ColdFusion Package Installation on a Mac for Sublime Text 3

I have become a full-time Sublime Text 3 user. {{ Insert Fanboi Gushing }}

Until today, however, I had only used ST3 in my work Windows environment. Getting the ColdFusion package to correctly install on my Mac, however, proved to be a an exercise in ID10T errors, i.e., I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and tried to install the package within the Sublime directory structure itself. head.

Current CF users of Sublime undoubtedly know that the ColdFusion package is still in progress. Since it is FOSS, the package depends on the community to make updates in their free time. To keep the Sublime Text 2 package stable, work on the ST3 package is happening in a development branch.

Installation Process

To install the ColdFusion Sublime Text 3 package on a Mac, I used the following procedure:

  1. In a Terminal window, open the ST3 packages path:

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    1cd ~/Library/"Application Support"/"Sublime Text 3"/Packages

  2. Use git to clone the ColdFusion github repo:

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    1git clone
  3. Switch to the development branch:

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    1cd ColdFusion
    2git checkout development

  4. Switch to the September 17, 2013 build. The HEAD version has an issue that destabilizes the package. It may or may not actually load. If it does load, then you may have trouble closing a tag when you type a > character.

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    1git checkout fca7f71f6eda883fcaa0ba9297c2c194875a8ba7

  5. Restart Sublime Text and open a ColdFusion page or component to verify you have color coding.

Thank you to Brien Malone for pointing out the right revision to use!

ColdFusion 8.0.1 Updater Available

Yippee! The 8.0.1 updater for ColdFusion is now available and it contains official support for OS X Leopard. Looks like I'll have some install fun tonight.

It's A Mac

I do a lot of my personal development work on a notebook computer. Except for some graphic and publication design work a few jobs ago, I have always used a PC running Windows. However, I have (mostly) fond memories of using OS 9 and OS X, so I decided to take the plunge and replace my aging Sony Vaio, running Windows XP Pro, with a MacBook Pro running Leopard, OS 10.5.

The experience in the Apple Store in Tysons Corner was certainly not what I expected. Since it was midday on a Saturday, it was rather busy. Regardless, I was approached at least three times while I was checking out the Macbooks. My questions were answered, I checked out right at the display table, and walked out with a 2.4GHz MacBook Pro. Very relaxed, very easy.

Adding the notebook to my wireless network was a snap. Soon I was downloading and installing everything I need to develop on the Mac: Firefox, Eclipse, CFEclipse, etc. I hit a major snag with ColdFusion 8, which does not come with a connector for Apache 2. After much Googling and several installation attempts, I finally had success following along with Matthew Wallace's video guide. Thanks, Matthew, for a great resource.