ColdFusion is a commercial, Rapid Application Development platform invented by Jeremy and JJ Allaire. The product made its debutaround 1995, leading the way for similar products from Microsoft and another from the open source community named Bluefish. The major difference between ColdFusion and the other WYSIWYG. Development tools of the time was ColdFusion's ability to interface witha database. This enabled people who would likely have trouble creating a dynamic website to create a dynamic site with remarkable ease
Advantages of using Coldfusion
- Save time and money with rapid server scripting.
- Powerful Internet capabilities within an easy-to-learn and highly productive server scripting environment.
- Intuitive tag-based language that requires fewer lines of code by handling low-level programming tasks automatically and simplifying code reuse.
- Fully integrated application services for adding full-text search, dynamic charting, and streamlined connectivity to Macromedia Flash clients to your applications.
- Innovative architecture that brings the scalability, reliability, and power of the Java platform to web scripting, including support for multiple instances of ColdFusion on a single server.
- Complete extensibility via custom tag libraries, reusable components, and full support for JSP, servlets and EJBs through the included Macromedia JRun J2EE server.
- Highly approachable integration with all of the major Internet standards and component models, including XML, SOAP/web services, Java, .NET/COM, and CORBA.
- Support for developing and deploying applications on a standalone ColdFusion MX server or on leading Java application servers such as Macromedia JRun, IBM WebSphere, Sun ONE, and BEA WebLogic.
- Support for the leading server operating systems, web server software, mail servers, directory servers, file systems, and relational database management systems.