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New Service - - Fast access to CF docs

Published on March 11, 2004
By Pete Freitag

I just launched a new service at - the site allows you to type in a ColdFusion function name or tag name directly in the url to goto the documentation, for example: will take you to the Macromedia Live documentation for cfchart. This is equivalent to the way and allow you to search documentation via the url. There are also two short cuts for getting a complete tag listing, or a complete function listing - simply use or respectively.

I have had the site setup for a few days now, just testing it out - if you notice any slowness, it is actually probably due to congestion at During business hours in the US their server is usually pretty slow. At night it is very fast.

I have found it very useful for sending doc urls to people over IM, or email since you can just send the url off the top of your head without looking it up first!

Another trick, if type in a tag or function name that is not mapped to anything your search will be redirected to google, eg:

I would love to hear your comments, and/or suggestions for the service!

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Brilliant idea and seems very fast!

It can be a chore looking for certain help on CF tags and functions (especially in Dreamweaver MX 2004).

Thanks for your efforts!
by Peter Tilbrook on 03/11/2004 at 5:09:28 PM UTC

This is very cool! One thing I noticed (by accident) was that won't work, only
by Rob Brooks-Bilson on 03/11/2004 at 5:44:36 PM UTC
Thanks Rob, should work now as well. The ordering of my mod_rewrite rules was incorrect.
by Pete Freitag on 03/11/2004 at 5:50:58 PM UTC
Haven't tried it yet but this is brilliant! I'm a nig PHP programmer and have been doing CF for about 1.5 years now. (started with MX never really got into LTE CF 5 ) One of my big complaints has been who hard it is to find functions etc. with you rock and roll with searches etc. this is a step in the right direction, and i wish you the best of luck!!!!
by Eric Jones on 03/11/2004 at 8:34:54 PM UTC
Cool stuff.

If you use Dave's Quick Search Deskbar, then I made a custom search for it that you can use to quikly search CF docs.

Download my cf.xml and save it in "\Program Files\Quick Search Deskbar\searches\". Then F1, Configure, Reload. After that entering "cf whatever" into Dave's Deskbar will search using :)
by Erki Esken on 03/12/2004 at 9:08:25 AM UTC
Thanks Vesa, I've added CF.Query and CF.Http.
by Pete Freitag on 03/18/2004 at 12:01:48 PM UTC & links are redirecting to google instead of the full listing of tags & functions.
by Rahul Narula on 10/08/2005 at 12:35:39 PM UTC
Hi Richard I am working on moving it to another server, should be working by the end of the day providing DNS changes
by Pete Freitag on 04/21/2006 at 9:40:24 AM UTC