Always Learning More

Yesterday, I got to make a new form for a client that involved file uploads. This is no longer new to me, so it went much more smoothly than last time I had to do it. In fact, just about everything about Coldfusion programming was new to me a mere year ago. I came here only with experience of programming in PHP and mySQL. While mySQL is used here, PHP is used very sparingly. I now know why.

Being a programmer lets you carry the basic concepts of programming from language to language and mostly it is just the syntax that changes. Switching from PHP to Coldfusion was more than just syntax though. It was just easier.

Coldfusion manages to make many frequently used functions easier to carry out and with less confusion. The error notification is wonderful. My favorite part might actually be that you can see what a dynamically-created page layout may look like.

With PHP, I often found myself looking at a blank page in Dreamweaver with just a little PHP symbol. I would have to actually look at the code to try to discern what the page would look like. Sometimes I’d be forced to upload it over and over, after any changes, to see how it would look on the web. By eliminating this from the custom programming of client’s websites, I am able to churn out finalized code and finished products much faster and more efficiently.