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Complexity vs. Simplicity

The addition of databases and ColdFusion to the web development process does add an extra degree of complexity to the process. It is inevitable. Still, as we pointed out earlier in this chapter, the best way to deal with complexity is from a position of simplicity. The same goes for static versions of dynamic sites. They are extremely complex, requiring the developer to essentially anticipate how the user will interact with the static site and then build the pages that reflect all the permutations and computations of user interaction. To wrap your mind around that one, simply try to imagine Amazon.com or Expedia.com as a series of static pages. When you do that, a relatively simple site becomes extremely complex.

Adding the dynamic element actually introduces simplicity into the process. When that happens, the site “flattens” and the information becomes readily available. Not only that, the site can easily adapt to the user's needs, resulting in what Macromedia calls an improved “user experience.”


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