Watch the video of Macromedia's ColdFusion birthday party event held in the Newton, MA office yesterday, July 13 2005. The founders of ColdFusion, which was almost known as Prometheus or Horizon, recant the early days of Allaire Corporation.

JJ Allaire, Charles Teague, and Sim Simeonov

Here's annotation for the video:

  • 00:00 Tim Buntel, Macromedia Sr Product Manager, kicks off the event
  • 01:45 Stephen Elop, Macromedia CEO, speaks about ColdFusion's strength in the industry
  • 08:15 Ben Forta outlines ColdFusion's history
  • 13:28 Tim Buntel quotes letter from CF Developer Tom Chambers
  • 14:45 Ben Forta tells how he first arrived at ColdFusion
  • (I removed camera from tripod for better view, so gets a little shakey, but calms down)
  • 17:45 JJ Allaire joins the stage
  • 25:00 Tim quotes letter from CF Developer Ben Wakeman, "How ColdFusion Saved Me From the Gutter"
  • 27:25 Tim introduces the first Allaire employee, Charles Teague
  • 35:30 Tim quotes letter from Brandon Purcell, Macromedia Tech Support
  • 37:00 Tim introduces Sim Simeonov, Chief Architect at Allaire, who met JJ at Macalester College
  • 46:10 Tim asks if they can remember the first customers or notable experiences while working for Allaire
  • 50:50 Tim introduces Adam Berry, who recalls sleeping on Jeremy's couch and not getting paid.
  • 57:20 Question to JJ about the origin of the name "ColdFusion", including "webdb", "horizon", "prometheus". The logo fist and bolt was designed for the name Prometheus.
  • 59:30 Sim discusses the motivations for rebuilding ColdFusion from C++ to Java
  • 1:03:35 Camera pans around the room, followed by closeup of the birthday cake
  • 1:04:35 Video of Mega-Developer satire that played at one of the early Allaire Devcons.
  • 1:09:30 Tim introduces Edwin Smith, formerly of Live Software - founder of JRun, and currently Chief Architect for Flex
  • 1:12:00 Tim introduces Damon Cooper, Director of ColdFusion Engineering.
  • 1:17:15 Tim introduces Jeremy Allaire. Jeremy recalls starting as a web developer in 1994.
  • 1:20:15 Tim tells story of Devcon 2001 in Orlando, and how one Engineer got shanghaied with the girl from Playboy in a hot tub.
  • 1:22:20 The panel gathers round to cut the ColdFusion birthday cake


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For a photo gallery of historical ColdFusion swag, check out this photo gallery of the event location before the guests arrived.

For the official Breeze Meeting recording of the event, see this blog entry.