In 1995, Joseph J. Allaire formally created and introduced to the booming computer software industry his latest developed program that he named ColdFusion.

ColdFusion is a programming platform or language that is used to develop web application designed and developed by Joseph J. Allaire or popularly known as J J Allaire who is an American software engineer and internet entrepreneur in 1995. The main purpose and use of ColdFusion is to provide a rapid commercial web application platform which is intended for business to create an easier connection between HyperText Markup Language (HTML) pages to a database and the following year after it was introduced and released, it became into a full platform which was then included in an Integrated Development Environment to add a full scripting language.

commercial web application platform

To learn more about ColdFusion here is its main features which provide additional advantages over other software platforms.

  • Simplified database access
  • Client and server cache management
  • Client-side code generation, especially for form widgets and validation
  • Conversion from Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • File indexing and searching service based on Apache Solr
  • GUI administration
  • Server, application, client, session, and request scopes
  • XML parsing, querying (XPath), validation and transformation (XSLT)
  • Server clustering
  • Task scheduling
  • Graphing and reporting
  • Other implementations of CFML offer similar or enhanced functionality, such as running in a .NET environment or image manipulation.

ColdFusion is also known for its ability to retrieve data from common enterprise and business oriented programs such as Active Directory, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Post Office Protocol (POP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Microsoft Exchange Server and other data formats like RSS and Atom.

ColdFusion’s engine is written and designed in C program and it has features that are built in scripting languages, plugin modules that are written in Java and a syntax that has the same features and similarity to Hypertxt Markup Language (HTML) elements. It is equivalent to an HTML element with a ColdFusion tag that begins with the affixes of C and F that is followed by the indicative tag of the HTML. Currently, the ColdFusion development has 13 versions, with the latest Adobe ColdFusion 13 which is named Aether.


Just to provide an overview about ColdFusion, it has a variety of versions developed over the years using the Microsoft Visual C++ programming which means that is largely limited only to Microsoft Windows despite being developed to run in other operating system softwares such as the Sun Solaris in its version 3.1.