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"Using the CF8 Debugger", my 25-page CFWACK chapter is available online

Note: This blog post is from 2008. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
Have you started using the CF 8 debugger? Either way, you may have noticed that the documentation on it is rather sparse. Fortunately, there's a relatively new and substantial (25-page) resource that's available online in the form of a PDF.

In the ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 2: Application Development, I had the honor of doing the chapter on the CF8 debugger. If I do say so myself, I think that it's a really complete introduction both to installing, configuring, and using the debugger, along with many tips, tricks, and traps--perhaps even a better one-stop resource than the docs themselves.

Best of all, it's one of the chapters that's been made available online. There was fear that Volume 2 would be too big and so a few chapters (mostly on older topics) were put into a 550 page PDF. My chapter is near the back of this PDF.

Also, note that if you have the print version of the book, it's technically chapter 52 of volume 2, but you won't see these online chapters listed in its table of contents. Instead, they appear in the TOC at the start of vol 3 (long story)

Sadly, I couldn't get permission to just cut out this one chapter, so you do need to get the full PDF. You should be able to easily jump to the starting page (using Ctrl-Shift-n), which is page 467 in the PDF, despite the table of contents on the first page which lists it at 471. And of course, you can print just selected pages from a PDF as well.

Either way, I hope you get great value out of the information offered. I'd really welcome your feedback.

(PS I mentioned last week that I'd also done an article on the CF8 debugger in the FusionAuthority Quarterly Update, in their recent CF8 Special Edition. Unfortunately, the FAQU articles are not available online.)

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Excellent news. I have been trying to figure out how to use the darn debugger for a while now ;) Glad to hear there is some more detailed documentation available. Thanks for the heads up!
# Posted By cfSearching | 2/18/08 11:18 PM
Nice work Charlie, thanks!
Thank you Charlie!
# Posted By noname | 2/19/08 10:22 AM
Thanks for the great guide on setting up the debugger. I had to use the following website because I installed a local CF8 in multiserver configuration:


Thanks again, setup was a breeze and I've never used a debugger for CF before!
Thanks for the link, Joe. I'd not seen that, though I've pointed folks to others, like http://mkruger.cfweb... and

I'd like to give props to the author of that n8williams site, but like so many, he has nothing to identify himself--not even on the about and contact pages. What's up with that? :-) I've blogged about that http://carehart.org/...

I did a little digging and found that he has other pages on his site that identify him as Nate Williams (ok, that may have seemed discernible from his domain name, but still...) I just don't get why people don't want to clearly identify themselves with the great knowledge they share.

Anyway, finally thanks for your kind regards, Joe, about the debugger chapter. The encouragement is always appreciated. Great to see a new convert to step debugging. :-)
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