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When creating a ColdFusion application, one of the first and most fundamental choices that must be made is which database platform to use. Each platform offers its own unique capabilities. Basically, there are two major categories of databases to choose from: local, such as Microsoft Access, dBASE, and FoxPro, and client/server, such as Oracle, SQL Server, and Sybase. Don't kid yourself, this is not a trivial decision. Changing database platforms after development has begun can be difficult, and it becomes even more so the further along you get. There's a point of no return for most complex development projects where it's no longer cost-effective to change the database. At this point a major rewrite would be in order. In addition, some features your Web site might require may or may not be supported by the underlying database platform. This article explores the fund... (more)