your default browser to the application.
Once your server is running, you can explore the structure of your ColdBox application:
- Handlers: Contains the CFCs (ColdFusion Components) that handle your application's requests.
- Models: Includes the business logic and data handling.
- Views: Holds the CFML files for the user interface.
- Config: Contains configuration files for routes, settings, etc.
Now you can start developing your application. You can create new handlers, views, and models as needed.
Create a Handler: Use CommandBox to scaffold a new handler:
coldbox create handler name=myHandler
Add Views: Create .cfm files in the views folder corresponding to your handlers.
Edit Configurations: Modify configurations in the config folder to set up routes, datasources, etc.
To deepen your understanding and skills in ColdBox and CommandBox:
- Documentation : Visit the ColdBox documentation and CommandBox documentation.
- Tutorials: Look for ColdBox tutorials online for more hands-on learning.
If you run into issues or have questions:
- Slack: The #box-products channel on cfml.slack
- Forums: Join ColdFusion and ColdBox forums or communities.
- Stack Overflow: Search or ask questions on Stack Overflow for community support.
This guide provides a basic overview of getting started with ColdBox and CommandBox. As you progress, you'll find a vast array of features and capabilities in ColdBox to explore.