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Chapter 23. Calling External Objects > Connecting to External Objects

23.1. Connecting to External Objects

ColdFusion can connect to various types of external objects via the CFOBJECT tag. CFOBJECT allows you to use ColdFusion to access third-party components or back-end systems written in other languages without having to deal with the underlying code or complexity of the object. The types of external objects supported by CFOBJECT include:


COM

The Component Object Model (COM) is a Microsoft-sponsored specification for creating distributed software components. There are a large number of third-party COM objects, most of which can be used by ColdFusion. COM is currently supported only in the Windows version of ColdFusion.


CORBA

The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is a specification put forth by the Object Management Group (OMG) for creating platform neutral distributed software objects. CORBA objects can be written using any number of languages and are supported on all ColdFusion platforms except for Linux.


Java classes

The CFOBJECT tag can connect to Java class files and, by extension, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs).


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