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World-Wide Web, database, tool Allaire Corporation's
commercial database application development tool that allows
database can be queried and updated using a web browser.
The ColdFusion Server application runs on the web server and
has access to a database. ColdFusion files on the web
server are HTML pages with additional ColdFusion commands to
query or update the database, written in CFML. When the
page is requested by the user, the web server passes the
page to the Cold Fusion application, which executes the CFML
commands, places the results of the CFML commands in the
HTML file, and returns the page to the web server. The
page returned to the web server is now an ordinary HTML
file, and it is sent to the user.
Examples of ColdFusion applications include order entry, event
registration, catalogue search, directories, calendars, and
interactive training. ColdFusion applications are robust
because all database interactions are encapsulated in a single
industrial-strength CGI script. The formatting and
presentation can be modified and revised at any time (as
opposed to having to edit and recompile source code).
ColdFusion Server can connect with any database that supports
ODBC or OLE DB or one that has a native database driver.
Native database drivers are available for Oracle and
Sybase databases.