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Q&A

Q1:Where can I get more information on ColdFusion before shelling out the dollars for it?
A1: Allaire's Web site at http://www.allaire.com/ has extensive information on Web software compatible with ColdFusion, and a 30-day demo available for download. You might also try reading the rest of this book.
Q2:Does ColdFusion work with all database types?
A2: Yes, pretty much. But knowing that there will be someone out there running some arcane office suite, I'd recommend checking the Web site for a current list of supported file formats. I'll cover databases in depth in Day 4, "Building a Database and Organizing Data," and Day 5, "Finding the Data You Need: An Introduction to Queries and SQL."
Q3:What about scalability? I have a huge product database and a Web site that gets thousands of hits per day.
A3: Scalability is one of ColdFusion's biggest selling points. Right out of the box, it can handle everything from the simplest fan site to a huge database on a busy server. As you'll learn in Day 3, it also includes options to tailor its own performance to the capabilities of your server.


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