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Yes Virginia, there IS a tag editor

June 7, 2007 ·

This seems to be a Frequently Asked Question lately so I figured I'd highlight it on my blog: Is there a pop-up tag editor in CFEclipse that is vaguely like CFS / HS? Yes, click on a tag then right-click and select Edit This Tag. You'll get a dialog box with all of the attributes of the tag that you can edit and save. If you haven't yet switched to CFEclipse, I highly recommend you investigate it. It's the most powerful IDE for ColdFusion - and it's free!

Tags: cfeclipse · coldfusion

11 responses

  • 1 Steve Bryant // Jun 7, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    I tried that and nothing happened. Any guesses as to what I might be doing wrong?

    This would certainly speed up my development on CFEclipse!
  • 2 Mike Henke // Jun 7, 2007 at 6:27 AM

    Highlight tag and ctrl-t does the same thing :-) The dictionary view is a great resource also, I put it as a "Fast View" so it is available but doesn't take up space.
  • 3 Frederic Fortier // Jun 7, 2007 at 6:57 AM

    For those keyboard lovers :-) you can also use Ctrl-T
  • 4 sal // Jun 7, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    I second that! I was using Dw CS3 the other day, I felt so naked not having CFEclipse, guess I've gotten so used to it... So much typing with Dw CS3!! geez!

    hat tip Mark!
  • 5 John Farrar // Jun 7, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    There needs to be a feature added for "custom tag libraries" in CFE. Right now if someone (unless my understanding is off, and someone in the know please show me how) wants to add custom tags and upgrades CFE, then his customizations get overwritten. Two, what if he wants to distribute this library... how does he do that?

    I use CFE almost exclusive for CF coding, but this is a frustration for shared technologies that we would love to help others code in easier. (In DW8 the custom code hinting is pretty easy to achieve, I would like to see more of this added to CFE!)

    Disclaimer: I admit this type of thing needs funding. So in advance this is not a slam on the great work being done, just a declaration of need.
  • 6 Mark Drew // Jun 7, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    @John: I am planning this feature currently. Dont know implementation date as yet, but yes, you will have a place that will be safe from harm from updates . Now, all I have to do is design a nice dialog to do this in.

  • 7 Adam Cameron // Jun 7, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Well I never! (depsite using CFE for a number of years). Cheers for the heads-up, Sean.

    I just did a CTRL-T on a CFIF tag, upon which it only gave "help" text: this is fair enough, CFIF has no concrete parameters. Then I clicked "OK" and it blitzed the content of the tag. Not so "fair enough".

    Still: CFE *is* free, I guess. And it's a good start.

    Wouldn't it be nice if it had a pop-up for functions, too?


  • 8 Jon Hartmann // Jun 8, 2007 at 5:46 AM

    Yeah... there might be something I'm missing but right-clicking shows me no option like this at all, and ctrl+t does nothing at all... is there some version of Eclipse and CFEclipse that are required for this trick?
  • 9 H Jaber // Jun 8, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Very nice tip, thank you!!!
  • 10 Peggy Kopecky // Jun 18, 2007 at 5:40 AM

    When I try CTRL-T I get the message: "The chosen operation is not currently available". I am using Version So, I guess I am asking the same question as Jon, is there something I am missing?

    -- Peggy
  • 11 Sean Corfield // Jun 18, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    The tag editor has worked in CFEclipse for some time. If you are having problems, I recommend joining the cfeclipse-users mailing list on Google Groups and asking for help there: