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Preface

Preface

I first started using ColdFusion in early 1996. I had been hired by a company to build and manage their external web site and their intranet. Both started as completely static sites, with a few Perl scripts thrown in to handle such tasks as emailing HTML form submissions. But it was only a matter of time before I was asked to add some dynamic content—the request was to “web enable” our corporate address book, which was stored in a Microsoft Access database. My first reaction was to develop the application in Perl. At the time, however, building an application like this in NT Perl (all of our web servers were NT-based) wasn’t feasible, so I began looking for other solutions.

I first tried a product called DB Web, from a company named Aspect Software that had just been acquired by Microsoft. After a bit of experimentation, I realized that DB Web wasn’t what I was looking for. It was more of a tool for querying data from Microsoft Access databases (it wrote Visual Basic code on the back end) than a real application development platform. (As a side note, Microsoft stopped supporting DB Web shortly after I evaluated it and rereleased it as Active Server Pages (ASP) a few months later.)


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