What is Cold Fusion?

What is Cold Fusion?  What is it used for?  And why is it better than previously existing tools?
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Cold Fusion is a server-side preprocessor for web application development.

It is used to create dynamic web content (e.g., form-processing, database querying, etc.)

IMHO, it's no better or worse than anything else that's out there.  Each tool has its own strengths and weaknesses.  ColdFusion will run on a number of platforms and with a number of different webservers which gives it an advantage over some of its competitors.  It's based upon extensions to the standard <HTML> tags and much like ASP and PHP mixes straight HTML and code in the same file-- which depending upon who you talk to makes it easier to work with than standard CGI.  It's biggest disadvantage-- it's not free, unlike almost all of it's direct competitors (ASP, PHP, perl).

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bell1Author Commented:
Thanks!  Sorry for the slow response.
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