NodeJS or ColdFusion, which one is better?

By interprogram on Sep 18, 2019 07:30 pm PDT | Updated Jan 28, 2023 11:45 am PST


A server-side programming environment, was initially developed more than twenty years ago in 1995 by J.J Allaire brothers. In 2001, it was acquired by Macromedia and in 2005, it was later attained by Adobe Systems.

After more than twenty years of growth, ColdFusion has become an impressive complete solution for database management, API development, client and server-side coding, file format operation, security and many more. Due to the fusion of multiple web technologies like XML, JAVA, Web Services; ColdFusion provides an easy programming environment for the development of server-side pages in less time as compared to other web-based technologies like PHP and ASP. The code in ColdFusion can be written in ColdFusion Markup language (CFML), which closely resembles XML and HTML.


Node.JS is another server-side environment, originally developed by Ryan Dahl in 2009. It is an open-source JavaScript environment. Node.JS runs on several platforms e.g. Windows, Linux, Unix.

JavaScript is evolving rapidly since many software development teams working for major browsers are trying to improve support for making JavaScript run faster. Since it is an open-source environment, a large library of JavaScript modules is available which makes development fast and easy to a great extent. Node.JS is not only restricted to the development of server-side programs but can also be used for various other applications.

High level comparison between Node.JS and ColdFusion:

These two web server environments can be compared in the following respects:

CF Scripts in ColdFusion helps to organize relevant code and data in a single file. CFCs gives ColdFusion, an object oriented language like properties and patterns. CFCs are already compiled and therefore, provide a faster execution time. Moreover, CFML requires significantly less infrastructure setup as compared to JAVA, while providing faster development experience than JAVA.

Node.JS is built on the Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine, due to which its core run-time code executes very fast. Due to single-threaded implementation, on one hand, it avoids management of large number of threads; however, single threaded nature makes it inefficient for handling CPU intensive applications.

Since Node.JS uses straightforward JavaScript syntax, most Web Developers can easily apply their existing knowledge to develop with Node.JS.

ColdFusion uses a special language CFML, which is a bit tricky to learn, therefore learning efforts are required.

To be continued...