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In this chapter, you learned how to create an employee directory for a corporate intranet site. You first studied the design of the supporting relational database and then built a search function that enabled users to search the database by last name or by department. You then wrote scripts that allow an administrative user to log in and make use of administrative functions that make changes to information in the database. Finally, you learned how to write scripts that permit the addition of a new employee, the editing of an existing employee, or the removal of an existing employee.

A corporate directory is one type of application you can build with ColdFusion, but its audience is limited to those with access to a corporate intranet. Web applications published to the Internet have the potential to reach a much larger number of people and are good for gathering information from users distributed over a wide geographic area. One instance in which it is useful to be able to gather data from such a broad class of users is conference registration. You or your firm may be sponsoring a conference that will be attended by people from all over the world, and the Web is an excellent way to capture the attendees' registration information. You will learn how to build this kind of application in the next chapter.


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