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CFML World

The CFML World is a large and varied one. This is a brief guide to some of the more significant parts of it.

What is CFML?

The acronym CFML stands for ColdFusion Markup Language, however this is a misnomer as CFML is far more than a markup language - it is a very powerful tag-based scripting language, capable of anything you can throw at it. Another way of looking at it, CFML is a productivity layer for Java, providing a simple interface to quickly and easily perform complex operations without needing to delve into the murky depths of Java code (unless you want to).

CFML is an Open Standard, controlled by the recently formed CFML Advisory Committee, which defines what is considered part of the Core language and what is an extension.


CFML Resources

These are a selection of resources in each category. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but is intended as a starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about CFML.


Engines:

Adobe ColdFusion
The official CFML engine, owned by Adobe.
openBD
BlueDragon is an Open-Source GPLv3 engine, controlled by the openBD Steering Committee.
Railo
Railo is an Open-Source LGPL engine, controlled by Railo Technologies GmbH and hosted at RedHat's JBoss.org

Resource Lists

Charlie Arehart's Resource Lists
A huge compendium of resources for CFML and related.
ColdFusion Resource Portal
A collection of links and feeds relevant to ColdFusion developers.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Adobe Forums
Adobe's ColdFusion forums.
Sitepoint Forums
Sitepoint's ColdFusion forums
House of Fusion
A collection of mailing lists for CF and related technologies.

Open CFML

CFML Advisory Board
The website where the CFML Open Standard is defined.
ColdFusion Open-Source List
A list of Open-Source projects for ColdFusion.
RIAForge
A project hosting site for ColdFusion and other Adobe technologies.

Tutorials / Learning

ColdFusion Cookbook
A collection of quick snippets for solving common problems.
easy cfm
A large collection of tutorials for ColdFusion and associated technologies.
SitePoint ColdFusion Tutorials
A growing selection of ColdFusion tutorials and articles.

Conferences

Adobe MAX
Adobe technology conference.
cf.objective()
Enterprise ColdFusion conference.
CFDevCon
UK ColdFusion Developer conference.
CFUnited
Premier ColdFusion technical conference.
Scotch on the Rocks
European ColdFusion conference.
Spring <br>
Ohio-based web development conference.
WebDU
Australian web technology conference.

Documentation

Adobe Livedocs
Adobe's ColdFusion documentation.
CF Docs on Air
AIR-based CF documentation.
CFML Docs for iPod
iPod-based CF documentation.
CFQuickDocs
Ajax-based ColdFusion documentation.
ColdfusionDocs
Flex-based ColdFusion documentation.
CFML Engine Wiki
A comparison of the different CFML engines.

Weblog Aggregators

Adobe Feeds (AXNA)
Adobe Xml News Aggregator, with over two thousand blogs relating to Adobe technologies.
Full As A Goog
An RIA blog aggregator focused on Adobe products.
Feed-Squirrel
Another RIA aggregator, covering both Adobe and Microsoft technologies, by Neil Middleton.
ColdfusionBloggers
A CF-focused aggregator, controlled by Ray Camden.

Miscellaneous

CFEclipse
Everyone's favourite CFML editor.
Got CFM?
A list of sites using CFML engines.