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About database connections

If you want to use a database with your web application, you must first connect to it. Dreamweaver MX handles database connections differently depending on your choice of server technology. This tutorial describes how to connect to databases when developing ColdFusion applications with Dreamweaver MX. For information on ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, and PHP database connectivity, see Dreamweaver Help (Help > Using Dreamweaver > Preparing to Build Dynamic Sites).

If you are new to the idea of database connections, or have never created a database connection before, see "Understanding database connections" in Dreamweaver Help (Help > Using Dreamweaver > Appendixes > Beginner's Guide to Databases > Understanding database connections) before proceeding with this tutorial.

Before proceeding with this tutorial, you must set up a ColdFusion web application development environment by completing the tutorials, Wildlife Project 5: Setting up your ColdFusion MX application server and Wildlife Project 6: Defining your Dreamweaver MX site. You must also set up a database on your local computer or on a system to which you have network or FTP access.

You can download a copy of the Wildlife Project Microsoft Access database from the second tutorial in the series, Wildlife Project 2: Determining data requirements and creating a database. If you are not using the Microsoft Access database available for download, you will need to create one using your own database application before proceeding with this tutorial. For guidelines, see Wildlife Project 2: Determining data requirements and creating a database.

For more information about databases and database connections in general, see "Beginner's Guide to Databases" in Dreamweaver Help (Help > Using Dreamweaver > Appendixes > Beginner's Guide to Databases).

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