While we’re a few months early, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of ColdFusion. The first version was released on July 2, 1995.
The platform, which spawned the CFML programming language, was invented by Jeremy and JJ Allaire. It was originally designed to make connecting HTML pages to databases easier, but went on to become a full platform including an integrated development environment and full scripting language by the second version, which came out the following year.
Allaire corporation, which was founded by the two, was acquired by Macromedia in 2001. Macromedia itself was then acquired by Adobe four years later.
While it’s 20 years old, ColdFusion has seen twice that number of released, including updates, and while you may not hear much about it these days, Adobe continues to push out updates for multiple releases.
This month alone, Adobe has already pushed out update 16 and a a prerelease build refresh for ColdFusion 10 and a prerelease build refresh for ColdFusion 11.
ColdFusion 11 was released less than a year ago, and removed many of the features identified as “deprecated” in prior releases. While in the past, users were able to continue using certain tags or functions, 11 eliminated that.
In 2012, Adobe released a roadmap for ColdFusion, projecting development of the product to continue to the year 2021.
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