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ColdFusion Architecture

ColdFusion has three basic components: the server, the administrator interface, and ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). The server is the central element. You use the browser-based administrator interface to manage the server. You use CFML in Web pages destined for the ColdFusion server in much the same way that HTML pages are destined for Web servers.

The ColdFusion server runs side by side with a Web server. As the Web server displays pages, the ColdFusion server watches for ColdFusion pages (pages with the .cfm extension). ColdFusion pages contain a mixture of standard HTML and CFML. The ColdFusion server grabs the ColdFusion pages, turns them into pure HTML, and returns them to the Web server for display. (See Figure 32.1.)


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