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Introduction to ColdFusion

In early 2001, Macromedia acquired a company by the name of Allaire. With the acquisition, Macromedia also acquired a key server-side technology component named ColdFusion and the tool used to develop ColdFusion pages, ColdFusion Studio (now directly integrated into Dreamweaver). Described as a rapid server-side scripting technology for creating web applications, ColdFusion uses a language called ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) to interact with databases and dynamically created pages. CFML tags are embedded directly into HTML, and each command has a start tag and an end tag similar to HTML. Each ColdFusion application is a set of pages with CFML commands in them. Developers can use the built-in functions, create their own, or integrate COM, C++, or Java components into their code.

Now an essential technology in the Macromedia web development line, ColdFusion relies on the ColdFusion Application Server. After it's installed, the application server functions similar to the .NET Framework discussed in the previous sections) in that it closely monitors and manages ColdFusion web applications. Furthermore, you can use the ColdFusion Administrator, available as a standalone web application, to manage everything from data sources, memory usage, mail server properties, caching, error logs, and more.


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