ColdFusion is a commercial, Rapid Application Development platform invented by Jeremy and JJ Allaire. The product made its debut around 1995, leading the way for similar products from Microsoft and another from the open source community named Bluefish. The major advantage of ColdFusion platform compared to other WYSIWYG development tools of the time was the ability to interface with any type of database. This enabled people to create a dynamic websites with remarkable ease.
Originally CF is a product of Allaire and was released in July 1995; ColdFusion was developed by brothers Joseph JJ and Jeremy Allaire. In 2001 Allaire was acquired by Macromedia, who in turn were acquired by Adobe Systems Inc in 2005.
ColdFusion is most often used for data-driven web sites or intranets, but can also be used to generate remote services such as SOAP web services or Flash remoting. It is especially well-suited as the server-side technology to the client-side Flex.
ColdFusion can also handle asynchronous events such as SMS and instant messaging via its gateway interface, available in ColdFusion MX 7 Enterprise Edition.