Over the last few years my development environment has evolved and changed as newer and better tools were released. I've had my current setup running for a few months now and I'm really pleased with how it's working.
I promised to update my FusionDebug 2.0 review and now I feel that I've used it enough to do so. Wow! This is a great tool. Very solid and easy to use. It's cut my development time in half. I've used it extensively with my AJAX implementations. It has provided me with some terrific insight into each request. I'm combining the use of FusionDebug with FireBug so that I can debug an entire page request , start to finish. I suggest that anyone developing Coldfusion applications download this terrific tool.
I just downloaded and installed FusionDebug 2.0 this evening. I haven't really gotten a chance to review it completely. My initial impression is that it's a much enhanced and mature program. I've been using version 1.0 for about 4 months and I think it's a great tool, but sometimes a bit error prone. I was happy to put up with the bugs and quirks, because it was so handy. I'm pleased to say a lot of those problems are now fixed.
The initial install was pretty painless. I downloaded the plugin only. They are now offering a complete install package (Eclipse, CFEclipse, and FusionDebug). I'm anxious to hear if this solves some of the initial setup woes that plagued me in the beginning. Additionally they've included a Server Configuration Wizard. No more editing JVM config files by hand! This made setting up my server for debugging a snap. The entire process took about 10 minutes! I'll continue posting my impressions as I use it.
In the meantime, I recommend all Coldfusion developers download the free trial. It WILL change the way you work.