Adobe ColdFusion placed very favorably in a year-long survey of more than 700 developers regarding eight application servers in enterprises.
"Windows Server and ColdFusion took third and fourth place, respectively [behind IBM WebSphere and Apache]. ColdFusion, in particular, rated highly in scalability, performance and support options. Evans Data attributed this spike in ColdFusion appreciation to last year's release of ColdFusion 8.0."
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The full report describes the features and capabilities rated as:
Number of platforms supported
Value to cost ratio
Compatibility with other software
Integration with mobile devices
XML and Web Services runtime
EAI and legacy support
Application management console
"...ColdFusion offers not only a good, easy to use application server, but also easy access to other Adobe technologies."
"In July of 2007, Adobe introduced version 8.0 of ColdFusion. This new version provides Microsoft .NET integration, integration with Adobe Acrobat forms, and enhanced performance. In fact, Adobe claims version 8.0 is four times faster than the previous version, and the product’s users in this survey felt that performance was one of the server’s strongest points, along with scalability, security, and support."
"Version 8.0 also allows the creation of dynamic presentations using Adobe Acrobat Connect, and a built-in ColdFusion Server Monitor to help spot bottlenecks that slow performance."
"Other additions to ColdFusion 8.0 are built-in AJAX widgets, file archive manipulation, Microsoft Exchange server integration, multi-threading, perapplication settings, Atom and RSS feeds, reporting enhancements, stronger encryption libraries, array and structure improvements, and improved database interaction. But a major benefit of the product is its ability to turn any browser content into PDF."