Which web server technology powers the US Federal Government? Most Government sites are private and behind firewalls, but the public face of the .gov domain hold valuable clues. A search on Google looking for specific file extensions (use “allinurl:cfm site:.gov”, for example) yields the following information …
In 4th place is JSP with 74,700 pages, in 3rd place is PHP with 346,000 pages, in 2nd place is ASP with 1,670,000, and the winner is (drum roll please) CFM with 1,900,200!

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  1. Unfortunately, these numbers are different here in Brazil: jsp 7930, cfm 15500, php 72000, asp 167000.
    This will probably be a topic during your presentations next week here in Brazil 🙂

  2. I have used it at: United States Postal Service, National Institutes of Health, Office of Thrift Supervision, US Mint, Department of Transportation and Department of Education.

  3. I work for a division of the Army Budget Office (ABO) in Blacksburg, VA (Go Hokies!). Pretty much the entire ABO uses ColdFusion for their web applications, and it’s a gigantic organization. In other words, don’t discount .mil in your searches, you’ll probably find similar results.

  4. Unfortunately, the enterprise architecture initiatives in a number of federal agencies are effectively removing CF from their approved technologies. Not even being essentially Java is going to change that reality.

  5. Yes, when job hunting a couple years ago I was surprised at how much the US gov uses CF as well – probably for its ease of use. I’ve worked at National Imagery and Mapping Agency, The Office of Personnel Management, and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (US Army) and used or have seen it used there.

  6. Ica, just curious. Do you have any stats to back this up? Or is it just a ramble. not to make it a flame, but halfsided comments without any reference material do get kinda old.

  7. Here are the numbers for the .mil sites:
    All in all, a respectable showing.

  8. Different results in Australia also:
    HTML: 641,000
    HTM: 564,000
    ASP: 254,000 + 19,700 for ASPX
    CFM: 108,000
    PHP: 27,000
    JSP: 26,500

  9. Ica,
    I don’t see any specific relationship between that article and ColdFusion. In fact that article seems to primarily reference desktop applications and applications in support of those. No mention of ASP or application servers is made. Nor is the article exclusionary. Got anything with more bite to it?

  10. I actually wrote an internal white paper that showed where ColdFusion could fit in the Federal Enterprise Architecture (Component Based Architecture). The Technical Reference Model (TRM) specifically states that it is not intended to provide or endorse particular vendor products so the lack of inclusion of a specific product in the TRM or CBA should not be construed as enjoining it’s use.

  11. Hello from good old Europe.
    Here are the numbers from Austria(not Australia!!!):
    php:1,350,000 asp:854,000 jsp:150,000 cfm:92,000
    and Germany:
    php:4,610,000 asp:2,030,000 cfm:906,000 jsp:903,000

  12. US Department of Education’s Intranet (Content Mgmt/Portal/Document Management/Online Community) = 100% CF.

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