What is ColdFusion?
ColdFusion by Adobe ColdFusion Server is a highly reliable and powerful application server software used to put together an array of database-drive applications that run on many multi-purpose platforms. After Adobe acquired Macromedia, they purchased the ColdFusion software from Allaire, creating a programming language that runs minimal code and is very easy to work with. The CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language) is able to work alongside other programming languages like PHP, JSP, and ASP.
Is ColdFusion powerful enough for my website?
If MySpace® could do it with ColdFusion, then it most definitely could handle your website. MySpace® was built with ColdFusion and the Fusebox framework, and ColdFusion was successfully able to meet their needs and handle nearly seven million users at one of the most popular and heavily trafficked websites. As the numbers began to overflow at ColdFusion’s Java server, MySpace® was able to expand their capacities with the Blue Dragon technology.
How is the future of ColdFusion?
Things look very bright ahead, as Adobe’s recent acquisition of Macromedia allowed them to obtain the ColdFusion platform. Coupled with Adobe’s other fine products and innovative programming software, ColdFusion is just another high note for the company, which has the power to integrate all the applications and software that are a part of Adobe’s umbrella branding.
What is Fusebox, and why should I care?
All of our ColdFusion applications are created by Fusebox, an open-source ColdFusion framework that provides a way to standardize how our ColdFusion applications are built, that can be efficiently managed by our customers, the developers. If you utilize a popular application framework like Fusebox, you won’t run into any potential headaches that sloppy code makes difficult to debug, as no two ColdFusion programmers code applications are the same.
Benefits of formatting your ColdFusion code with Fusebox:
* Fusebox gives you the ability for naming conventions to all of your ColdFusion files, making debugging much easier.
* Application files are atomic, so having a file called “qry_tagemployees.cfm” contains a query that tag employees, and that is all that the page does. With actions like this, fixing a bug might only require you to read through 20 lines of code to instead of 4000.
* Some smaller comp0nent applications can be dragged-and-dropped when reusing code.
Fusebox also helps us to make code that is reusable and modular.
PDF and FlashPaper generation
ColdFusion can generate PDF or FlashPaper documents using standard HTML without having to use any additional coding for documents that need to be printed. CFML authors simply place HTML and CSS within a pair of document tags and specify the desired format. The document can then either be saved to your hard drive or sent to your client’s browser, which then can be printed.