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Day 1. Introducing ColdFusion > What Is ColdFusion?

What Is ColdFusion?

A couple computer types, brothers Jeremy and J.J. Allaire, created ColdFusion in 1995. Jeremy, the business-minded one, had a print publication he needed to regularly post to the Web, so he approached the coding brother, J.J, and asked him to help build a simple application that would speed the task. When the project was complete, both realized they had a hot property on their hands and Allaire Corporation was born. Today, ColdFusion is in its fourth major release and both brothers wear fine suits and drive fancy cars.

The official description of ColdFusion calls it a Web application server, but depending on how you choose to use it, it can also be considered a page-development tool, a database server, or your ticket to the high life. At the heart of the program is a database-to-Web gateway. It allows you to take an existing database file and serve it up via the Web, record-by-record, without having to create new HTML files for each record.


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