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ColdFusion is a commercial rapid web application development platform that lets developers create interactive websites. It features its own scripting language, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), which looks similar to HTML and is easy to learn. The platform integrates with databases, allowing for simpler connections without requiring knowledge of complex SQL statements. Developed by Allaire and later acquired by Macromedia, then Adobe Systems in 2005, ColdFusion has since undergone many updates that have added new standard tags and functions for enhanced functionality.