Originally designed to make it easier to connect basic HTML pages to a database, ColdFusion was created by Jeremy and JJ Allaire in 1995, and later purchased by Adobe Systems. Subsequent to the original release of the platform, it was upgraded to include an integrated development environment (IDE) and a full scripting language. While many use the term “ColdFusion” to refer to the scripting language itself, the language is properly known as ColdFusion Markup Language, or CFML. More recent versions of ColdFusion include more sophisticated functionality, including the ability to develop rich Internet applications and support for enterprise integration.
ColdFusion offers a range of features straight out of the box, including client and server cache management, client-side code generation, task scheduling, server clustering and GUI administration.