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Chapter 1. Introducing ColdFusion > What Is Allaire's ColdFusion?

1.1. What Is Allaire's ColdFusion?

In 1995, J.J. and Jeremy Allaire introduced a product they believed would revolutionize application development for the Web. They too called their creation ColdFusion. Unlike its infamous namesake, Allaire's ColdFusion has delivered on the promises put forth by its creators.[1]

[1] Early in 2001, Allaire and Macromedia announced plans to merge, with the combined company using the Macromedia name. The merger closed before this book went to press, but the Allaire name is still being used to refer to ColdFusion, so that's what this book uses. In addition, as this book went to press, all the official ColdFusion web sites still use the www.allaire.com address, but that may change at any time. If you find that these URLs no longer work, please check the errata on the catalog page for this book (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/coldfusion/) for the new addresses.

ColdFusion is a rapid application development platform for creating and deploying dynamic server-based web applications. Web applications exist as a collection of web pages, also known as templates, that work together to allow users to perform such tasks as reading email, buying books, or tracking packages. Web applications often act as the frontend to back-end services, such as legacy applications and databases. Some examples of web applications built using ColdFusion include Autobytel.com's application for researching and purchasing a car (http://www.autobytel.com/) Williams-Sonoma's storefront application (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/), and Infonautics's Company Sleuth application for tracking publicly traded companies (http://www.sleuth.com/).


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