What is ColdFusion and What are the Myths Associated With It

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

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.


Customized Coldfusion Report Builder Stands to Be a Unique Adaptation

Reporting gets devised as per the need. Customization is what follows next. What remain interesting are the levels of customization offered. How much technicality of the reporting build up is resolved by customization? Adobe remains to be such entity that helped out many such technicalities through its superb products. The products enlisted in its list range from Photoshop to Captivate. Among them also remains a tool named Coldfusion report builder. This too has brought fascination among the professionals of diverse areas. Fields like Business Analytics have witnessed the changing of the whole gamut of analysis because of the tools like report builder for ColdFusion.

Varied new options of reporting that would have hardly got imagined are in place now. There also exist many hard core professionals that even adapted the said tool of Adobe as per the need.

Lets have a look at the technical adaptations:

Web Application Development of Cold Fusion has facilitated the multi user option, opened the door of connecting it with CMS, document management systems, & software of e-learning.

  • 3 Tier-applications of web have got developed by enmeshing Flash/Flex with Coldfusion.
  • Web applications of 2 Tier are now developed by keeping the tool in tune with database layer development in connection with MySQL, Oracle & SQL server.
  • There remain various versions of Coldfusion report builder like 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x but now exist the cherished achievement of migrating from lower version of Coldfusion report builder to higher version of the same.
  • Experienced hands do the work of a juggler in giving the Coldfusion reports in the varied formats like HTML, Flash Paper, PDF, EXCEL, XML & RTF & that too at a fast pace.
  • Prudence in bringing the custom tag development of Coldfusion tool is an admired thing as it will help its users to help attain the reusable, modular & maintainable code.
  • Last remains to be the integration of Coldfusion report builder with .NET & Java.

Such expertise in introducing so many adaptations in the said tool always rest on the patient & sustainable efforts invested in achieving the same. It leads to the selling of the tool like anything & thus increasing the span of its usage.