ColdFusion or more commonly referred to as CFML is a commercial grade rapid web application development platform invented by Jeremy Allaire and JJ Allaire in 1995.
Although ColdFusion was originally designed to make it easier to connect simple HTML pages to databases, it has evolved to become a full platform that includes and IDE, in addition a "full" scripting language. Since the purchase of ColdFusion by Adobe Systems, advanced features have been added for enterprises integration and development of rich Internet applications.
ColdFusion is most often used for data-driven websites 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 interfaces.