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Day 2. Anatomy of a ColdFusion Applicati... > Connecting Your Database to the Web

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 a page or series of pages that the average surfers can access by simply poking around your Web site with a mouse. If you're lucky, they might even read your valuable data. Again, all this magic happens behind the scenes, so home users see only standard HTML pages and never need to know you're working with a database instead of creating each page by hand. Don't go telling them either, because you'll spoil the dream for the rest of us who work our tails off trying to make it look as if we'd worked our tails off.


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