CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language)

Contributor(s): Jennifer Mealing

CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language) is a Web page markup language that allows a Web site developer to create pages with variable information (text or graphics) that is filled in dynamically (on the fly) in response to variables such as user input. Along with the usual Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) tags that determine page layout and appearance, the page creator uses CFML tags to bring in content based on the results of a database query or user input. CMFL is a proprietary language developed for use with ColdFusion, a product from Allaire.

CFML tags perform all server-side tasks (such as database queries) by condensing complex processes, that would normally require knowledge of programming languages such as Java or C++, into four basic tags: CFQUERY, which is used to submit a structured query language (SQL) request to the database; CFOUTPUT, which is used to display the result of a query; and CFTABLE or CFCOL, which are used to display a preformatted table containing the results of a set of queries. Files created with CFML are saved as ColdFusion templates and use a ".cfm" extension.

This was last updated in September 2005

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