ColdFusion is a commercial rapid web application development platform created by Jeremy Allaire and JJ Allaire. The programming language used with that platform is commonly called ColdFusion, though is also known as CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language). The initial objective of ColdFusion was to make it easier to connect simple HTML pages to a database. By the 2nd version it had become a full fledged platform that included an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) in addition to a complete scripting language.
ColdFusion is a Macromedia product and offers a widely adopted and sophisticated products suite to develop websites and serve pages to users. Leveraging ColdFusion, any entity can build a content database harnessing input templates and combine these with application programs to create a Web site. In the latter, pages are developed dynamically as they are served. ColdFusion is made up of ColdFusion Studio, which is harnessed to build a site, and ColdFusion Server, whose role is to serve the pages to users. ColdFusion Studio’s role is of a complete integrated development environment (IDE) while ColdFusion Server functions as a deployment platform.
ColdFusion is both expressive and powerful. The expressive characteristic empowers firms or individuals to perform programming tasks at a higher level compared to most other languages. The powerful characteristic delivers integration with functionality integral to web applications such as database access, MS Exchange access, PDF form creation and more. Also the ColdFusion platform is built on Java and leverages the Apache Tomcat J2EE container.
ColdFusion has existed since 1995 and like any other technology there are quite a few misconceptions about the platform and its capabilities. We try to dispel some common myths associated with ColdFusion.
Common ColdFusion myths
- ColdFusion is expensive
The fact is that developers get ColdFusion for free. Also, ColdFusion offers several other platforms free of charge. Additionally ColdFusion hosting is relatively inexpensive. Many users will find that developing websites with ColdFusion costs less money as well as time.
- ColdFusion is dying
This rumor has been doing the rounds for quite some time. However the ground reality is that the product is faring well in terms of sales and customer adoption. Periodically new versions are being released. Also multiple vendors market this product.
- ColdFusion is not secure
There is nothing in ColdFusion that holds programmers back from creating secure code. On the contrary this software has multiple features facilitating the development of secure code. Script Protect and role based security are some of the other powerful security features. The fact that the US government uses and trusts ColdFusion is an ironclad testimonial.
- ColdFusion is slow
The fact is that umpteen high traffic websites leverage ColdFusion. Every successive version of ColdFusion comes with greater speed. People often blame ColdFusion when the real reason for slow speed is badly created code. The latter is applicable to any platform and ColdFusion is not responsible for it.
- No open source applications
This statement is old now. Presently there are numerous blogs, wikis and forums exclusively addressing ColdFusion issues.
ColdFusion Report builder
Report building involves representing information in graphical format such as different kinds of charts or tabular format. ColdFusion incorporates a report building tool termed ColdFusion Report Builder. This tool empowers developers with the ability to design structures, repeating region reports for ColdFusion 11 applications.