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Author: Doug Hughes (All RIAForge projects by this author)
Last Updated: March 3, 2010 12:36 PM
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License: Apache License, Version 2


ColdBooks is a free and open source tool that allows ColdFusion developers to work with data stored in Intuit QuickBooks. ColdBooks attempts to simplify the process of communication with QuickBooks by integrating with the ColdFusion administrator and allowing users to create and use connections to QuickBooks in a manner similar to ColdFusion data sources.

QuickBooks uses a tool called the QuickBooks Web Connector to talk to web-based applications. This tool communicates with these applications by web services they expose which implement a specific interface.

Historically, successfully implementing this interface has been challenging, especially in ColdFusion applications. ColdBooks has a generic implementation of this interface that allows ColdFusion developers to create applications that can asynchronously communicate with QuickBooks. Much of the complexity of this process is factored out and handled by ColdBooks.

The documentation provides a lot of helpful information to developers who are just getting started implementing QuickBooks with their ColdFusion applications.