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Lesson 12. Dynamic, Data-Driven Sites > Problems and Workarounds for Macintosh ...

Problems and Workarounds for Macintosh Users

If you are a Macintosh user, and many in the education community are, then you have additional complications. The Macintosh does not have a built-in server, and ColdFusion cannot be installed on Macintosh machines. The Macintosh also does not have ODBC drivers, which are used to connect ColdFusion pages to databases. In short, it is impossible to test a ColdFusion application locally on a Macintosh machine.

You do have some options, however. Your best solution is to develop over a network. Again, your local files can reside on your machine, but your remote files will have to reside on a server. Most educators are on some sort of network. Chances are, whether you know it or not, you have access to a Microsoft Windows or Unix/Linux-based server. ColdFusion can run on Windows and several flavors of Linux servers.


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