Jessica Landy

 

I was recently selected as one of the internets top internet women geeks so I am proudly donating alot of time for the causes of keep girls into science and math and who will be proud to be a woman geek.

ColdFusion is the original and most common implementation of a tag and ECMAScript-based programming language -- ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) and CFSCRIPT, respectively -- which is typically used in web application development for the generation of dynamic web pages. Originally a product of Allaire, in 2001 the company was purchased by Macromedia, who subsequently merged with Adobe Systems in 2005.

ColdFusion resembles a scripting language best suited for data-driven web sites. More advanced users can use ColdFusion as a productivity layer above a J2EE platform or use ColdFusion as middleware in a service oriented architecture, such as generating web services or Flash remoting.

Recently, ColdFusion has also become a layer to handle asynchronous events such as SMS and instant messaging via its gateway interface.

ColdFusion is more than a scripting language, it also provides a number of value-added services out of the box:

  • conversion from HTML to PDF and Flashpaper
  • client-side form validation including rich forms using Flash
  • GUI widgets such as datagrids and date pickers
  • platform-independent database querying via OBDC or JDBC
  • data retrieval from common enterprise systems such as Microsoft Active Direcory, LDAP, POP, HTTP, FTP
  • client and server cache management
  • session, client, and application management
  • file indexing and searching service based on Verity K2
  • XML parsing, querying, and validation
  • Server clustering
  • GUI administration
  • Task scheduling
  • Other implementations of CFML offer similar or enhanced functionality, such as running in a .NET environment or image manipulation.
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