Twenty years of making web happen – Happy Birthday, ColdFusion!

Twenty years ago, this day, the very first version of ColdFusion was launched. Originally developed by Jeremy Allaire and JJ Allaire in 1995, ColdFusion has been around for as long as the Web itself.

Over the past two decades, ColdFusion has had a profound impact on web application development. In the early days, ColdFusion made a difference to web application development by offering an easy-to-use language for all things Web. Today, ColdFusion empowers our customers to build desktop and mobile web applications through an end-to-end application development framework and HTML5 support, facilitate scaling the value of their data and services through REST-based APIs all the time ensuring scalability, stability and security that are so central to the needs of large-enterprise applications. 

Here’s a quick snapshot of ColdFusion’s journey over the last twenty years. 

ColdFusion continues to be deeply entrenched in large commercial and government enterprises and continues to be backbone of many mission critical applications in these environments. We owe all our success to our customers and ColdFusion developers and thank them for the continued investment in ColdFusion. I also take time to thank all the active user groups and their managers who passionately and enthusiastically drive the ColdFusion message in their communities. 

The 20 year celebration will culminate at the Adobe CFSummit 2015 later this year. I look forward to meeting and interacting with all of you at the Summit.

The last twenty years have been great, and I strongly believe that the best is still ahead of us.

25 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday Coldfusion!
    Knowing you since 1997(?) we have developed lots of projects with your support. Wish you a long life and always support from Adobe and the community.

  2. Happy birthday CF! I’ve been using the product since 1999 and am still happy with it.

    Oh, and don’t forget about CF4.5 in the timeline where proper structures were introduced into the language.


    And yes, there are in fact 12 releases of CF (not 11). Most people assume CF4.5 wasn’t a full release due to the poor version number, but Allaire still charged a regular upgrade price from 4.0 and the product went through the same release phases. Personally I think it was just rushed while the Allaire/Macromedia acquisition was happening (just my guess anyway).

    Happy birthday! I remember being at the last CF party (10 year party) back in 2005 held in the old Allaire offices near Boston and it was as momentous as this birthday is. Here’s to another 20 productive years!

  3. ColdFusion has been deeply entrenched in and powering my checking account since 1998… so here’s to almost 20 years of profitable business centered around the CFML world.

    And yeah, Adam Cameron is right… let’s see where CF12 takes us… because 11 was kind of a clusterf**k.

  4. You aren’t the cheapest date and are old and a little unsophisticated. But you were my first. I will remember you forever. Happy birthday.

  5. I started with CF 1.5 in November 97.
    If been one of the first certified trainers in Germany, but get lost in the web-universe after CF 8.
    Still a lot of good memories, Happy Birthday CF!

  6. Happy Birthday CF…I still remember using CF back at 1995..still run as a common gateway interface on server…and still using dbml…

  7. Happy Birthday, CF. Since Shawn Evans introduced me to you at 4.5.1, I’ve made a rather successful career out of applying you to fulfill the needs of many clients.

    Timeline above lists CF8’s major introductions as monitoring and interactive debugging – that’s BS. What about the big one? The one we had all needed for a long time? CFImage. Until that came along, we had no answer to PHP’s native image processing, aside from plugins like the Alagad Image Component, which was never the best and left people on shared CF servers at the mercy of admins who would either allow it or not.

    CFImage gave ColdFusion a new lease of life, and opened up many new avenues for CF to continue being the engine behind future development.

  8. I’ve still got an original 3.0 box on my shelf. Happy birthday, old girl. It’s about time it’s re-invented, particularly the scripting language which is a mess. I look forward to CF12 and hope Adobe have been listening to developers.

  9. I use CF everyday. I have been around since CF 4.0
    It is amazing and is still fun to code with. It has been very good and productive for our company for many many years.
    I hope that CF will outlast me. Happy Birthday CF.

  10. Started at CF 1.5, happy b’day CF, we have made some wonderful music together.

    What was the file extension before it was .cfm?

    In version 2 it changed to .cfm but before that it was .dbm, what a fun day of recoding that was when upgrading to CF2 🙂

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