ColdFusion + database use

Hi all,

I have just obtained some free CFMX hosting through cfdeveloper.co.uk and they provide me with a choice of database options. MySQL, Access, SQL Server 7 and SQL Server 2000 as well as MS Excel and a basic text option.

The version of CFMX that I am using for development is Standard and understand that these databases are supported.

Which database would do you think would be the better one to use? I am looking to develop an online car rental system and need a good management structure, robustness as well as usabiltiy and efficiency. Ideally I would use Oracle 9i to develop this application but this isnt supported witihin the Standard version of CF.

Accessibility to any of these databases is not a problem as I am developing this application through my unversity but dont think that Access, Excel or the text version will be adequate for the size application that i am developing.I have no experience in any of the other Microsoft products and only limited experience using MySQL.

Many thanks for your advice and help.
timbono1
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James RodgersWeb Applications DeveloperCommented:
do not use access, it has simultaneous user limitations i think it's 5 users, my sql is very good but has some sql limitations, not all sql is supported and it has no gui, but not that the limits will really affect most application, if they are going to charge for sql server then go with mysql, if there is no additional charge then go with 2000 its full featured and can handle almost anything
ECohenCommented:
Hello-

You really do want to avoid using access, as you will run into problems.  Amoung other things, Access just isn't meant to be used as an enterprise/client-server solution.  Microsoft even has written such in their knowledgebase.  You're much better off going with MySQL or SQL Server 2000.  If you know access,  you won't have much trouble getting up to speed on the necessary basics of SQL Server.   (See this article with details of issues in moving up from Access to SQL Server in relationship to ColdFusion:
http://www.cfug-md.org/articles/upsizefrommsaccesstosqlserver.cfm
)  Certainly someone familiar with Oracle won't have any problems using SQL  Server...there are some language differences and other nuances though.

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timbono1Author Commented:
hi,

thanks for your input. i have decided to take up the option of using SQL Server 2000 over MySQL and Access but will keep an eye on how I get on with it and may swap to MySQL should there be any problems

i will award the points to ECohen as the information was a little more detailed and the provision of a hyperlink to put me on another track.

many thanks again,
timbono1
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