I saved the tables to comma-delimited TXT files and used the CFFile tag to read those into variables. Then from that variable, I used "#chr(10)#chr(13)#" to find the line breaks, looped over the entire file as a list, then for each line I looped over that to find the specific value at any given position. It's an ugly, clunky piece of code that's right out of Fortran or something, but it at least has got me past the "database no worky" issue.
So finally, last night at 10:00 p.m., I was ready to start actually making progress on the actual project. Except the weekend was then over. Le sigh.
The real killer about this is that the whole point of the exercise is to eventually give me practice using C# in .NET ... but I can't be working out the logic and learning syntax at the same time. So I'm writing up the app in ColdFusion first because I can "think" in CF, and then once it's done I'll go back and re-code it in C#.
Why did I become a programmer? I hate programming. :P
Oh yeah. Because cartooning doesn't pay. -.-
 A title I've had for a decade or so, now. If anything, it's my most impressive programming skill.