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Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web Application Construction Kit, Volume 1: Getting Started by Charlie Arehart, Raymond Camden, Ben Forta

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Linking to External Applications

One of ColdFusion’s most powerful features is its capability to connect to data created and maintained in other applications. You can use ColdFusion to retrieve or update data in many applications, including the following:

  • Corporate databases

  • Client/server database systems (such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle)

  • Spreadsheets

  • XML data

  • Contact-management software

  • ASCII-delimited files

  • Javabeans, JSP tag libraries, and EJBs

  • .NET classes and assemblies

  • Web Services

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