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Chapter 1. Introducing Dreamweaver MX an... > Enter ColdFusion and Dreamweaver

Enter ColdFusion and Dreamweaver

The stage was set for a change. In 1995, Allaire released ColdFusion 1.0, an application server designed from the ground up for building web sites and connecting them to a database. Moreover, ColdFusion built on the skill set of HTML coders with the introduction of the Database Markup Language (DBML). DBML, which shortly became the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), offered a simple tag-based syntax that closely resembled HTML. Thus, an experienced programmer could quickly learn the tags necessary to connect to a database and display database records.

Over the next two years, ColdFusion quickly proved to be a runaway hit. Thousands of developers flocked to the application server and away from the inefficiencies that plagued CGI. By 1997, 30,000 developers were using ColdFusion, and the third version of ColdFusion was available. In the same year, Allaire acquired from Bradbury Software Homesite, a widely used and respected text editor, and quickly released ColdFusion Studio, the first development environment intended for ColdFusion development (see Figure 1.2).


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