Allaire Corporation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Allaire Corporation
FoundedMay 1995; 27 years ago (1995-05) in Minnesota
DefunctJanuary 2001; 22 years ago (2001-01)
FateAcquried by Macromedia

Allaire Corporation was a computer software company founded by Jeremy and JJ Allaire in Minnesota, later headquartered in Cambridge, then Newton, Massachusetts. It commenced operations in May 1995, had its initial public offering on NASDAQ (trading ticker ALLR) in January 1999, and was acquired by rival Macromedia in early 2001.[1]


Allaire released the first version of the ColdFusion server in 1995, the first database-driven web-content server[citation needed]. 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,[2] a company founded by Paul Colton in 1997 and best known for the creation of the first commercial Java Servlet and JSP server, JRun. Later in 2000, Allaire also acquired the Kawa IDE (Java IDE) from Tek-Tools Software and much of the Kawa development team relocated from Dallas to Boston.[3]

Allaire also produced an early web Content Management System (CMS) called Spectra.[4]

JRun was purchased by Macromedia, which in 2001 also purchased Allaire.[5][6] In 2005, Macromedia was purchased by Adobe Systems.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "SEC Form 10-K for Allaire Corp., 1998". Archived from the original on 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ "Allaire Announces Acquisition of Live Software". 1999-06-15. Retrieved 2007-09-07.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Allaire Corporation acquires Kawa IDE". Archived from the original on 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  4. ^ "Macromedia Spectra Community Source Project". Archived from the original on April 25, 2003. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  5. ^ A News Roundup (2001-01-17). "Macromedia to Acquire Rival Allaire in $360 Million Deal". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  6. ^ "Macromedia, Allaire could merge March 20". Macworld. 2001-03-06. Archived from the original on 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  7. ^ Flynn, Laurie J. (2005-04-19). "Adobe Buys Macromedia for $3.4 Billion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  8. ^ Reuters (2005-04-18). "Adobe Acquires Macromedia". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Archived from the original on 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-01-28. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ Berman, Dennis; Bank, David (2005-04-19). "Adobe Systems Buys Macromedia In Stock Deal". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on 2019-12-17. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

External links[edit]