Happy 13th Birthday ColdFusion!

Yes, ColdFusion officially turns 13 years old today! I think a quick trip down memory lane is in order. How many of these logos do you remember?

Cold Fusion 1 and 2
Cold Fusion 3
ColdFusion 4

ColdFusion 5
ColdFusion MX
ColdFusion MX7
ColdFusion 8

And if you are really in the mood, check out this Allaire homepage circa 1997 (courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)! Wow, Fuel Packs available, Forums 2.0 released, HomeSite 2 is a CNET finalist, my 1st book on Amazon’s top 10 … fun stuff! 😉

30 responses to “Happy 13th Birthday ColdFusion!”

  1. A viewer Avatar
    A viewer

    Happy Birthday

  2. Shimju David Avatar
    Shimju David

    Dear ColdFusion,
    Many many happy returns of the day.
    Emax Software Team

  3. Gary Gilbert Avatar
    Gary Gilbert

    I remember all of the logos but actually only worked with CF since 4.0.
    Many Happy returns CF, and I look forward to many more years of innovation!

  4. Digital Mesh Avatar
    Digital Mesh

    Dear Cold Fusion
    Happy B’day!!!!

  5. 2020Media Avatar

    That takes me back. We started hosting Coldfusion on version 4. It’s certainly changed a lot since those days (and I don’t mean always in a good way if you know what I mean..)

  6. kotta Avatar

    Hi Coldfusion,
    Happy Birthday…………………..
    Kotta Chettai.

  7. Vijayakumar Avatar

    Happy Birthday….. 🙂

  8. Gary Fenton Avatar
    Gary Fenton

    I think the original logo was the best. It illustrated lots of power easily contained in your hand. How about bringing it back for CF9, but in a style that compliments the current "cf" logo?
    Happy Birthday, ColdFusion. Don’t get too drunk at your party because you’ve got 1000’s of websites to serve! 😉

  9. Marjune Avatar

    happy birthday Coldfusion 🙂 more more bday to come

  10. todd sharp Avatar
    todd sharp

    Hey Ben – A bit unrelated, but the nostalgia here reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask. Do you have any clue if this site –> is truly using THE ‘dbml’ or is there another variant/technology that I’m unaware of?

  11. Jim Priest Avatar
    Jim Priest

    Ah – I still need to start a "Bring Back The Bolt" campaign… Maybe for CF 10??
    That original logo is EXACTLY how I felt when I wrote my first CFQuery/CFOutout and pulled that data back from the database!!!
    Bring Back The Bolt!

  12. Joshua Cyr Avatar
    Joshua Cyr

    You can’t see it but I am doing a little dance for ColdFusion right now.
    In other news, the captcha image for me is ‘aol’ today. lol

  13. Sid Wing Avatar
    Sid Wing

    Happy Birthday, CF! I remember all the logos – I feel old now {grin}

  14. Sam Farmer Avatar
    Sam Farmer

    Happy Birthday.
    Still love the lightening bolt logos though the current Adobe logo is really growing on me.

  15. Srinivas Avatar

    Its good see old logos on this occasion.
    Thanks ben.

  16. Brad Wood Avatar
    Brad Wood

    Bring back the bolt. hee hee
    @Todd, the arena football site appears to be running Apache Tomcat/5.0.27 but that’s about all I can figure out. They appear to have mappings for .jsp and .dbml, but not .cfm.
    My company owns an AFL team (KC Brigade) and we manage the Brigades site. I’ll ask my webmaster if he knows what the league’s site is written in.

  17. Steven Erat Avatar
    Steven Erat

    Watch the video of ColdFusion’s 10th birthday party event held in the Newton, MA office, July 13 2005. The founders of ColdFusion, which was almost known as Prometheus or Horizon, recant the early days of Allaire Corporation.
    Annotation for the video here:

  18. Yves Avatar

    Wow.. man time flies!
    I remember like yesterday the 10th birthday…
    And I remember learning ColdFusion 4 and then learning Fusebox on CF 4.5..
    Happy Birthday ColdFusion!!!

  19. Clint Avatar

    Isn’t 13 an unlucky number? Luckily (LOL) I don’t believe in stuperstitions.
    Happy 13th CF!!!
    Now meet the real coldfusion:

  20. Abhijeet Avatar

    There should be a logo CF13 for the birthday bash. Clint, 13 shall remain lucky for CF though 🙂

  21. Cameron Childress Avatar
    Cameron Childress

    …and 10 years since the first CF conference, Held July 24th – July 26th 1998 in Ft Collins Colorado. Some of the materials from that conference (and the cover of the first CFDJ) here:

  22. Brad Wood Avatar
    Brad Wood

    Ok, I promised I would look into the dbml thing that Todd brought up. I found out that a company named JumpTV has made a whole slew of sports related sites (including the Arena Football League site), and they ALL use the .dbml extension. After a few E-mails to random people I go a reply back. Apparently they use a language called DBRocket.
    Yeah, I’ve never heard of it and Google brings back very little on it. Anyone know anything about DBRocket?

  23. diabetes Avatar

    Happy belated CF! Too bad i’m late for party… 🙂 Anyways enjoyed the videos and photos.. thanks for posting!

  24. anonymousguy Avatar

    There is no use learning DBML, as it is a proprietary language only used by the company that owns it. And you dont want to work for them, trust me.

  25. Cory Lashway Avatar
    Cory Lashway

    lol i know from personal experience dude =x

  26. DBMLIsGod Avatar

    DBRocket is quite possibly the best language ever written. It will one day become the standard

  27. DBMLDEV Avatar

    I <3 DBML, you should all learn it and use it. There are so few of us now…

  28. William Messerschmitt Avatar
    William Messerschmitt

    I don’t know about your "experience", cory, but mine was all smooth sailing. I guess, not everyone can handle it’s awesomeness…

  29. DBMLDEV Avatar

    William Messerschmitt is right.

  30. James Tryon Avatar
    James Tryon

    2 is the number of logos i can remember. I started with cf 5 then worked my way to cf 7 but i still rather not use cf at all. hahahah

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