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Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion® in 21 Days by Charles Mohnike

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Connecting Your Database to the Web

Although ColdFusion boasts many functions that work independently of databases, it's most often used by developers who want to integrate their database with the Web. For the majority of ColdFusion applications, your database will be the key element. It contains the actual text of all that useful stuff you or your client wants to serve up on the Web—names, dates, prices, whatever—all indexed in a format that's easy for computers to access, but ugly to the eyes of most humans. Actually, there are humans existing on our planet who love gazing at databases, but with your prayers and financial support, science will someday find a cure.

ColdFusion's primary function is to take that ugly glob of data and turn it into ...

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