was a computer software
company founded by Jeremy
and JJ Allaire
, later headquartered in Cambridge
, then Newton, Massachusetts
. It commenced operations in May 1995, had its initial public offering
(trading as ALLR) in January 1999, and was acquired by rival Macromedia
in early 2001.
Allaire released the first version of the ColdFusion server in 1995, the first database-driven web-content server. In its early history, the name of the language for ColdFusion (then known as Database Markup Language (DBML)) was changed to ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). The company also produced two web design IDEs: HomeSite (purchased from Bradbury Software) and ColdFusion Studio (based on HomeSite with enhancements tailored to development of ColdFusion applications).
In 2000, Allaire acquired Live Software,, a company founded by Paul Colton in 1997 and best known for the creation of the first commercial Java Servlet and JSP server, JRun.
Allaire also produced an early web Content Management System (CMS) called Spectra
JRun was purchased by Macromedia, which in 2001 also purchased Allaire; in 2005 Macromedia was purchased by Adobe Systems.