ColdFusion Web Application Development

We have been working on ColdFusion programming and web application software development for over 10 years. We have developed many applications in ColdFusion using various database platforms complying with all the major industry programming & database standards. We work with the prevailing norms for the robustness and scalability of the applications.

From our extensive experience in the ColdFusion here are some tips for ColdFusion Developers

ColdFusion is the leading commercial cross-platform application scripting technology. ColdFusion is made up of a language called CFML or ColdFusion

Markup Language, and a series of runtime services that provide all sorts of features and functionality for developers to take advantage of. ColdFusion was created in 1994, which makes it the original product in this space, and the very first language created from the ground up for application development on the Internet. ColdFusion predates JSP, PHP, and even ASP. (Actually, it is a little known fact that before acquiring Aspect Software and turning their prerelease Visual Basic scripting language into ASP, Microsoft approached Allaire about buying ColdFusion).

Macromedia ColdFusion MX is the rapid server scripting environment for creating Rich Internet Applications. Combining highly approachable scripting, effortless connectivity to enterprise data, and powerful built-in search and charting capabilities, ColdFusion MX enables developers to easily build and deploy dynamic websites, content publishing systems, self-service applications, commerce sites, and more. Moving to the new Java technology-based architecture in ColdFusion MX provides a variety of benefits to ColdFusion developers, including broader deployment options, seamless interoperability with Java and .NET technologies, and native support for content encoded in double-byte languages (such as Chinese and Japanese).

Another edge that ColdFusion has over its competitors is the potential speed of development. Allaire designed ColdFusion to facilitate RAD (Rapid Application Development). So, ColdFusion applications specific to a unique business process can be developed relatively quickly and inexpensively. ColdFusion is extremely versatile in a number of respects. Its modular, template driven nature allows integration of Web-based applications that are not ColdFusion based. Also, ColdFusion is flexible in that it is compatible with a variety of database types, such as Oracle, MS-SQL, Postgre, Access, and others.

ColdFusion web development offers a number of different integration mechanisms for external services: EJB, COM, and CORBA, for example. On the database side, ColdFusion also includes support for SQL and ODBC. By supporting this much alphabet soup, ColdFusion tries to accommodate a wide range of environments.

If we talk about cross platform then JSP/Java Servlets take number one in this category because there are many Servlet Engines provided by various manufacturers for any Web Server/Operating System you can think of. ColdFusion comes as a close second because ColdFusion is a one company show (all support for several Web servers IIS, Apache etc. and serval Oses - NT, 95,98,Unix, Linux - is because of Allaire's dedication), ColdFusion's cross platform support seems to be fairly good.

Over six major revisions and close to a decade, ColdFusion has empowered hundreds of thousands of web developers and programmers to rapidly build powerful Internet and web applications. These ColdFusion programmer and web developers discovered the key benefits of ColdFusion:

  • The shortest learning curve of any language in this space
  • Rapid development (you need less code and less time need to write it).
  • Support for all design patterns, n-tier development, and any other development methodologies.
  • High performance and scalability.
  • Platform supported by servers from Microsoft, IBM, BEA, Sun, and more.
  • True portability across Windows, Unix, Linux, Solaris, AIX, and other operating systems too.
  • Full support for all major databases (including Microsoft SQL Server)
  • Includes runtime services for charting and graphing, full text searching, high performance multi-threaded mail delivery, and more.
  • Built-in support for XML and web services.
  • Access to COM, CORBA, Java, C/C++, and any operating system specific applications or scripting capabilities.Complete client independence, but also provides specific support for integration with client-side Macromedia Flash.

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