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Q1:What if the sample client's database had contained thousands of records. Would I have approached the application differently?
A1: Essentially no, but the client might not want to wait while the index page loads data on 1,000 calls. In later chapters, we'll discuss methods for limiting the number of records that appear on the page.
Q2:What if the client had asked for a fancier site, say with graphics and backgrounds?
A2: You would use the development process described in today's lesson first, and then go on to add the fancy stuff. In general, it's best to design the ColdFusion portion of a site first. Get it working on ugly bare-bones pages, and then move on to the graphic elements.
Q3:What if the client's database had contained field names that used spaces or nonalphabetic characters?
A3: You would first have to consult with the client. If the database stands alone on the client's Intranet, they probably won't object to changing it a bit. However, there might be cases in which a client database is an integral part of their Intranet, linked to other databases, forms, and so on. In cases like those, you're not able to change field names arbitrarily and should use one of the workarounds I will describe in subsequent chapters.


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