Joseph J. Allaire

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In 1995 Joseph J. (JJ) Allaire (born c. 1969) co-founded Allaire Corporation with his brother Jeremy Allaire, creating the web development tool ColdFusion.[1] In March 2001, Allaire Corporation was sold to Macromedia where ColdFusion was integrated into the Macromedia MX product line. Macromedia was subsequently acquired by Adobe Systems, which continues to develop and market ColdFusion.

After the sale of his company, Allaire became frustrated at the difficulty of keeping track of research he was doing using Google. To address this problem, he co-founded Onfolio in 2004 with Adam Berrey, former Allaire co-founder and VP of Marketing at Macromedia.[citation needed]

On March 8, 2006, Onfolio was acquired by Microsoft where many of the features of the original product were incorporated into the Windows Live Toolbar.[2]

On August 13, 2006, Microsoft released the public beta of a new desktop blogging client called Windows Live Writer that was created by Allaire's team at Microsoft.

Starting in 2009, Allaire has been developing an IDE for the widely used R technical computing environment. An initial version of RStudio was publicly released on February 28, 2011.[3] Later versions added an R debugger (Dec 2013), R presentations, RMarkdown, and the Shiny R web application server.

JJ Allaire received his B.A. from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) in 1991.


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